Join Prism Book Alliance® as Sue Brown goes Outside the Margins today.
I’m nearly fifty and a relative newbie in Internet terms. I’ve been online since 2007 when I discovered fandom. A friend set me up on LiveJournal and I had to pick a user name. My name was boring (a bit like Sue Brown – lol) but easy enough to remember. Avon09. Avon was the anti-hero in Blake’s 7, the sci-fi programme of my childhood. If you think Star Wars made in cardboard you’ve got the idea.
Initially I was thrilled by the opportunity to be someone else, to be hidden behind a user name. What I quickly discovered is that I’m hopeless at hiding ‘me’. I am a creature of ‘what you see is what you get’. I couldn’t be someone else if I tried – and I did. However I could control how much information I disseminated in public. For instance my kids were off-limits and to a certain extent they still are.
When I decided to write, I did contemplate a male identity for about thirty seconds, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain it. I’m a bisexual woman, not male, not gay. It boils down to I want to write about fictional gay men, I don’t want to be one.
I’ve seen catfishing in action so many times now, both in fandom and M/M. I’m exhausted by the crying ‘coming out’ stories and the drama and division that ensues in the community. I’ve been supportive but I’ve never been the friend, the one sucked into their fictional world. It’s been easy to say “You’re okay with me.”
Not anymore. I’ve had enough. You’re hurting people with your lies. The people whose identity you appropriate, your friends, complete strangers willing to believe you. You take money and gifts under false pretences – it’s wrong. You suck people into a world of fake people and their drama – it’s wrong. You have talent enough to create a world then write a book, hell, write a television series, but leave other people alone. I’ll be honest, I see people with perfect lives or excessive drama in our community. I tend to avoid them. They make my senses itch.
I’m tired and battered with the drama, the plagiarism, and the catfishing. I want to write books, and the drama in my own life makes that difficult. If I lose friends over this post I don’t care. I’m tired of keeping beneath the parapet. I deserve better and so do my friends. My genre deserves to be fabulous and drama-free.
Title: Jordan & Rhys
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 11/25/2015
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
Eight months after the assault in which his sub and lover was killed, Jordan Nicholls isn’t making much progress in his recovery. Marchant and Ed, Jordan’s friends from the BDSM club, stage an intervention.
They employ a carer to look after Jordan. Rhys may be a sub, but he’s forceful, making Jordan eat and exercise rather than live on coffee and cigarettes. Despite Jordan’s protests, Rhys slowly forces him back to life.
But Rhys wants to be Jordan’s sub, and despite being protective of Rhys, Jordan’s not sure he can ever return to the BDSM lifestyle. In order for their relationship to continue, they’ll need to find a compromise that meets both their needs.
About Sue BrownSue 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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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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