I have a very special talent indeed! That’s asking unfiltered questions when they come to me, as they come to me. I love doing that, and I love to see what others think.
I recently asked a few questions on FB. (Facebook.) I don’t have time to do much more on any other media sites, so that’s where I am if I’m around. Anyway, here are the questions I had. Now, the responses aren’t a lot, and that’s okay. Maybe authors don’t like to share a lot of things with us in general or they didn’t see the post OR they didn’t have an answer…Maybe I managed to hit a few umm…somethings…LOL!
So, here are the questions for this go around. Perhaps I’ll keep popping up with things just because.
1-Is being a writer all that you thought it would be?
2-Did you make a conscious decision to break into writing by creating a story that focuses on gay men for the (so called fame and money ) OR Did you even have a say so in what and who you write about?
(OK, three questions ) 3- Do you think that anyone can write a MM story, and have it published regardless of the plot and mistakes?
And that’s all that I posted. As to the whys. Well, it’s like this. I read a LOT…I stopped reviewing for obvious reasons. I’ll review something on occasion but it’s rare. Can we say overworked? LOL!
So, for question one: I’ve been reading stories written by new writers and seasoned authors alike. Well, I was reading a story not too long ago and given what I had read, and the mood it put me in, a question came up.
WHY? Why did this person do this? Was it a calling or was it something else?
As little people, most writers knew that they wanted to be a famous author one day, or perhaps a journalist, or write tech books, or just your everyday average writer who has an overactive imagination and wanted to share it with others so they could enjoy a story. Writers, for the most part are sorta introverted, they love to observe, they take mental notes of damn near everything that raises their interest, they ask a thousand questions on ONE subject and will bug those who know the answers. They have no problems doing tons of online research to be sure they have their facts straight and they share a common thing. Insecurity. It’s hidden but it’s there. They don’t like criticism, but hide that well too. Well, most of them do. I do. We all get that. We do something about it and that’s to fine tune our beloved craft. I think the only place we’re really comfy and thrilled, (mostly) is when we’re writing. In real life our children and loved ones are priority but exhausting. It’s true. The tiring part of writing comes when the story is written. EDITS! Anyone?
So, I get my hands on these stories and out of nowhere I feel as if the person who applied fingers to keyboard ONLY did it for the possible fame. I can tell when a writer puts the characters first and when they allow the characters to take over. I can tell when a writer is too controlling and when they have no damn idea what they’re talking about. I can tell when writers have no real interest in learning more and bettering themselves as such.
They do it for a greedy reason. Not for the good of their readers, publishers, or even the characters. I hate it when characters are so alike that you can’t tell them apart. I mean, it’s not normal for that to happen in stories. That means that someone just wants to see their name on a cover of a book. Are they serious about being an author? Well, maybe so, but if that’s the case, they need to apply more than almost nothing to their characters. OR allow their characters to do the talking. Are those type of writers nightmares to editors? Because according to what I’ve been seeing lately any and everyone who is submitting a MM story, good or bad, long or short, are being published. Sometimes that’s a bad thing. I truly stand beside anyone who wants to share their imagination, but I won’t stand near someone who thinks that imagination is nonexistent and just pieces shit together for the sake of…Well I dunno what.
It’s a huge let down though. I mean all the tears, the stress, the work, the missed hours with family and food, mean nothing to those type because they have NONE of it. They don’t really know the pain, the true pleasures, the hell, the sweat, none of it. Then I wonder why I’m even reading it to begin with!
Because I believe that anyone who manages to even start and finish a manuscript is amazing, that’s why.It’s the whole, did the person care what is between the start and end that bothers me.
Lets move on now.
My first question is:
1-Is being a writer all that you thought it would be? The following are the responses I got from my author friends on Facebook.
Mychael Black said: 1) Yes and no. It’s been an interesting ride, to say the least
Iyana Jenna said: 1) Not really. I have liked writing since I was a kid but what I wanted to be kept changing.
Nadja Gassert said: 1) I don’t remember having any notion about what it would be like. The idea was to write, the how and when of it never really mattered.
Meg Leigh said: 1) I have been writing stories since I learned to hold a pen and form letters. I didn’t really start out with an idea of what being a writer would be like, so it didn’t have anything to live up to. Being published, though was very different to my expectations.
