Lisa: You spanned 3 continents to bring this story to life, but you focus primarily on Croatia and Japan. What made you choose these areas of the world? Did your research bring you any surprises?
This story is wonderfully complex. If I were to look at Mirnela’s actions alone I could probably write pages about her. She is strong, brave and very intelligent. I guess I don’t have a question, but I wonder if you want to tell us how she fleshed out while you developed your manuscript.
Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.
He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.
But does he have the strength let go and really grieve?
When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.
Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?
Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.
What new tortures do you have for us next? I understand you’re working with some Wicked Men?
Award winning writer BRANDON SHIRE is a distinct voice in contemporary fiction. Mr. Shire was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnered several Honorable Mentions, as well as a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.
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