I’ve been show cased today on the blog of Michael Alvear. To me, this is quite a coup considering who Mike is. Michael Alvear co-hosted HBO’s The Sex Inspectors, the first sex makeover series on television. He is the author of Sex Inspectors Master Class: How to Have an Amazing Sex Life (based on the TV series) and Men Are Pigs But We Love Bacon, a “best of” collection of his nationally syndicated sex advice column.
He’s been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and his culture critiques have appeared in Newsweek, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other dailies. He runs his extremely successful blog, http://www.gaydatingsuccess.net and offers gay men everywhere advice on the dating scene as well as other topical and usefully entertaining posts on things like bottoming like a porn star.
You can find my appearance here – http://www.gaydatingsuccess.net/2014/01/20/excerpt-stripped-bare-gay-romanceerotica-best-seller-sue-mac-nicol/
So I think I’m in esteemed company appearing with him. He was kind enough to offer me the opportunity and like any self promoting author I grabbed it with both hands and salivated at the very thought. I knew this was a great way to reach out to thousands of gay men everywhere and perhaps entice them to see my work and the work of the M/M genre in particular. It’s no secret that it appears that most gay fiction is read by straight women
Josh Lanyon, one of the M/M fiction gurus and leaders, has his own views and you can read about them here http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/06/08/straight-womengay-romance/
And this was a great article that appeared on the Heroes and Heartbreakers Romance blog site. http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2011/05/why-do-straight-women-read-gay-male-erotica
So the opportunity to appeal to gay men and try and attract them to this genre was a definite YES. We write stories about gay men in relationships, some driven by angst and torment, some by sheer lust, some by emotional need and others just because they are tarts and like to put another notch on the belt. But you know what – this could be heterosexual sex as well, so there is no difference other than we write about two men in love instead of a man and a woman. The feelings, the emotions, the trauma, the romance- everything is the same. They go to work, they go to dinner, they have sex, make love, argue, make up, visit family, have hobbies – they are simply people going about their lives the best way they know how. So if you’re enticed by this whole M/M Romance thing, why not give it a try and see how you like it?