What is the title of your WIP?
The title, Last Light, is both literal and figurative. The story is about two high school friends who spend a weekend together just before leaving for college. It’s a transitional time for them, and it’s unclear whether their friendship will endure. I imagined the opening scene occurring just before dusk.
Where did the idea for the WIP come from?
I’m writing a series of novellas about three couples who hook up at their five-year high school reunion. This WIP is a prequel to that series.
What genre would your WIP fall under?
It’s a male/male erotic romance intended primarily for a female audience. The stories of the struggles that gay men face are powerful and deserve to be told. It’s my way of saying that love is love, regardless of orientation.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t follow TV or movies closely enough to name two hot 18-year-old actors. 🙂 Imagine Brokeback Mountain, but with a happier ending and set in the Poconos, which are closer to hills than mountains.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
Still working on that. How about this:
A young gay man and his bicurious best friend explore their sexuality, never wanting or expecting to fall in love.
Is your WIP published or represented?
I will most likely self-publish the story once it’s complete, and offer it for free or low-cost as a gateway to the three-novella series.
How long did it take you to write?
I’ve been working on it for three weeks and I’m nearly finished with the first draft. That’s the advantage of novellas—they’re much faster to write (and read) than a novel.
What other works within your genre would you compare it to?
One that comes to mind is Rogues by Ava March. Hers is set in Regency England, and mine is contemporary. But both feature a gay character in love with a bisexual best friend who’s committed to a straight lifestyle.
Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?
Ava March and Christine D’Abo sparked my interest in m/m erotic romance. My inspiration, though, is Tibby Armstrong. Her novel Acting Out is a masterpiece and the best I’ve read since The Help. I wish more people read this genre so more people would discover this book. If Fifty Shades of Gray can go mainstream, there’s no reason this one shouldn’t.
Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in this project.
When I write erotic romance, I focus on how the sexual aspects of the relationship affect the romantic relationship. The sex scenes are fully dramatized, and they can be intense. Most important, though, is the character’s emotional journey, as in any romance novel.
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