Q&A Interview with Deek Rhew

Birth of an American Gigolo_Deek Rhew_CoverAn old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband’s cheating–and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend–inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.

Deek Goes Deep
In a nutshell, it’s about screwing up. Lindsey compromised her principles and force herself into being something she’s not. In college, she had a scare and crammed herself into a life of domestication. Years later, she’s stuck in a smelly armpit of a marriage and a life that’s foreign and dismal. But when she finds out her husband is a cheater and liar, she and her inner, long-dormant party animal load the cannons and battens down the hatches. Together, they concoct a plan to revenge themselves out of the cesspool of their existence and create a new throne from which to plant her royal tush and rule the town.

What isn’t it about? Sex! There is a little of course, because, well, it’s about an angry and betrayed party girl and her boy toy. But if you’re looking for long descriptions of people’s kibbles and bits and how they sizzle and sauté them into a goulash of passion and uninhibited fornication, then you’d better look for a different blend of Chex Mix, cause, brother, this ain’t it.

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How would you describe what your book, Birth of an American Gigolo, is about?

I have trouble being concise, so I’ll give you the quick version and then a longer drawn-out version.
Short version:
It’s about a former party girl who’s stuck in a sham of a marriage with a neglectful, lying, cheating husband. Because of finances, she was trapped until she found a…unique way out of her predicament.
Long version:
In a nutshell, it’s about screwing up. A party girl compromised her principles and forced herself into being something she’s not. Because of a scare in college, she crammed herself into a life of domestication. Years later, she’s stuck in a smelly armpit of a marriage and a life that’s foreign and dismal. But when she finds out her husband is a cheater and liar, she and her inner, long-dormant party animal load the cannons and batten down the hatches. Together, they concoct a plan to propel themselves out of the cesspool of their existence and create a new throne on which to plant their royal tushes and rule the town.

As new author, what would you say is the hardest part about writing a book?

SEEING and fixing all of my writing weaknesses! Everyone has them. In Stephen King’s book, On Writing, he talks about his own. Fortunately, there are people that help you. My bride, Erin Rhew, has helped me so much I can’t possibly list everything. She’s a grammar ninja who can tell a person’s age by the way they use commas. I kid you not. She taught about the evils of passive voice, the overusing of introductory statements, the use of “this” without a subject, on and on and on.
Other editors have helped with “talking heads”: Two people having a conversation but no actions or internal thoughts. I’ve learned about the evils of dialogue tags, not having character arcs, telling, and so forth.
Sometimes I can see these things if I look for them. But often I get tunnel vision and can look and look at something but still not see it.
It takes a village to write a book. It really does.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In elementary school, I HATED reading and writing! Wut? Yep. Totally true. But then the time came when I read Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and I loved loved loved it. Soon I was tearing through books and starting to enjoy the writing process.
In high school, I liked to write and could always spin a good yarn. But it wasn’t until after college that I really truly fell in love with the craft. Hook, line, and sinker.

Where do you draw your inspiration for your writing?

From everything! Erin and I were watching a Under the Dome on Amazon the other day and a question occurred to me. She and I talked it through, leading to more questions, and a possible story arose. I usually send myself a reminder text and then write up a small synopsis which I store with my other story ideas.
I have way more story ideas than I have time!

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?

I describe my writing as a long email. LOL! I don’t have any formal training other than a couple of writing classes in college, but those were on the mechanics. I write the story as I see it in my head. Really it’s more of transcription; often I don’t know what’s going to happen until it appears on the screen. Then I edit to my ear. I read my manuscript out loud, and I’m not satisfied until it sounds right.
So, to actually answer your questions instead of just rambling, I think that what I found most useful was trusting myself. I tried to plan out the writing a couple of times, and I second-guessed myself instead of letting the story flow. Once I was able to let my mind off it’s leash, things started working.

When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?

I’m really a simple fella and don’t need much to keep me entertained. Honestly, most anything I do with my bride is all I want to do. Erin and I have a ton of simple adventures and pleasures. Be it exploring the city, hiking, going to the beach, working out, watching TV and eating popcorn, or just hanging out chatting about everything and nothing, I’m happy. Fortunately, Erin doesn’t mind that I don’t need much and, in fact, embraces the same core values.

What is on your bucket list?

Happiness and adventure! Erin and I are going to be professional vagabonds as soon as the finances allow–a.k.a. as soon as we can support ourselves on a combination of writing and part-time jobs. We are going to learn Italian and live in Italy for six months. We are going to move around the world, living in different places for half-year stints. We both love meeting people and exploring. We don’t have much in the way of stuff, but we prefer a simple, minimalist approach to the tangible. This makes it possible for us to go from place to place without hauling a bunch of crap with us.
But my main goal in life is to be happy!

If you were running for President, what would your slogan be?

Party on! Party on!
If I were president, I’d enact my Everyone Pays 10% Plan, where all taxes are abolished, and everyone pays 10% of their wages. No loopholes, no skirting what you owe, but also nothing more. We could demolish so many government jobs that we could afford a few amenities, including, but not limited to:
  • Rock concerts on the White House lawn every weekend.
  • Free queso for all. Queso is a gift that everyone should have the constitutional right to enjoy.
  • Mandatory Hawaiian Shirt to Talk for Congress. Every member of Congress would be required to sport the most colorful, obnoxious print shirts available to mankind every time they talk. It’s very difficult to take someone seriously that’s wearing pink flamingos on their chest. As employees of The People, voting citizens could choose and grade their congress person’s attire.
  • I’d buy a bullet-proof Oscar Meier Weiner mobile for the vice president. All other modes of transportation would be forbidden to him or her.
  • The code phrase for the secret service to pick me up would be: “Beam me up, Scotty.”
  • First Lady Erin’s code name would be Venus.
  • Instead of the usual pomp and circumstance music played for the president, my entrance would be announced by the opening licks of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

If you could have any superhero power/ability, which power would it be?

Oh, heck, yeah! This is MY question. Without a doubt, I’d fly like Superman.

What words of wisdom would you give to aspiring authors?

The dedication at the beginning of my book 122 Rules says it all:
For the Tenacious: Never give up.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Hopefully many many more books and many many more adventures! Erin and I are always exploring, trying new things, and writing!

About the Author

Birth of an American Gigolo_Deek Rhew_Author Photo

Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

Blair is the author of more than 40 books and more than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta’s Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

9 comments on “Q&A Interview with Deek Rhew

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Kristine! I had a total blast interviewing with you today.

    Happy adventures in blogging and parenthood!


  2. Great Interview. I just finished this book and will be reviewing it. I was excited when I saw your interview with him. It’s great to see the author behind the book.
    Sportochick’s Musings

  3. Deek and Kristie I hope you guys don’t mind me referencing this blog post in my review of Deek’s book

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