There was a time not too long ago when minority groups rarely ever had the chance to read a book, watch a TV show, or go to a movie where they could actually identify with the characters. At least not in the mainstream. In “old Hollywood,” Asian characters were portrayed in films by Caucasians made up to look like Asians. Black face was used all the time and no one ever got upset. And this pop culture fact of life was evident in the LGBT community. And it’s still evident. The LGBT characters I see or read about are always people who do not represent me or the LGBT people that I know, and they are usually written by people who know nothing about what it’s like to be LGBT.
There are a lot of good things being produced and written out there right now, especially in romance. But still, for the most part, I don’t think that there are enough characters out there that represent who we, the LGBT community, really are. And while the books I write are romance novels, with steamy scenes and happy endings, I also draw upon my own personal life experiences to create the characters and situations. I’m gay. I have been all my life and that’s how I’ll die. So I know what I’m talking about when it comes to being gay. I’m nothing like the characters on “Will and Grace,” and neither are any of my gay friends. I don’t have a fag hag, and neither do any of my friends. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the point.
So when I write books based on mainstream movie titles like “When Harry Met Sally,” what I’m really doing is making a strong statement that says I’d like to see a movie about WHEN HARRY MET SAL for a change instead of what I’ve been seeing for most of my life. This isn’t fan-fic. This is more like “what-if-fic.”
When Harry Beckham’s best friend asks him to drive her new, casual boyfriend, Sal Sorentino, from California to New York, Harry never expected they’d wind up as lovers their first night on the road. Harry just assumes that Sal is straight, and Harry already has a boyfriend of his own back in San Francisco.
But when Sal explains that he’s bisexual and that he’s extremely attracted to Harry, everything changes. Harry tries to resist the mutual attraction, but all it takes is one simple kiss and they both wind up having the best sex of their lives on a cross country road trip.
When they reach New York, they agree to go their separate ways and forget about each other. Harry becomes a well known designer who does national talk shows, and Sal becomes a professional poker player who lives in a mansion and owns a pet pig named Dolly. And by the time they meet up again seven years later, their lives have changed completely.
But that doesn’t stop the passionate physical connection between them from surfacing again. Though all the odds seem to be against them, their physical relationship evolves into mutual love and respect. And this unyielding love they feel for each other turns out to be stronger than anything they could have imagined.