Join us as Sue Brown goes Outside the Margins.
More than Cheesecake
A few weeks ago one of my favourite authors had a Facebook post on the way female characters are being written in our genre, at the expense of the gay male characters. The women could have depth but the gay guys were just one-dimensional, there to have things done to them. If this has been discussed elsewhere since then I’m sorry. It’s just been stuck in my bonce (head) and I want to get it out.
Disclaimer: I’m not speaking for the genre or any other author – okay?
I’ve had the conversation about female characters in M/M Romance more times than I can remember. I like writing strong women characters whether they’re the villains, the mothers, the friends or the dog (canine variety). I’ve never thought about the characterisation of females being written at the expense of males in our genre. Kind of a wake-up call.
Then it started me thinking about An Officer and a Gentleman. Yep, my brain goes flying off into other realms. So if you remember that far back, Richard Gere was Zack Mayo, a new Navy recruit with a bad attitude. When he signs up for the Aviation Academy, he comes head to head with Sgt. Emil Foley, who gives Zack life lessons he’ll never forget. Zack learns the hard way but through Foley’s guidance, romancing Paula (Debra – jeez she was sexy – Winger), and a tragedy, Zack finds his hidden strengths – and muscles.
It’s been a while since I watched that movie, but I remember thinking that Richard Gere was very pretty and played with the big boy toys (or was that Top Gun?), but the characters I was really interested in were the side characters, like Paula, Foley and Sid, his friend. I wasn’t the only one. I read a review that described him as the cheesecake.
And therein could lie one of the issues in our books. The main guys are what drive the story, but they are the cheesecake. It’s the rest of the universe that makes it interesting.
I’m not saying that’s true for every book. There are authors in our genre whose men definitely aren’t just eye candy. They aren’t there to provide a prop for the rest of the universe. They are strong men, flawed and interesting in their own right. I have books where the men drove the story and books where the universe chucked the men into the back seat and took over the wheel.
Am I so focused on my side characters my writing is at the expense of the very people I’m supposed to be focusing on? It’s been at the forefront of my mind since my friend’s Facebook post. As I said, a wake-up call.
I like cheesecake, but more to the point I want a banquet with my men; sweet, sour and filling. I will leave the euphemisms there.
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance
Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”
Eighteen months ago Jason Havers lost the love of his life and it’s time to move on. Applying for the position of chef in a sleepy country pub, a million miles away from his previous life, may well be the fresh start he needs. His new employers immediately take him under their wing and before long he finds himself with a passel of new friends and a job he loves. What he doesn’t expect is Tom, a gorgeous midwife, who stirs up feelings he’s not ready to deal with.
But when someone from his previous life turns up in Little Mowbury, will Jason be able to keep them from revealing the secret he’s been keeping from those he’s come to love?
~ Sue Brown
About Sue Brown
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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