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Author Bios:

Short Bio (80 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Beyond romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

Medium Bio (120 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Having lived all over, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter.

Beyond romance fiction, Damon has been a full-time writer for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades. He has won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

Long Bio (185 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and serves on its national board of directors. Beyond romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year..

Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

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Awards:

Hot Head honors:

Named by Goodreads as one of the "Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time" on six consecutive annual lists that have included Gone with the Wind, Outlander, Jane Eyre, and Sense & Sensibility.

Picked in Band of Thebes' Best LGBT Books of 2012

On 9/11/2012, Romantic Times chose it as one of their five Favorite Firefighter romances ever.

Hot Head won Best Book of 2011 Contemporary LGBT Romance at the Romance Reviews The Romance Reviews Best Book of 2011 in GLBT – Contemporary Romance ! Deep gratitude to everyone who took this book to heart.

 

Best Romance of 2011: Hot Head is the only Gay Romance in the 15 candidates2011 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, Best Romance: Third place (n.b. the only LGBT romance nominated and the only non-New York Times Bestseller listed)

 

2011 Member's Choice Awards: Best Book, Best Debut, Best Contempoorary, Best Sex Scene and more at  Goodreads M/M Romance Group2011 M/M Romance Group Awards: Best Book of the Year, Best Contemporary, Best Debut, Best Cover, Best Sex Scene, Best "Out for You" story, Best "Friends to Lover" story, Best Law Enforcement/PI/Firemen/Military novel.

2011 Rainbow Awards: Honorable mention (perfect rating)

2011 Love Romance Cafe Awards: Best GBLT Book (runner up), Best Contemporary Book (runner up), Best Cover (honorable mention)

Grown Men honors:

2011 M/M Romance Group Awards: Best SciFi/Futuristic (Third Place)

2011 Love Romance Cafe Awards: Best Cover (nominated)

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Workshop options:

Damon will happily opine about most things, but he's been teaching for a bunch of years on a wacky variety of topics. Some of the genre-writing subjects he's talked about during conventions, seminars, and gatherings past include:

  • CHARACTER: Bestsellers start with fascinating people. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave with a new set of tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction.

  • PLOT: A plotting class even pantsers love… Even when a happy ending is certain, a great plot keeps your writing fresh while amplifying your voice. Learn how to craft a sure-fire structure and launch your story. We’ll go beyond the bullet points. Rather hammering one “true” blueprint, we’ll break down major story models from Aristotle to Netflix, identify their seven shared points, and help you develop your own narrative strategy.

  • DIALOGUE: Talk isn’t cheap. Conversations can make or break a book and help your characters pop off the page. In this hour, we’ll unpack an arsenal of tricks you can use to cut the flab in your gab and unleash unforgettable communication. We'll unpack an arsenal of nitty-gritty techniques to turn that chatter into convos that matter.

  • INTIMACY: Keep your sizzle fresh at any heat level. Creating chemistry on the page requires a mix of playful art and rigorous craft. Whether sweet or raunchy, intimate moments have always been the beating heart of romance fiction. Fans call them “the good parts” and dogear them for a reason; love scenes are often where authors cut loose and romance gets closest to poetry. Go beyond the mechanics to tackle the interplay of flirtation, seduction, and conjunction necessary for winning fiction.

  • TROPES: aka the rocket fuel of genre fiction. Classic story patterns signal the ride ahead so that everyone can find the perfect book to take them where they want to go. Learn to tap the language that attracts the right audience, streamlines your stories, and leaves them needing more. We'll untangle the evolution of timeless story patterns and their power to sell a project, shape a story, and grab imaginations... harnessing reader expectations for pleasure and profit.

  • GOALS: In today’s market, forgettable HEAs and generic endgames won't cut it. No matter your genre, go beyond GMC and backstory with happy endings that break the mold, internally and externally. Whether you're a plotter or pantser, learn to elicit intense empathy and killer word of mouth by shaping scene goals and story stakes masterfully. Amp the emotional impact of any story by focusing on what makes your scenes slick and your characters tick.

