Friday, September 30, 2011

Romance Lives Forever: Making the Most of a Crazy Day

Romance Lives Forever: Making the Most of a Crazy Day

Life is insane just by definition. Throw in a to-do list, real life, and deadlines, and it goes over the edge. Here's a concrete idea on how to make the most of a crazy day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sheesh! I moved, againnnn

This time I moved back to Tulsa, OK where I was raised. And this time I plan on staying. Like I haven't said that before. I got tired of living in residential hotels and being away from family. Have spoke to a couple of apartment managers. Both have vacancy. I've been accepted in the effecincy apt. bldg, but would rather move into the one bedroom where I once lived. It's across the street from a shopping center. The other isn't. In the other one I'd have to depend on the bus or my brother. Will let you know next month on where I move too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Woman Writing a Male Point of View

Pure Eye Candy
The first time I read the line, "women shouldn't write male/male romance" I blinked at the computer screen in confusion. I had no idea why anyone would say such a thing. For decades, if not centuries, men have been writing female characters, and females have been writing male characters. Why, suddenly -- in the 21st century no less -- would someone think a woman writing a scene with two heroes instead of one is improper, or worse -- that she simply couldn't do the story justice? Was prejudice rearing its ugly head in an environment that demanded equal rights for all?
Perhaps it was the objection to a woman using a man's penname. You know, the way women had to take men's names in order to be published back in 19th century. George Sand comes to mind.

I'm not here to argue the point -- I am a woman who has always found guy on guy sex incredibly hot, and wanted to write a book with that theme. I read a quote recently that it's impossible to discourage the real writers, because they're going to write no matter what you say. I think today's crop of female authors writing gay romance (male/male, m/m, guy on guy, or whatever you prefer to call it) are doing a credible job. Authors who come right to mind are Kiernan Kelly, Cecilia Tan, Ariel Tachna, Katrina Strauss, Alex Beecroft, Laura Baumbach, Jet Michaels, James Buchanan... I could keep going, believe me. Try out any of these authors and you'll find quality writing, hot sex, and totally realistic male points of view. Google, anyone?

Wulf (in back) and Luc

Jerry Race is definitely a man, a good writer, and a good friend. He joined a critique group I'd created for erotica and GLBT authors, and critiqued my first m/m book (Wulf). According to him, and another man whom I knew, I got it right on the money. The book was accepted a few weeks after submission (at Liquid Silver Books). Wulf, Tales of the Chosen was a hit with male readers as well as female.

2010 EPIC Winner Surrender Love

Last year, I attended Outlantacon as a guest speaker. It's a SciFi convention with a queer slant, open to the public. There was a late night pajama party where everyone gathered to hear some of the guests read. When I held up Wulf and said I'd be reading from it, a young man in the audience exclaimed, "You wrote Wulf?" When I said I had, he stood up,  rushed to the front, and said, "I have to hug you." Yes, three of my books have been nominated for Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, and another m/m, Surrender Love, was awarded the 2010 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction Erotic Romance (a national award - and the only GLBT book in the category) -- but that heartfelt hug from a young man who loved the story beat them all. I've never doubted since that I could indeed "get it right."

I plan to keep writing both male/female and male/male romance -- from the heart. Thank you Jerry, for inviting me to drop in. I hope to come by often, and bring some eye candy. The hottie at the top had nothing to do with the subject, but I got your attention, didn't I? *wink*

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Who writes m/m erotic or erotica romance?

Have you ever wondered who writes male/male erotic or erotica romance? I always assumed men out numbered women authors of the genre. And I still do. However, I believe the answer could be a close 50/50 chance. But it's probably my luck women are the majority. Maybe wome enjoy writing the genre since they're capable of writing male characters better than men. They can add a lot of emotional qualities, maybe better than a male author.

What do you think the right answer is?

Please leave a comment. I'd love to learn your take on this post. Thanks in advance.

Jerry Race

Seductive. Sensual & hawt romance.

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