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“Bad Idea” Week – Characters Interview: Trip & Silas


It’s our final day of “Bad Idea” Week…and what better way to end it all then with the main characters themselves…

Trip & Silas are here! Trip & Silas are here!!!!!!!!

Ok…so, we’re excited to have…erm…Trip & Silas here…on the blog to talk about their relationship and the road to get here.  This will be a mostly spoiler free interview.  No major plot points given away…but some alluded to.  So read with caution and if you’re a spoiler stickler…save this interview for later!

Let’s welcome them, shall we?!  Hi Trip! Hi Silas!

Silas: Hey, y’all.
Trip: Yeah. Uh. Hi.
Silas: Siddown, man. She’s not gonna bite.

Awwww…you guys are so cute together. You’re obviously a TEAM in this, supporting each other. But it was quite the journey.  How’s everything going for you guys these days?

*A grin from Trip*

Silas: Fan-fucking-tacular! We been working on this project with a friend of mine–
Trip: Kurt Bogusz. Who’s a–
Silas: Dick pretty much.
Trip: In every way.
Silas: But a smart one. He’s publishing Scratch in time to release it at Bent-Con in Los Angeles in a couple weeks.
Trip: Cause he’s too douche-y to spend money to go to San Diego.
Silas: Okay. Easy there
Trip: Sorry.
Silas: I’ve spent most the summer doing character modeling for the videogame. Trip’s been penciling Issue 2 of Scratch. Hoo-boy is that one gonna get dirty.
Trip: No.
Silas: Yup. ‘Cause the two heroes already met, see?
Trip: My friend Rina says it’s erotic romance. Not erotica.
Silas: Best part? After last spring, we made a deal. Every time he loses track of time or turns up late, I get to request a panel and he has to incorporate it. Let’s just say: our creative juices have been flowing.
Trip: Gross. Well, Issue 2 is definitely more explicit. Not porn, but it’s raunchier and grittier. I’m just testing the margins.

*Silas squeezes Trip’s thigh*

Trip: H’yeah. Oh-kay. Anyways….

Silas, since not everyone’s read the book yet, tell us how you and Trip met.

Silas: Kurt runs this charity thing called OutRun, which is a big Zombie deal out in Central Park. I do creature makeup for him. Well, back on New Year’s I was painting the creepers and one of the boss monsters didn’t show. Normally that’s not a big deal, but we don’t exactly have understudies. So my crew painted me up and I went to find Kurt to give him the heads up… I see this one–
Trip: Making a break for it.
Silas: Headed for the bushes, sexy as all get out dressed as a doctor. I know a good thing. So I took off after him.
Trip: To molest an innocent—
Silas: Pfft. Innocent my ass.
Trip: Innocent young artist who needed to take a leak and score some black-market Claritin. I wasn’t even supposed to be there, but my friends asked.
Silas: And aren’t you glad, Mr. Spector? Huh?
Trip: Yeah…

Honestly Trip, What was it about a man in zombie makeup that could possibly have attracted you to Silas?

Trip: Have y’seen him? All that manliness down on his knees rugged and sneaky, drawling up at me. I nearly passed out.
Silas: ‘Cause all the blood went to your bojangles. I yanked his flag right off.
Trip: I almost had a heart attack. All those muscles and he was funny and sweet. Talented. I dunno. He looked me right in the eye, and he just…
Silas: I knew exactly who you were. Right off, I knew.
Trip: Yeah. That’s why. He had this look in his eyes.
Silas: Funny thing, He didn’t even know what I looked like. Not really. I’d been airbrushed top to toes and my face all tore up. I had these silicone organs hanging out. And then he ran away before I could get his number.
Trip: Only for a little while. I came back, eventually. Well, a week or so later.
Silas: Did my head in.
Trip: Took awhile, but I got your number. Didn’t I? I think we were both surprised.

Silas…why Trip?  :)  You’re a commitment-phobe. You like to play around.  What was it about Trip that made you want to stick?

Silas: Seriously? He’s just…He makes me want to be better. I dunno. I mean, he’s gorgeous and brilliant and–
Trip: Shut up.
Silas: –can fuck me bowlegged four times a day, but he’s the first guy ever looked close enough to notice who I was. The zombie thing mighta helped there.
Trip:  No.
Silas: Yeah. I was in disguise and he had time to think about me before he started assuming shit. And he wasn’t afraid.
Trip: I was terrified.
Silas: But not of me.

What role did all your friends have in helping this relationship along?  