2-Did you make a conscious decision to break into writing by creating a story that focuses on gay men for the (so called fame and money ) OR Did you even have a say so in what and who you write about? ( I had to ask this because of the forced feel I get from some stories I’ve been reading. I want to feel the characters. I want to think they are as alive as I am. I want them to be unique, just like real live people are. I want to see flaws and people of all types in my stories. In many stories I am seeing perfection in looks and behavior. I’m seeing sex scenes that have become oh so boring and anything but unique and that shouldn’t be. IF the characters are real to you, and you feel their feels, well then the sex scenes should be great! Great writers are able to put you in the story and make you feel like you’re going through whatever the characters are going through. Lately I’m seeing a lot of (already seen this, read this, nothing new here-sex scenes.) I can’t feel the attraction between them so I don’t give a damn what sex like them is like. I’ll take a book down over that and I would IF I wasn’t a good person. I believe that there’s more than enough readers to share! LOL! I want to see uniqueness. NOT another copy of another perfect man. The characters are only men because that’s what women are buying these days and the writer wants that fame, notiarity, and money. If the story is shitty matters little to many but to me? Well, I’m NOT that forgiving. If you can’t create something original than don’t do it. Don’t borrow from other writers. WAIT until you have your own idea and characters to write about. Just because you want to be someone in the writing community, doesn’t always mean you will be. I see that Fanfic is responsible for bring many an author over to this side of writing so that’s where they got the idea of the MM writing world. They wrote and some still do over in fanfic and BAM! Characters are born and they hop over to share with us. Many of them are great stories! But once I find out that so and so copied, stole, etc., anothers idea, characters, or anything, it’s war. I’ll out that shame right here. I’m a nice person and I hate drama but I also HATE when someone tries to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Being noticed in this industry is not easy, it’s NOT meant to be, so don’t take shortcuts to find the open door. A great story with great characters WILL do that for you.
So, here are the answers to question 2:
Iyana Jenna said: 2. I didn’t begin writing intensively with writing about gay men but once I started it, I couldn’t move to other things.
Nadja Gassert said 2. No. I wrote het stuff, then found fan fiction and never looked back. I could finally do away with the female characters that I never enjoyed writing anyway. Publishing sort of happened.
( A side note: I also dislike het romance…just no! And to think I wrote a three part series! Michele )
Meg Leigh said: 2. I wrote whatever I wanted to write for most of my life. I started writing M/M when I discovered fanfiction. From there it was almost a natural progression to being published in the M/M genre.
(As a side note, so did I! -Michele)
Mychael Black said: 2) I’ve always written something. The gay romance part happened by accident, though. A couple of supporting characters I had in a story basically took over. The rest is history.
(As another side note, this also happened to me! ~Michele)
And here’s the last question:
3- Do you think that anyone can write a MM story, and have it published regardless of the plot and mistakes?- I asked because yeah, it’s obvious. Given what I’ve seen? YEP.
Iyana Jenna said: 3. I do believe everyone has a chance for it and different readers like different things. Having said that, when it comes to publishing, writing is no longer a solitary activity. You can ask your betas, editors, even your family, for any input.
Nadja Gassert said: 3. Judging by the last few books I came across: sadly, yes.
Meg Leigh said: 3. I certainly think it is easier to get published in the M/M genre than it is in mainstream publishing, but then, I have heard that any small press is easier to break into than mainstream.
Mychael Black said: 3) I think anyone can if they try hard enough. Editors can polish the story, but there has to be an engaging story to begin with.
I agree with all of these answers. And let me add that writing just to gain fame, money and notoriety is not at all attractive.
Basically, just be you. Allow your characters to be who they are, and don’t control them. If they want to talk for months and months, who are you to stop them? No one tells you to shut it up, do they?
I’ll be thinking of more to ask soon and hope you’ll share with us too!
Stories written by the authors who answered:
NL Gassert: IS Nadja and she wrote one of the very first books I read when I found MM fiction. I have the paperback too! Just need it signed…Ahem!
Soren Buchanan no longer wishes to work for his father, crime boss James Buchanan, nor does he want to continue his relationship with the dangerous and sexy Jolina Miciano. But Jolina has connections that would make James Buchanan more powerful than he already is. Unwilling to be a pawn in his father’s game, Soren decides to stop seeing Jolina even if it means having to suffer through one of his father’s vicious beatings. Beaten and bruised for his defiance, Soren flees to the FBI for help.
Mason Ward, former US Army Ranger and security specialist, lives a quiet life on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. Despite his lack of companionship, Mason believes he is living the life he’s always wanted. Then a job comes Mason’s way, one that will turn his life upside down: hide Soren Buchanan.
Hiding Soren Buchanan should be easy money, but not for Mason. Soren is young, seductive and lacking the type of discipline that doesn’t leave bruises. It doesn’t help that Soren’s physical presence brings up desires Mason would rather not feel about a mobster’s son. Now Mason has to keep his mind on his job while being chased by thugs sent to bring Soren Buchanan home…dead or alive.
