Dress Rehersal ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

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“So like Danielle Steele?” my doctor asks.

“No, a little more… alternative than that.”

He quirks his brow. “What could be alternative about writing romance?”

I already like the guy and now even more because he didn’t do the whole “put the entire genre down because I once read one paragraph in one romance novel where they used words like ‘meat stick’ and ‘quivering butterfly’ to describe genitals” thing.

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“I write Male/Male Romance,” I said without hesitation this time.

Blank look.

“I write gay romance and bi romance.”

He doesn’t miss a beat and asks, “What’s the market like for that?”

After a little to and fro we get back to my appointment, and the first two things on my list of maladies are addressed. Then he asks the question so many M/M Romance authors get. “What made you decide to write that? Why not female/female?”

That’s my daughter’s most persistent question for me as well.

Oh, and did I mention how much I love that he didn’t ask why not regular or normal romance?

So I told him all about gender expectation, imposed societal rules forced upon women, and how I enjoyed leaving most of that at the door and focusing on a romantic relationship that has the opportunity to start off as equally as possible, if I want it to. And then I ended up saying, “And that leaves more room for me to address social issues that I’m passionate about.”

My explanation was highly simplified and rife with generalizations that don’t take into account individual characterization, but that’s just it! I’m able to think more about my characters because they are men living in a world where men currently have power.

I realize my feminism is showing. My daughter’s indignation that I don’t write F/F Romance exposes her feminism as well, and she’s right to be pissed off at me. I should write about women falling in love but that’s an awfully big can of worms I’d have to open up and sift through. It’s too close to home, and I’m not sure I’m capable of doing a good enough job.

I do consistently write strong female secondary characters, so I’m not totally slacking. Besides, my kid has five years before she’s allowed to read my books. There’s still time.

So back to the doctor. He nods after my answer and makes a short thoughtful noise.

I freak a little, not sure how he’s taking it, so I blurt out that I’ve been invited by the public library to partake in an open house of local authors next month. That leads to the publisher questions and where my books can be purchased and all that jazz.

But the whole experience was like a mini practice session for GRL and my library appearance. More and more I’m openly telling people about what I write and allowing the chips to fall where they may. I did it this weekend at a friend’s house warming party too. That’s a huge step for someone who got very used to keeping up extremely kid-friendly appearances for my real world job.

My first OtM post was about my “pen-name coming out” after taking a leave of absence from my job, which I eventually quit. It’s been a gradual thing.

I’m glad I didn’t brush my doctor’s questions aside and take the easy way out like I’ve done a hundred times in the past. At the library event next month, I’m going to be on and I have to be ready to answer all the questions! Already my book cover is plastered to walls of the library and around our city. They will be using my headshot in promos. Parents I used to teach might be walking down the hall to return their kid’s library books and see their former teacher with a name they don’t recognize emblazoned below. Many knew I wrote on the side.

And they could possibly come and find out I write about men falling in love… with men! I can’t wait to see what they ask me.

What’s the first question you ask authors when you meet them?

 

~Posy Roberts

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Title: Silver Scars
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.

Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.

Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.

Links

Silver Scars on Goodreads
Labyrinth Bound Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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About Posy Roberts

Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.


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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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