Challenges ~ Outside the Margins with Dean Frech

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The business of life is the acquisition of memories ~ Carson from Downton Abbey

After the tragic events in Orlando in June, my publisher, JMS Books, announced a charity anthology to benefit the victims and their families. At first, I set aside the idea of participating to the side. Submissions needed to be contemporary and under 5000 words. I hadn’t written either contemporary or a short story in my short writing career and didn’t plan on it any time soon.

But something gnawed at me until I sat down at the computer and starting writing my submission. I have had a story idea for a long time, but struggled with it’s historical setting. Since the call required a contemporary setting, the idea was perfect for this project. Cutting the submission down to only 5000 words was also a challenge.

But I did it. I stretched my wings and the short story, Jackpot!, was accepted into the Love is Proud anthology from JMS Books! I wrote the story in six days and took another week to cut it down. Writing the story helped me get back in the habit of daily writing which I’ve been out of habit since December of last year.

One of my writing partners is submitting a sequel to her BSDM book. I don’t normally read (or practice, LOL) BSDM, but her writing is awesome and makes me want to delve more into the world she’s created. Again, not my usual subgenre of gay romance, but a stretch from my usual reading. I’d miss out on some great storytelling if I chose not to read her submissions every week.

Do you stick with the same sub-genre of romance reading or do you take it all in? I’d love to hear!


~Dean Frech

Title: Love is Proud
Author: JMS Books
Publisher: JMS Books
Publication Date: 07/30/2016
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Genre: Contemporary



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About Dean Frech

With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and published by Musa Publishing in 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year by Musa.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading and patio gardening.

Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.

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