Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Rooftops by John Wiley


I get inspiration in a lot of places. Sometimes it’s from real life.

In 2003 my family went on a cruise to Mexico and it was one of the best Christmases ever. I loved it so much that it inspired me to start my first novel: My Guide to Surviving a Cruise Vacation With the Family of a Friend. It still remains unfinished, but it is all mapped out and will likely be the next book that I work on. It’s definitely not that same story that it started out as, but any art project is likely to change from inception to completion.

Television is another inspiration for me. Shows with smart writing, humor, heart, and likable characters inspire me. Wonderfalls for example always inspires me to start writing again. It’s a show that on paper sounds ridiculous:

“Although a recent graduate of Brown University, Jaye Tyler decides to ignore her degree, live in a trailer and work at a tourist gift shop in Niagara Falls called Wonderfalls—-much to the despair of her well-to-do family. But Jaye’s aimless life takes a startling turn after a lion figurine begins talking to her. Her family calls it an “episode,” but Jaye knows better.

Fearing for her sanity, Jaye nevertheless starts doing exactly what an increasing number of inanimate objects tell her to do and is amazed when her outrageous actions begin changing people’s lives in unexpected ways.”

Maybe the bizarre plot is why it was cancelled after only four episodes. Luckily the entire series was released on DVD so we get to see how the story ends – one of the perfect endings to a TV series in my opinion.

But I digress. The relationships between the characters inspire me to have believable relationships between my characters. The way someone is casually mentioned in one episode and then shows up later in the season is something I want to be able to do in my writing. I want to hint at something that ends up being important, but you don’t realize it’s important at the time.

The hardest part of inspiration, for me though, is to not take from what inspired you. For example, hearing a joke that you like and subconsciously putting it in your work could get you in trouble. But if you’re truly inspired and creative, you won’t have to steal someone else’s material: they’ll want to steal yours.

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Title: Rooftops
Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Length: Novel
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing

2015NewAbout the Book

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?

rooftops cover


“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.”

“What about?”

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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2015NewAbout 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.


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