A Series? You Can’t be Series-ous? ~ Outside the Margins with Diana Copland

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A Series?  You can’t be Series-ous. 

For the first time as a writer, I’m doing something I’ve never done before.  I’m half way through writing a book and I realize it’s a series.

When I began it, it was actually supposed to be a short story for submission to Dreamspinner for one of their anthologies.  It’s how I got my start writing professionally; my first ever publication was a short story called ‘The Four Seasons’ for Dreamspinner’s Sindustry anthology.  After that came ‘Beautiful Forever’ for their Halloween Daily Dose, then ‘The Archangel of Castro’ for The Brush of Wings collection.  It was a great way to get started, and since I really haven’t written anything in the almost two years since my mom passed, I thought a short story might be just the way to go.  Get me in the habit again.

Then I started it.

Anyone who has known me for a while knows I tend to be long winded.  I start a story, thinking it’ll be a couple thousand words, and it ends up twenty.  This story was supposed to cap at twelve; it’s currently thirty two and the two protagonists are JUST getting to their first kiss.  But as I was writing it, I realized something; these two men have friends who deserve to have their story told, too.

First, there’s David and Jackson.  David has just discovered that his lover of five years has been unfaithful, probably more than once, and so he does something impulsive; he can’t live in the condo he shared with Trevor (the asshat) anymore, so he buys a house.  An old house.  Across the street from his mom.  And he discovers there are lots of things wrong with it.  Lots. Enter Jackson, a handsome handyman who has done work for David’s mother.  He’s tall, dark and handsome, but he’s also just become the primary caregiver for his Mom, who has been diagnosed with MS.  He’s moved home from the coast, where work was plentiful, into the town he grew up in, one where he’s trying to negotiate the work available for a guy with his experience in a place that isn’t particularly gay friendly.  It’s why he moved away to begin with. On the coast he had a house, and worked for a big business, and a boyfriend who he thought was in it for the long haul. Now, he’s living with his mom, working on his own, and has an ex who had no desire to move in with a sick woman, even if she did happen to be his lover’s mother.

Well, I was half way through David’s story, and realized the poor guy has got a new mortgage, and an existing mortgage, because his deadbeat ex is not only refusing to make the payments on their condo but has kept all of the furniture David bought.  He’s in this darling, flawed little house with an ugly recliner and a box springs and mattress on the floor.  So, I’m thinking, as I slip my plotters hat on, where could he get an entire house full of furniture that he could afford, that would fit the craftsman style of his century old house?

Enter Gil.  Gil is a mountain of a man who is an old friend of Jackson’s.  He works as an independent contractor painting houses, also because of the hostile work environment among the main companies doing renovations in the town where they live.  His father has entered assisted living because he has dementia, leaving Gil with his dad’s home, and rooms full of beautiful mission style furniture, and siblings who can’t wait to get their hands on the proceeds from both.

Gil, for all of his size, is a gentle sweetheart of a person. He’s currently alone, but he’s always been attracted to younger men who some people might call ‘twinks’.  Enter Michael, David’s executive assistant and the resident smart ass.  He’s smallish, twenty five, and resembles no one quite a much as a young singer in a British boy band.  But there is more to Michael than there seems on the surface.  And when he cares about someone, well, there is no one fiercer.

Add to the mix Manny, Jackson and Gil’s friend.  He’s a plumber, also working alone, who suffered a near fatal beating at the hands of his former lover. There was a sensational trial, where Manny’s lover was found guilty and sentenced to twenty five years in prison for attempted murder, and Manny is left with as many interior scars as there are exterior ones.  The love interest he meets is a college age kid who works at the local grocery store.  Manny is shopping one day and notices that the young man he’s admired from a distance for months has a nasty black eye.  And every protective instinct he has rushes to the fore.  Colby, the kid, has a dangerous home life and Manny wants nothing more than to protect him.

So see, three books.  Then I got to thinking; Okay, I’ve got an interior Decorator (David), a general contractor who’s also a licensed electrician (Jackson), a dry wall and painting expert, (Gil) and a plumber, (Manny).  Why couldn’t these men start their own company?  And so they do: Tri Point Renovations.  A subtle tribute to the pink triangle gay men were forced to wear in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, their logo is a stylized inverted triangle. They offer renovations and repairs, and the services of an interior decorator, to boot.  And just maybe, by banding together, they can show the ‘good old boy’ network a thing or two.

So, that’s what I’m working on.  “The Men of Tri Point”.

My first series.  Eeep!  Here goes nothing!!!

~Diana Copland



About Diana Copland

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadowsto produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a “”Best New Author”” Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.

Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington with four obnoxious cats, near her two wonderful adult children.

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8 thoughts on “A Series? You Can’t be Series-ous? ~ Outside the Margins with Diana Copland

  1. I don’t think you have to worry about this series it sounds fantastic. Just from this blog post I can feel the depth of characters. There’s nothing more important to me when I read than feeling a connection, which can be hard with short stories. I can’t wait to get to know your Tri Point guys! It must feel good to be writing after your mourning period and having everything flowing and coming together. I would think that it’s a great sign that this will be your first series. I will be looking for it! Best of luck to you Diana!!!

  2. This makes me happy… really, really happy… but I’m still hoping that Kiernan and Matt make a repeat appearance somewhere down the line 😉 After all, you always remember your first love and A Reason to Believe was mine. <3

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