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Emotional Weekend: Cory Monteith; Trayvon Martin; Gay Racism

This weekend I haven’t had time to post much because I’ve been out of the office, but two very significant events happened yesterday that I’ve been thinking about all day today. Although both events are totally unrelated, two young men who had families and loved ones were taken away from this earth far too early, and we’ll never again get to experience the talents Cory Monteith had to share, or the talents Trayvon Martin might have had to share with the world. From what I’ve seen on social media this weekend, both Cory and Trayvon left an emotional impact on many people. More than I think either one of them ever would have realized. I read one facebook update about Trayvon Martin by an author last night that I know truly came from her heart.

But I have always promised that I would never discuss politics, religion, or hot topic issues on this blog, and I’m not going to comment any further on Trayvon Martin. This post is about the tragedy itself, it’s not a political rant where I’m going to scream and shout who was right and who was wrong. In this respect, I agree with the statement President Obama issued:

President Obama called the death of Trayvon Martin a tragedy on Sunday. But after a verdict that sparked charged reactions nationwide, he urged Americans to focus on “calm reflection.”

I’m nobody special. I’m just a small genre author who tries to entertain people as best I can, and I never expect to make billions of dollars or have large publishers knock on my door. But I also don’t believe that any form of violence or discrimination has ever resulted in something positive, and to remain completely silent isn’t right either.

I once read a comment that went like this, paraphrased, “Don’t get into any online flame wars unless you’re willing to go up on that hill and die.” I wish I had been clever enough to come up with that one first. This advice works wonders, however, we all have something in our lives for which we would be willing to go up on that hill and die. And I do understand the emotional outcries that have happened all weekend for Trayvon Martin. For me, I would be willing to go up on that hill and die for anything that involves an LGBT issue, that brand of LGBT discrimination, and the form of racism/abuse gay men and women experience.

Just like any other gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer person in the US, I experience various forms of discrimination and gay racism all the time. Sometimes it’s more obvious, sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes it comes in the form of assumption. By assumption I mean that people who aren’t gay decide to tell me what it’s like to be gay, as if they know better and that my personal experiences as a gay man mean absolutely nothing to them. One good example I can give deals with a few books I’ve written that have movie tie-in themes. All of the books are my brand of parody, and I’ve posted about this openly so many times I’m just going to link because I would only be repeating myself if I did it again. In other words, my parodies were not taken from bestselling books like Twilight and turned into multi-million dollar bestsellers by big crafty publishers like some books I won’t mention right now. And my books were never taken from gay films with gay content like Brokeback Mountain, or other gay movies, also like some books I won’t mention right now.

When I was growing up there was nothing with gay content at all in the mainstream. For a gay person who liked romance of any kind there were films like Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman and we made due with what we had because we didn’t have any choices. “They” gave us no choices. And to this day, I’m in my early forties and I still don’t see many gay romances in the mainstream for the entire community to watch. I post about gay films all the time that are trying to get funded through kickstarter. And just look at how many studios turned down the Liberace story. They had to go to HBO. When I was growing up, the majority of the LGBT books released were hard to find if you didn’t live near a small indie bookshop (most of us didn’t), so we didn’t get a chance to read LGBT romances either. I grew up completely void of any romance with even a hint of gay content. And the very few romances out there that had minor gay characters almost always ended up in suicide.

So I not only wanted to tackle a few age old storylines with my books, like Pretty Man with the Cinderella trope in the film Pretty Woman, but also make them lighter, a little humorous, and give them the strong erotic scenes I always thought would add to the parody. I didn’t want it to be a bitter political statement, but I did want to make a statement I thought was important…and still do think is important. But what was intended to be fun and satirical has often turned into a brand of gay racism that I’ve experienced all my life. This is something that someone once said about a parody I wrote:

This isn’t humorous or satirical. Good parodies are clearly commenting on the original author or a touchy current political event in a satirical way, et cetera. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled that a parody is “the use of some elements of a prior author’s composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author’s work”. This doesn’t seem to be clearly commenting on anything.

