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Title: Men of the Manor
Author: Rob Rosen (ed.)
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: 08/18/2014
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay, Gay Fiction
Prism recently reviewed Men of the Manor. You can find the review here.
English country houses, mystery and intrigue, sex and money—all go hand in hand in Men of the Manor, a collection of dizzyingly sexy encounters featuring randy aristocrats, eager stable boys and devoted footmen.
Does the aristocrat drop his grand manners when his manservant helps him undress? What happens behind the gilded door to a decadent party full of squiffy men on the make? And do the upstairs and downstairs chaps exchange more than pleasantries when the lamps are dimmed, the candles snuffed out and the ladies retire for the evening?
We are here today to talk about Men of the Manor. What can you tell us about it?
The collected stories recount the romances between wealthy aristocrats and hard-working estate staff, all with a pre-World War 1 backdrop. Think Downton Abbey. The idea is similar, but, unlike the TV show, there’s way (way) more steamy sex. Men of the Manor is, in fact, an erotic new take on the D.A. theme: the sordid lives of the haves and the have-nots, and what can happen when the two classes find themselves beneath the sheets.
What about Men of the Manor makes you the most proud?
I’m most proud of the fact that the theme is something new and original. After all, class struggle and sex frequently go hand in hand, but you rarely see it portrayed in an erotica anthology. I’m also proud of all my contributors!
If you could change one thing in Men of the Manor what would it be and why?
I wish I could’ve made it longer. I had so many excellent stories to choose from, and it’s always diffcult to make the final cuts.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Never give up. Never. If you enjoy what you’re doing and you believe in yourself, eventually others will believe in you, too.
If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
I’ve already met my three favorite authors: Gore Vidal, Tom Robbins, and Felice Picano. And I got to tell them how much I love their work and how much they’ve influenced me. I’m also lucky enough to say that I’ve worked with Felice numerous times now and have had many, many book readings with him. As for emulation, nah, I’m good with my own style of writing. Heck, it’s worked for me so far.
If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?
Do you know something I don’t know?
Tell us about some of your other titles.
All eight of my novels are romantic comedies. Most of my 300+ published short stories are as well. Feel free to check them all out at www.therobrosen.com. My latest novel, Creature Comfort, will be out in February. I do believe I’ve created a whole new genre for this one: a romantic comedy featuring drag queen zombies.
Rapid Fire Time
- Fire or Ice?: Fire
- Australia or England?: Australia, I’ve been to England twice already
- Favorite Color?: Orange
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed?: Folded (by my dry cleaner)
- Sweet or Savory?: Sweet
- Electronica or Jazz?: Electronica
- Vanilla or Chocolate?: Can’t I have both?
- Train or Plane?: Plane
What are you working on? What is next?
My next anthology, Best Gay Erotica 2015, is due out on 01/13/15. This is the 20th installment of this esteemed and steamy collection. Then my 8th novel, Creature Comfort, will be released on 02/12/15. My 9th novel, Fate, will be out in early 2016. And, yes, I plan that far ahead.
About the Author:
Rob Rosen (www.therobrosen.com), award-winning author of the novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, and Creature Comfort, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, and Best Gay Erotica 2015, has had short stories featured in more than 200 anthologies.
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