Gay romance fiction

Essays

This page is a catch-all for reviews and rants related to gay romance fiction and LGBT genre writing in general. I'm especially interested in the ways the homoerotic romance is evolving and its impact on the readers and writers. Not sure if these will be of interest to anyone, but articulating this stuff sometimes stirs my mental chili.

Bodybuilder archedRANTS & RAMBLING:

 

ADVICE FOR WRITERS:

Since I'm an opinionated cuss and have been writing for a lot of years in a lot of genres, I've written a few articles for writers about work-specific topics related to craft, promotion, and career development. Many of these appeared at Romance University or in Rainbow Romance Writers' Pot of Gold blog and magazine but found extended life in the RWA chapter magazines which subsequently republished them. Folks keep asking where they can find copies... so now that time has passed, I include them here. Other sites and magazines have requested professional pieces, so in the months to come, I'll be adding more to this how-to collection.

  • First Glance: on meeting characters and making impressions ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Imperfect Words: the unfathomable power of placeholders ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Readers' Choice: on the Power of Set Pieces and Whammos ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Leap Here: on the Power of Improv for all Creative Professionals ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Press Hard: every book deserves a dedicated release kit ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Right Hook: baiting your book to attract its audience ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Open Water: competing with your colleagues is for sharks and jellyfish ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Negative Space: Making Room for a Successful Career (Guest post with Heidi Cullinan for the Rainbow Romance Writers Pot of Gold chapter blog)

  • Just Dessert: why a whole book can’t be a happy ending. ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • CARE Package: watching Romancing the Stone with a mindful eye. ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Hit & Myth: the legendary underpinnings of genre tropes. ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Add Verbs: creating characters that pop off the page ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Dark Matters: cultivating creative cruelty in romance fiction ("Lecture" for Romance University)

  • Action Pact: on the promise of erotic romance (guest blog for Sinfully Tasty)

  • Screw Up: on writing forward and kicking your own ass. (guest blog for Well Read)

  • Feel Real: writing realistic sex (guest blog for Babes in Boyland)

  • Press Here: making your website work harder

  • Fictional Friction: where's the rub?

  • Swag Hag: promo goodies that don't suck

  • Hearing Stories: inspiration at the outset of any project

  • Con Pros: girding your loins for author events

 

REVIEWS:

These are pretty random... in most cases, the books that elicited these comments just happen to be romances I read and enjoyed when I had time to articulate an opinion. Or books that had problems that raised interesting questions.