Hey, and thanks for having me here! I’m Jaidon Wells, and I wrote Dandy, which, among many other things, is a story about two men, Andrew and Cassidy, who don’t like to make it easy to fall in love. Their first, unexpected—and seemingly impossible given that Andrew had been led to believe Cassidy was dead—meeting in an occult store (which you can read in its entirety on LT3’s website) sets the tone for their entire following romance. And that tone is one of deliberate and (from Cassidy’s side, at least) cheerful antagonism.

I’ve always had a weakness for love stories that start out as rivalries, so it comes as no surprise to me (or likely anyone who really knows me) that my first published novel would be composed of exactly that: two boys who love to be difficult with one another. I couldn’t tell you exactly where my personal love for that particular trope came from, but, bottom line, it has a lot to do with the kind of interaction rivalries produce (or can, anyways). And one such symptom happens to be my favorite thing to write: banter. Nothing’s quite as enjoyable for me as snappy back-and-forth conversation between romantic leads, and, with Dandy, I got to write it in near every scene between Andrew and Cassidy.

That was one of the biggest appeals of writing this book for me and, I think, a large part of its charm. The relationship starts out as pretty much pure antagonism, with (at least from Cassidy’s perspective) all the enjoyment of it coming from needling the other person into extreme irritation, without any deeper feelings behind it. The story is a fairly slow build and that antagonism remains threaded through the whole novel, but the tone and the meaning behind it changes. The constant back and forth goes from simply something to gain irritating enjoyment out of, to flirtation, and, eventually, a way to express some deeper feelings that have developed without appearing to express them. Although, I’ll admit, Cassidy never actually stops enjoying needling Andrew. It simply becomes another way in which they communicate, and one that I hope is enjoyable for the audience.

Relationships can be portrayed in a near endless number of ways, and character interactions can be played out in just about as many. My favorite path for romance, though, remains the one that isn’t smooth, that maybe takes a few sharp twists and turns, but remains fun the whole way through.

Andrew is a little overwhelmed, between grad school, his bookstore job, crazy friends, and a roommate slowly turning criminal. The very last thing he needs is more stress, but it’s what he gets anyway, in the form of Cassidy, the frustrating, intriguing, and supposed-to-be-dead brother of his law-breaking roommate.

Throw in a flamboyant campus hero, a series of kitchen fires, a slanderous romance manuscript, stoner music shops, an arguably-mad scientist, a terrible indie band, and a blue period, and Andrew realizes that being overwhelmed is easy. It’s the rapidly spinning out of control that’s a bit difficult to handle.

You can buy it here.


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About the Author

Jaidon was born in South Bend, Indiana, and spent some time in Michigan, before settling down in Dalls, Texas. He sometimes regrets this because of the god-awful summers and the fact that he’s picked up a bit of a southern accent. Y’all, it’s unfortunate. In Spring of 2013, he received a degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas, which is problematic only because now everyone he knows seems to have developed a psychiatric disorder. Weird.

Jaidon has been an avid reader since childhood and wrote his first short story at 7 (which has, fortunately, been lost to the ages) and attempted his first novel at 13 (which, unfortunately, has not been lost to the ages; he still has a copy on his computer). He started out writing stories with the full intent of breaking the reader’s heart, and, now, has somehow ended up writing all comedy and romance with happy endings. Go figure.

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