This is a Follow the Rainbow Blog Hop Stop!

Hi! Welcome to the Follow the Rainbow Blog Hop! Before I answer the essay question posed by the hop organizers, just in case you don’t already know I’m going to tell you about the other important stuff—prizes! The hop is the brainchild of Rainbow Book Reviews, and they’re set to give away four $25 book gift certificates, good at Amazon or All Romance. Nice, huh? To be eligible for one of those prizes, follow this link and comment: Rainbow Book Reviews Follow the Rainbow Blog Hop. But that’s not all! Your comment there also puts you in the running for prizes from a whole long list of participating publishers—Dreamspinner, Bold Strokes, Silver, Torquere, Untreed Reads, Riptide, Amber Allure, Less than Three. (I think I got them all).

On top of all that, if you comment here, I’ll put your name in the hat for my own drawing, prize is an ebook of Yes: A Vasquez and James Novella (the latest release in the series). (If you already have Yes, we may be able to work a deal for one of the other Vasquez and James books.

Okay, now down to the Blog Hop Question. The instructions tell me to write about what writing GLBTQ means to me. Um. Well. As a bi woman who has lived much of her life as a lesbian, you would think I would say it gives me a chance to create lesbian role models and beautiful lesbian relationships. However, I have in recent times only written M/M romance. So I’m going to cheat a bit and write about “why” I write M/M romance. Of course the short answer is because I love to write and this is what I’m loving to write right now—probably will be for a good long while, if the multiplying ideas and plot bunnies are any indication. So, other than sheer love of the act, why do I write M/M romance?

Why is always a trick question, I think. So often, as soon as I say, “this is why I did it,” I realize there’s a thousand other answers equally true. Nevertheless, here’s the answer:

I find it unavoidable.

No bull, this is true—for me, for right now I cannot not write this stuff.

This situation of inevitable M/M romance production started when I was writing a YA fantasy, a book meant for the young end of that readership spectrum. The book had no romance (I don’t believe the average 12 y/o boy wants to read romance of any kind) although I did have an idea that romances might flourish in later installments in the series. One night, while I slept and the characters talked quietly amongst themselves in their word document, a couple of really, really fine adult male characters (both of whom I was secretly in love with) fell in love with each other. They were so hot for each other strange things happened, and they became tongue-tied when they met up. One of these guys was a tall Native American (like Sonny James) firefighter from northern California (not like Sonny James) who also happened to be a shape shifter—his alter ego being a California Condor. The other guy was a very self-possessed ultimate warrior with a limited talent for reading minds—sometimes for some reasons. (Oh yeah, also he’s 200 years old, from another world, and works for the Premier Wizard.)

When those two fell in love I was virtually paralyzed as far as writing the book I’d meant to write. I had to stop working on the book, scratch out a quick, hot love story for the guys, promise I’d see them later, and then finally get back to my YA Fantasy. But I had never heard of M/M romance as a genre, and I’d never heard of publishers that not only accepted but solicited such stories.

At the time, I wrote short stories with some regularity, and published them in small markets. I wrote two blatantly M/M stories, one a humorous romance, and one an angsty romance. I wrote another humorous story in which the protag is gay, but that wasn’t the central theme of the story, and there was no romance. Finally I wrote a dark paranormal pseudo-historical fantasy (I know, too many adjectives) that I can best describe as murder/romance, very creepy but one of my faves. All that time, I still didn’t know I wanted to write M/M romance.

But then I did know.

Loving Luki Vasquez is a direct descendant of that original pair of demanding lovers that were born (in full, rampant, sexual heat) in the manuscript of that YA fantasy—maybe a couple of generations removed. It almost wrote itself—at least in the sex scenes—and I started looking for a place to submit. When I ran across Dreamspinner, I almost thought, “No, that’s too good to be true!” Once I had that novel submitted and accepted, I realized that Luki and Sonny had more stories. I also realized that, while they don’t think of me as their slave, I am an indentured servant. I hope I can buy my way out soon.

Ah, but if I do… I have other gay men standing around making romantic and or sexual overtures toward each other, keeping each other occupied by making up stories together that I will then be forced to write. Forced to write because the stories are compelling, because the love and pain the characters endure are not so much gay as human, because passion and heartbreak and sickness and health and friends and children and parents and pets and—deep breath—are no different for gay men and their loved ones than they are for anyone else.

So that’s why I write M/M Romance. That’s what it means to me. Good thing I enjoy it!

(See my free fiction page for some of the stories I mentioned above, if you are interested.)

52 Comments

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52 Responses to This is a Follow the Rainbow Blog Hop Stop!

  1. andreanook

    Thanks for being part of the blog hop. I’m finding a lot of new-to-me authors and it’s interesting reading what their writing and characters mean to them.

  2. I love m/m fiction and am loving this blog hop, and discovering new, to me, authors. Thanks for including me in the draw 🙂

  3. KimberlyFDR

    I always love these blogs hops, getting to know new-to-me authors and a deeper understanding of my favorites 🙂

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  4. Trix

    Susie Bright said it was perfectly valid for women (even lesbians) to write gay male erotica, because women can fantasize about whatever they damned well please.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  5. annebarwell

    So true, and nice to know I’m not the only one with these guys hanging around who want their stories written 🙂

    Great post, Lou 🙂

  6. madisonparklove

    I loved reading your post, especially the bit at the end. Thanks for joining the hop. I look forward to reading your work!
    madisonparklove@gmail.com

    • Hello Madison, and thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and especially glad that you took notice of the last part–the words that meant the most. You’re name is in for the drawing. Enjoy the hop!

