Hi all! I'm Vicktor Alexander but everyone calls me "Vic." Southern gentleman by day, completely displaced and living in New York, and a writer and purveyor of steamy, sticky, hot man on man (sometimes on man on man on man on man on man) sex. I wrote my first story at the tender age of 10 about my youngest biological sister and her destruction of the world...with her breath. The stories didn't stop there and it wasn't long or much of a shock to those who knew me well, before I was writing interracial historical romances. I quickly realized that my heroes seemed much happier when they were hanging out with other guys (aren't we all?) and that was when I discovered the M/M genre.
I now enjoy writing about shifters, humanoids, cowboys, firemen, rent boys, fairies, elves, dancers, doctors, Doms, Subs, and anything else that catches my fancy, all sexy men falling in love with each other and having lots of naughty, dirty, man-on-man sex. I am the author of the best-selling series, The Tate Pack (which still blows my mind) and am a huge fan of the "happily-ever-after" ending. But while all my characters all ride off into the proverbial sunset, all sexually satisfied and in love (because it's the least I can do), they all bear the scars of fighting for that love, just like in real life. I am never satisfied with only one genre, and every book that I write tends to fall into more than one category and has each main character experiencing more than one orgasm.
Out and proud, I don't believe that love only comes in one form, one race, one gender and that not only is gender fluid, by sexuality as well. I loves to make people laugh (and guys hot) and when I'm not writing, or rather, procrastinating in writing, I'm reading, playing the Sims 3, hanging out with my very supportive adopted family, talking to my adopted daughter whom I call Chipmunk, seeking the man or men who can handle my crazy, stressful, soap opera-esque life and being distracted from said writing by pictures of John Barrowman and Shemar Moore.
Kelly Jeter is a 30-year old virgin who suffers from an acute shyness and extreme anxiety. He lives in Manhattan and collects lighthouses. He is the quintessential nerd. He also doesn't see how gorgeous he is, so when he meets Hawk Caliarchi, a friend of his besties, Krystal and Amy, he can't believe the hulking Greek man wants anything to do with him. So when Hawk shows an interest in him, Kelly does the only thing he can do... he has an asthma attack and almost passes out.Hawk finally gets Kelly to agree to a date but before these two completely opposite men can settle down into a relationship, Hawk must face his past and Kelly must face his insecurities, fears and overcome his low self-esteem. Will he be able to conquer his battles before he loses Hawk for good and will he be able to thank his besties for introducing him to the love of his life?
The Conception of Kelly Jeter from The Besties
I was having lunch with the head honcho editor of MLR Press, Kris Jacen, and fellow author, Cherie Noel, when the subject of the Dirty Girl Marathon came up. Now, me being me my mind instantly went to something sexual (why would they advertise something like that all bold-like? I wondered). When Kris told me that the Dirty Girl Marathon was in fact a “marathon” with actual running, and told me about another author friend who runs as well, my mind began swirling with ideas and possibilities. What if a young gay guy… a virgin… went to a Dirty Girl marathon to support his female friends, his “besties,” and ended up meeting the love of his life?
Without another word to either Kris or Cherie (sorry about that ladies!) I began typing away furiously on my iPad. Before long the first 1k words were written and Kelly Jeter had been born.
Kelly is quirky… okay, he’s a nerd. He’s a lovable nerd, but a nerd nonetheless. He’s a 30 year old virgin, he suffers from an anxiety disorder that triggers his acute asthma. Kelly is, in two words: a mess. But he’s a mess that you want to cuddle and wrap in bubble wrap and help find his Prince Charming that’s going to take care of him and keep him safe, sexually satisfied and happy.
Enter Hawk Caliarchi. Hawk is a man’s man. He’s big, gorgeous, smart, physically strong, fit, and thank YHVH, he’s Greek, which means he’s has big… hands. Hawk meets Kelly and promptly saves the smaller man’s life when Kelly has an asthma attack due to his nervousness and can’t find his emergency inhaler. Hawk is smitten. He is drawn to Kelly and he won’t stop until he gets him. Good thing Kelly has his besties to hook him up with the Greek god. But Hawk isn’t all rippling muscles, weather-changing good looks and big… hands. He’s been hurt, so he’s a little guarded, he’s got his own issues and his issues and Kelly’s issues might just keep them apart.
This was my first romantic comedy. I laughed with Kelly and Hawk, grew angry with them and at one point (I won’t tell you where) I even got a little misty-eyed (nope, still not going to tell you). I loved being in Kelly’s head because it looked an awful lot like mine and I was quite comfortable there. Kelly is hilarious, self-conscious, he self-sabotages, he pushes people away, but lucky for him, the people who truly belong in his life, the ones who will weather the storm with him, won’t allow themselves to be pushed away. They stick around, they encourage him, lift him up, push him to keep going and they introduce him to a man like Hawk. A man so beautiful he literally took Kelly’s breath away. Yummy, I want a man (or men) like that.
