Thursday, June 05, 2008

Hawt Men and Crazy Writers

Okay, so in case everyone was wondering, my current WIP of choice is an M/M, set in the near future, on planet Earth. There are elements of SF in it, but it's mostly a pretty straight (pardon the pun) romance.

Now I never set out to write M/M, and I sure didn't think that I'd ever be writing about gay men as protagonists. I mean, in reality, I'm neither gay, nor a man, so what the hell would I know about writing one. Of course, I'm not a space princess either, and I'm writing one of those, and Stephen King isn't an ax murderer and he writes about them all the time. So yeah. Plus, in spite of the recent triumphant legislation in California and New York championing the rights of same-sex couples to marry, I'm embarrassed to live in a state that enshrined discrimination in its state constitution.

Nevertheless, here I am, pounding away at the keyboard over the drama and conflict of two men in love. Also the sex, but the drama and conflict are what I try to devote just as many brain cells to. And funnily enough, I'm discovering something I've always believed to be true, given real-world evidence from the people I know and the lives and relationships they've had. That romance is universal. It doesn't matter if they're two guys, two girls, a guy and a girl, or a goat and a duck. Love is love, and Love just is.

This might seem like the time for the outsider to point out, "But it's all in your head, Xandra. Of course these guys are going to act like any romantic couple you throw together--they're in your head."

But here's the thing. The unbeliever might say that (you Philistine, you!), but I'm one of those writers whose writing process includes strangers popping up in my head and telling me their stories. Yes, it's up to me whether I want to write them down, and then revise them for something worthy of public consumption, but these kernels, these sparks...they're something that don't wholly feel like they're just me.

I'm not crazy, I'm a fiction writer.

3 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Xandra, I just had a comment, but it got eaten by blogger. So, I'll just say 'happy writing' and I hope your novel does well.

Skylar Masey said...

I have several local writer friends who are doing m/m now. And the e-pubs seem to be snapping them up.

I think the change in CA has and will impact the writing community. I know that some of the erotic publishers have been doing m/m, f/f, etc. for a while now. And is it just me or has everyone noticed the specialty e-pubs who've opened their doors and are actively seeking this sub-genre? I think there is even an ad in RT.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

M/M is major hot right now, so kudos to you! You should have plenty of pubs eager to get their hands on a good gay love story.

I know what you mean about people popping into your head and telling you their stories. Sometimes I've got so many they have to take numbers. No M/M couples yet, but you never know what could happen in the future.