  7. Loh

    thank you for participating in this blog hop. it’s been an interesting hop journey reading author’s passion on writting GLBTQ and also knowing new authors as well…

    lohahmooi(@)hotmail(.)com

  8. akasarahmadison

    Your post had me grinning all the way through–yes, it’s a compulsion! You just can’t help it… 🙂

    akasarahmadison at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Sarah! It’s nice to know that someone else suffers the way I do… Is that sadistic? 😉 I appreciate you stopping by! (I’ve also added your name to the prize hat.)

  9. Thank you for being a part of the blog hop, and I have your books on my ever growing gotta have TBR list…*S*
    I love the emotional connection that I get with the characters in stories, and so look forward to reading your wonderful books. *S*

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

    • Hello Darcy! I’m glad you came by, and I’m glad Sonny and Luki are on your reading list, although I think that sort of thing goes to their heads… 🙂 You are in the running for the prize ebook. Thank you very much!

  10. Hi, Lou.

    I enjoyed the post ; it was a great read.

    I look forward in reading your works.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    • Hi Tracey! Thanks for stopping by on blog hop tour–I’m glad you enjoyed my rambling. 🙂 I’m putting you in for the drawing–so… well, you never know! Thanks again.

  11. Lisa

    Enjoyed reading your post! No need to count me in for the drawing. I’ve already had the pleasure of reading all of your books and I love every one of them. Luki and Sonny are one of my favorite couples and I’m so glad you continue to tell their story, but I’m sure I would love any new characters you might write about in the future, too. 🙂

  12. Sue

    Hi, Lou.
    I enjoyed your post; especially the pictures which gave it a professional look.
    I’ve not read any of your books yet, so I’d love a chance to win your book.

    Sue
    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

    • Wonderful Sue! Thanks for the compliments on the look of the post, too. I am very happy to slip your name right into the hat, and we’ll hope for the best of luck! I’m glad you came by.

  13. gigi

    Loved your post. Thanks for participating in the Hop.

  14. Cornelia

    Thanks for the post and hop.Love Sonny and Luki.

  15. “I find it unavoidable”

    Ahhhhhh don’t you love it when the characters take over? My favorite part of writing. Great post!

    • Yes, I do. It’s a wonderful thing, although it sometimes leaves me a little blindsided. Usually, I’m able to catch up! Thank you for reading and enjoying! (You’re added in for the drawing, too.)

  16. kaylynd

    Great Post! ” I find it unavoidable” was an excellent answer! Thanks for making me laugh.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

    • Hi Kaylyn, and thanks! It’s the bare bones truth, but I end up laughing about it, too! I happy you stopped in, and I’ve dropped your name in the figurative hat for the ebook.:)

  17. yganoe

    Wonderful post. I love meeting new authors and adding to my book list.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  18. Wonderful and aren’t I glad your characters decided to go the way they did. *g*

    moriamccain at gmail dot com

  19. Juliana

    Thanks so much for participating in this hop! The pain and joy that comes from a relationship is universal. But I love the way two men can find love in my favorite M/M books!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  20. elizabethnoble19

    Loved it! I especially liked the part about where Luki and Sonny came from. I’ll have to check out your free reads, I had no idea they were there.

    Elizabeth

    • Elizabeth, hi! I could have sworn I responded to this earlier, but now I don’t see my reply… Weird. Didn’t that happen on your blog, too? Actually I’m sure I did, because I gave you the link to the humorous romance from my past: http://vagabondagepress.com/90301/V1I10SS13.html This was published under another name. If you get a chance to read it, enjoy! And in any event,thanks for coming by! (You’re in the contest…) 😉

  21. Shirley Ann Speakman

    Hi
    I enjoyed reading why you write M/M. It’s amazing how authors like yourself can write such wonderful books.
    Please enter me for the Contest
    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

    • Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the post, and I hope you’re having fun doing the hop. And thanks for compliment! I’ve got your entry for the draawing. Again, thanks so much.

  22. chickie434

    Thanks so much for sharing. You’re a new author for me, and I can’t wait to read your books!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Hello, Chickie! I’m very glad you stopped by, and when you do read the books, I’d love to hear what your thoughts. I’ve got you in for the drawing, so luck to you for that. Thank you much!

  23. A delightful post! Really enjoying this hop and all the insight from the authors, many who are new to me!
    seritzko AT verizon DOT net

  24. Hi SusieQ! Great that you’re enjoying the hop, and thanks for stopping by. (You’re in for my contest, too.)

  25. Great post Lou…

    Looking forward to reason the new novella 😀 sounds fab I love this series

    Sarah S

    Sarahs7836(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m getting pretty close to being ready to submit Finding Jackie–yay! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed Sonny and Luki’s foibles so far. I’ve got you in the running for the ebook. Glad you stopped by.

  26. bn100

    Very nice post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  27. Penumbra

    Nice blog post 🙂 I’m enjoying all the different answers everyone is giving to the same question. Thanks for participating 🙂

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Hello Penumbra! I’m glad you stopped in. 🙂 And yes,it’s amazing how many different answers there can be to the same question–and you’re in the running for the contest! Thanks;)

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