When I began writing Damon and Toby’s story, it was in response to a short story call. The publisher was looking for 3000 – 5000 words. It very quickly became very apparent that Damon and Toby were going to be far more than a one-off short story.
Sure, Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, but as an erotic romance writer, I can’t help but want to embrace the day that’s dedicated to love. Because Love Matters so it should have a day dedicated to it. (It should have every day dedicated to it!)
Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Sean.
I love snow, winter, and the quiet. I don’t do well in crowds, but I love to people watch. I have all these people living in my brain and without them I don’t know if I’d be a writer.
Love Matters takes place ten years after Size Matters. Do you enjoy writing about relationships which stand the test of time?
I definitely do. Happily Ever After is important to me and to be able to explore that and share it over years and years is very cool. It takes work, though, you don’t just fall in love with someone and actually live happily ever after without putting in the work and I enjoyed being able to show Trey and Lucien doing exactly that.
Survivor. This is where I confess to my guilty pleasure — I'm a closet reality show fan. I totally blameSurvivor, the granddaddy of them all, and still my top favorite. I love watching the interpersonal dynamics, the way people can complain bitterly about the way another contestant is playing the game, even while doing the exact same thing themselves. It's crack, I tell you! But less expensive and not illegal.
This week’s erotic author in the spotlight is Sean Michael. Sean writes just about the hottest gay erotic fiction you could ever hope to find, and is published by Totally Bound. Just check out the free excerpts from his books in his spotlight below if you don’t believe me.
Call me crazy, but I have lots of voices in my head, and I listen to them. In fact, if I don’t pay attention to them and let them dictate my writing, I have a much harder time of it. I learned not to fight the voices, even if they aren’t taking me where I’m expecting or wanting them to. Sometimes this leads to putting a story for a specific submission call aside and starting something new with different characters, but if that’s what has to be done, then that’s what has to be done.
Because that was the entire thrust of the book for me. Billy is based on a man I saw briefly and I thought, wouldn't he bruise beautifully? This was one of those titles that came fairly easily to me (and that happens rarely enough that I really appreciate it).