Author Profile – Rhys Ford

I met Rhys at GayRomLit 2012 and after talking to her for hours I knew that she would be dynamite if I let her loose on the site. 😎 :nuts: I wanted to profile her because she was so damned interesting and vibrant, and I thought that other readers should get to know her and appreciate her sense of humour.

As you may remember, for author profiles I don’t ask the questions, you do, so please feel free to ask Rhys about her writing, why she has so many animals, or anything else you would like to know. She won’t mind – she loves to talk. 😀


Hello, I am Rhys Ford and Wave so kindly let me pitch a tent here today to serve up a bit of nonsense and coffee. Thank you very much Wave for giving me camping space. I promise to leave a bunch of s’mores and maybe a bottle of whiskey.

Let’s see… the first order of business is a bio of sorts to introduce myself but those things are so odd to write, don’t you think?


Obviously the place to start is in Hawai’i… specifically on the Big Island in the town of Hilo where I was born. It’s a very small place. Larger now than when I was born but pretty much the same place. You can get fantastic breakfast at Ken’s House of Pancakes and sit on the stretch of road next to the airport the locals call Blue Lights until the cops come and roust you for loitering. While I was born in Hilo, I was raised pretty much on O’ahu. Raised being a relative term. If you’re a kid in Hawai’i, you sort of run in packs with the other kids until they figure you’re a reasoning creature then suddenly you’re able to drink and vote. There’s a lot of time spent on the beach.

I was an odd kid. I liked to read. And since I come from a family of liars, storytelling was the next step of evolution. Kind of like a Pokemon. I went to the Kamehameha Schools on O’ahu and graduated probably by the skin of my brain. I’ll be the first one to say I was an odd hot mess and probably should have spent my teenaged years wrapped up in thick white coats with wraparound arms but no one saw to fit one on me.

After wandering around a bit… like a lot… between continents and Hawai’i, I landed in So Cal where I make my home. 

I think the biggest question I get asked is why did you start writing about Asian men? Easy enough answer. I’m Asian… Part Japanese and really if you grow up as a local kid in Hawai’i, you’re going to have a lot of Asian influences. But mostly because it was familiar but at the same

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time… since I’m writing from Cole’s very “single cultured” point of view in the Dirty series… a challenge.

Also, Asian men are fricking hot.

Actually hadn’t planned on being an official M/M writer. I’ve been writing for an Asian audience for a few years and thought; You know, I should write these for a more mainstream global market. And I wanted to take a stab at mysteries. No pun. Honest. I wrote Dirty Kiss and it sort of sat for a while. Then one day said, off you go and into Dreamspinner’s clutches it went. They were gracious enough to accept it and the sequel, Dirty Secret. The third book in the series is Dirty Laundry and will be coming out probably early next year.

I have a new series coming out. The first book is called Sinner’s Gin and will be published by Dreamspinner Press in mid-December. Wonderful people there. They take good care of me.

Let’s see, final notes. I live in Southern California and have a lovely group of dear friends who put up with me and my coffee addiction.


Currently, my house is host to three dogs and three cats. It was never supposed to reach that high of a number but honestly, a couple just moved in and suddenly… I had a crazy animal lady starter kit. The cat in the Dirty series is based off of my own cat, Koneko-Chan. The dog in the Sinner’s series is an homage to a few of the sweet and terrible cairn terrorists I’ve had in my life. He does resemble my current cairn, Gus Gus.

I am also the proud caretaker of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird who is my baby. I like to cook, visit with friends and mutter in a corner to write when I’m feeling antisocial. Words with Friends will be my downfall and despite what anyone tells you, I am more than likely an annoying git who doesn’t understand the difference between a joke and sarcasm.

I can usually be found most days on twitter, @rhysford, or on my blog, I do try to answer emails and any comments people leave me. I owe you all everything for reading my stuff. Really, can’t thank you enough for having me by.

The Cole McGinnis Mysteries

Dirty Kiss

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

Jae-Min’s cousin had a dirty little secret, the kind that Cole has been familiar with all his life and that Jae-Min is still hiding from his family.  The investigation leads Cole from tasteful mansions to seedy lover’s trysts to Dirty Kiss, the place where the rich and discreet go to indulge in desires their traditional-minded families would rather know nothing about. 

It also leads Cole McGinnis into Jae-Min’s arms, and that could be a problem. Jae-Min’s cousin’s death is looking less and less like a suicide, and Jae-Min is looking more and more like a target.  Cole has already lost one lover to violence—he’s not about to lose Jae-Min too.

Dirty Secret

Loving Kim Jae-Min isn’t always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn’t know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren’t gay—at least not usually where people can see them.