  • COUPLES: Build the perfect duo to dazzle your readers in any genre. Intriguing relationships drive every great story: it takes two to tangle. Bring your fictional folks to the next level with a technique for characterization and dramatization that will strengthen your ideas, your voice, and your projects at any stage. Amp the action, attraction, and interaction between your toothsome twosome with practical, hands­on strategies for making lovers who pop off the page.

  • SCENE & SEQUEL: Explaining and exploring Dwight Swain's analysis of popular fiction. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and tone. These old-school genre tools let you manage any story’s natural flow for a book readers can't put down.

  • PITCHING, BLURBS, & HOOKS: Does your marketing copy earn its keep? This one/two hour session hits loglines and blurbs head-on with a hard look at the language of hooks and high concept. We'll unpack the knack of boiling any project into words that close the sale, before and after publication. You’ll learn to summarize your story’s strongest selling points and leave with dynamic promo language that sells your stories. .

  • BRANDING: Brand is the core of your promo mojo. In this swift overview, we’ll help you target your genre niche and explore your unique appeal to make sure your brand is doing its job: selling your work and signaling to your unique audience. In this class we’ll skip the one-size-fits-all Band-Aids. You’ll leave with action items specific to your skills, experience, and career goals so you can unleash your A game.

  • PRESENCE (and  PLATFORM):  As an author you are your own best advertisement for your work. A strategic platform and a public archetype can be game changers to attract the right kind of attention for your career. In this look at your professional presence and platform, we’ll talk about how to nail interviews and panels by tailoring your topics, shaping your message, and boosting your signal to expand your audience, and find fun in your promo process.

  • THE MALE ANIMAL: Romantic heroes can be so much more than tall, dark, and ab-tastic. Write past XY stereotypes and cookie-cutter gender signaling to develop complex male characters that enrich and deepen your character relatrionships. Use worldbuilding via gender, emotional expression, and more to plumb your story’s depths by getting your dudes right.

  • COMEDY: Being funny is a serious business. Even in the darkest books a dash of humor can make your scenes sizzle because audiences love to laugh. Careful comic plotting and characterization can turn “meh” into mesmerizing. We’ll spend an hour on tips and tricks that will help you find the rib ticklers underneath your romance...along with a bag of tricks for adding levity and sparkle to any scene by unlocking the power of laughter.

  • WORLDBUILDING: Mental modeling for fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi AND contemporary. All books deserve a fully-fleshed world, prioritizing details for single title and series; language, laws, and meaningful specifics that make stories feel real.

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Topics for Interviews & Articles:

A list of topics Damon can discuss or write about in an entertaining and informed way... as well as potential story angles.

  • Entertainment Industry: Damon made his living in film and theatre for 27+ years... working in New York, LA and London for production companies of all shapes and sizes, and levels of skullduggery.
  • Man's view of genre and gay romance fiction: XY chromosomes and practical experience give Damon a different take on the romance genre and a nuts-n-bolts grasp of homoerotic intimacy.
  • LGBT History: Born within a year of Stonewall, Damon was raised in its aftermath by an out, political lesbian...so he grew up dealing with LGBT issues almost from the day he was born and has been discussing them with a wide variety of folks, ditto.
  • LGBT Youth Issues & Education: Damon was raised in an LGBT home and also teaches writing to gifted kids every week; talking to and about young people (and specifically LGBT youth) has become familiar terrain.
  • History of LGBT Literature and Gay Pulps: Damon is a fervent reader and collector of Gay Lit, high and low, as well as their overlap and interpenetration. His crazy collection of LGBTQ ephemera stretches back for decades...
  • Story mechanics: Damon has earned his living telling stories for two decades in any number of media, nurturing his long healthy relationship with structure, dialogue, character, voice, idiom, worldbuilding, intimacy, spectacle, outlining, revision, project development, blocks, habits, and creative struggles, etc.
  • Formula & genre criticism: Damon's academic background and life in the entertainment trenches have given him insights and dexterity with genre and formula... as well as a host of goofy anecdotes and references.
  • Professional development for writers: Damon has been a full time writer for almost three decades, steering his own career through the shoals of production and publication. He has plenty of in-the-trenches experience with branding, promotion, publicity, representation, networking, negotiation, and the process of bringing a successful product to market.
  • City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Damon grew up in Texas/Deep South and lives in Manhattan/Urban East Coast so his interests and access straddle all kinds of divides.

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