We're coming to the end of the year and Christmas and New Year's Day are upon us. Next year will be a new, exciting year with more book goodness from Chase Connor Books. In the meantime, I'm trying to take it easy, entertain the family for the holidays, settle into life changes, and stuff my… Continue reading Merry Christmas 2022
I suppose I might be known for tearing some hearts up and stomping on them in my writing past. Trauma, homophobia, unrequited love, horrible parents...death. My novel-writing history is littered with victims, both fictional and real. Readers of my works have suffered nearly as much as the characters I put through the wringer. Don't ask… Continue reading Queer Joy
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin said that. Or wrote it. I'm not sure. I don't have time for research. Recently, Elon Musk bought Twitter and the entire site--and the internet itself--is burning to… Continue reading Adaptation
Halloween is gone. Winter is creeping closer. The world is slowly going to sleep for a fourth of the year. It's the time of year when everything seems to hibernate and life becomes quiet and I find myself asking the same question I ask every year. Why do I write? Honestly, I'm not sure I… Continue reading Naked
Let me start by saying this: When I started my career by writing gay erotica and then gay coming-of-age, I got death threats in my email and DMs. I've had a well-liked gay male member of the Writing Community DM me daily to get onto me for everything I did and tell me that I'd… Continue reading Trolls
Saturday night, I lost my shit. That's simply a cute way to say I nearly had a full-fledged panic attack. For a solid half hour, I was a woman on the verge. Couldn't breathe. Couldn't think. Almost unable to move. I was spiraling. It was kind of scary, but I'm a writer, so I also… Continue reading Panic
The Tragic Backstory
Recently, with the release of Hocus Pocus 2 and The Rings of Power, a divisive discussion has arisen once again on Twitter. Not that it ever really goes away... Villains. Bullies. Douchebags. Do we want to know why they are the way they are? Do we care about their origin story? Should we bother to… Continue reading The Tragic Backstory
What Took You So Long?
My babies. Those are my books. I think that's how all writers feel about their creations. The stories they write and the characters they breathe into life are their little babies they want to protect with every bit of strength in their bodies. Although, writers also want to send their creations out into the world… Continue reading What Took You So Long?
Recently, the topic of writers having a great first line in their novels popped up on Twitter. It gets discussed monthly on the bird app--like a million other writing and reading topics. Writers are told by publishers, editors, and even readers, that the first line can be of paramount importance to the success of a… Continue reading First Lines