When I tell people I’m a writer and they ask me, ‘What do you write?’ and I tell them Gay Fiction/Romance; I usually get one of the following reactions;
1-Oh, that’s interesting.
5-Why the ‘bender’ stuff?
6-Why can’t you write something more mainstream/traditional? (in other words, ‘straight’)
Or they react with silence, an uneasy embarrassed silence, a raised eyebrow and then they move swiftly on to other topics.
In my experience, it’s the men who usually react this way, maybe because they think they will be ‘infected’ by ‘gayness’ if they either show an interest, or, God forbid, they should read it.
And for those who really want an answer, I tell them; it’s because I love writing in this genre. It’s as simple as that.
This time last year I had barely heard of the M/M Romance genre and I really thought I was unique for wanting to write this kind of story. Maybe even a little odd if the truth be known. And then I discovered a web site dedicated to M/M Historical Fiction and to say I was astonished at how popular it was is something of an understatement. I was thrilled to realise I wasn’t a bit odd or unique or kinky. I was just one of hundreds of authors who write in the genre.
The web site was Speak it’s Name and what a wonderful find it turned out to be. And, as a beginner writer I received so much help and advice from many of the wonderfully talented authors who’s books have been reviewed on the site.
And a nicer bunch of people I have yet to ‘meet’. All keen to offer advice based on experience and so happy to have a floundering, fledgling writer on board.
And I’ve come a long way in the past year. From raw beginner who was as nervous as hell when family members read my stuff, to blogging and allowing half the world to read my it. And I’ve made so many friends along the way. On web sites, through my blog and via other net working groups dedicated to this growing genre.
All of them have two things in common, they are all without exception thoroughly nice people who are passionate about what they write, and are dedicated to spreading the word that Gay doesn’t necessarily mean erotic, porn or page after page of sex. It is as varied in it’s plot lines and sub genres as any other genre.
Long may it continue. And have a lovely time blog hopping everyone.
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I will make a donation, in the name of one commentator to the Albert Kennedy Trust which provides help and support to LGBTQ teens who have been disowned by their families.