That was left by someone who didn’t think one of my books with movie tie-ins was satirical or a parody, which leads me to believe they don’t know much about what it’s like to be gay in America and face discrimination all the time. Or what it was like to grow up in America thirty years ago. I don’t mind people who disagree with me or what I write, and I respect everyone’s opinion completely. However, as a gay man, and as a gay man who has experienced the kind of blunt dismissal almost all gay people have experienced, I happen to think that my social comment by writing gay parodies on straight romances was not only touching on current political events (gay marriage for one), but also past political events that involved the LGBT community long before the term LGBT even originated (the fact that gay men were so closeted and hidden in Take Me Always). And once again, to dismiss me in such a way, and to question my motives as a gay man who has experienced this discrimination first hand is something that bothers me enough to go up on that hill and die.

The list of books I’ve written that parody straight romance movies isn’t that long, at least not compared to books and stories I’ve written that didn’t parody anything. I didn’t want to make this movie thing a career goal, but in the same respect I wanted to make my own political statement by writing those books and telling the mainstream writers and producers that we’re here, too, and that we deserve a movie or book like Pretty Man or An Officer and Gentleman sometimes. They don’t even throw us that proverbial bone unless there’s something highly sensational about the story.

I know some people get what I did, and I thank them an I truly appreciate them for getting it because it validates me as a gay person (not just a gay man: I think we’re all part of the LGBT) who is still surviving inequality just by living in the Commonwealth of PA where gay marriage is not legal. They also know that I never tried to hide the fact that my books were my brand of parody…for a gay audience or for those straight men and women who like to read gay erotic romance. Gay racism, just like ethnic racism, religious racism, and rape culture, does in fact exist all over the world, not just in the US. Sometimes it comes in the form of slamming gay people, sometimes it comes by dismissing them and ignoring them, and sometimes it even comes about by telling them that they are wrong and what they’ve experienced as gay people doesn’t matter.

But I know deep down that anyone else who is gay out there knows what I’m talking about. You know how excited you were when you first watched that Harvey Milk documentary in PBS many years ago, or when you saw a minor gay character in a movie when you didn’t expect it…even if he or she jumped off a bridge in the end. Or how excited you were when Will and Grace came on TV in the 90’s. And you were excited for one reason: you had nothing else with which to identity in the mainstream. The feedback I’ve received from younger gay men and gay men of all ages with the movie tie-in books has been phenomenal. They understood the parody and they even identified with the characters in the books. And that’s the most important thing, and the most cherished thing any writer can expect. It makes the gay racism easier to deal with for those who don’t get it, or are unwilling to acknowledge it.

So this past weekend was very emotional for a lot of people, especially in the LGBT community with the loss of Cory Monteith. Monteith was part of a TV show that broke ground for the LGBT community, even for those who didn’t like the show as much as others. He was, in many ways, the ultimate hero at times on the show. At least he was for me. I don’t watch Glee religiously, but Monteith was one of the main reasons I did watch.

The magnitude of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin has been felt ten times over each time something related to his death has happened in the past year or so. And the most recent event was the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve seen such hurt and such disappointment it’s hard to write this post. As I stated earlier, one woman author I know wrote something so eloquent I felt a sting in my eye without even realizing it. And I’m so used to racism and discrimination that doesn’t happen often for me.

We have race issues of all kinds in the US. I’m not going to get into other parts of the world because I’m not familiar with them. But we have to continue to work on things here in the US in order to move forward and to make things better for kids of all ethnic backgrounds, including LGBT kids. And once again, I’m going with the President on this one, and I’m not coming from a political place right now. This is coming from the heart:

 We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

A blogging author I follow who is a straight white male wrote a middle grade book that I read and loved. He recently posted about his book, which included a mixed-race character, and how he thinks we need more mixed race characters in YA and middle grade books. After that one post, he lost more blog followers in one day than he’d ever lost before.

Dirk Bogarde, Gay Film Stars, The Virgin Billionaire

It’s never actually been fully established that actor/author, Dirk Bogarde, was gay. But when you read the links below all evidence points toward that direction. The reason why I became curious had more to do with reading a bio of Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich, by Michael Menzies, and reviewing it earlier this week. Coward was also supposedly gay, and Dietrich was allegedly bisexual. And this made me think about a bio I read a while ago about Merv Griffin and how I tended to wonder about whether or not the information was all true. According to the Griffin bio, all of Hollywood was gay. And the more I read the more I’m starting to wonder about whether or not that bio is actually telling the complete truth.