Oh and by the way, I’ve been asked about Kelly’s name. One of my own besties Patricia Lynne, aka “Patty” or “The Patster” (she doesn’t know I call her that) has a husband named Kel who is pretty damn awesome, so Kelly’s name was inspired by him. And Jeter? Well, I actually hate the Yankees, I’m a Boston Red Sox fan, diehard and hardcore, but the name Jeter is so much cooler than Schilling (Curt Schilling, pitcher for the Red Sox? The bloody sock World Series 2004? The Red Sox won?? UGH!!! People! How do you NOT know this?) and I loved the story behind it.
So Kelly is special to me, and I’m so happy to share him and his hilarity with the rest of you and as I’ve been told by many readers so far “everyone needs a bestie like Kelly and everyone needs to have besties like Kelly.” I couldn’t agree more.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW
Q: Thinking back on your first book, is there anything you would have done differently?
I think I would have spent a little more time on editing and telling the backstory of Richard and Vet. There’s so much about the two of them that readers don’t know and only me and my muse, Tommy, are privvy to. I just feel as if people are missing out on the wonderfulness of this couple because I didn’t know what I was doing.
Q: If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I think I’d spend the day with Talon “Tal” Versuthion. He’s Vermithian, a humanoid, from Edifician and is the main character from my book The Alpha King, book one of Passion’s Hero, that’s releasing from Silver Publishing. Tal is so fun. He’s funny, smart, talented and has this great energy and personality about him. He lives in a palace and his mate is an Alpha King. They live on the planet Tumaro and it’s about as close to Paradise as I can imagine. He’s got this great family, but his life is full of adventure and he’s got some great powers. I loved writing him and if I could spend a day with him I could see us having fun around the palace, with his sister Josie and maybe I’d find my mate among one or two of the Tumaron Gamma guards. LOL.
Q: What is one thing about the publishing world that surprised you the most?
How quickly people can buy books. Crazy as it sounds I always figured that if I put out a book it would take people at least two-three weeks to buy it, but if I have a book up for pre-order there are so many people who buy it that I’m shocked every time. It only takes one click and people have the book. It’s amazing.
Q: What do you feel is the hardest part of the writing process?
Sticking with it, not letting the problems of every day prevent you from finishing a story. There’s that and then my
Q: How do you know you’ve written a good book?
When I write “The End” and I’ve got a huge grin on my face. Sometimes I finish a book and I’m biting my lip, wanting to go back through the story and add stuff or remove stuff, but there are times, like with The Besties, The Alpha King, and Elian, when I finish it that I’m just grinning so wide and I know that the story has been told like it’s supposed to be.
Q: Have you ever gotten writer’s block? How do you get past it?
I’ve had it a time or two. First I try to make myself write and when it doesn’t help, I usually take a few days (last time it was a month) and I listen to music, movies and television. That’s when I catch up on my favorite shows. I’ve found that The Cosby Show, A Different World, Living Single, California Dreams, Scrubs, Friends, Queer as Folk and Torchwood are great sources of inspiration for me. There’s also Friends with Benefits starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. JT is GREAT for inspiration. The biggest thing about writer’s block is that usually the writer’s brain just needs some rest, though sometimes the story has taken a turn that it wasn’t supposed to and you need to go back and figure it out, but redirecting your attention gives you the ability to figure that out.
Q: What are you currently working on? How is it different from other books you’ve written?
Well, I’m working on Impossible, which is Book Six of the Tate Pack series, but I’m also working on Il Mio Amante Fa Tre and Super Gay in between there. Il Mio Amante Fa Tre is different in that it’s not completely angst-filled. There are no major problems and it’s a story that’s all about family. The entire Ti Voglio Bene series is about family and there’s so much of the Italian culture in it and lots of Italian spoken in the book. I’m in heaven writing it. Super Gay is another romantic comedy (my second one) and it’s just pure fluff, the biggest problem is trying to get the two men together. It’s nice to be able to write stories that are just… fun. Ones where I don’t feel like I’m ripping out my heart while I’m writing it, which is how I feel with a lot of my other books.
Q: When is your favorite time of day to write?
In the morning. Before I can get distracted by schoolwork, television, music, whatever book I’m reading (right now it’s “Inherit the Stars” by Ariel Tachna. LOVE IT!). I wake up, have a strong cup of coffee, listen to Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michael Jackson, then I switch my playlist to the one that has Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, NYSYNC, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and The Temptations as well as Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michael Jackson and I write until the house around me is filled with noises and distractions.
Q: When and where can readers look forward to seeing you this year?
I’ll be at GRL in October and then I’ll be in Vegas for my birthday in November, though that’s not a writer thing, that’s just a vacation. A sexy vacation. Woohoo!!