Recovery Romance ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

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JP Barnaby OTM

For the last seven years, I’ve been trying to categorize the types of books I write. Every conference, every writing book tells you – find your brand, be your brand. Well, I’m not a pair of jeans and my books don’t fold up nicely under a single column. JP had a brand – she was the porn chick. Then, everyone decided they wanted a cute little gay porn BFF and that wasn’t unique anymore. And the work wasn’t about porn—it was time to rebrand.

So, after I took a bit of time off and stepped back from the race, I found an interesting thing—all of my serious work has an underlying theme. From In the Absence of Monsters to the Working Boys Books to Aaron and the Little Boy Lost series – they all have one thing in common. The guys from those books happen to fall in love while they are recovering from a traumatic experience. Master Ethan from Monsters recovered from his abduction. Andy from Andy Go Go Boy was recovering from losing his lover in Iraq, and of course Aaron was recovering from his sexual assault and witnessing the murder of his best friend.

My work gravitates toward this theme—all of it, from the tiny short stories to the epic novels. Why? Because I believe in redemption—not necessarily the kind you get from Jesus, though I don’t rule that out—but the kind you find in yourself when you stand back up after life kicks you in the face. When you stand up and say, “that all you got?” as you dust off those branded jeans.

I am Aaron.

I am Ethan.

I am Brian.

With each subsequent book, readers get another small sliver, another cross section of the darkness in the back of my head.  That little black voice that tells you things you wouldn’t normally think. It was the black voice that came up with that chilling part of Aaron’s blurb – “I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.” I can.  In the shower while Jayden is helping him, Ethan says “Why won’t God just let me die?” I know that too.

“Recovery Romance” isn’t a buzz word, it isn’t a catch phrase. It’s what happens when the author has been broken by life to the point that words spill out across a page, bleeding into its porous surface. It happens in desperation when that author has to give her characters the happy ending she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find for herself.  It’s about not having that big red bow at the end, not having a way out, but fighting for one anyway. It is an introvert’s way of helping other people who have fought the same battles and who need a light in their own darkness.

I am JP Barnaby – creator of recovery romance, the daughter of a saint, the mother of an angel, the protector of lost children, the soaring phoenix, and the victim of no one.

Let’s do this thing.

~JP Barnaby

muscular santa claus in summer holiday with sharpei dog

Title: His Heart’s Desire
Author: JP Barnaby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12/02/2015
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Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Winter Holiday


If Santa Claus could have one wish, what would it be?

Each century, Father Time selects a new Santa Claus. In return for his service, the lucky St Nick receives his heart’s greatest desire. Unfortunately, Matthew Carpenter is down to his last night as Santa and has no idea what his heart desires.

Short story previously released as part of the ‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas, Manlove Edition anthology.


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About JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.
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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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4 thoughts on “Recovery Romance ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

  1. Thank you for this post. It’s brutal honesty from an author whose work I really respect and it provides insight into all her books I love.

    • Andrea – thank you so much. I’m behind every one of those boys – peeking out from behind their eyes. I believe that you can’t write quality, living characters unless you can step into their skin. People talk about Aaron as if he were a real person – that’s when I know I’ve done my job. <3

  2. This post is the best description I’ve seen of you and your fiction. When I think of the JP that first emailed me about LBL and the journey you’ve had since then, I am truly honored to have been able to tag along on that part of your journey.

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