If you ever wondered what I’m doing when I’m not blogging

I haven’t been posting much lately, and that’s not because this little blog hasn’t been on my mind.

It’s due in part to the fact that I’ve been doing the last round of manuscript-polishing on my follow up to The Seventh Pleiade. I finalized the title and the cover art with my publisher last month. The book shall be: Banished Sons of Poseidon, and it picks up the story from the perspective of a supporting character who has a very big adventure of his own in the world where the survivors of Atlantis take asylum. Some preview material and a cover reveal will be coming shortly. It’s on the production schedule for late 2015!

In nearly equal measure, I’ve been pulled away from posting here while I’ve been hopping around other media in the hope of taking advantage of platforms with a bigger reach than this little-engine-that-could.

In October, I did an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s People You Should Know.

In November, I was over at Queer Sci Fi talking about the release of Werecat: The Trilogy. 

This month, I sat down in the ‘Comfy Chair’ at author Elin Gregory’s awesome blog Telling it Like it Was, and I wrote a guest post for the #WeresEvent2014 at Paranormal Cravings.

Later, I’ll be a guest at ARe Café (All Romance e-Books) on December 19th, and I have a feature lined up at Sinfully Sexy Books.

From the time I started this blog—five years ago!—I wanted to respect the fact that there are tons of really good blogs already out there. I knew that I could write about what I’ve learned about the craft of writing, or fantasy and gay fiction specifically, or the little bit of wisdom I’ve gained regarding marketing and the business end of being a writer. But there’s always been a little voice inside me saying: “If it’s not worth someone’s time to read it, don’t write it.” There are a whole lot of people talking about those topics, and most of the time they’re talking about them with a whole lot more insight and panache than I possess.

So, you will still see news about my books when cool stuff happens. You’ll see ‘extras’ about the characters and the worlds of my books, and photos and videos from events I’ve attended. I expect you’ll also see the occasional opinion piece about LGBT portrayals in literature and film, and causes that inspire me, and curious little things about my favorite subjects like ancient worlds, Atlantis and of course cats.

And today, by way of sharing a random, passing obsession, you’ll see Corey Hart.

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Podcast Interview on People You Should Know

Hey folks!

I thought I would post my interview from earlier today on the BlogTalkRadio show People You Should Know.

It was great talking with the host, a fellow Bold Strokes Book author David-Matthew Barnes (pictured in the freeze frame). We talked writing LGBT young adult literature, LGBT youth generally, and fantasy. I also read a short excerpt from The Seventh Pleiade.

Do listen in to the earlier guests Vivian Trask and Joel Gomez-Dossi. My segment comes up at 40 minutes in.

 

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“Why I Write” series at The Good Men Project

Author Dixie Gillaspie (Just Blow it Up: Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life) is asking writers the simple question: Why do you write? over at The Good Men Project.

The responses have been varied as you might expect coming from a diverse array of writers. They have also been very personal and candid. Christine Benvenuto chose to write about her divorce in order to reclaim her life. Christian Clifton writes for connection and self-improvement. Michael Kasdan writes to better understand the world around him.

My contribution to the project came out just this past weekend: To Create Fiction That Tells it Like it Really Is. (Well, at least according to me!).

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Photography from Bold Strokes Books’ Mixed Grill

Some photos from last night’s event at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, courtesy of my honey Genaro.

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Featured books on display

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Full length shot of me so you can see my cool jeans

All of the authors

All the authors, from l to r, Daniel W. Kelly, Nora Olsen, Andrew J. Peters, David Swatling, Joel Dossi-Gomez, Jeremy Jordan King, Trinity Tam and Nell Stark

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Twenty books that have stayed with me

Fight Evil. Read Books.

There’s a Facebook meme going around where you get tagged by friends to list 20 books that have stuck with you over the years. I thought that subject fit equally well on my website where I sometimes talk about books and authors who have influenced me.

It’s not precisely a list of favorites. As I understand it, the point is to call up the titles that come to mind the quickest. They’re books that made the strongest impression on you in some way.

I read about 20 books each year, and I’ve been doing that for oh, about 35 years. So this task wasn’t easy. Also, my forty-something brain isn’t as sharp as it used to be. I broke the rules a bit because I didn’t want to focus entirely on books I read recently just because those are the freshest ones in my head.

In the end, I chose books that represent different periods of my life as a reader, and I focused on the ones that still recall vivid scenes, characters and/or imagery. They’re books that I feel like I know like the back of my hand, and some of them I read 30, 20 or 15 years ago.

In alphabetical order by title:

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

City of Night, John Rechy

Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

The Front Runner, Patricia Nell Warren

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin

Mordred: Bastard Son, Douglas Clegg

Mysterious Skin, Scott Heim

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

The Persian Boy, Mary Renault

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

Saul’s Book, Paul T. Rogers

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

The Wicked Years series, Gregory Maguire

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

 

Yeah, I gave three slots to J.D. Salinger. Go sue me. :)

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Save the Date: Bold Strokes Books “Mixed Grill” on September 4th

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If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been scandalously MIA, it’s because I’ve been devoting most of my writing time to the manuscript for The Seventh Pleiade follow-up, plus, well, it’s summer.

I haven’t completely boxed myself up from the world, and I’ve signed on to this event which I’m quite excited about.

On September 4th, 7:00pm at the Bureau for General Services: Queer Division, seven authors from Bold Strokes Books will be reading from their latest releases and signing copies of their books. It’s billed as a “Mixed Grill” with a wide selection of titles from gay and lesbian young adult, to gay horror, to lesbian romance and beyond.

The event is totally free, with a suggested book purchase. Here’s the Facebook page where you can RSVP.

Greg and Donnie from BGSQD always put on a great event at their funky bookstore slash event space. It’s worth dropping by just to check it out. ;-)

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