Of course some of what’s linked to now about Bogarde is hearsay. But many of the facts are just too solid not to be true. The one solid fact that remains to be true is that men in those days did not admit to being attracted to other men. It wasn’t done, and for some serious reasons I get into below.

Dirk Bogarde’s Art of Decadence:

By the ’60s, Bogarde had had enough of being screamed at by adoring girls, and he began exercising a strong discrimination about the roles he took — at his point, Bogarde seems to have selected films on the basis that they actually said something. He flouted taboos by making “Victim” in 1961, in which he played a public figure being blackmailed for homosexuality.

(Bogarde himself was gay but denied it during most of his career; though he wrote of his early sexual relationships with women and his passionate love for Judy Garland, he never wrote about the love of his life, his manager and partner Anthony Forwood, whom he was with for more than 50 years.)

This is fascinating; I’m going to make a point of seeing this film. If he played a public figure being blackmailed for homosexuality, I have to wonder how much of this was the real Dirk Bogarde flipping the bird to the world for all the years he had to remain in the closet. I would imagine he’d reached his own personal saturation point by then. And he was tired of pretending.

Sexy Self-Image that Revved Up Dirk Bogarde:

Bogarde, says Fraser, indicated to him that the physical side of his homosexual affair with his long-term companion, Tony Forwood, had ceased but that he dared not take casual lovers for fear of publicity. Then the top British romantic screen star of the post-war era gave the younger actor a demonstration of the substitute he had found to turn him on: high-revving a static Harley-Davidson motorcycle in his loft while gazing at a poster of himself clad in crotch-hugging leather trousers as a Spanish bandit in the 1961 film The Singer Not the Song. “It looked like a Narcissus fantasy come to life,” Fraser said yesterday.

How much of this is true I don’t know. It’s not something I would have repeated in a biography had I been writing one on Bogarde. And I’m sure it’s not something Bogarde would have approved even if he’d been out of the closet. There are some places you just don’t go. This is one of them. What he did to get turned on was his own business. It’s interesting how these things always come out after the person is dead.

Dirk Bogarde Web Site:

 
DirkBogarde.co.uk is the official website of the Dirk Bogarde Estate. The site is a tribute to the actor, writer and artist, and is a non-profit-making endeavour.


It is widely known that Dirk destroyed a large part of his archive, but during his life he carefully deposited his annotated film scripts with the BFI and his literary manuscripts with Boston University. This website aims to gather together what remained and to point the way to the relevant collections, to give the uninitiated a reasonable understanding of Dirk’s important role in the Arts and to offer a glimpse of his world on and off camera.

This web site is not going to get into anything about Bogarde being gay, or anything deeper than what he would have told the press fifty years ago himself. But there are some fascinating photos and some interesting things to read.

Dirk Bogarde Wiki:

Bogarde was a lifelong bachelor and, during his life, was assumed to be homosexual.[11] Bogarde’s most serious friendship with a woman was with the French actress Capucine. For many years he shared his homes, first in Amersham and then in France, with his manager Anthony Forwood (a former husband of actress Glynis Johns and the father of their only child, actor Gareth Forwood (dec.)), but repeatedly denied that their relationship was anything but platonic. Such denials were understandable, mainly given that homosexual acts were illegal during most of his career, subject to imprisonment and against the conditions for termination specified in Rank Studio contracts with its actors,[citation needed] thus potentially putting his career as a major actor at jeopardy, which few actors of the time would risk.
 
As usual, wiki seems to be on top of it. Just by reading the beginning of the paragraph above you’ll see how this mimics the lives of so many other male Hollywood stars of the 20th Century. And, more important, the fact that “homosexual acts” were illegal sheds a new light on why so many remained deeply closeted. There’s also the career risk. In those days no one watched films with fags or homos unless they were laughing at them. To a certain extent, this still rings true today.
 
So whether or not Dirk Bogarde was actually gay remains to be seen, and it’s always going to be a mystery. Just like with so many other well known actors of his time…and actresses. I would also guess there was a certain amount of bitterness with which he both lived and died.
 
Although I took a beating from a few book reviewers with “TheVirgin Billionaire,” when I decided to parody Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” as a gay erotic romance, I don’t have any regrets about doing it. I never kept it a secret; I told the truth from day one. What I did with that hetero story, by turning it into a gay story as parody with a sense of humor, isn’t anything different than other writers have been doing for years with storylines like Pygmalion. And, Capote was also gay, but never actually came out with it openly. All you had to do was meet him once and it was obvious, so they say. And I’m sure that when he was writing “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” he didn’t have any choices. He couldn’t write gay fiction back then. He wouldn’t have had a career if he had.
 
And I could never stop wondering about how wonderful “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” might have been if there had been two gay characters falling in love instead of a straight couple. And that’s because I’m gay, and that’s what resonates with me. And sometimes we all like to flip the bird a little, with a smile.


Robert Pattinson Wants to Write His Own 50 Shades Erotica

Either Robert Pattinson has a great sense of humor and he’s sending E.L. James a message in code, or he’s about to embark on a new career as erotic author. And while I would definitely buy one of his books if he did write an erotic romance, I have a feeling he’s more interested in letting E.L. James know how he feels about “Fifty Shades of Grey” as a fanfic novel based on “Twilight.”

While the talented inner goddess author EL James has made it clear that while the bestselling erotic novel trilogy of “50 Shades” was initially based off “Twilight,” the writer is not considering to have Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in key roles Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. However, Pattinson is not after a starring part in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, but rather writing his own erotic novel for fans around the world.

Don’t ask me WTF a “talented inner goddess author” is, because I couldn’t tell you if my life depended on it. How these hack writers get paid to put things like that in print passes me by. But I have to wonder if the reason why “inner goddess author” James doesn’t want Pattinson to play Christian Grey is because FSoG is based on “Twilight” and she’d rather not be that closely associated to “Twilight” anymore. Let’s face it, I liked FSoG, but most people don’t even know it’s based on “Twilight.” Not a clue. And when you think of “Twilight” Pattinson is one of the first people who come to mind.

In a recent interview, Robert Pattinson was asked if he had any interest in eventually writing a book, and if so, what books he might want to author with his experience. The Edward Cullen actor quickly replied:

“Surely something along the lines of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ I would really like to do that and put a spin on it by inverting the casting roles: making the woman the one who is punishing the man. It would be so much fun. Something like ‘Misery’ … but really he loves to be in that situation, you know?”

Now that sounds interesting to me. He’s going to parody FSoG. I’ve always been open about the parodies I’ve written, and I’ve always written them with an intention I may or may not have talked about much. It’s not always because I’m a fan of the movie or the story…most of the time just the opposite. But there’s always been that underlying reason behind what I’ve done. And I have a feeling Pattinson has his own reasons for wanting to parody FSoG. And wouldn’t that be fun to see.

You can read more of the article here.

The Only 36 Storylines…in the World

I’ve posted before how I don’t believe there are any truly original storylines left in the world. I know some will disagree with me, but I’m not the only one who believes this.

According to this blogger, a French writer named Georges Polti actually came up with 36 storylines that have been done over and over again. In this case it’s thirty six “dramatic situations.”

This could be applied to any genre, from romance to mystery, in my opinion. The Cinderella story is a good example for romance. Pygmalion would be another. This interpretation of storyline happens in comedy all the time. Just take a look at some of the finest older sitcoms ever produced on TV and each episode is something that was usually done before.

The reason why I think it’s important to know this is because it’s not something new. It’s not even parody, like I’ve done more than a few times with erotic romance. You might think the latest book you’re reading…or writing for that matter…is completely original, but the fact is that the storyline can most likely be traced to something that’s already been done before in the past. I don’t think this is anything to get upset about. The way storylines are written, produced, and interpreted vary each time they are done. And the important thing to remember is how well they’ve been done, which is where the originality really matters. In other words, anyone can reinterpret the Cinderella storyline, but that doesn’t mean they will do it well.

Here’s a list of Polti’s thirty-six storylines:

1. Supplication: a character is desperately seeking something
– a Persecutor; a Seeker; a Power in authority, whose decision is doubtful
2. Deliverance: a character is in danger and is saved
– an Unfortunate; a Threatener; a Rescuer
3. Crime pursued by vengeance
– a Criminal; an Avenger
4. Vengeance taken for kin upon kin
– Guilty Kinsman; an Avenging Kinsman; remembrance of the Victim, a relative of both
5. Pursuit
– Punishment; a Fugitive
6. Disaster
– a Vanquished Power; a Victorious Enemy or a Misfortune
7. Falling prey to cruelty/misfortune
– an Unfortunate; a Master or a Misfortune
8. Revolt
– a Tyrant; a Conspirator
9. Daring enterprise
– a Bold Leader; an Object; an Adversary
10. Abduction
– an Abductor; the Abducted; a Guardian
11. The enigma: a problem needs to be solved by the character
– a Problem; an Interrogator; a Seeker
12. Obtaining
– a Solicitor and an Adversary who is refusing, or an Arbitrator and Opposing Parties
13. Enmity of kin or family
– a Malevolent Kinsman; a Hated or a reciprocally-hating Kinsman
14. Rivalry of kin
– the Preferred Kinsman; the Rejected Kinsman; the Object of Rivalry
15. Murderous adultery
– two Adulterers; a Betrayed Spouse
16. Madness
– a Madman; a Victim
17. Fatal imprudence
– the Imprudent; a Victim or an Object Lost
18. Involuntary crimes of love
– a Lover; a Beloved; a Revealer
19. Slaying of kin unrecognized
– the Slayer; an Unrecognized Victim
20. Self-sacrifice for an ideal
– a Hero; an Ideal; a Creditor or a Person/Thing sacrificed
21. Self-sacrifice for kin
– a Hero; a Kinsman; a Creditor or a Person/Thing sacrificed
22. All sacrificed for passion
– a Lover; an Object of fatal Passion; the Person/Thing sacrificed
23. Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
– a hero; a Beloved Victim; the Necessity for the Sacrifice
24. Rivalry of superior vs. inferior
– a Superior Rival; an Inferior Rival; the Object of Rivalry
25. Adultery
– two Adulterers; a Deceived Spouse
26. Crimes of love
– a Lover; the Beloved
27. Discovery of the dishonor of a loved one
– a Discoverer; the Guilty One
28. Obstacles to love
– two Lovers; an Obstacle
29. An enemy loved
– a Lover; the Beloved Enemy; the Hater
30. Ambition
– an Ambitious Person; a Thing Coveted; an Adversary
31. Conflict with a god
– a mortal; an Immortal
32. Mistaken jealousy
– a Jealous One; an Object of whose Possession He is Jealous; a Supposed Accomplice; a Cause or an Author of the Mistake
33. Mistaken judgment
– a Victim of the Mistake; a Cause or Author of the Mistake; the Guilty One
34. Remorse
– a Culprit; a Victim or the Sin; an Interrogator
35. Recovery of a lost one
– a Seeker; the One Found
36. Loss of loved ones
– a Kinsman Slain; a Kinsman Spectator; an Executioner


Ten years ago I probably would have disagreed with this concept and ranted about how originality is the only thing that really matters. But not anymore. I’ve seen too much and read too much. And so far I haven’t found anything of any quality that’s ever been completely original…quality being the key word here.

TBCC and the Rogue Prince


I had fun writing this book, and I haven’t talked about it much. It’s not exactly a classic Cinderella story because both main characters come from well off backgrounds. But it’s close enough because it deals with royalty. And I did model one character loosely after adorable Prince Harry. I’m a die hard royalist and always have been. And I’ve always found the complicated lives of royals absolutely fascinating. While I’m not to thrilled with William and his new wife, I think Prince Harry would be a lot of fun if he really did what he wanted to do. You just know he knows how to have a good time by looking at him, and I’m not talking about anything sexual here.

When I wrote the story for this book, I tried to imagine what would happen if someone like Prince Harry decided to take a short break from being a royal so he could find out what the real world is up to. I also used parody in several scenes from the old movie Roman Holiday. If you read the book you won’t find that many scenes from the film match scenes in the book. But one parody in particular I did was from the scene in the film where the princess is at a reception and her feet start to hurt. She takes off her shoes and no one can see this beneath her gown. And then she can’t get them back on again. Of course I couldn’t do that with a male character. It wouldn’t be possible. I rewrote the scene so that the prince in my story would be in pain because he’s wearing a penis ring beneath his formal royal military uniform. He’s so uncomfortable and the penis ring is pinching his groin so hard he puts his hand in his pocket when no one is looking and pops the penis ring. It winds up falling down his pants, and then landing on the floor. He quickly kicks it over to the man standing next to him and pretends he knows nothing about it. When the wife of the man standing next to him sees the penis ring on the floor, she punches her husband. It’s a slapstick parody of an old scene and I thought it helped break up a rather serious situation.

The only thing I wish I had done with this book was to use parody for the title as I’ve done with other books. Though the storyline is quite different from Roman Holiday, I do think that if I’d come up with a title more like “Hamptons Holiday,” or “Holiday in the Hamptons,” it would have worked better for the book. There’s a lot more background about this book I’ll write about in the future with regard to why I wasn’t thrilled with the title. Interesting stories that usually don’t happen that I’d like to share someday.

Parody, Pygmalion, and Retelling Classic Storylines


Although most people know what parody is, I find that there are some who don’t. So I wanted to write a short post about it, keeping it as simple as possible. (Even though writing parody isn’t simple to do.)

According to Wiki, this is parody:

A parody ( /ˈpærədi/; also called pastiche, spoof, send-up or lampoon), in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on, or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation. You can read more about it here.

A good example of parody would be the logo above, of MTM Enterprises. This was a parody of the old MGM logo, and clearly done very well.

Parody is something that has been done for a long time, and will continue to be used over and over again.

Pygmalion comes from Greece. The story has been retold many, many times by authors like George Bernard Shaw.

In George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, a modern variant of the myth with a subtle hint of feminism, the underclass flower-girl Eliza Doolittle is metaphorically “brought to life” by a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who teaches her to refine her accent and conversation in social situations.

Retelling this story isn’t something new. I did it, with a cast of all gay characters, in my book “My Fair Laddie.” The title of my book was a parody of the play, “My Fair Lady,” and I retold the story just like Shaw did, with gay characters, plenty of erotica, and distinct differences in the storyline so that it would work for gay men. You can read more about Pygmalion here.

The film, “Pretty Woman,” is a classic retelling of the Cinderella story.

A modern-day retelling of the Cinderella story, PRETTY WOMAN catapulted its star, the then 23-year-old Julia Roberts, into the film stratosphere. Her portrayal of Vivian, the call girl whose low self-esteem disallows her from thinking she can live any other way, was popular not only with men but also women, seeing in her their own insecurities and vulnerabilities.

You can read more about it here.

When I wrote “Pretty Man,” I did the same thing, with all gay characters, a bulter, and plenty of erotica that no one’s done before. I changed the characters completely, changed the setting, reworked the entire storyline. But I did use parody with the title. I thought my gay readers would enjoy reading the Cinderella story about gay men for a change. We rarely get an opportunity like that. All those deep, emotional, dark books about gay men are great. We love m/m romances with cupackes, cute kiddies, and ribbons and bows and picnic baskets filled with puppies and kittens. We really love them. But we like to have a little fun every now and then, too…with plenty of sex!!

These are just basic concepts of parody and retelling. For those who already know this, I hope I added something in the links that said something new so I didn’t bore you to death. For those who don’t know anything about parody, or how classic stories have been retold in very different ways, I hope I taught you something.

March 16th Release: "Cowboy Howdy"


Here’s a preview of the cover for my next release with Loveyoudivine.com. For those who don’t know, Loveyoudivine.com publishes…and has been publishing…tons of lgbt fiction for many years now. They were the first publisher I went with when I moved into digital only publishing, and I’ve concentrated on my favorite medium with them, the short story. I’ve written a few novellas for them as well. But most of my work has been concentrated on the shorty story.

Unlike some of the parodies I’ve written for other publishers, by turning what I’ve always considered cheesy, sexless straight romances into updated contemporary romances with gay characters that have four times the heat and very different storylines, all my work with Loveyoudivine.com has always been fiction that personally inspired me in one way or another…nothing at all to do with films. In this particular story, “Cowboy Howdy,” I wanted to put a Texas cowboy together with a spoiled brat gay guy from New York City to see how the dynamics would work. It’s interesting to see how they come to depend on each other in very different ways.

I’ll post more in the future as we get closer to the release date.