Author Interview, Romance

About a Book – Tally by J. M. Northup

J. M. Northup

Norns Triad Publications


Starved for love and fearing time is running out, attorney Tally Abram seeks the aid of her gay best friends, Lex and Ishkode Ackerman, in fathering the children she desperately wants. Will they comply? Will Tally find the family she craves? Or will her need for completion destroy the most important relationships in her life?


This book explores the ideas of family structure, tri-parenting, and polyamorous relationships. It contains mature material and is not suitable for those under 18 years of age.

Where did the idea for the story come from?

It was born from the concept of tri-parenting and how that might come into play in a modern family as well as the antiquated laws that still exist on the books.

Summarise your book in ten words.

Every family’s unconventional, and love is undefinable, especially by law.

Give a quote from the books, one that says little but speaks volumes. 

Returning to his filing, he decided, we all deserve love.  We all have a right to a family; to be happy – it’s one of the founding principles of our country, for goodness sake.  Besides, I have to believe a loving family, despite its composition, will bring up thoughtful, tolerant, and caring people.  This isn’t a detriment, but rather, it will change the state of the world for the better.

Give a short summary of what the book is about.

An orphaned girl, raised by her workaholic uncle, learns to put her career before her life until it seems too late.  Feeling desperate, she makes a plea to her best friends – a gay couple – to help conceive and raise the child she desires.  With a complicated past, the trio navigate emotional waters and the legal ramifications of making such a decision.

What genre is it?

MMF Romance

Where are you located?


Why do you think the readers will want to read it?

Many types of families and relationships are represented.  This story is about loving who you are and the people around you.  It’s about understanding the unnecessary restrictions (and guilt) we put on love, and why we need to break out from these constraints.  Plus, it is a tender love story with some steamy scenes.


In the past, sex with Tally had brought forth a lot of doubt.  It made both men question their own tastes, challenging what they believed about themselves and each other.  A single night with Tally destroyed months of trust.  In many ways, we had to begin again, rebuilding everything between us.  Ishkode prayed there would not be a repeat of their agonizing history.  Sexuality is confusing, not to mention, complex, but no matter what happens, I won’t let anything come between Lexi and me.  Not even Tally.

I loved this book because it was different and the concept was beautifully dealt with. You can read my review here.

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