Rooftops started as a joke between me and my friend in 2007. I had just graduated college in May and he was getting ready to graduate in December so we were planning out the next chapter of our lives. We both had aspirations to go to California and experience life somewhere other than Ohio, where we’ve spent our whole live. We got as far and looking at apartments and applying for jobs. While doing this I decided to write our California adventures as a story, and that’s how Rooftops was born.
Originally the characters were named after us and included some of our friends too. The story began at the party the night before they leave for LA and ended on the rooftop after the first night in town. Several years later I found the story again in my computer and decided to add to it. At this point, my friend and I had fallen out and we were in completely different locations in life. I changed the character names from our names to Rhys and Erick, took our friends out of the story, and added a new character called Joey.
Joey was a necessity for me to continue the story. I couldn’t figure out where to take the story from the original ending, so I decided to add a new character to show another aspect of life after college. He also was more of an accurate representation of where I was in life now than the character originally based on me. I also liked that his story shows that A) you can follow your dreams wherever you are and B) you can keep friendships alive despite the distance between you.
The hardest part of the book was the climax of the July chapter. First, a little backstory for those that haven’t read the book yet, Rooftops is split up between three months: June, July, and August, with an epilogue in December. Without giving anything away, July ends with an important scene that changes the direction of the book. I had trouble making sure it felt like a natural progression to that scene and that it wasn’t forced. The scene takes place at a concert because I felt that the noise and crowd and general chaos of a concert would help extend the emotions of the characters.
One thing that I strive for all of my books and stories to have is a happy ending. That’s a personal belief of mine, that despite all the hardships and strife in life, we all will get our happy ending eventually. I feel like it’s a realistic ending and that everything isn’t tied up in a nice little bow. But everyone leaves the story in a happy and good place, and that’s the message I want to spread in my works. I’m not an author that tries to have deep meaning in my works, I like light books that allow you to escape for a little bit, and I feel like I accomplished that, and leaves you with a smile on your face.
Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing
Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.
Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.
Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.
And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.
While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?
Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?
“Beggars can’t be choosers.”
“Well this beggar isn’t interested in dating someone with a tattoo of a Smurf on his arm. Well, what started as a Smurf anyway. Last I saw it was more the size of Babe the blue ox. But even more of an issue is why a grown man would have a Smurf tattooed on him!”
Joey laughs as he flicks his cigarette butt into the parking lot below. “It’s crazy, though, how fast these four years have gone by.”
“I know,” Rhys agrees. “Luckily I got a good roommate. I don’t think I ever told you how nervous I was.”
Rhys sighs. “Being gay at college, I guess. I knew I would come out during my first year; the pressure of basically living a lie was eating away at me and making me incredibly depressed. I was terrified, though, that I would get some big homophobe roommate.” Rhys chuckles.
“What?” Joey asks, smirking.
“I had such a crush on you when I first met you.”
“Oh, I knew that.”
“Erick knows that you used to have a crush on him too.”
“That’s a lie!” Rhys yells.
“What’s going on?” Erick asks, coming out to the porch with a beer in hand.
“I was just telling Rhys about that night we talked about how he was in love with both of us.”
“Love is an awfully strong word, guys. And besides, I never had a crush on Erick.”
“Uh, the first time we met you checked out my ass.”
“Oh my God, you saw that?” Rhys turns red. “Oh my God, that’s so embarrassing!” He covers his head with his arms and shakes with laughter. “I can never face you again.”
“That’s going to make living together awkward.”
“I probably set the gay-rights movement back a few years, lusting after both of my straight best friends. Straights will never be comfortable around gays again, all thanks to me.”
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About the author
JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.