New Release: "A Starr Is Born" by Ryan Field; The Erotic 1980 "Cruising" Movie Playset; Ryan Field Books

New Release: “A Starr Is Born” by Ryan Field

I have a new release out this month titled, A Starr Is Born, with Riverdale Ave Books in NYC that’s been waiting in the proverbial wings for a couple of months now. And I wanted to explain a few things about it before it goes live.

When the publisher asked me to do this, I didn’t hesitate because I’ve always liked the basic trope of all Star is Born remakes. At the time I wrote this particular book I hadn’t seen the newest version with Lady Gaga. I didn’t want to be influenced by it. I wanted my version to be a parody, I wanted it to be a gay erotic version, and I wanted the “star” of the book to be totally different. And, of course, I wanted to have a happy ending this time. I’m not giving out any spoilers, but my book does not end like all the other Star is Born movies. Even that is parody.

I also wanted to create a main character who crossed gender lines. He isn’t transgender, he doesn’t identify as a woman, and I didn’t want to write a transgender story because I’m not transgender. I’m sure there are plenty of excellent trans authors capable of writing trans fiction without my help. In other words, I don’t want to be THAT gay male author who appropriates trans fiction. But I did want to explore a character who identifies as gay, but feels compelled to cross the traditional gender lines. He’s more than a drag performer, too. He doesn’t follow the set rules of drag culture and he often questions this in the book. He’s more like a performer who pushes his own limits in his own creative way, in real life and on stage. And he’s not afraid to explore his feminine side or his masculine side.

With that said, here’s the blurb.

A Starr Is Born is a gay retake of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male POV. It’s partly light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance. From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, it follows the paths of a handsome, badly-behaving rock star named Harrison Parker and a sexy gender bending performer who is just starting out named Morton Starr.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage. 

I’ll post links when I get them.   

The Erotic 1980 “Cruising” Movie Playset

If you’ve never seen the classic erotic gay movie, Cruising, you should try to make a point of seeing it. It’s classic gay culture, pre-AIDS. And now there’s a quasi kid’s playset based on the movie. 

The commercial for the thankfully fake children’s playset (below) shows two kids racing a van along an electronic racetrack. Attached to the racetrack are a miniature city block — complete with a gay bar named “The Clog” — and a wandering stranger. 

Here’s the link to read more.  There’s a video, and more history about Cruising

Sleepless In San Francisco

Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan]

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

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