Welcome to Queer in Color, Remmy! Please tell us about your latest release.
My name is Remmy Duchene and I live in the cold, white (not so much this month) north. I’ve been writing professionally for about sixteen years now. I can now proudly call myself an Amazon Bestselling author. What do I write—interracial/multicultural erotic romance. When I’m not writing, I work for lawyers and when not doing that, I’m trying to sing, taking pictures and bugging family and friends.
I think I would like to talk about WHISPERS of LOVE. This book is a lot different from most of the other books I’ve ever written. I think it has a lot more heart and deals with the characters’ emotional state as well as what makes them hard.
Six Questions with Remmy Duchene
1) What inspired you to write this story?
The cover. I kid you not. Emmy at StudioENP made this premade cover that was so stunning, it was begging to have a story written.
2) How did your characters come into being? Were you inspired by your own life experiences, by travels, someone in your neighborhood, etc.?
Aside from my killer obsession with all things Japanese, Hilo Adachi had always been in my head. He’s been one of those characters you get and you think nah, I can’t write that. I’ll screw him up so bad! Matthew is more of a character that came to me on the fly. For both these men, I was inspired by my city, Toronto. The colours, the smells, the people. I wanted to put as much of Toronto in this book as possible.
3) What makes your story and/or characters unique and interesting?
Aside from the fact it’s a Blasian story (Asian/Black) mix that you really don’t see all that often. I think Hilo and Matthew are different because they are from different sides of the track. And it’s not, one is bat-shit crazy and the other is a stalker. Nothing like that. They are just two people that if fate hadn’t designed their love they would never have met.
4) What themes and/or tropes are in your story? Have you written these themes/tropes before?
Lord—well, it’s not enemies to lovers. I’m not entirely sure there is a trope per say. If I had to pick one, it would be instant attraction that doesn’t work out as easily as most instant attraction tend to. They had to go through their struggles and pay their dues even though the moment their eyes met both felt something. As of if I’ve written this before…Kind of.
5) What is your most cherished writing accomplishment/accolade/memory?
I won an award for writing Interracial romance from Evernight Publishing. It was especially great since the readers were the ones who voted for me.
6) What are you planning to write next?
This is a loaded question. I am in the process of writing a story tentatively titled EMBERS at the moment. I am not a planner when it comes to writing. If I do that, I never get anything done. It’s about a hockey player who has suffered a major injury and is forced to return home and face some hard truths.
Please look for me/follow me on the interwebs.
You can find me at my website at https://remmyduchene.wix.com/remmymantasy
Buy Whispers of Love on Amazon
Hilo Adachi learned one very important lesson from his father—unconditional love is a sham that always with strings attached.
Broken and alone, he works as a bike messenger while moonlighting as a graphic designer. When he meets Matthew Ellington, the last thing Hilo is looking for his love, but how can he deny the fact that one look from Matthew’s beautiful, brown eyes leaves him yearning for things he has no right to? How could he possibly imagine he deserves a man like Matthew?
Matthew Ellington has it all – a successful clothing line, a loving family and money. But he’s missing love and while he isn’t actively looking, he isn’t going to ignore it should love come along. The moment he lays eyes on Hilo, he knows he wants him.
But Hilo’s demons keep getting in the way.
Matthew is a fighter, and Hilo’s demons have met their match.