Blog Tour: Breakfast at Midnight by Kim Dias

Kim Dias is making her clubhouse debut and she's talking romance! Our most favorite topic ever!

Boy Meets Boy Guest Post—Breakfast at Midnight by Kim Dias

Romance may be the most maligned genre in literary circles. Of course, literary circles tend to look down on genre fiction in general, but romance in particular receives sneers, raised eyebrows, and that singular “oh” that says so much. What a waste of time, perhaps, or I thought you were a serious writer or Why?

It’s the last one I feel best equipped to answer. So many people more eloquent than me have addressed the others (I’m particularly fond of Sarah Nicolas’s “Romance Is Trashy, And Other Things You Need To Stop Saying”). But why do I write romance? Why do I write romance when the world is such a mess? Why do I write romance when scary things are happening, when politics are terrifying, when there are so many more important things going on than people falling in love?

Because if not now, then when?

When Big Awful Scary things are happening in the world, we don’t only need stories about the Big Awful Scary things. In fact, that’s when we need the stories that allow us to escape more than ever. We live in the world; we know how awful it is. What we need a reminder of is the good things. The escapes to new worlds and the fantasies and, yes, the people falling in love. Nothing else gives me peace the same way that reading a really good romance does. Nothing else makes me believe Sam Gamgee that, yes, there is still some good in the world (oh, look, something deep from a fantasy novel—who would have guessed?).

I don’t lean strongly towards happy endings. But what I love are hopeful endings. I don’t need a happily ever after. But I do need a reminder that everything won’t always be terrible. If all the stories around me were dark and hopeless, why would that motivate me to move towards something better?

Romance gives us hope. If that isn’t important enough for you, I don’t know what on earth could be.

Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.

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Author Bio:
Kim Dias has been writing for years, but has been making up stories for what feels like forever. She writes love stories, preferably with a side of hot sex; Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards constantly inspire her to do better.

When not focused on her studies at the University of Victoria, Kim spends her time working on her novel, which she swears will one day be finished. She loves dogs, reading in front of fireplaces, and days spent in the sunshine. She believes whole-heartedly that stories can change the world.

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ICYMI: see our tag team review of it here.

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