Heartifact guest post
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HEARTIFACT IS OUT on NOVEMBER 24TH!
Join me in welcoming Ash to my blog today with his newest novella, Heartifact! Ash advocates for abused youth and the net proceeds of this book benefit those youth in three countries. Thank you for supporting this novella! And don’t forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!
Net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,
le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy
Heartifact is available from
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WRITING THE ANTI-ANXIETY DUDE
A special thanks to Andrea for hosting me today. It’s great to be here!
If you’ve read Andrea’s books, you know she has writing the “anti-anxiety dude” down pat. What do I mean by this? Men don’t display angst for all to see—mostly. They are, in the main, outwardly calm though they may be internalizing a crapload of anxiety. Andrea has an arch ability to portray men who are secretly freaking out inside as calm, collected, cool cats—er, characters. We identify with these characters, and I envy Andrea’s talent.
You may find Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Indicator to be about as accurate as astrology, the last digit of pi, or one of those nihilistic quizzes on Facebook. How very INTP. But let us consider the primary personality types in Myers-Briggs—that miraculously (not) mirror the male character roles that appear in fiction.
1. Guardian: responsible, serious, values tradition, steady worker, loyal, and organized. Typically adheres steadfastly to convention, gender roles, and traditions—all while freaking out about what laws or traditions they’ve broken.
2. Overseer: decisive, results-oriented, straightforward, and wholesome. Typically stubborn, albeit a commendable leader—all while freaking out about the tryst in which they find themselves involved.
3. Defender: stable, peaceful, observant, and structured. Typically nurturing, orderly, hardworking, calm, and usually a sidekick with deductive reasoning—all while freaking out about a crime he has yet to solve.
4. Caregiver: cooperative, warmhearted, and present-minded. Typically nonjudgmental and who fights for his family and traditions—all while freaking out after having given up a job and moved to a strange city for the one who has captured his heart.
5. Strategist: rational, future-oriented, knowledgeable, and efficient. Typically confident and takes relationships seriously, though can be judgmental—all while freaking out and blaming his significant other for miscommunication.
6. Executive: decisive, confident, and driven. Typically colder, a more action-oriented leader, a dominant extraverted thinker, and mastermind behind a large organization—all while freaking out about this messy thing called love.
7. Thinker: abstract thinker, and independent. Typically a mad scientist, incredibly intelligent, eccentric, preoccupied with ideas—all while freaking out over not being able to execute on a damn thing because he’s too busy over-thinking his new relationship.
8. Originator: communicative, rational, and clever. Typically a quick thinker with a sharp tongue, easily bored, and prefers independence—all while freaking out because he realizes he wants to keep his new relationship.
9. Craftsman: an unstructured, present-minded artisan. Typically a quiet, kinesthetic learner who abhor rules and regiments—all while freaking out because he finds himself in love with someone who isn’t only structured, but OCD.
10. Persuader: detail-oriented, adventurous, and showy. Typically uses his eye for intricacies to his advantage, likely to be constantly on-the-go, charming, and clever—all while freaking out about meeting someone who can multi-task better than he can. Let the competition begin!
11. Composer: slow-paced, loyal, reserved, and hands-on. Typically private, devoted to close friends, likely to dislike mundane tasks, not the best student but excels at physical activities—all while freaking out about accidentally falling in love.
12. Entertainer: spontaneous, practical, and unstructured. Typically enthusiastic, sensual and charming, and bored easily—all while freaking out because he’s certain the grass is greener on the other side but he’s fallen hopelessly in love.
13. Protector: insightful, perfectionist, and principled. Typically works hard, is stubborn about ideals and the type of work he does, unconventional, complex, and warmly interested in people—all while freaking out about whether his sexy new neighbor will discover his voyeurism.
14. Giver: Organized, honest, creative, and sensitive. Typically decisive, maddened by social injustices, is social, and takes relationships seriously—all while freaking out about the sexy guy he refuses to love.
15. Dreamer: Idealistic, bright, cooperative, and energetic. Typically sensitive, eccentric, thoughtful, open-minded, and deeply interested in the lives of others—all while freaking out about his new (what he thinks is an) imaginary friend.
16. Advocate: cooperative, energetic, and bright. Typically dabbles and excels in many activities, thrives on thrilling experiences and relationships, optimistic, and susceptible to the romantic and skillful—all while freaking out about whether his heart will be broken again.
Andrea has every one of these personality types down in her books. Go read them! They are awesome!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Andrea! Go read Heartifact and see if you can determine which personality type (or combination thereof) best fits Harper Kidd. Hint: It’s no coincidence that he bears a pirate’s last name. Thanks for joining us today and don’t forget to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and two signed books from me!
Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.
Harper’s spirits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.
When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.
About Aisling Mancy
Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.