Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette By Killian B. Brewer
Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette
By Killian B. Brewer
Category LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Gay
FIC011000 FICTION / Gay
FIC027190 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay
FIC027020 FICTION / Romance /
ISBN (Trade) 978-1-945053-13-9
ISBN (eBook) TBD
Publication Date January 12, 2017
Trim 6×9 Trade
Pages 232 (70,000 words)
Price $16.99 print/$6.99 US multi-format eBook
Publisher Interlude Press
Cover Design CB Messer
When Marcus Sumter, a short order cook with dreams of being a chef, inherits a house in small town Marathon, Georgia, he leaves his big city life behind. Marcus intends to sell the house to finance his dreams, but a group of lovable busybodies, the Do Nothings, a new job at the local diner, the Tammy Dinette, and a handsome mechanic named Hank cause Marcus to rethink his plans. Will he return to the life he knew, or will he finally put down roots?
The diner took up a quarter of the city block; its silvery siding glimmered in the morning sun. A metal bracket jutted over the diner door and held a bright neon sign that flashed The Tammy Dinette: Stand By your Ham and Eggs. Below the sign, two tall and wide single-paned windows showed the bustle of the crowd inside. Marcus could see that most of the booths along the windows were occupied, and a tall redheaded waitress stood next to one of the booths furiously scribbling on a pad and nodding her head.
“Let’s go,” Skeet said as he hopped to the door and yanked it open. He swept his arm across his body and said in a terrible British accent, “After you, my good sir.”
Marcus grinned at the boy and stepped into the diner. The sudden rush of country music mixed with the murmur of the restaurant crowd, the smell of greasy food and coffee, and the glare of fluorescent lights from the Formica tables and counter tops flooded Marcus with a sense of relief and comfort. The last bits of tension slipped from his shoulders as he watched the two waitresses in pink uniform tops and skirts scurry from table to table as different patrons raised their hands to get each woman’s attention.
About the Author
Killian B. Brewer lives in his life-long home of Georgia with his partner and their dog. He has written poetry and short fiction since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Brewer earned a BA in English and does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry. He has a love of greasy diner food that borders on obsessive. Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette is his second novel. His first novel, The Rules of Ever After, is available from Duet Books, an imprint of Interlude Press.
Connect with Killian at killianbbrewer.com, on Twitter @KillianBBrewer, on Facebook at Facebook.com/KillianBBewer, on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/KillianBBrewer, and on Goodreads at Goodreads.com/KillianBBrewer.
Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette
By Killian B. Brewer
Director, Marketing & Communications
Fine Print Literary Management
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Killian Brewer author of Lunch with the Do-Nothings at the Tammy Dinette.
Hi Killian, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hey, y’all! I’m Killian Brewer, though most people just call me Brew. I’m a Southern boy, raised in the land of peaches and peanuts. I grew up in a tiny little town in a house where we would entertain each other by telling stories. My father can spin a yarn with the best of them and taught me early to enjoy the fellowship of storytelling. I went to college and earned my degree in English Literature, mostly because of my love of a good story. Of course, like most English majors, I don’t use that degree at all in my day job, but it does come in handy for my writing.
My current novel, Lunch with the Do-Nothings at the Tammy Dinette, was inspired by the people I grew up around in South Georgia. I wanted to explore what life could be like for a young gay man who is suddenly transplanted in a small town with little understanding of the way of life there. In particular, I wanted to follow his search for love and a sense of family in a world where he feels like a fish out of water. I also wanted to write about older southern women, because I think they are awesome.
- When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?
I had always assumed the answer to this should be in my writing classes in college. In my undergraduate program, I took two classes in poetry and short story writing. I wrote several stories about young men coming of age in Marathon, Georgia. This is the town I used in my current novel but none of the plot points from those stories are in this novel. But on a recent visit with my mother, she pulled a story I wrote at eight-years-old out of a drawer. The story, written in the handwriting of a manic child, was about a witch named Hildy who decided that she wanted to be good and stop turning people into toads. Though my writing and spelling skills have improved since then, I guess I have always wanted to write about happy endings. My handwriting unfortunately has not improved that much!
- Are you a plotter or pantser?
I am definitely a plotter. I’m a planner in most areas of my life, from vacations to travel routes to weekend chores. I work best and can relax better when I have a game plan. This goes for my writing as well. I leave myself open to changes and new plotlines while I write, but I generally know where a story is starting and where it is headed. I usually have an outline of my chapters to help me figure out what needs to be accomplished in that chapter. This also allows me to work on later chapters if I get stuck in an earlier one. In my current novel, I knew what I wanted the last line to be so that gave me and idea of where the plot needed to go.
- What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?
I think Do-Nothings is unusual because, while it is a gay romance, it focuses on a group of elderly southern women as well. I think the relationships between gay men and the older women in our lives is not a topic that gets much attention. I wanted to approach the idea of a gay man living in a small southern town and how he would interact with the old-fashioned belles one can find in these towns. I feel that the romance my main character builds with the citizens of Marathon and small-town life distinguishes the book.
- How do you find or make time to write?
Weekends are my writing time. My partner works on the weekends, so I have the house to myself. I can wander around practicing dialogue out loud and no one is around to hear it. Also, my way of breaking writer’s block is to do some housework. When I am alone, no one will find it odd when I jump up from the computer, scrub the tub, and return to my work. I will occasionally write on weeknights after my day job, but usually I only work on editing on those nights. I find it helps to let ideas percolate during the week to be written on the weekend.
- What do you like to read in your free time?
I have always been a fan of Southern Literature. From William Faulkner’s darker aspects to Fannie Flagg’s humor, I am drawn to all types of tales about the south where I grew up. I also enjoy reading short essays and biographical pieces like Sara Vowell and Andy Sedaris. I particularly enjoy anything that looks at real life and finds the humor in it.
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