Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, has spent the last two years working as a magazine staff writer and nursing a broken heart. Craving a change in his quiet life, Quintin accepts an invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Regina Bremington, the U.S. ambassador’s glamorous wife. At the party, terror takes over when the electricity suddenly goes out and the ambassador is assassinated.
In the safety of a dark bedroom, Quintin meets a mysterious stranger named Luca, an Italian spy. Even though the two men can’t see each other, a spark is ignited that soon becomes a mutual lust. Within days, Luca arranges for them to meet again at a remote seaside town in Belgium. There, Luca confesses his true identity and convinces Quintin they must team up to bring the ambassador’s killer to justice.
Love in the Shadows was inspired by a dream I had and a song of the same title.
Original Version of the song by E.G. Daily
New Version of the song by Circuit 21:
My name is Dylan Madrid. I live in the city of Denver, but I grew up in California. I am a full-time writer and a part-time teacher. When I'm not writing novels I teach college courses in writing and the arts. Writing is my greatest passion, especially when I'm able to tell a wonderful love story.
How did you get started writing?
My love for writing comes from my love for reading. I grew up reading fantastic novels. It didn’t take long for me to realize writing was my purpose.
I’ve been writing since I was seven. I published my first short story when I was 15. Since then, I’ve never looked back. Writing brings me a deep satisfaction especially when something I’ve written connects with a reader on some level.
With each novel I write, I aim to continue to improve and strengthen my craft. Receiving feedback from my readers also motivates me. When I receive a letter from a reader who expresses they’ve identified and connected with something I’ve created, as a writer I feel like I’ve done my job.
Love in the Shadows was inspired by a dream I had, but there’s a song with the same title recorded by E.G. Daily and also by a band from Belfast called Circuit 21 that I listened to while writing the book.
What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I would really like to write a historical novel. Most likely it would be set in the 1960s. I’m fascinated with that era.
Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Most of what I write is steeped in reality, so I don’t anticipate writing science fiction or fantasy. Truthfully, I don’t think I have a broad enough imagination to do so.
So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
Love in the Shadows is the first book in a planned trilogy.
The second book, The Beautiful Lie, is being written now. In it, Quintin finds himself drawn into the life of Colette Marchand, the unfaithful wife of a French diplomat who's convinced her Spanish lover is an assassin who's been hired to kill her.
The third book in the series will be titled The Edge of Desire.
I’m currently writing a new novel, a gay romance called Backstrokes, about a classical pianist and a lifeguard falling in love. Backstrokes will be available in June from my publisher Bold Strokes Books
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions.Favorite color?
Either cobalt blue or white. I especially love the combination of the two. (I tried to combine them for you Dylan, but Blogger isn’t working with me and my formatting right now)
I was having a really bad day years ago so I decided to go to the local art house movie theatre alone. I saw Cinema Paradiso that day and I’ve never been the same since. That film touched my soul and hasn’t let go. It is the epitome of love.
I’m also a big fan of classic film noir. I think the influence of it is apparent in my work.
Book that inspired you to become an author?
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg. It’s hilarious, poignant, and beautifully written. I first read the novel when I was ten years old. By the end of the first page I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
I would love the power to heal. I’ve lost many people in my life due to illness. I wish they were still here.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
I would invite Jessica Lange, Tennessee Williams, and my grandmother. After dinner entertainment would be provided by the girl group The Shangri-Las.
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
I think every character I create is an extension of me in some way, even if only a small one. They all come from me, from my experiences in life, from people I meet, conversations I have or overhear. Certainly, some characters hit closer to home. In Love in the Shadows, I identified most with the character of Reed. He’s very certain about what he wants and he goes after it. With that said, my novels are not very autobiographical. However, I am very inspired by place. I love exploring and going to new cities and then writing about them. It’s a challenge sometimes to recreate the true essence of a place on the page, but I embrace it. It makes me work harder as a writer, but I want my novels to feel as authentic as possible for my readers.
That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!Thank you for having me and for supporting my work.
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About the Author:
Dylan Madrid is the author of the novels Mind Fields, Love in the Shadows, and Backstrokes. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he's not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.