*Silas snorts*

Trip: Well, mostly they gave a lot of good advice, which did exactly squat. They stayed out of our way and let us fuck things right up. Well…my friends did. If I’d let ’em, Jillian and Rina would have handcuffed us together and locked the door till we picked out a silver pattern.
Silas: Our friends meant well, all of ’em. But we had other stuff to sort out. My best bud—
Trip: Who calls me Speck. Oh, and Drip. To my face, he does this.
Silas: Yeah. Kurt hates him pretty much. And vice versa. But Kurt hates this one in this totally jealous way that’s kinda endearing and sweet. They’re like brothers who fight all the time but cover for each other. It’s cause they’re so alike, but they’d die before–
Trip: No.
Silas: They are. Stubborn and sarcastic and picky as all get-out. Funny, too, and loyal. They think I don’t know but they’re starting to actually joke around with each other. C’mon. Hasn’t he gotten better?
Trip: Yeah. He pays us and fucks off.
Silas: Naw. Kurt’s terrified of Trip because Trip isn’t terrified of him. It’s kinda sweet. Since we started working on the game, they’ve cobbled together some kinda truce. They call each other names and snarl, but they’re in business together. Hell, they’ve done junkets now. Kurt doesn’t take on partners lightly.
Trip: The man does know how to make a buck.

I’m mad at both of you for being so stubborn.  Would it have KILLED you to just call or email one another?  What was keeping you…apart?

Trip: We talked alla time.
Silas: She means after Chicago.
Trip: Yeah, uhh. One cataclysmic meltdown a year is plenty, thanks. This isn’t Blackest Night.
Silas: He made it clear enough at C2E2, and I’d taken my lumps.
Trip: Sorry. I’m sorry.
Silas: We both acted like dicks.
Trip: I was way worse.
Silas: Granted. Yeah. Duh. But for a reason. Trip wasn’t ready for Chicago. I’d pushed him too hard even though I knew better and he panicked. We covered our soft spots and crawled out of the wreckage. We’re both—
Trip: Survivors.
Silas: Yeah. We were surviving. That’s a good thing. We both needed time to figure shit out.

There were some REALLY emotional parts in this book…I was shocked that in the midst of the madness and the fandom…my heart was going through the ringer.  Between Chicago con, afraid/frayed, Rina’isms (I love her!), finally standing up to Unboyfriend….  Did you guys realize your journey would be so emotional? 

Silas: Not hardly.  I wonder if I’d have stuck around if I’d known just how crazy things would get.
Trip: C’mon.
Silas: Seriously. You would’ve?
Trip: What’d I know? I had nothing to compare it to. All of my dating had been, I dunno, sort of silly and sparse. I get impatient with people, or vice versa. Then after New Year’s I got thrown in the deep end, handcuffed and blindfolded.
Silas: Yes, please.
Trip: Stop.
Silas: My daddy always said, “Nothing that comes easy is worth having.”
Trip: Well you sure as shit weren’t easy.
Silas: Hey!
Trip: I’m worse. I acted like such a schmuck.
Silas: Hard ain’t always bad. I spent my whole life avoiding scary problems. No thanks. The whole spring felt like a rotten idea almost every step of the way. But it wasn’t. Huh?
Trip: Nope. It was a happy accident.
Silas: Mmmh.

So…how is it working together and dating each other?  Everything going ok?

Silas: Yes ma’am! I’ve crammed everything I’ve got into his place. Rent control. With the money from Unbored, we can afford a separate studio…
Trip: Mr. Goolsby makes me eat green things. He never puts his pants on.
Silas: He hides my underwear Swear to god. He looks all sweet but total perv. Every time I take my pants off. So he can draw–
Trip: Do laundry like a good boyfriend. Did I mention he snores like a lawnmower?
Silas: You’re such a liar. I do not snore. Now that his allergies have vanished he’s convinced that I got ’em.
Trip: Not snores exactly, more like a rumble in his chest when he’s dreaming. I like it, Mr. Goolsby.
Silas: Well…. Then I think I plan to keep on doing it.

TRIP…be good to Silas.  He’s such a good guy.  SILAS…be patient with Trip.  He can get there…just needs the support.  

Trip: He’s the best man I’ve ever met. So funny. Sexy. Mensch-y. If we weren’t a couple, I think he’d be my best friend.
Silas: Bubba, I am your best friend. That’s what the lady is saying. That’s why I can put up with him so easy. I don’t have to be patient, because I know one thing.
Trip: Hush.
Silas: I know him. This guy. I mean, outside of monsters and makeup, I don’t know shit about anything except him. So I don’t have to be patient, I just have to remember who he is and who I am… Any waiting I gotta do comes easy.

