Thanks so much for being with us! We are so excited about the new book, Hush.
I’m delighted to be here! Thank you for having me! I’m very excited about Hush, too, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. This is a very special book to me.
Can you tell us a bit about it? Of course, we have some questions…
What was the inspiration for a federal judge MC?
This book is actually inspired by my husband. We were driving in the car one day, after Enemy Within released, and I was talking out loud about what I should write about next. He chimed in, saying that he had an idea. He wanted to see a federal judge, who was a dedicated public servant and closeted, and hadn’t let himself really live, find new love and a new life with someone at the court. “Maybe something happens and he sees one of the U.S. Marshals in a new light, and he decides he wants to try to live a little.”
From that, came this book. It’s a LOT deeper than the original idea, and there are so many twists and turns, now. A full international terrorism case and trial, conspiracy, whodunnit murder exploits, and the federal judge – Tom Brewer – trying to find love.
Are your characters based on anyone in real life? How about your experiences – how much do the figure into your stories?
A little of me and my husband is in everything that I write. Tom’s thoughts and experiences very closely mirror my own, in terms of internal reconciliation and struggles with self identity. My experiences in law enforcement helped guide the investigation and the criminal trial aspects as well, though writing from the point of view of the judge was a unique and brand-new experience.
How much of Etta May, the Bassett hound, was based on your own Baby?
SO much! Pretty much all of her, actually, is based on our dog. Etta Mae, the Basset Hound, is probably a little better behaved and less spoiled than our dog!
What was the easiest chapter to write? The most difficult?
Ooo, good question… The easiest chapter… would probably be Tom’s internal angst and fears. It was easy to tap into those places inside me and pull out the pain and the hurt, the feelings of shame and self loathing, and the fears of exposure. That’s not a happy answer, but it’s the truth.
The hardest would be much more technical. The technical details of the trial, and lining everything up in the right sequence of events. Making sure all the Ts were crossed and the Is were dotted.
In a broader sense, what is your favorite book that you’ve authored? And then, what’s your favorite by someone else?
I’m very proud of this book, and I’m very proud of Enemy Within. I love all the books I’ve written, but those two are probably my favorites. Enemy Within because I love how the trilogy concludes, and I think the characters all self actualize into their best forms in that novel. We see them at their best, loving each other, fighting the good fight, and going all out. Hush because it’s different than so many other books, and because I put a lot of my own experiences, fears, and soul into Tom.
Favorite book by someone else? I really love the book The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russel. It’s a fascinating and unique piece of literature, and I find it haunting and poetic.
What are your thoughts on co-authoring? Who would be your dream co-author?
I am open to it! I have ideas and plans going with two authors, one still in the “we want to do this, but we don’t know what” stage. I don’t have a dream co-author, as I think every author is unique and brings their own gifts to the table. Every co-author arrangement is actually the creation of a new, third author, in my mind. The melding of your two talents to create something completely new.
What was the best compliment you’ve ever gotten on your writing?
That someone says I wrote what they felt. What was in their heart and soul. That they were reading stories they wished to see. That for the first time, they could see a gay man as a hero, just like James Bond or any Hollywood actor. That they, the reader, could feel everything my characters felt, down to their bones. That the characters and the stories have stayed with them, months and months and months after closing the book.
What do you do when faced with writer’s block? Or do you even suffer from block?
I generally don’t. I power through it. Words on the page is the cure to writer’s block, and so if I struggle, I just keep putting words down, even I they’re crap. That’s what editing is for!
Is there any genre you refuse to write? Read?
Hmmm… I’m not into censorship. However, I don’t read or write anything hateful. I never want to spread hate in any form, or any kind of hateful, hurtful messaging.
Describe yourself in three words.
Oh God, I’m terrible at this. 😊 Alright, I asked my editor, and here’s what she said:
Loyal. Confident. Overachiever. Amazing. Passionate. Writer. Dog-slave. Comedian.
Can you give us a hint on what might be coming up next?
More of everything! I’m going to start the Executive Office Part II, a following trilogy with all of the characters you know and love. More stand alones. A spy story, a military thriller, a contemporary drama, much like Hush. I want to keep writing forever.
Tal Bauer is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBT romantic thrillers, bringing together a career in law enforcement and international humanitarian aid to create dynamic characters, intriguing plots, and exotic locations. He is happily married and lives with his husband and their Basset Hound in Texas. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.
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Other Books By Tal Bauer
The Executive Office Series
Enemies of the State
Enemy of My Enemy
Apocalypse of the Angels Series
A Time to Rise