Night Kiss by E.T. Malinowski :: Release Blitz and Exclusive Character Interview
Series: BL Entertainment Series
Author: E.T. Malinowski
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Design: Kanaxa
Length: 170,000 Words.
Keywords : Performer, office romance, Scars, Unrequited love, gay, straight, non-human,
Warnings: Warnings: Rape, child abuse, violence
What could be frightening enough to freeze the blood of a centuries-old Vampire turned K-pop idol?
Being bound to someone.
University student Cheong Jin-woo dreams of working in the arts, especially for BL Entertainment and his favorite band, Bam Kiseu. After seeing the band perform, Jin-woo separates from his friends to explore. What he discovers backstage will change his life.
Does he embrace it or run?
Jung Ki-tae has kept his secret for centuries—until a young fan interrupts his feeding. Even more disturbing is the instant bond Ki-tae feels with Jin-woo—a complication he refuses to allow. Yet resisting becomes increasingly difficult as Jin-woo and a group of students win the chance to make a video for the band, working closely with them for weeks. The obsession Ki-tae felt toward Jin-woo—even before tasting his blood—deepens into genuine feelings, feelings that terrify Ki-tae. But when he finds a way to break the bond, he’s torn between severing the connection and protecting Jin-woo….
Especially with a mysterious killer getting closer.
Exclusive Interview Character Interview
HanYin has often been described as pretty and effeminate by fans and critics alike. With his smooth features and, at times, almost manga style beauty, it isn’t hard to see where they might get that impression. Yet, when he walked into our interview at Chloris Shinchon, there was no doubting his masculinity. HanYin is a unique blend of sweet boyish charm and seductive male. He is quick to smile and to laugh, and to make sure I was comfortable, asking me several times if I was thirsty or hungry, ready to provide either should I indicate I was so inclined, ordering a simple ginger peach tea for himself. Though I had expected a bevy of bodyguards, there only seemed to be one present, a surprise considering Bam Kiseu’s popularity and the public setting. It had been a week or so since Bam Kiseu finished their world tour and now, they were participating in a scholarship program for Jeonjin University.
- Bam Kiseu recently finished a world tour. What do you do when you’re not working? How do you relax?
“Sleep” HanYin laughed. “No joke. I usually try sleep for a good twelve hours right after a tour. The schedule is so hectic, it’s hard to get good rest. I bake a lot. I love to cook. I also catch up on my TV Shows…or get hooked on new ones.” His grin is infectious.
- Of the many things you do, which one makes your heart beat the fastest?
“New songs.” His smile is bright, excited just thinking about it. “I love when we drop a new song and then perform it in front of a live audience. I mean we can see their responses on social media, but it’s not the same as seeing it on their faces. I like the smaller outdoor events because I don’t have lights shining in my face, making it too hard for me to see the fans.”
- Bam Kiseu is huge in the pop genre, do you listen to other types of music? What are some of the other bands/solo artists you listen to?
“I listen to a lot of R&B and Hip-Hop, also Cpop and Jpop. We all influence each other. Pop music has no real structure. That’s why it blends so well with other genres of music. It’s so flexible. So, when I’m writing music, these are the genres that influence me. I like traditional folk music, too. As for bands or solo artists, I like Ftisland, particularly when they do more of a rock style. I like dubstep and EDM style music and I do listen o some Skrillex. I also listen to Asking Alexandria and Black Veiled Brides. They were part of the inspiration for Call the Dragon.”
- Are you dating anyone?
This question seemed to tone down some of HanYin’s exuberance, making him a bit sad. I felt a little bad for asking. Yet, there’s also a blush on his cheeks as if he’s thinking of someone he’d like to date.
“No, not at the moment. Dating is… difficult with my schedule.”
- Is there anything you’re looking forward to or not looking forward to?
He seemed to perk back up at the idea of something. His smile returned which, in turn, made me feel better. That is the effect HanYin has on people.
“I’m looking forward to writing more songs and performing them. We have something in the works that I think the fans are going to love.”
And what aren’t you looking forward to?
“Dance practice! Goo-ji seonbae is a slave driver!” He laughs brightly almost rolling back and forth on the small couch we’ve commandeered for the interview.
- If you weren’t a musician, what would you doing right now?
“I’d probably be a chef. At least, that’s what Ki-tae-ya keeps saying. I suppose he’s right. I love cooking almost as much as I love making music and performing.”
What do you like about it?
“That I’m able to take care of my family and my friends. Sometimes, they forget to eat while working and that’s not healthy. If I bring food to the set or office and give it to them, then they will remember, especially if it’s something they love. Ki-tae-ya and Cheongul-a accuse me of trying to make them fat!”