But Cole can’t spend too much time unraveling his boyfriend’s issues. He has a job to do. When a singer named Scarlet asks him to help find Park Dae-Hoon, a gay Korean man who disappeared nearly two decades ago, Cole finds himself submerged in the tangled world of rich Korean families, where obligation and politics mean sacrificing happiness to preserve corporate empires. Soon the bodies start piling up without rhyme or reason. With every step Cole takes toward locating Park Dae-Hoon, another person meets their demise—and someone Cole loves could be next on the murderer’s list.

The Sinners Series

Sinner’s Gin

There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

Rhys Ford’s Contact Information:




I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball


Dirty Kiss made my top 10 book list last year. Love your writing style.

I’m in the middle of reading Dirty Secret and this made me 😎 “I spied the Cloak and Dagger bookstore before we hit our next turn. Bobby followed my gaze and murmured, “Ever go in there?”
“Yeah, it’s a nice place. Mostly mysteries, I think,” I said, remembering the last time I’d made it out to Pasadena. “Guy who runs it is fucking hot.”

Of course now I have to re-re-re-read Adrien’s books :-).

Can’t wait for your next book.

Rhys Ford
Heh…thank you so so much! Dirty Laundry is out soon. April/May 2013. Ah, Adrien. I LOVE Adrien and Jake. The Cloak and Dagger reference was a shout out to Josh. We’ve been friends for years… wow, back since the first release of Fatal Shadows. Before he added the sex even. *laughs* Mostly, I wanted to give a “hey” to him from Cole. I’d meant it as a personal DUDE! SHOUT OUT! between me and him. *laughs*. Especially since I had Cole tromping around in Adrien’s backyard. I flung it by Josh before I went to print with it just to… Read more »

So sorry I’m late to the party – crazy day at work today. Rhys you totally rock! I LOVE the Dirty series, have already pre-ordered Sinner’s Gin and can’t wait for Dirty Laundry.

I really love your blog – introduced us to so many cool Korean bands and singers and actors and just beautiful Asian men! It’s wonderful to have more diversity of characters and cultures in the books we read. You are doing a kick ass job!

Too late for questions – my brain is fried – but love your work and can’t wait for more!

Rhys Ford

:hearts01: As you know, you can always ask me questions. I try to be very approachable. Even though you sometimes have to tap my shoulder to wake me up. :nuts:

I am so happy you like the boys. Ah, SG. I have high hopes for SG and SOOOO many nerves. *crosses fingers* I hope you like them.

Saranghae. And um… it’s all research!


Awwwwwwwwwwwww Rhy’s I love your books.

Tell me

what is the most outrageous thing you have ever wanted to write?

Rhys Ford

Hah. Usually if I think about it, I write it.

Um… wow… I can’t think of anything. Sheesh. I think I wrote a dinner scene featuring a cannibal dropping off liver and kidneys to his elderly neighbours who made a steak and kidney pie out of them.

I’ll have to post one of my “horror” stories on the blog one day. I think I have one coming out of ownership soon. So the copyright will rivert to me. I’d post that one for free. 😀


Thank you so much for spending the day with us Rhys. It certainly made my work day go much better. I hope this translates into many sales so you can go on writing.

Rhys Ford

Heh… sadly, writing is an affliction. It’s kind of like freckles. And I keep quitting the damed thing all the time but they come back. 😀 Thank YOU love.


Thanks for bringing some much needed cultural diversity to my favorite genre!

Rhys Ford

Ah, thank you!

A friend and I got together once and talked about how even though both of us come from non-Caucasian backgrounds, we automatically assumed any character we were reading was Caucasian. Now, there’s nothing wrong with having Caucasian characters. I’m a blended mutt myself but I wanted to show a bit more of the world’s mix. Jae was a good litmus test since he comes from America but really a Korean cultural mindset. Straddling that line for him would be difficult.

Thank you for reading! 😀 I appreciate it.

Hi, Rhys! :bananadancer: I LOVE LOVE LOVE you Dirty series. I’m so smitten with Jai! It’s so much fun to see him and everything through Cole’s eyes. He’s great but Jai is just so damn sexy. I rave about this series to anyone who’ll listen 😀 Waiting for Dirty Laundry is proving to be a challenge. I want more Jai and Cole. What’s going to happen with the brother? Will Jai figure out anything with his family or am I in for some serious heartache and crying? Uhhhggg…don’t make me cry! :crying2: I know it’s coming but I don’t have… Read more »
Rhys Ford

Ah Jae and his family…. yes there will be some heartache. You KNEW it was coming. And well, think of it like a band-aid. We’ll rip it off slowly and hope for the best.

I’m glad you like the series. :hug: :happydance: It’s been a fun ride with Jae and Cole. Thank you so so much.

