Category Archive: homosexual

Apr 10 2012

Do Male GLBT Romance Authors Have it Easier?

So what do I mean by easier? Do male authors who write in the GBLT romance category have a bigger, loyal fanbase, make more sales, and have an advantage over the female authors of the same category?

Me thinks YES!

Here’s why

  1. In many of cases, male authors of gay fiction are gay themselves. Therefore, when reading male-written gay romance the reader believes (even if they don’t admit it or even know it) that they’re getting an inside look into real M/M relationships, getting a truer male point of view.

  2. Also, knowing that most readers of gay romance and romance in general are women (according to RWA’s statistics, women make up 91 percent of the romance book buyers), I think some women tend to associate the male authors with their male protagonists.     

  3. Some women love a romantic man. And if you happened to be a male writer of romance, how more romantic could you be? You’re writing about love and emotions between men, (and in erotic romance) sex, good sex. We love that, right?

For those reasons, I also think those authors with ambiguous names like; Kaje or True, or initials instead of names like; G.A or J.S, or unisex names like; Chris, Terry or Jamie, can sell more books in the gay category as well.

I’m not saying these authors don’t have to write a good book, promote that book and social network to gather sales, readers and make a name for themselves like we all do. I’m suggesting that, due to the reasons above, some male authors of gay romance might have it a tad bit easier and get success (whatever that means. I know it’s subjective) faster than the rest of us.

How about you? What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Mar 01 2012

Questions I’ve Been Asked Pertaining to Writing & the Candid Answers: Part 1

I’ve been asked a variety of questions over the years. Some questions been asked multiple times, some are a little odd, some are simple and only people not involved in the publishing business would seek the answer.  So below are some of those questions with simple, detailed and honest answers.

Why don’t you write a book about your family or how you grew up?

I get this question mostly from my family or those I grew up with.

Simple answer:

No one cares about anyone else’s lives unless they’re celebrities or had a truly unique upbringing.

Detailed answer:

Frankly, I like writing plots from my imagination more. Although I believe my life story may have been a bit dysfunctional and entertaining to some (who doesn’t think they’re upbringing was dysfunctional?), I also believe some stories are best told to a therapist and not the public. Besides, who are we that anyone would care anyway?

I could write it for the family instead of publishing it for the public. Still a possibility is that the people included in the story won’t appreciate how I represent them? This is the sole reason I don’t create characters from true life friends and relatives.

Which brings me to …

Why don’t you write a book about my life?

Simple answer:
We all have problems, secrets, and crazy things happen to us in our lives. Why are you so special?

Detailed answer:
See detailed answer above.

Why do you write about threesomes and sex?

Simple answer:
I enjoy writing about unconventional sexual relationships.  Also, what adult doesn’t enjoy sex, even in fiction?

Detailed answer:  
Threesomes are a hot theme (hot as in spicy and popular) in erotica and erotic romances. There is a huge market for it which means there are lots and lots of people who enjoy reading ménages. It’s sexy, fun and a great way to engage in your fantasies without consequences. I can say the same about fictional sex in general. It doesn’t matter if I’m writing or reading about it, I’m entertained either way.

Why do you write about Caucasian characters?

I think this question is one that comes from ignorance. Or a person assuming you’re supposed to stick to your own kind even creatively.

Simple answer:
My stories are primarily about people, and if those people happen to be diverse so be it. It not required that I write for a specific community even if I’m placed in that group. I write for the communities I choose to write for. And I enjoy being unique, unpredictable and eccentric.

Detailed answer:
The heroes in my stories usually take on physical traits and other characteristics that I’m attracted to. And who they’re attracted to works well for that character, even if they’re attracted to Caucasians, African Americans, other men, none or all the above.  It’s part of why writing what you love works so well for me.

Why do you write about homosexual characters?

See answers to question above.

Later I will post part 2 which delves more into questions I receive about publishing. Are there questions that are not listed above that you would like the candid answer to?