Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of The Other Five Percent and the Murmur Inc. series. Thanks so much for following my blog tour. I’m thrilled to be here and to talk about my latest novel, coming out July 10th. Stay tuned for fun facts about The Other Five Percent, an inside peek at writing it, and to find out more about our dashing leading men. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About The Other Five Percent
Logan Vanderveer has a joke he’s been telling since college: he’s ninety-five percent straight. He did some experimenting in school, but none of the men he fooled around with inspired him to abandon “the plan”: meet a nice girl, get married, and settle down, just like his parents always said.
None of them except Ellis Floyd, who aroused desires and feelings that scared Logan. So much so that he abandoned their burgeoning relationship just as it might have become something. But four years later, Ellis is back, and Logan finds himself questioning his sexuality in a big way.
Ellis doesn’t fit into Logan’s plan. He’s happy being a starving artist, whereas Logan has sold his soul to corporate America. Ellis is ripped jeans, and Logan is tailored suits. And, most notably, Ellis is out. But seeing him again is dredging up memories—like how it feels to kiss Ellis, and that time they almost went all the way. With chemistry like theirs, Logan isn’t sure he can—or should—keep ignoring the other five percent.
How I Got the Idea for this Novel
Earlier in my blog tour, I touched briefly on what inspired me to write The Other Five Percent, but I say where the idea actually came from. It’s a funny story I’d love to share with you all now!
I’ve gotten ideas from some unusual sources before—phone games, late night infomercials, my cat—but this one really came out of nowhere. I was on Facebook, of all places. That’s usually where I go when I’m decidedly not working on my writing.
I have a fellow author friend named Jef Rouner, to whom this book is dedicated. He and I have never actually met in real life, but we run in the same political circles and have had many a long conversation about pop culture, nerd life, writing, feminism, Doctor Who, you name it. Although on the particular day that he gave me the idea for The Other Five Percent, he wasn’t even talking to me.
I was creeping on one of his Facebook threads (Jef, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry for cyberstalking you. I’ll send you some brownies in apology). Jef had said something about homosexuality somewhere in the thread, and someone asked him what his orientation is. In response, he said, “I’m ninety-five percent straight.” And in that instant, it was like a proverbial lightbulb appeared above my head.
I was convinced there was a book there. Jef’s phrasing inspired one of my favorite exchanges in all of The Other Five Percent. “I’m ninety-five percent straight.” “Or you’re one hundred percent bisexual.”
I got Jef’s permission to take his offhand Facebook comment and extrapolate it into 40,000 words worth of fluffy gay smut. The rest is history!
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About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching ’em all.
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To celebrate the release of The Other Five Percent, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 15, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!