We love you both.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Can’t wait to read more in the coming books! 

Trip: Thanks. Thank you. It was nice to come hang out.
Silas: Real friendly. Take care….
Trip: Uh. Bye.
Silas: See y’all later. We gotta get back to Unbored for a demo. Mr. Spector?
Trip: Yeah? Sheesh. I was waiting for you.



4656955Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Having lived all over, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter.

Though new to gay romance, Damon has been a full-time writer for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He has won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.


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18 comments on ““Bad Idea” Week – Characters Interview: Trip & Silas

  1. Allison
    October 25, 2013

    I am so falling in love with these guys, sigh… I love character interviews, thank you!


  2. Kim W
    October 25, 2013

    Count me in for the giveaway.


  3. Sunny
    October 25, 2013

    I already have the book, but wanted to say I love this interview. Huge smile on my face. :)


  4. shelley
    October 25, 2013

    SIGH-LAS! OMG I LOVED THIS!! Trip scored points and everything! Oh boy, these guys are adorkable aren’t they? I need to up my rating of this book, honestly – what was I thinking. Best character interview EVER! Loved it. Thank you! It makes me very happy :D


    • Damon Suede
      October 25, 2013

      Thank you so much Shelley. These guys are so in my head right now that it all just poured out. I felt guilty at first because they were so chatty but Susan assured me it was okay. Many thanks for the kind words. :)


  5. Mandy
    October 25, 2013

    What a cute character interview. It gives a good feel for the book.


  6. Christine J.
    October 25, 2013

    Soooo love these guys! I want this book! ;)


  7. jenf27
    October 25, 2013

    Thanks for the wonderful character interview! Each blog makes look forward to reading the book even more.


  8. Trix
    October 25, 2013

    I wonder if we’ll get to see panels of SCRATCH, in the series or elsewhere?


    • Damon Suede
      October 25, 2013

      I’m working on those. Rey is painting three trading cards and we’re still trying to chart a course or the actual comic book version of Horn Gate… Fingers crossed and all. LOL


  9. Carolyn
    October 25, 2013

    Okay, I skipped a few bits because I’m only one-fourth of the way through (oh, busy life, why are trying to get between me and Bad Idea!), but I adored the glimpses into the guys being all happy and in love. Who knew it’d all work out? Talk about a spoiler! Seriously, though, I will come back after I’m finished because I will need just a little more of them to get over the bittersweet feeling I’ll have after finishing the book.

    I just need to add one semi-related thought: The “Mr. Spector” and “Mr. Goolsby” thing is endearing as all get-out, and it makes me happy each and every time one of them uses it.


    • Carolyn
      October 25, 2013

      Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you all at boysinourbooks and, of course, you, Damon thank you for the wonderful week of Bad Idea. Part of me is refusing to believe the fun is over, so this is the part of me that has good manners and faces reality. The other part has her eyes shut tight, with fingers in her ears, saying “la la la.” (It’s sad really. Probably too much romance reading has spoiled her for anything but happy endings.) Thanks for sharing so much with us!


      • Damon Suede
        October 25, 2013

        Thank you so much, Carolyn. The BioB crew has been so fun to work with. I’ll definitely do anything they ever ask of me! :)


        • Sheri
          October 26, 2013

          We had an amazing time this week! Can’t thank you enough for swinging by to play.
          *psstttt* I am head over heels for these two. Truly, they are so endearing, crazy fun, super sweet and utterly addicting. Can’t wait for more!!


  10. Jenni
    October 25, 2013

    “Can’t wait to read more in the coming books!”

    Coming books? Did I miss something? *flails* Who’s book do we get next?


    • Damon Suede
      October 25, 2013

      Kurt’s up next. :)

      She’s referring to the convo about the Itch/Scratch series we talked about in the interview on Tuesday. For the (contemporary) Itch books, Bad Idea kicked things off and the next novel will focus on Kurt and someone he can’t get past.

      And then I’ll also be writing Silas and Trip’s “very graphic novel” as the (paranormal) Scratch series which started with Horn Gate. If you prefer one subgenre or the other, you totally don’t have to read both series…but for omnivores they interrelate in fun ways and reflect themes back on each other for people who want the “inner workings” laid bare.


      • Jenni
        October 25, 2013

        I’m fangirling about Kurt’s story! Thank you for the response. This was my first book by you, and I loved it bunches. Looking forward to more! :)


  11. loederkoninginkatinka
    October 25, 2013

    I’m starting to feel kinda lame for not having read this book yet. OOPS.


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