Author Spencer Dryden

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A substitute plumber’s world turns upside down when he discovers his buddy’s business is providing more than plumbing services to an exclusive female clientele.

A journeyman plumber breaks union rules, risking the loss of his career, and assumes a false identity to substitute for an injured friend who owns a non-union plumbing shop. When “Gary” arrives on the job, he is stunned to discover that the client is expecting sex and not plumbing services. It’s the beginning of a day of surprises.

Motivated by his obligation to a friend and seduced by the allure of the client, “Gary” has some of the best sex of his life. He is at peace until he overhears the client making an immediate referral to a friend. Torn between conscience and friendship, he accepts the referral.

His day turns again as Britta initially spurns his services, much to “Gary’s” relief, then asks him to do some plumbing work. While he is working, Britta slowly drops her hostile manner, sharing more of her personal story. “Gary” finds himself longing for a deeper connection, but has to dispel Britta’s feelings of inadequacy and deal with his hidden identity.

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

“The Substitute” is another of my tradesman stories. In this story a well meaning, union journeyman plumber risks his career and assumes a false identity to substitute for a friend who owns a non-union plumbing shop. The fun begins at the first appointment when he discovers the client is expecting sex and not plumbing services.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

There wasn’t a single moment. I’ve wanted to be a non-fiction writer for many years. When I became an at-home dad I wanted to be a male version of Erma Bombeck. That idea died under a pile of dirty laundry. It was only three years ago at age 62, that I began to write fiction mostly on a whim rather than a vision quest..

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Write the story you want to hear, the way you want to hear it. Whenever Ii wander away from this rule to write to the market, it’s like pulling the plug on creativity.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?

I don’t know if perfect is the right word. My favourite hero is an ordinary guy who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. They are much more fun to write about than hunky alpha males or billionaire bad boys.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I raise dust bunnies in our tiny three bedroom home.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Negotiating the murky waters of publishing

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

My adopted home of Summer Haven, Florida (USA). My muse lives there and won’t follow me to the cold climate of Minnesota.

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

A gregarious loner

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

I’m sorry to say it’s my lap top. I started as a pen and paper writer but have switched to composing at the keyboard. I don’t think I will even know how to write manually in a few years.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

Stuck here in the frozen tundra of Minnesota waiting for the big snow removal project called May.

Author Bio:

Spencer Dryden is a new to writing fiction, but an old guy on the threshold of draining any reserves left in Medicare and Social Security. In real life he is a handyman, an at-home dad, inventor, and web videographer, living a quiet life in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, USA.

He earned an MBA from a prestigious Midwestern university but is so far behind on the career earnings scale of his peers that the university has offered to refund his tuition if he will return his diploma and disavow his affiliation, lest he continue to denigrate the school’s impeccable brand.

He has a beautiful trophy wife ready to spend his royalties. Like all good romance writers, he has a cat but prefers to pet his wife.

This is his fourth work published by Breathless Press.

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