- What do you like most about being you?
“What do I like about being me? I don’t know. I never really thought about it, specifically about being me. I like being able to make music, and through that, make people happy. I like being able to sing and to dance. I guess, I like all of it, all the good bits.”
What about the bad parts?
“Well, no one likes the bad parts, but without them, you really wouldn’t know how to recognize the good parts, would you?”
- When you feel homesick, what is your favorite food?
Just garlic chicken?
“No, I’m picky. It has to be Shandong Garlic Chicken, so I generally have to make it myself. It’s not made the same here. It’s still good garlic chicken.” He was very quick to reassure me. “It’s just not quite the same.” He looked a bit embarrassed and I couldn’t help but smile at how he was concerned he’d upset me with his answer. I love garlic chicken, too, and the way it is made here and in Shandong are different.
- Physically and emotionally, what compels you to make your music?
“Sometimes, an idea pops in my head and won’t leave me alone, like Call the Dragon. I wanted to do something from my cultural heritage. I brought the idea up to Cheongul-a and Ki-tae-ya and they really liked it, so we went with it. I look for things to write about, to share with people. I write poems, little phrases. I look at inspirational quotes. I use these things to make people smile, tap their feet, get up and dance, and to bring them joy. I have a whole notebook of ideas I’ve jotted down. I go through it every once in a while and pull out a new idea. Ki-tae-ya’s the only one I know who can just sit down at the piano and compose on the spot. I don’t know how he does it.
- What’s that one song that always gets you pumped?
“Call the Dragon. It’s my personal favorite and not just because I wrote it. There’s a lot of power and energy in that song. It speaks to something primal in me, in everyone, I think. It says stand up, be proud of who you are, and that’s what I want for people to see. They need to love and believe in themselves first before other people call. We all have a dragon inside of us, that core of strength, we just have to call it forth.
- If young you could interview you now, what would you tell your young self?
“Don’t give in to the orange!” HanYin laughed.
Don’t give into the orange?
“I was watching our old music videos the other day and came across the one for Dress Me Up. My hair was orange in that video. Not just any orange, bright neon orange, and it looked horrible! At the time, I thought it was so cool, but it was such a horrid color. Even I can’t carry off neon orange!”
I had to laugh at that. HanYin was well-known for his many different hair colors and he wore them very well. He didn’t seem incredibly upset about the orange, just adamant about never dying his hair that color again.
- If you could do a cover of any song in the world, what song would it be and why?’
“I’d love to do cover of I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. It speaks of brothers standing together, no matter what comes. That’s the type of relationship we have. It fits us. Plus, the combination of baritone, bass, and tenor with a pop remix, I think it would sound awesome. It’s a powerful song, now, just with the vocals. I’d like to play with the beat and see how I could enhance it. I can already picture the choreography in my head.” Once again, he had that infectious grin. I could tell he was very excited by the idea.
- What are some of your most memorable moments recording?
“Too many to choose from! Cheongul-a may be the leader, but Ki-tae-ya runs the studio. He once kept us in there for three days straight laying down vocals for our third full-length album. Nothing made him happy. We were exhausted. Cheongul-a started singing nursery rhymes in this little kid voice. Ki-tae-ya got so upset he walked out. I was worried because Ki-tae-ya doesn’t do that. When we went after him a few minutes later, we found him passed out on one of the couches. Turns out he’d been working on the tracks for about two weeks before he even brought us in to do the vocals. Ki-tae-ya was even more tired than we were.”
What did you do?
“We went back into the studio and laid several different vocal tracks for him while he slept. It may not seem like it, like it all comes easy to him, but Ki-tae-ya works harder than just about anyone I know.” HanYin’s expression was very serious, not the happy smile of a few moments ago. Ki-tae is often seen as a bit lackadaisical in his approach, the playboy and flirt. HanYin gives a different view of the youngest Bam Kiseu member as if it is very important that I understand this fact about Ki-tae.
- How were you as a student?
“Awful.” HanYin laughed. “I struggled with school a lot. Reading and writing were difficult for me and I was slow at it, so I didn’t want to do it which only made things worse. Numbers made a little more sense to me, but music was what made everything better. Even now, when I’m really tired, I have trouble reading and writing. I’ll even slip into speaking Mandarin instead of Korean.
You were born in Shandong, China, right?
“Yes. In Weifang.”
Do your bandmates also speak Mandarin?
“Yes, they learned so that we would always be able to communicate with each other and our fans in China.”
Was it hard for you to learn Korean?
