shakespeare’s lover

Interview I Did with Italy’s Barbara Walters: Federica Bianchi

Below is part of an interview I did with Italy’s Barbara Walters, Federica Bianchi. Here’s the link to the entire piece. I’m glad I can read and write in Italian. But I’m going to look into having it translated to re-post in English. And I’d like to thank Federica for asking such excellent questions, and for taking the time to interview me.

‘Scrivo per i gay, romantici, e innamorati’di Federica Bianchi



Parla lo scrittore di romanzi erotici Ryan Field, autore di cinquanta libri di indubbio successo. ‘Il mio lettore tipo? Quello che non separa il sesso dal sentimento'(13 agosto 2010)

Ryan Field ha cominciato a scrivere romanzi erotici con uomini come protagonisti vent’anni fa, quando lavorava come redattore di Playgirl magazine. Adesso ha pubblicato oltre 50 libri, alcuni dei quali con pseudonimi che tiene gelosamente segreti. Il suo ultimo lavoro si intitola “Shakspeare’s lover”.

Come ha cominciato a scrivere romanzi erotici per uomini?

«Ho iniziato quando avevo 18 anni e facevo l’università. Mi ha fatto inziare a scrivere la mancanza di libri che desideravo leggere. Esistevano già allora i romanzi erotici per uomini ma mancava loro la componente romantica: senza romanticismo l’eros perde significato. Così ho deciso di provare a scriverli io stesso».

A quale tipologia di lettore si rivolge?

«A chi crede che sesso e amore siano inseparabili. E penso che i lettori siano sempre più in cerca di questo connubio. Ritengo anche che i lettori cerchino romanzi con un finale lieto che li sollevi dallo stress della vita reale. La lettura di un romanzo, non importa quale sia il tema, deve aiutare a fuggire dai problemi. E dalle lettere che ricevo mi sembra che la fuga dalla realtà sia proprio ciò di cui i lettori sono avidi».

A cosa fa particolare attenzione?

«Alla reazione dei lettori. Mi piace sapere cosa pensano, e accetto volentieri le loro opinioni. Ricevo lettere dalla Colombia, dal Medio Oriente, sia da uomini che da donne, da posti in cui i lettori stanno inizando ora a scoprire il genere del romanzo rosa con uomini come protagonisti. Imparo molto da cosa mi dicono».

Quanto c’è di suo in quello che scrive?

«Molte delle scene erotiche dei miei libri si basano sulla mia esperienza di uomo. Non direi la verità se dicessi il contrario, e non mi vergogno a dirlo. Io adoro gli uomini a cui piace il romanticismo, e sono stato abbastanza fortunato da conoscere molti uomini forti e romantici nella mia vita. Soprattutto italiani. Gli uomini italiani sono amanti potenti, passionali e articolati che sanno come combinare sesso e romanticismo. Ma la trama dei miei libri è pura finzione. Quando scrivo un romanzo voglio essere trascinato via dalla realtà esattamente come i miei lettori. Mentre scrivo mi capita spesso di immedesimarmi in uno dei personaggi».

OAS_RICH(‘Middle’);

Chi sono i suoi punti di riferimento della letteratura erotica?

«Sinceramente non ne ho nessuno. Cerco di non leggere altri autori così da non esserne influenzato. Ma sono un fan di Anaïs Nin. È meravigliosa: un classico. Leggo anche molti blog che parlano di storie d’amore tra uomini. Adoro la critica italiana Elisa Rolle, di cui leggo quotidianamente il blog». Che ruolo hanno i lettori digitali nel genere di letteratura che scrive? «Grazie ai lettori digitali molte persone, sia negli Stati Uniti che nel resto del mondo, che prima non avevano accesso al mio genere di romanzi adesso possono acquistarli. E chi legge romanzi erotici non sempre lo dice agli amici. Per molti è un mondo segreto che non vogliono o non possono condividere. I lettori digitali aiutano a mantenere questo segreto. Si può leggere un romanzo erotico sull’aereo senza che nessuno se ne accorga. È una cosa molto civile».


Double Post: New Release Day for THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE and a Recent Review for SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER

Today is the release day for THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE. I’m not going into any details at first because I’ve seen it written on one popular romance review blog that readers would rather form their own opinions while they are reading a book, rather than read the author’s intentions before they read it. So you can read the blurb with the link I provided above, and I’ll post more about the book after it’s been out for a while.

And this morning I saw a review for SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER that I’m almost embarrassed to mention. I can’t thank Jeff Erno enough!! It’s one of the nicest reviews I’ve ever received and I think he got what I was trying to do with both characters, Jude and Declan. Here’s the link, over at Michele and Jeff’s review blog, which I’m also linked to below, with my blog list.

What do SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER and the TV Show Glee have in Common: Excerpt

SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER is a story within a story. It’s set in l969, and the plot contains a love story that revolves around two rival colleges located outside New Orleans. One of the mc characters is a senior at St. Dymphna College for Men, and he’s writing a play for the annual school production titled “Shakespeare’s Lover.” The other mc is a twenty-one year old freshmen at Southern Memorial College for Men who belongs to the glee club. He loves the theater but isn’t allowed to act because his father thinks the theater is beneath him. So he decides to dress up as a woman and audition for the St. Dymphna play, and when the other mc discovers he’s really a man the love story begins. It sounds more complicated than it is. And though this isn’t a novel about cross dressing or transsexuals (he’s only doing drag so he can act, a “Tootsie” thing), it does get into a few examples about how poorly women are treated by men sometimes.

Below is an excerpt that hasn’t been published anywhere. Above are links to the publisher’s web site, but it will be on all the popular e-book sites, including Amazon.com, soon. And, the paperback will be released in a week or so.

Declan Lucas was the only child of the President of Southern Memorial College. He lived in the president’s grand residence, a white columned antebellum plantation house at the edge of the Southern Memorial campus with his mother and father. And though he was a student at Southern Memorial (a freshman), he wasn’t allowed to act in the school play or participate in any activities that were connected to the theater.

He’d been begging his father since high school to allow him to study acting. From the time he saw his first play at six years old, the only thing he’d ever wanted to do was act on the stage. But his father was an academic; the theater was beneath him and his family. Declan’s father had different plans for his only son, which did not include grease paint, outrageous costumes, and applause. Declan was being groomed to take over his father’s position as president of the college one day, and in order to do this he had to follow all of his father’s rules.

