Fai Marie Dawson – Please Understand
Author Name: Fai Marie Dawson
Book Name: Please Understand
Release Date: July 30, 2015
To keep his mother off his back, Fox struggles to live life as a straight man. Following his failed marriage, he thinks he’s found a piece of heaven when he meets Audrey, a sexy dark-haired beauty. When he’s introduced to her twin brother, his life turns upside down. Mrs. Jones, a regular shopper at Fox’s quaint neighborhood bookstore, steps in to referee the fall-out. Can Fox maintain relationships with both Audrey and her brother? Can a late night train chase bring Fox closer to the one he loves? How far will Fox’s mother go to keep her son tight in her clutches?
Pages or Words: 239 pages/82,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, *Trans
It was shortly after lunch on Friday that Mrs. Jones came in. Although she had shown such tenderness to Audrey, I was still in fear and awe of this woman. To me she was curt and demanding. I still dreaded Fridays on account of her. Today she barged through the door: middle aged, shaped like a tank, with a formidable purse that I suspected she could brandish as a weapon if she so chose. I shamefully admit that I hid, shaking, in the back room. I remained hidden behind the door as I watched through the space under the hinge.
She marched straight over to Tommie, who was innocently concentrating in his chair, bent over his laptop. He didn’t stand a chance.
Tommie looked up and scanned the shop. Not finding me, he sacrificed himself for the greater cause.
He said something I couldn’t hear then he looked around the shop again, I supposed in a vain hope that I might come rescue him. I saw him take a deep breath, preparing himself for the inevitable. Poor man didn’t have a clue what he was up against. I knew I should come out of hiding, but so help me, I didn’t have the strength. I had been dealing with her on my own every Friday for over a year, and my morbid curiosity wanted to see what she could do to someone else.
“What can I help you with, Ms. ––?
“Mrs. Jones.” She said it decisively and firmly. No question about it, she was Mrs. Jones. Like no other, she stood like a rock.
He nodded and snapped his laptop shut. “What can I help you with, Mrs. Jones?” When he stood, her eyes scanned down his body like a CT scan, slowly taking in and savoring every inch carefully.
He carried his laptop and set it on the shelf under the front counter. Mrs. Jones took in the view from behind, her head tilted thoughtfully.
I remained silent. This was getting interesting. I was seeing a side of Mrs. Jones I hadn’t known existed. I was anxious to see if Tommie could handle her.
“Well,” she said a bit breathlessly. “Tommie, your jeans are a bit tight.” He turned slowly, but her eyes settled on his midsection, centering on the zipper of his jeans.
“My eyes are up here, Mrs. Jones.”
“Totally inappropriate!” But her eyes still wandered appreciatively over Tommie’s landscape.
“Very well, Mrs. Jones,” I saw him smile pleasantly then ask, “But may I help you find something?”
I didn’t hear what she said, but to my dismay, he led her to the closet where my adult books were stashed. I almost came out to prevent the disaster that I anticipated, but instead of indignation, within moments they returned to the front desk, and I watched as he rang up her purchases. She had chosen several books.
“I hope you enjoy these, Mrs. Jones.”
“You’ve been most helpful, Tommie, not like that naughty Fox that you work for.”
She waved goodbye happily and blew him a kiss as she went out the door, her purchases held tightly to her ample chest.
“Coward!” I assumed he was talking to me, although he didn’t look up.
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Tommie, a character from Fai Marie Dawson, author of Please Understand. Hi Tommie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. We’re delighted to have you here.
- What do you find attractive in a man?
I like a man who’s decisive. Someone who could make a claim on me, own me and protect me. If that kind of man would be gentle with me, and treat me with respect, I think I might melt.
- The first thing that went through your head when you saw Fox?
When I first met Fox, I was afraid he’d notice that I was shoplifting a journal in his bookstore. Later, when I went back for a gift, I thought he was stuffy and cold. It was only later, at the pub…
- Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
Right now, she’s busy with another project. I’m jealous of Martin and miss the time she spent with me. She was like a mom to me, and seemed to understand me. Of course I miss that. We are planning to go out for sushi when she’s done with her rough draft. I hope Martin doesn’t come along.
- Before you met Fox, what was your ideal man?
Before Fox, I hadn’t realized that I had a choice. When I worked for Jack, and he asked me to move in with him, I was seventeen and I thought I was in love. He was forceful, cruel even. But when he smiled at me, when he approved of me, I would forgive anything because I thought he loved me. It was only after he put me in the hospital that I realized just how wrong I’d been. I guess I was more concerned over whether someone could love me than whether I was in love with him. Now I see that I was in love with love. It’s so different with Fox.
- You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
My mother was born in Japan and she had the best recipes for authentic Japanese Cuisine. I wish she would have shared them with me, but I left home young, and never returned. My favorite restaurant is a sushi bar near Fox’s bookstore.
Meet Fai Dawson:
Fai Dawson lives in a small town thirty miles northeast of Seattle Washington in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with her beloved wife, Becky. Together, they work on restoring their 110-year-old Victorian home. She spends her days writing, blogging and walking Moxie, their Newfie-Chow through the rainy streets of town. Pepe, a brave and proud tuxedo cat is her muse, ever mindful of providing inspiration for her next project. Although she has filled countless journals in her life, she began writing seriously in 2009 as a way to deal with anxiety. She is currently working on her next manuscript.
Where to find Fai Dawson:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/faimariedawson?fref=ts
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26016051-please-understand
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Melody Pond
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