Acceptance and Support

When “Pain Management” was accepted by Dreamspinner last fall, I came out to my parents about writing gay romance. And (somewhat spontaneously) came out as bi.

When it was published in February, they told me how proud of me they were and gave me a beautiful card and wooden jewelry box to celebrate.

When they asked to read it I had a mild panic attack and a few weeks ago, I finally gave them a copy.

Tonight they told me what they thought. Apparently my mother had thought it was about two women, not two men, so she was rather surprised. She also (teasingly) told me it scarred her for life. Which is what I tell her every time she gets excessively flirty with my dad (usually after half a glass of wine). She also told me she thought I was a very good writer.

My parents may not completely understand why I love writing m/m romance.  They may not have any desire to read anything else I write.  But that’s okay.  They support me and I feel damn lucky to have their acceptance and support.

And sometimes I wish I could share them with all of the people who don’t have that kind of family.  Because everyone deserves it.

Inspiration – “Pain Management”

Although not every story begins with picture inspiration, I always have photos of my characters.   In this case, I found photos that matched the images I had of the characters in my head.

Brant Daugherty was an easy choice for Andrew Carmichael.  Although the eye color isn’t quite right–Brant has rather brilliant blue eyes and I picture Andrew’s as hazel–he has exactly the look I imagined.  Some photos are serious and a little stern, from when he and Joel first meet and he’s in pain.  Others are a little softer, with a smile just playing on the edges of his lips like I imagine him at the end of the story.

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Joel Brooks was more difficult and I looked for a long time before I found the right person.  More than the specific features, he had to have the right vibe.  He needed to be sporty but have a little bit of shyness to him, something boyish and sweet in his expression.  Lucas Guldan was an unexpected fit, and the moment I saw pictures of him I knew he was the right one.

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I’ve been collecting the photos for a little while now, and yesterday my friend Bethany put together a couple of nice collages of pictures and I thought you’d enjoy seeing them.

Is that how you pictured Andrew and Joel looking?  If not, I’d love to know what you imagined!