The one activity remotely related to the theater Declan’s father had permitted was glee club. Though he wasn’t fond of his son singing with all the other students, Declan had managed to persuade his father to see this was good for his image on campus. And it was good for his father’s image, too. He told his father that when the other students saw the President’s son getting involved with something as ordinary as glee club, they would develop a certain respect for him for being just like everyone else. Declan’s father agreed, reluctantly, and it turned out to be the best thing in the world for Declan’s self-esteem. Singing in glee club helped build Declan’s self-confidence and it helped him partially satisfy his hunger for the stage.
But it still wasn’t enough to satisfy Declan. Singing in glee club was not the same as acting in plays. No matter how hard he tried to fight the feelings he couldn’t stop thinking about the theater. There were times when he’d lay in bed at night planning his escape from his controlling father. He’d run away from Southern Memorial and everything that had ever been familiar to him. He’d run to New York, change his name, get a menial job somewhere to support himself, and then audition for every play he could until someone gave him a part. But more than that, Declan would have the freedom to love whomever he wanted to love. He’d known he was attracted to men for as long as he’d been attracted to the theater. And he knew his father would despise the fact that he was homosexual even more than he despised the fact that Declan wanted to act on stage.
Then one afternoon he overheard a few Southern Memorial students talking on the promenade. A group of guys had been laughing at rumor going around about St. Dymphna’s spring production. Evidently, St. Dymphna had decided to do a play written by one of their own students, a young writer named Jude Carmichael no one had ever heard of. The Southern Memorial students were laughing because Southern Memorial was doing a famous Tennessee Williams play that year and they thought it was hysterical that poor, pathetic St. Dymphna had to resort to doing an amateur play written by one of their own students. And, even funnier than that, one of the guys laughed and said the amateur play was some kind of makeshift Shakespearean romance titled, Shakespeare’s Lover, and he couldn’t wait to see how an all male school would try to pull that off. Southern Memorial had the money to hire professional actresses to play their female parts. But St. Dymphna didn’t have the money to pay for anything extra so they’d have to use a male student to play the female lead.
Declan didn’t laugh; he didn’t even smile. He sat there eavesdropping on their vicious conversation, with a sense of intrigue building from the deepest part of his body that he’d never experienced before.
The next day he drove to the St. Dymphna student center to see if there was anything posted about auditions for this new play by this amateur playwright. And he found exactly what he needed to know. He wrote down all the information he could find about the play and the auditions, especially the information about the female lead. He stood there in the middle of the student center with his hand over his mouth. It said that on the second day of auditions, St. Dymphna was auditioning young women to play the female lead. And Declan knew in his heart this was his chance to get a part in a school play.
He went back to Southern Memorial that night and persuaded his best friend from glee club to help him dress up as a young woman. His best friend, Conner, was slightly effeminate and Declan knew Conner had always been fascinated with drag shows. Though he kept it quiet, Conner’s dream was to one day sing in drag revues, and Conner had a secret foot locker full of women’s clothes in his dorm to prove it.
For two weeks, Declan told his mother and father he was going to Conner’s dorm to study at night. But he was really going there to prepare for his role as a young woman. If he was going to pass in the audition, he had to practice being a woman and he needed all the help he could get from Conner. Though Declan and Conner were the same size, Declan wasn’t effeminate and he wasn’t sure if he could actually pull this off.

New Release Today: SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER

Just so there aren’t any mistakes, SHAKESPEARE’S LOVER is a modern/retro romance set in l969, and it is not a historical. I want to make that clear to all the historical fans out there so they aren’t confused before they make a purchase. Below is a good description that explains the book, and next week I’ll post a few unpublished excerpts.

Have a great weekend.

When an athletic college senior, Jude Carmichael, is asked to write a play for St. Dymphna College for Men, he takes on the job with enthusiasm. It’s l969 and the world is changing, so Jude decides to write a play about William Shakespeare’s fictional love life and how it might have affected Shakespeare while he was writing Romeo and Juliet. However, as the months pass and his deadline approaches, Jude is stuck and can’t figure out a suitable ending…until he meets the best muse he’s ever known, an adorable little guy with big brown eyes named Declan Lucas.

Declan is an innocent young freshman at Southern Memorial College for Men, St. Dymphna’s arch rival. Declan’s abusive father is the president of Southern Memorial and he expects Declan to follow in his footsteps. But the only thing Declan has ever wanted to do in life is act on the stage. And when his father refuses to allow him to be in his own school play that year because acting is socially inferior, Declan decides to secretly audition for a part in St. Dymphna’s play instead. This is against the rules; Southern Memorial students aren’t allowed to be in St. Dymphna plays. But he does it anyway. With the help of a good friend, Declan dresses up as an attractive young woman and winds up getting the female lead in St. Dymphna’s play, Shakespeare’s Lover.

Though everyone at St. Dymphna is fooled by Declan’s disguise, and they are thrilled to have found the perfect young woman for the part, it doesn’t take long for Jude Carmichael to figure out Declan is really the most wonderful young man he’s ever met. And when he does, he’s not shy about letting Declan know how he feels.

While they put together one of the most romantic plays ever produced by St. Dymphna College, and everyone thinks Declan is really a woman named Gill, Jude and Declan fall more deeply in love. Though they can’t be seen together in public unless Declan is dressed as a woman, they find creative ways to meet in private so Declan can be a man.

If all the world’s a stage, Declan and Jude prove that there is steamy action in the wings…but will they be able to find a future together?