Katherine Johnson IS Mychael Black. She wrote my very favorite BDSM Vamp story! I have two prints on hand and the ebook. UMM..also unsigned! AHEM!
Two bestselling novellas by two Phaze favorites, together in one volume!
The Power of Two: As a vampire Master, Dominic has been eyeing his old friend, Griffith for quite a while. But being a Master in his own right, Grif resisted the notion of Dominic controlling him in any way. With startling skill, Dominic sets out to change that refusal. He has his own deep interest in him, born of watching Grif’s submission at the hand of another Master. Even though Dominic can’t help but toy with his old friend, in truth, he wants him only as an equal. But how to convince Grif without letting his guard down is Dominic’s biggest issue.
Aware of some of that interest but not the reason for it, Grif has his own secret. His trust had been violated by his own vampire Master, and since that night, he’s refused to let another dominate him. And he’d swore to himself that no one ever would.
Dominion: Still dealing with the aftershocks of his ordeal at Tristan’s hands, Griffith St. James is fighting the urge to withdraw completely. He feels guilty for what happened, less than a man. The nightmares of his torture at his former Master’s hands are worse than ever. Dominic Marcellus struggles to draw Grif back into their life before Tristan, but fate has other plans.
Finding himself back in the clutches of his abusive former master, Grif is terrified and can only pray Dominic comes for him in time.
Mychael Black– website
Iyana Jenna is an author I haven’t read as of yet. It’s not to say I don’t want to, it’s just to say I haven’t gotten the chance to….WHEN I do get that chance I would like to read this one here:
Evan Foster is left with nothing after his father screwed up their family company. Evan’s father ended up in jail, his mother in a mental institution, and they lost all their possession to the bank. Evan dropped out of college and he still has to pay for his mother’s treatment. He has a job at a diner but it isn’t nearly enough.Brian Donaghue is a millionaire with a multinational company but isn’t lucky in love. When he sees the picture Evan sends in with a resume, he’s immediately interested. But the way he ropes Evan into his company is far from conventional. Brian makes Evan an offer he can’t refuse.Or can he?
Meg Leigh is yet another author I haven’t had the time to read. I will though! And I select- When a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic meets a starry-eyed psychic, sparks are sure to fly. Can they resolve their differences and find a future together? Jack Stephens is a skeptic who lectures in Parapsychology at a community college. In his spare time, he works hard to prove that things going bump in the night have rational explanations. When Jack meets psychic, Casey Lambeth, he sees yet another chance to debunk paranormal phenomena. But there is something about Casey that defies explanation. When they’re thrown together to investigate a haunting at Edith Andrews’s home, sparks begin to fly. As they work on the case, Jack and Casey are forced to face some issues from their pasts. Together they work their way towards understanding, respect, and possibly something more…
Lucca Renaldo lives the life of luxury. His wealthy Italian parents are successful attorneys who provide him with everything money can buy, but money can’t buy everything. Something is missing in young Lucca’s life. He yearns to feel something, to become something more than the carbon copy of his parents. As Lucca tries to gain his footing and establish himself as an individual, he delves into the world of BDSM, grasping for guidance. He needs a controlling force in his life, someone who cares enough for him to do more than throw money at him. Someone who will love him for who he really is.
When Lucca strikes out on his own, fleeing his parents’ home in the dead of night, he crosses the Atlantic and plants himself dead center in the United States. He quickly becomes fascinated by the Denver BDSM scene, and it doesn’t take long for him to get noticed. He’s the hottest young sub in the circuit, and he’s finally gained the thing he’s aspired to achieve: independence.
But with independence comes responsibility. And the night life isn’t always safe, particularly the dark corridors and dungeons of the BDSM lifestyle. When he finds himself in over his head, penniless and alone, he vows not to crawl back to his parents. He’s a survivor, and he’s determined to do whatever is necessary to make it on his own.
Carl Giordano is a special agent. He’s brought down some of the world’s most notorious criminals. He’s the best of the best, and he doesn’t have time for frivolous domestic cases. When his boss contacts him and assigns him to a special mission–track down a runaway from an important Italian family–Carl is understandably insulted. Reluctantly he accepts the case, but vows to snag the kid and get the job done as quickly as possible.
Everything changes, though, for both Carl and Lucca when they come face to face. Carl is still reeling from the loss of the only man he ever really cared about, and he swears he’ll never again fall in love. Lucca swears he’ll never sacrifice his own independence. But for some reason the two are drawn together, and Carl comes to realize it’s not going to be so easy to return the young sub to his parents.