Hey everybody! Today Gwenna Sebastian is taking over my blog to tell us a little bit about her new release, VN2 (sounds intriguing). Take it away, Gwenna!
Some people have to ask.
Sadly, I have a full time regular job. It pays the bills so that I can pursue my real love- writing. And it’s not a secret at this job that I write. The secret is what I write.
My new manager asked me the other day to draft a couple of letter templates for the rest of the department to use. She said she was lousy at this stuff and well, I’m a writer, so the job was mine. I couldn’t help but tell her that I write racy romances. Really racy romances and not sure how that would apply to a couple of form letters to health insurance companies.
It has come up more than once. I don’t exactly advertise that I write romances. It’s not like I wear a shirt or button that says- “Smut Written Here!” (However tempting that might be…) But it’s not a secret either; even my husband and son know I write romances. About men. In the military.
That’s usually the part I leave out in most polite conversations. M/M. Guys with guys.
Like a month ago at a charity walk with several of my co-workers… My friend was asking how the edits and the editing process was going on my upcoming new release, VN2. Now my friend knows exactly what it is I write, in fact she can’t wait to get it for her Kindle. But a couple other co-workers overheard and asked about the fact that I had an upcoming book in the process of being published. And they were surprised to learn that I had already been published. The unavoidable question comes up like it always does; what do I write?
Romances. Racy romances. Really racy military romances.
Well, you did ask, didn’t you? And it’s not like Oprah Winfrey is going to be holding up my latest release and saying what a great read it is and she highly recommends it. Probably not in this lifetime… (Don’t get me wrong, a girl can hope, can’t she?)
Let’s face it though. We love romances, it’s a huge market and it’s the kind of escapism so many of us crave. And there is something there for everyone, from the sweet to the graphic, the historic to the futuristic and all combinations therein. And it’s not all about the guy getting the girl either.
Sometimes it’s about the guy getting the guy.
That’s where some of the shock value comes in is with the gay romances. That is what gets people’s full, undivided attention. Believe me, I know first hand. And I happen to enjoy a niche market right now because I write M/M military romances.
But the fact is, women like these stories. A lot. And the publishing market is scrambling to catch up in many ways. ePublishers were already on board, giving writers like myself a chance at a reaching an audience hungry for guy on guy action. Traditional publishers are starting to slowly come around, but it’s taking some time.
I like writing about men in love with other men. I think it’s steamy and sexy and frankly, what could be more incredibly hot than two really good looking studs hooking up? Two studs in uniform maybe… but that’s just my opinion.
It’s not like we aren’t aware of it, especially today. Take our movies and television shows. What used to be termed “buddy” is now called “bromance.” You don’t even have to understand it to recognize it. My husband sat and watched my current favorite TV show with me one night a few months back and asked if the two leads were married. They were both guys, by the way.
So, what do I write, you ask? Oh, just romances. Really.
My newest release: VN2- now available from Breathless Press
Lost and Found- available at Lyrical Press and Amazon.com