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.