You will meet Cole’s brother in Dirty Laundry. That much I promise. 😀

I do hope you’ll like SG. Miki and Kane were great. You’ll see more of them in the sequels but the first book… all theirs. 😉

Hi, Rhys. I love the Dirty series. Cole and Jae are so wonderful as a couple and I like how they have grown through the series. Your supporting cast of characters are also incredible. I love Bobby so very glad he is getting his own story – he is always so quick and smart assed so I can’t wait to see who could knock him on his ass! Like the other commenter, the scene with Cole his stepmom and Dad was so powerful. I adored Mike and Maddy for standing up for him. Scarlet and Claudia also add so much… Read more »
Rhys Ford
Hi Hi! :wave: First, thank you. Very much. *grins* Secondly, yes… you will find out why Ben killed Rick. The fourth book, Dirty Deeds, will probably begin us on that path. I do know why and actually debating having it out in the open during Dirty Kiss but that’s not how real life is. Sometimes, it takes a bit getting to some place. Of course, much of Cole’s life is a bit over the top…. so… there you go. 😀 Oh I hope you will be surprised at who knocks Bobby on his ass…and hopefully cheer for the guy. He’s… Read more »

Hello, Rhys!

I love Dirty series. I have to tell you that I can’t remember when I hated the character as much as I hated Cole’s stepmother. I discovered some sadistic tendencies when I read that scene. :strike: I can’t wait to meat Cole’s new brother.

The blurb for Sinner’s Gin is intriguing. I know I’ll read anything with cop/detective in it. If I’m lucky I’ll grab it for a review. ^^

Lovely Neko (cat person here!). And awesome ride. What color is it?

Rhys Ford

Oh yes, Barbara. I’ve been told I need to apologize for not shooting her. :grins:

I’m glad you like the books!

Ah, SG is a different take. Third person. And well, Miki’s got some issues. Kane’s… he’s not really sure he wants those issues. Heh.

Thank you. The Firebird is a love. He’s black. Inside and out!

Thank you again! So much!


Yay! A new author for me. Sorry for being late to the party Rhys and your work sounds just what I need to read right now.
Guess I’m off to buy me some books 🙂


Ps thanks wave and friends for spot lighting new authors my TBR pile is looking very healthy again 🙂 (it was non existent for a while)

Rhys Ford

Ah, thank you so much! I hope they do not disappoint! :blush:

If you have issues with the glut of Korean names in Dirty Secret, I’ve a cast of characters on my blogsite. 😀 There are some similiar sounding names and I wanted to make it easier to follow if there’s any questions.

Thank you again! 😀


Both dirty books were great! They make a nice couple, I like the way things between them were set realistically and not an insta cure for all their ills. Very good reading and some parts cracked me up, which of course made my kids look at me like the apocalypse was about to happen….. Mums laughing, run for the hills! 😉

Can’t wait for book 3. 😀

Rhys Ford

Thank you. *grins* Of course some of it is over the top but hey, I can have a little leeway with the shooting and murders. In real life, someone would have locked Cole up a long time ago just to protect Los Angeles from him. *laughs*

Book three is soon. Just got word its pub date is April/May of 2013. *woot*


Thanx Rhys. Well if you are going to open it up like that you know I’m going to ask about Black Dog Blues. Just to get it our there. Actually I’m hoping Dreamspinner will succumb to peer pressure and just publish it already

Rhys Ford

Ah, thing is…Black Dog Blues isn’t a romance but a straight urban fantasy. I haven’t pitched it to Dreamspinner because I don’t think it suits their submissions. Okay so Kai’s bisexual…that too. I have some editing notes to work out on it and I am seriously thinking of self-pubbing it on amazon for a cheap price *grins* Maybe after Dirty Laundry comes out.


If you hadn’t used the “bi” word, which means that there are girly bits in this book, I would have offered to review it because I love urban fantasy. Now you’ll have to pitch the book to those other review sites. :againstit: :wallbash:

Rhys Ford

Well to be truthful, he’s leaning pretty heavily towards the male character. He’s historically bisexual and there is some interest in females but his main protag in the series is a guy. There’s no sex in the first book. Hell, there’s no admitting there’s attraction in the first book but it’s a great romp. You can review if you like. Or hell, I’d just send it to you to read once I get it pubbed up. Hell of a lot of fun. :popcorn:


So there is a romantic element. I’m looking forward to meeting Kai

Rhys Ford

Oh yes. There is a romantic element 😀


Hey Rhys,
I just wanted to tell you how much I love Jae-Min and Cole. This series is one of my absolute favorites. I also pre-ordered Sinner’s Gin and can’t wait to get started on that one. It looks really good. So that’s it, oh, and I love your blog! 😎

Rhys Ford

Aw, thank you so so much! :hearts01:

Cole and Jae are a challenge to write because we’re now three books in and it’s getting a bit sticky. Dirty Laundry was just set to be released in very early 2013 and after I’m done with the next Sinner’s book, it’s off back to Cole in Dirty Deeds.

