We Speak Out! (On Triple R)

Just wanted to start that post with a flavour of controversy… but in fact it was more like a flavour of conviviality, because we had a very nice time yesterday (Wednesday 3 May) being interviewed on Multi-Storied, the books and writing show on Melbourne community radio station Triple R.

Hear us explain why Adam had to be unaware of his hotness, who we’d cast in the film adaptation of The Hot Guy, how Adam’s childhood best mate got his name, and much, much more!

Have a listen…


It’s Publication Day: Hooray!

It’s the moment we were vaguely imagining when we stood around in the concourse at Parliament station for at least half an hour, talking hilarious nonsense about hot guys.

It’s the moment we began to imagine more clearly when we met for lunch at Hells Kitchen and began to sketch the framework of the novel.

It’s the moment we eagerly awaited when we finished our first draft.

It’s the moment that seemed thrillingly close when we met our new publisher, Angela Meyer, and our new agent, Alex Adsett, to sign our publishing and representation contracts.

As of today, 1 May, The Hot Guy is now officially published!

You can find a copy wherever good books are sold, in hard copy and ebook format. If it’s not at your favourite bookseller (bricks-and-mortar or online) then please request it!


A Real-Life Alistair!

In an article that’s gone viral for its numbing awfulness, the New York Post has achieved something extraordinary: profiling a dreadful man and somehow managing to include lots of other dreadful people as well!

When it came to dating in New York as a 30-something executive in private equity, Dan Rochkind had no problem snagging the city’s most beautiful women.

“I could have [anyone] I wanted,” says Rochkind, now 40 and an Upper East Sider with a muscular build and a full head of hair. “I met some nice people, but realistically I went for the hottest girl you could find.”

We read the article and thought, “Hahaha, it is a real-life Alistair!” Alistair is the awful snob Cate is dating at the start of The Hot Guy, who dumps her for making a YOLO joke.

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Movie Talk: Are Beards Hot?

We live in beard-centric times. Even Victoria Police is getting some pushback on its longstanding policy that all officers must be clean-shaven. In The Hot Guy, Adam grows a Beard of Sorrow, hoping to make himself less attractive, but to his dismay, it only makes him hotter.

Anthony has a tradition of growing a beard every summer and then shaving it off again, despite all his friends saying he looks great with a beard. Mel even started a blog to memorialise his lost beards.

But this year, Anthony has not shaved off the beard! He still has it right now! We decided to sit down for a chat about beards in movies and TV, and whether they’re hot or not…

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Hotness Around The World

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY. We just stumbled across this BuzzFeed video about different ideals of hotness in different countries. (It also claims our homegrown Hemsworths are considered among the world’s hottest guys.)

In The Hot Guy we deliberately don’t describe our protagonist Adam, so you can imagine he looks like whatever you consider hot. Which of these hilarious models is your favourite?

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Hot Fuzz

Here’s some more hotness in the news! We spotted this cotton tale on Victoria Police social media:

Constable Stewart hopped to the rescue for an unlikely victim in Derrimut yesterday.

The black and white bun was being chased by a felon of the feline kind when Const Stewart stepped in and scooped him up.

After a quick visit to the local vet, the rabbit was given the all-clear.

However, at least half the Facebook comments are from thirsty women who’d like Constable Stewart to cradle their buns. Click through to see if you agree!

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We Joked About It, But Someone Has Actually Made A Poo App

There’s a scene in The Hot Guy in which our heroine Cate is angsting over her career, and her friends Kirsty and Vanessa offer lots of not-very-helpful advice.

“I need a fresh start,” Cate said, fidgeting with the kite in her hands.
“Well, what sort of job do you want?” said Vanessa.
“Maybe,” said Kirsty, “you could have your own internet startup!”
“What would I be starting up?” said Cate.
“It doesn’t even matter!” Kirsty said, tugging on her left set of strings to bring her kite around in an arc. “That’s the beauty of internet startups. Just start a website of some sort. An app… or a bot… maybe a crap butt… crap-bot app… butt? I know! It could be called Crappr! And it could tell you when you have to go to the toilet.”
“I think my body already does that,” said Cate.
“It’s a standard feature among humans,” said Vanessa.
“My body tells me when I’m hungry, but there are still heaps of apps about restaurants,” Kirsty said defensively.
“Maybe it’s a social network where people share their poos,” said Vanessa. “Some people love talking about that shit.”
“Um, how did we get here?” Cate said. “I’m not working on a butt app.”

Perhaps Kirsty was onto something after all, because today we learned about D Free, a Japanese wearable tech device that uses ultrasound to monitor bowel movements, and sends you a text message warning that you’re about to shit your pants.

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