Please welcome CF White to the blog today talking about her latest release Misdemeanor.
Hey, thank you so much for having me here on Gay Book Reviews to talk about my latest release, Misdemeanor – book 1 in the Responsible Adult Serial.
Firstly, I should probably point out that it is a serial. The three books lead almost directly on from one another. Perhaps that hasn’t been made clear up until now. I don’t want to give too much away, but pointing that out here and now seems to be the sensible thing to do.
This is my second blog post to promote the book and I detailed in my last post about the inspirations behind the book?that being the inclusion of a Williams Syndrome child and hoping to raise some awareness of the relatively unknown condition. So I thought I’d use this opportunity to explain some of the themes and underlying premise of the serial as a whole.
Responsible Adult, consisting of Misdemeanor, Hard Time and Reformed, is set in a small town in south east England. Rife with idle gossip and filled with a cast of characters who will, at some point in the serial, experience prejudgment based on who they are and their backgrounds. It’s the theme that runs throughout. That people can never be seen beyond face value and how difficult it is in such a small town to move beyond pre conceived social statuses that have been moulded since birth.
To demonstrate, I thought I’d introduce a few characters and examples.
Let’s start with our two MCs.
Micky O’Neill – nineteen. A past life filled with juvenile delinquency, Micky is seen as nothing more than a rogue brought up on the wrong side of town by the wrong sort of people. He’s considered a threat, a no-hoper and a criminal. Even our second MC, Dan, shows a bit of this pre-judgement and misconception when he meets Micky for the first time:
“Intended recipient?” Dan chuckled. They weren’t exactly the words he would expect to come from the bit of rough sitting opposite him when talking about a drunken bar fight.
But Micky is sole carer to and has main responsibility for his disabled eight-year-old brother. His ultimate love for vulnerable Flynn is what drives him to better himself. Micky hides his intelligence and has a heart of pure gold when it comes to those he loves.
Dan Peters – twenty-five. Openly gay, nice guy. Brought up on the other side of town in a more middle-class family, Dan is a successful university graduate with a managerial position at an upper-middle-class supermarket. His openly gay status from a young age caused gossip to spread and even pre-judgement from some of his friends.
Dougie, however, seemed to be fascinated by Dan’s revelation and constantly asked questions about his life. Dan felt as though he let him down most of the time with his mundane answers. Dougie expected Dan to be a playboy. To wear tight pink sparkly shorts and dance in the cages at G-A-Y in London. He didn’t.
Then there are the rumors…
“Nah, it’s just, there was all this stuff going around about him when he was at school,” Paul said, still snickering. “Apparently, he blew the PE teacher.”
But it’s not just the MCs who face misconceptions about who they are. Every character in the serial does at some point. Another two examples have been considered as controversial. So I thought I’d point out why they have been written the way they have.
Dougie – Dan’s employee, a rotund shelf stacker at the supermarket. He eats almost constantly and is seen as not really caring too much about his appearance. He has low self-esteem, which ultimately leads him to shy away and eat. He openly mocks himself, perhaps inviting others to do the same. He isn’t a representation of all large people – he is a character whose nature brings a light comedic relief to the angst in the story. But Dougie evolves as a character like everyone else. He learns that love isn’t face value: he learns to love himself and has a few of the most profound statements in the books, crushing the theory that Dougie is to be laughed at.
Jason – Micky’s best mate. He has all the same judgments made about him, categorizing him as a rough kid and a bully, one with criminal intentions. He acts the big man because he’s expected to. All of which lead even Micky to judge Jason on how he would respond to Micky’s closeted status. Jason, too, evolves as a character, proving once again that preconceived misconceptions can be a dangerous thing.
Responsible Adult has a string of underlying themes, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked is the age-old ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and to ‘not judge people before you know their whole story.’
That enough book/writing euphemisms? Yeah, okay. Well, Dan’s a book lover so I couldn’t resist.
I do hope you will give Misdemeanor a go. It’s raw, emotional, has a few dark themes and it’s as British as fish and chips with curry sauce – in its humor and writing style.
Thank you for reading 🙂
Author: CF White
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Page Count: 226
After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.
Juggling college, a dead end job and Flynn’s special needs means Micky has to put his bad boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn’t have time for anything else in his life.
Until he meets Dan.
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride…Website Twitter Facebook