Author Spotlight - Noah Steele
Very excited to welcome Noah Steele to the blog today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hi! I’m Noah! I’m a young gay man from Toronto, Canada and I’ve been self-publishing for a little over a year and a half now. I’m a big believer in magic, ghosts, aliens, and (thanks to a combo of Sailor Moon and Final Fantasy) the incredible powers of love and friendship! When I’m not writing, I love to paint, sing, work out, and play video games. I also love cats and all kinds of bread! Like, a lot.
How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?
I think me and my books are best described as swoony emotional daydreams. They're like contemporary fantasies that just make your heart swell because they're cute and hot and satisfying, and it's that fuzzy afterglow that I think captures what I'm all about.
Tell us about what you're currently working on.
Two major projects! I'm writing the series finale for my instalove Cut to the Feeling series. It's about a college musician (for readers, Theo is getting his HEA!) and a tattooed florist caught up in the craziness of his wealthy family.
I'm also in the outlining stages for a small town friends-to-lovers romance that will be my first non-instalove book, and I'm SO excited about it! The world is becoming so vivid in my mind, it's practically begging to be a series.
If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?
It would be my first book, Racing into Love, and I'd do it with a totally queer cast of unknown actors. I tried to do a dream cast recently and it was mostly straight actors who look similar to the guys I've written, but I would LOVE for it to be a cast of queer actors who really just embody the spirit of my guys.
What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?
Oh my god, this really quirky house right by Lake Ainslie in Nova Scotia. I was on a retreat with two of my friends who are artists, and this house was nuts. The stairs made me feel like I was gonna fall through them, the showers had spiders I had to learn to love, there was an entire room that was just floor-to-ceiling VHS tapes and an old TV.
What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?
The characters always come first, way ahead of anything else. I'm a pantser learning to be a better plotter, and I've been a vivid dreamer all my life, so it's easy to imagine people! From there, I do a lot of workshopping both solo and with a local group of good friends who are also authors to really nail down plot points I may or may not stick to. I also totally believe that good ideas and dreams are the same thing! A good idea is just a dream with enough accessible stuff in it to market.
If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?
I'm a really avid video gamer and would lose my whole mind if I got to write character concepts or a script for a Final Fantasy game. Like, I could literally die seven seconds later and I would be totally fine with it because I got to be part of something that has shaped so much of me over the years. To be able to give back and create an experience that combines Final Fantasy with me wanting to make everything gay and happy would just be the best.
Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?
Beckett! I think a lot of people forget Beckett exists, because he's the main character in a novella that I can't add to the series list on Amazon, so people might be missing his story in Acts of Love. He doesn't have a huge personality or killer good looks. He's just a nervous college boy in over his head with a guy he never thought would look his way trying to figure out his feelings before something tries to pull them apart. He's a bit understated, but I think he's one of my most relatable guys.
What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.
My favorite that I've written is Visions of Love. Marc, my heavy-hearted law school dropout turned barista, is going through some really tough stuff, and the book is as much about him learning to trust on the friends who want to connect with him as much as it is about Marc learning to love again when he meets flirty Scottish artist Connor.
A favorite read I always recommend to others is Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, magical realism, and paranormal/supernatural reads, and I think about the intensity and emotional impact of The Night Circus a lot. It's so memorable!
Favorite show to binge watch?
The one I go back to semi-regularly is Charmed, because I watched it growing up and got my boyfriend hooked when we met a decade ago. My latest binge was Rita, this amazing Danish show about a teacher who is really rough around the edges and has a lot going on, but she has the biggest heart and cares so much.
What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?
Josie and The Pussycats, which is a perfect film!!!
Favorite quote or song lyric:
From MUNA's Pink Light: "But there's a pink light in my apartment It comes mid-morning as a reminder That at the right time, in the right surroundings I will be lovely, but I can't help thinking"
Is there anything else you want anyone to know?
Just that your support and readership mean a lot to me. I didn't have representation in the media as a gay man while I was growing up. Whenever I did, it was always something portrayed as negative or shameful or difficult that had to be overcome and tolerated in order to be happy, and that is just not true. You reading the kinds of gay romances I find so much joy in writing makes me feel so full and so happy, and it's a really powerful statement that queer joy is important to celebrate <3.
Where is the best place to find you online?
My Facebook group! We talk about books, guys, stuff we love, and sometimes I share some short freebies. www.facebook.com/groups/authornoahsteele
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