“Yes. I struggled with it as much as I struggled with just learning to read and write. In the beginning, I could manage the lyrics, but stumbled over regular conversation, but Cheongul-a and Ki-tae-ya never gave up on me. They worked with me until I’m able to speak it as easily and fluently as I am able to speak Mandarin.”
That was an amazing accomplishment. It’s hard enough to learn a foreign language. To learn one when even your native tongue was a struggle and do so successfully, was impressive. Had HanYin not said anything, I would have had no clue he ever struggled with the language. There was nothing in his pattern of speech to indicate he was anything but fluent.
- What’s next for Bam Kiseu?
“Right now, we’re focusing on small engagements and the scholarship program. We have about a week and a half of shooting left. After that, Cheongul-a, Ki-tae-ya, and I will return to a more regular schedule and by that, I mean we’ll be running a bit ragged.” HanYin laughed. “It’s not that bad, actually. Soon, we’ll probably head back into the studio. It never takes long before the three of us are writing and recording songs. We’re constantly bringing tracks into the studio and playing ideas off each other.”
Does that mean we can expect a new album in the near future?
HanYin gave the naughtiest little boy grin I had ever seen on an idol, and I’d seen plenty, and a saucy little wink. It was truly charming. I honestly could not picture this man with any anti-fans. We finished our interview pleasantly and I found myself presented with a small box. Apparently, HanYin had baked a small treat for me; honey cookies. I don’t know if it was a lucky guess or if he’d done some research, but HanYin managed to gift me with my favorite cookie.
Thank you HanYin for popping by for the chat
Jin-woo was late and Min-su was going to kill him, but if he hadn’t gone back to the studio, they wouldn’t have their visuals, and then she would have killed him slowly. He’d had to scramble to find someone with the keys, too, forcing him to miss all the other presentations. He never realized how hard it was to find maintenance personnel on a campus this size. When he finally reached Min-su, she looked scared as hell.
“What?” he asked. “What is it? What’s wrong?”
“Um, I… I can’t breathe. I really… can’t.” Min-su puffed out her cheeks and fanned her face. “I didn’t…. If I had known, I would have chosen a different outfit. I would have done my hair, and my makeup is just…. Dammit. Why didn’t anyone tell me they were going to be here?”
“What the heck is she talking about, Jong-in-a?” Jin-woo demanded.
“We’re not just presenting to Park Soon-joon hyung,” Jong-in said quietly.
“Of course we aren’t. Seonsaengnim is there as well,” Jin-woo said. “This isn’t new.”
“It’s…. We’re…. Jin-woo-ya, Bam Kiseu is in that room!” Min-su said, grabbing him by his vest and shaking him back and forth. “HanYin oppa is in that room! Ki-tae oppa is in that room! Cheongul oppa is in that room!”
Jin-woo did the only thing he could think of. He slapped her.
Min-su stumbled back a few steps and just stared at him. Then she narrowed her eyes and came at him.
Jin-woo threw up his hands in defense of the punch coming his way.
“I’m sorry!” But it never landed. He peeked with one eye. Min-su looked completely calm.
“Thank you,” she said with a sigh. “I was losing my shit, and that’s not acceptable.”
“You’re good?” Jin-woo said.
“Good,” Jin-woo said as he began to shake. “I’m going to pass out now.”
And he did just that.
Jin-woo didn’t remember hitting the floor, but he figured that must have happened, as he was staring up at the ceiling with Min-su slapping his face and Jong-in looking terribly concerned. He caught Min-su’s wrist and held her hand to his face for a few moments, closing his eyes once more.
“No, you cannot pass out on us again. We’re up next, Jin-woo-ya!” Min-su said, an edge of desperation in her voice.
“I’m not going to pass out again. I just wanted you to stop slapping me and calm down,” he said. Then he slowly sat up, rubbing the back of his head. He looked at Jong-in and teased, “You couldn’t have caught me?”
“Nope, Min-su-ya was in the way.”
“Hey, this is not my fault,” she said, putting her hands on her hips.
“Well, you were shaking Jin-woo-ya pretty hard,” Jong-in pointed out. “There’s no need to panic. They’re people, just like us.”
No, not just like us, Jin-woo thought but wisely kept the words to himself.
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An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip. E.T. Malinowski is the youngest of seven girls. It was her love of reading that eventually led her to attempt writing. From there, a passion was born.
She began writing romance in her early teens and, at that time, never dreamed of sharing her work with anyone. With the help of several dear friends, not to mention her ex-husband, she found the courage to take that last step towards publication. As the single mother of three rambunctious boys, finding time to write is a bit difficult. Yet E.T. manages to do it, even if it’s on break or lunch at a regular day job. She has found her place in homoerotic romance. To her, love doesn’t recognize gender boundaries and is always special.
An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip.