On Monday, my sixth novel, Daddy’s Money, will be released by Dreamspinner Press in both paperback and all popular ebook formats. I’m excited to have people reading another of my stories, and this one in particular because I believe it is a fantastic romance storyline. It’s possibly my best story. It’s also possible that it will be my last gay romance.
After I finished the first draft of Daddy’s Money, my writing took a turn, shooting off in a new direction, new for me at least. All six of my published novels loosely fall into the romance genre, but about a year ago, I grew tired and rather bored with romance, writing and reading. I’m not making a negative blanket statement about the genre; I’m simply stating my tastes have changed.
My novel, The Plane of Bitter Honey, which will be released in June, is a futuristic story about twin brothers both battling a corrupt government, one a writer and the other a warrior, one gay and the other straight. It is told from the point of view of the straight brother. There are some romantic elements in the story, but nobody will mistake this adventure/thriller as a romance. And this is my first story where the protagonist is a straight man.
My current work in progress is also told from the viewpoint of a straight military man, whose comrades begin to suspect is gay. Thus, he suffers the brunt of homophobia from everyone, including his wife.
I’ve always used the romance genre structure to delve into gay topics. I’m still delving into those topics, but focusing more on the issues without building the story on the back of a romance. I have no idea how my fans will react to this change in direction. I can only hope my storytelling ability will satisfy them.