Along with all those amazing authors, several publishers are also taking part and offering prizes. For a list of prizes available from both Rainbow Book Reviews and Publishers, as well as rules for those prizes, click here.
What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to me? This is a very good question, and one that every author has a different answer to. For me, it's about love. It may seem kind of cheesy, but hey, I'm kinda sappy that way. I think as a society we've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Our views of what is and isn't masculine and feminine is changing, as it should. Everyone deserves the freedom to be who they are deep inside without the fear of prejudice or hatred.
I write because I love to write, and what I write stems from a belief that love between men is as beautiful as the love between a man and a woman, or a woman and a woman. People deserve love and respect no matter their gender. For those who may not know me, hi, my name is Charlie, and I write Historical Gay Romance. Though you probably guessed as much from my blog's banner.
I've always been fascinated by the 1920s and 30s, and reading about some of the gay men that lived during those times can be heartbreaking. During those periods in the US (as well as several countries), Homosexuality was considered an illness, and in the 1930s, men could get arrested at a bar for simply "looking homosexual". They were dangerous times with many men leading double lives. The 1920s brought the GLBTQ community into the light, while the 1930s did it's best to once again bury it, but it was always there.
I read quite a bit of pulp from the 30s and 40s, and in those pulp novels, gay men were almost always either portrayed in a negative light or their lives ended in some heartbreaking tragedy. I wanted to write stories where men in those time periods got their much deserved happily ever afters, whether they be private investigators or bank clerks. They may have to fight tooth and nail for it, they may be met with heartache and danger along the way, but in the end, they get their man, and capture his heart. I love telling stories where men fall deeply in love, yearn for it, sacrifice for it, talk about it, and hope that it touches someone somewhere. For me, it's about sharing stories of love, redemption, strength, and hope with a little adventure on the side.
Thank you all so much for joining the hop, have a wonderful weekend!
♥ Your choice of eBook (The Auspicious Troubles of Chance, or The Amethyst Cat Caper, or the Masks Off! anthology
♥ One short story (When Love Walked In or Lost In My Waking Dream)
You can read about the eBooks here.
♥ A $10 Amazon gift card