I do so hope you like SG. Miki and Kane were great to write. You’ll see a bit more of them in the sequels.

Thank you so much!


Hello Rhys! 🙂

Really great interview. You’re awesome!

I absolutely love the Dirty series! It’s one of my favorite series ever. I’ve always had a thing for Korean men, and thanks to you I’m very happy now. :hearts01:

Do you know how many books the Dirty series will have?

I’m also really looking forward to Sinner’s Gin. 🙂

Rhys Ford

Morning baby!

I actually have no idea how long the Dirty Series will be. I hope I won’t do the jump the shark thing and go on longer than it should be going. I would say at least five? And Bobby’s kind of a part of that so add his book on top of that.

Sinner’s Gin. I’m actually more nervous about that one. I hope you like it! :blove2:


Love you, pookie. That is all. Oh, and your da bomb and all that good stuff too. ::mwah:: 😀

Rhys Ford

I love you too, baby. You rock the stars. :bananadancer: :bananadancer: :bananadancer:


Hi Rhys! Just wanted to say how much I love your Cole McGinnis series. I can’t wait for Dirty Laundry, especially after the way Dirty Secret ended. Can you give us any hints about that?

I am also looking forward to Sinner’s Gin. After checking out your site, I have discovered that you have plenty of inspiration from singers and hot Asian guys…LOL.

Cool that you have a 1979 Firebird. My husband has a 1968 Firebird convertible that at times I have refered to as “the other woman”.

Rhys Ford
Oh man, I LOVE the 68 body style. Such a fantastic ride. Clean lines. Good styling. How does it handle? The 79 is like driving liquid power. Beautiful car to drive. Heh… I understand your husband’s other love. *winks* Ah, Dirty Laundry. You DO meet their new brother and Cole deals with a lot of familial issues, his own and others. Bobby is there with him a lot. Claudia is MIA because of her wound but there’s a lot of Jae in this one. Claudia’s around but she’s being covered by her grandson Mo and granddaughter Sissy. Sinner’s Gin was… Read more »

Thanks for the info on Dirty Laundry. Speaking of Bobby…will he get his own story? I like him and find him very interesting. Need to know more about his personal life.

Poor Cole. He sure has to deal with a lot when it comes to his family. That scene at his brother’s house with his dad and stepmother was intense. Hope the new brother is a decent guy.

So glad I only have to wait a few more weeks until Sinner’s Gin comes out. Nice Christmas present.

Rhys Ford

Bobby WILL be getting his own story. He will be meeting someone who will knock him back on his ass. :beer: So, that’ll be in the offing.

Cole. His half-brother wasn’t what he expected but oh he also was great to write.

Sinner’s Gin… God I hope you like it. :happydance:


I’m looking forward to Cole’s story! I like the idea of someone knocking him on his ass however you meant that 😉 He’s a really fun character.

Rhys Ford

Ah, Bobby. Poor Bobby. He will not know what hit him. 😀


First let me say, you rock Rhys! Ok, so how many books will there be in the Sinners Series? If Dirty Kiss were made into a movie who would you want to play Cole and Jae? What do you like to read?

Rhys Ford
Thank you! Aish, honestly I am so grateful you all read the books. I am touched by your readership. Truly. On to answers… There will be four books in the Sinner’s Gin series. • Sinner’s Gin • Whiskey and Wry • Tequila Mockingbird • Gin and Demonic (tentative title) OOohhh… who would I get to play Cole and Jae? Hard question. Mostly because well, Cole! Um, Jae-Min? Probably Kim Jaejoong or Lee Min Ho. Cole is a bit harder. Perhaps Leandro Okabe but I don’t know if he can act. What do I like to read? I go through phases.… Read more »

Morning Rhys

I’m so glad you made it here this AM. Have you thought about setting a book in Hawaii> A contemporary, not a historical?

and another question if you will indulge me, what kind of music does Sinners Gin make? Pop, rock, heavy metal, hard rock?

Rhys Ford
Morning love! Ah, a book set in Hawai’i. It would be a complicated hot mess. A historical would probably be easier because homosexuals had a defined role in the ancient Hawaiian culture but I’d probably mess that up. Being gay in Hawai’i…and male… is complicated. Funnily enough, being a lesbian seems to be easier. There’s still a 1950s vibe for out in the country gay males but that’s changing. There is a large vibrant gay community in Hawai’i but I don’t think I could do that complex mix justice. So I would probably shy away from it. Only because I’d… Read more »
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