Book Name: Please Understand
Author Name: Fai Marie Dawson
Release Date: July 30, 2015
Pages or Words: 239 pages/82,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, *Trans
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Melody Pond
She marched straight over to Tommie, who was innocently concentrating in his chair, bent over his laptop. He didn’t stand a chance.
Tommie looked up and scanned the shop. Not finding me, he sacrificed himself for the greater cause.
He said something I couldn’t hear then he looked around the shop again, I supposed in a vain hope that I might come rescue him. I saw him take a deep breath, preparing himself for the inevitable. Poor man didn’t have a clue what he was up against. I knew I should come out of hiding, but so help me, I didn’t have the strength. I had been dealing with her on my own every Friday for over a year, and my morbid curiosity wanted to see what she could do to someone else.
“What can I help you with, Ms. ––?
“Mrs. Jones.” She said it decisively and firmly. No question about it, she was Mrs. Jones. Like no other, she stood like a rock.
He nodded and snapped his laptop shut. “What can I help you with, Mrs. Jones?” When he stood, her eyes scanned down his body like a CT scan, slowly taking in and savoring every inch carefully.
He carried his laptop and set it on the shelf under the front counter. Mrs. Jones took in the view from behind, her head tilted thoughtfully.
I remained silent. This was getting interesting. I was seeing a side of Mrs. Jones I hadn’t known existed. I was anxious to see if Tommie could handle her.
“Well,” she said a bit breathlessly. “Tommie, your jeans are a bit tight.” He turned slowly, but her eyes settled on his midsection, centering on the zipper of his jeans.
“My eyes are up here, Mrs. Jones.”
“Totally inappropriate!” But her eyes still wandered appreciatively over Tommie’s landscape.
“Very well, Mrs. Jones,” I saw him smile pleasantly then ask, “But may I help you find something?”
I didn’t hear what she said, but to my dismay, he led her to the closet where my adult books were stashed. I almost came out to prevent the disaster that I anticipated, but instead of indignation, within moments they returned to the front desk, and I watched as he rang up her purchases. She had chosen several books.
“I hope you enjoy these, Mrs. Jones.”
“You’ve been most helpful, Tommie, not like that naughty Fox that you work for.”
She waved goodbye happily and blew him a kiss as she went out the door, her purchases held tightly to her ample chest.
“Coward!” I assumed he was talking to me, although he didn’t look up.
Meet Fai Dawson:
Fai Dawson lives in a small town thirty miles northeast of Seattle Washington in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with her beloved wife, Becky. Together, they work on restoring their 110-year-old Victorian home. She spends her days writing, blogging and walking Moxie, their Newfie-Chow through the rainy streets of town. Pepe, a brave and proud tuxedo cat is her muse, ever mindful of providing inspiration for her next project. Although she has filled countless journals in her life, she began writing seriously in 2009 as a way to deal with anxiety. She is currently working on her next manuscript.
Q&A with Fai Dawson
1. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
1) My wife and I celebrate three wedding anniversaries a year. I’ve married her three times, without ever breaking up!
2) I was once a fireman on a steam train attraction. The locomotive was a Pacific Coast Shay, which was used during the legendary logging days in Washington State.
3) I taught myself to type when I was in grade school with the idea that I could create my own books!
4) I have twelve manuscripts in various stages. One is written and ready for the re-write.
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Paris! I fell in love with Paris while doing research for my manuscript, LeMarais. Amazing city! Amazing people! I must go there!
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
1) Sacré Bleu, by Christopher Moore. I love anything by Christopher Moore! His books remind me not to take life so seriously.
2) The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Absolutely beautiful writing. I loved the main character!
3) Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. This story took me into a mysterious and magical world, where I wandered around for days!
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
This is a hard question, because it depends on what I’m celebrating or mourning. For my ecstatic culinary delights, I go to a nearby Thai restaurant where I always order their Yellow Sapphire Chicken Curry with white rice. Years ago, my fav restaurant was Italian. They had a baked spaghetti dish that was fabulous. When they closed, I was in despair! I still try out Italian restaurants and recipes, looking for a passable version of Spaghetti d’Angelo’s. It’s like love lost—you never forget!
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
My goals for the next 12 months include completing my current work in progress, Seeking the Code of Being, and finishing the re-write of LeMarais. In my personal life, I plan to paint the kitchen a bright yellow this fall, and build a patio before spring.
6. What do you like to read?
I love literary fiction that focuses on the emotional upheaval and development of the characters. Where the main action is the turmoil within. I like thrillers, creepy ones in strange houses. And I’m a sucker for self-help books, DIY books on home repair since my home is 110 years old. Of course, I never pass up a book about cats!
7. What do you look for when choosing a book to read?
I love browsing through books either in a quaint book store or online. The cover is important since I’m very visual. I am drawn to dark covers, or brown and gold covers. After passing the cover test, I open the book to page 25. If that page presents questions about the characters, I buy the book.
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
I would love a device that would augment my imagination. A pair of video glasses that would connect (wirelessly) to my brain waves, so I could watch what I’m writing (or reading) in full screen, Technicolor, surround sound. Yes!
9. What does the word “romantic” mean to you?
It’s in a glance across a crowded room. Finishing each other’s sentences. Knowing what your lover needs before they do. Waking up and finding them doing the dishes. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable to them. Respecting safe words. If necessary, sacrificing your reputation, safety and status, just to be with them. That is a good beginning.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
My current project, Seeking the Code of Being, is about a man who struggles with paranoid schizophrenia. His desire for relief takes him on a quest that may open the gates of heaven, or reveal the door to hell.
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