Writing M/M fiction as a female author
As a female writing all male characters, I’ve been asked the question why, several times.
On a personal note, I have been married for 24 years, and for the majority of that time I have worked in a male dominated environment. I am also a practicing martial artist, which again, is a male dominated sport. So I’m familiar with the way men speak, act and think. When it comes to writing, regardless of gender, emotions are emotions. If I get injured, I experience the same pain as a man. At the other end of the scale, when I am happy, the same elation runs through my body.
The ability to think of an adventure and transfer it to the page—well, that all depends on the artistic nature of the author, and gender doesn’t enter into the equation. On that occasion, my style would differ from another woman’s as much as it would a man’s. As far as the intimate sexual details are concerned, I’m old enough to know the euphoria accompanied with the act as well as a few other details which I won’t go into. This leaves the differences between m/m loving as opposed to f/f or m/f loving. Well, apart from the fact that I truly enjoy my research, I have some friends who are happy to be frank, open, and honest with me, plus I am thankful for my imagination!!!
So, in the end, I guess it comes down to the fact that I simply enjoy writing stories where the main characters are in an all-male relationship. I don’t get jealous about wanting to be the woman in the stories, and I can concentrate on the adventure itself. And I get double the fun ‘playing’ with two cocks instead of one.
The community of LGBT writers, too, is so supportive; it’s a privilege to know them. They also have one hell of a sense of humor, and when we get together, I split my sides laughing. In their company is a good place to be.
I only have one complaint about writing m/m, and I’m sure authors of f/f literature encounter the same. When some people, thankfully not all, discover I write m/m they automatically think it’s porn on a page. This truly irks me. I changed many of my reading habits over to m/m because I found the stories so much more interesting. Sexual interaction in an m/m adventure is there for exactly the same reason as m/f fiction – it’s there to enhance the story not make it. Yet no one bats an eye when the coupling characters are m/f. Some of my readers have been brought to tears (in a good way) at my stories, and not all of them have explicit sexual content.
Born in the wrong time…
In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.
A man on a mission…
Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.
Two men with one soul…
Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?
Beneath Dakota skies…
Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.
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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NHPMJ7C/
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About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
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