On Writing M/M Fiction or… The Man-love Muse will not be ignored.
Every wonder if the Universe truly gives you a shove in the right direction? I don’t. Although I still marvel at the convergence of events that led me to writing M/M fiction.
I have insomnia, and one night, about 2 a.m., while channel surfing, I landed on the exact moment in one of the most popular yaoi anime in which two men kiss.
Okay, my lifestyle is not exactly mainstream. I hang around with guys who are not afraid to show their love for each other. But this beautiful single, moment was a total revelation. there are sizzling-hot animated shows about men in love with men!
In my typical manic fashion, I tracked down the series, Yami no Matsui, better known as Descendants of Darkness... and fell in love!
I can’t claim to be the first M/M author who got started with this gateway series. Anime and manga were not enough for me. I wanted more. And just like the commercial says, “more is better.”
I discovered the Holy Grail—fan fiction. (Not alone am I? Some of you started your journey into M/M genre via fan fiction.)
I wrote and posted, and to my delight received many positive reviews. Fans of these early pieces and my friends begged me to write an original man-on-man romance that included a vampire or two. I also recieved numerous requests to make a couple of the heroes samurai. And to not forget the sex, lots and lots of sex…
The Japanese culture became my new obsession. I read Japanese fiction, romance, history, martial arts, myths and legends, took conversational Japanese, shinkendo lessons, attended tea ceremonies; even tried cooking Japanese food (the burnt stove attests to the failure of that research).
My Muse, now fully in charge, led me to the story of the Battle of Mii-dera in 1180, and the Buddhist warrior monks who committed suicide.
There was a love story in there somewhere! I wanted to explore how my characters dealt with choosing between vengeance and love, knowing that their choices could cost them the most important thing to a samurai—honor. But I also wanted this to be a contemporary love story set in a dystopian future. Enter an almost immortal vampire.
When I told a couple of my darling gay friends about my story, they recommended the best porn. Then decided that was not enough and enthusiastically demonstrated not only the how and what that goes on in their bed but the emotions between lovers. Pulse pounding and mouth-dropping hot. Thanks chaps.
Over the next three years, I wrote and revised and wrote and revised—tender love scenes, Dom/sub scenes, duels, bloody battles, and heroes and evil doers wallowing in the blood and the muck of the past to save the present.
Eternal Samurai was the result.