UPDATE! WE HAVE A WINNER!
I'm pleased to announce that Mark Gunnells is
the winner of the signed copy of Caregiver. Mark, I will be in touch via
e-mail about getting your prize to you. Didn't win? Hope you'll consider
buying your own copy at one of the links below.
The Rainbow Bloghop is here!
Blog and find out what it’s all about – there’s a ton of giveaways, both from authors themselves (more than
70 have signed up!) but from over 40 prizes
from publishers as well. The blog, run by Rainbow Book
Reviews, is also handing out four $25 book vouchers.
So you have everything to gain and a lot to lose by not checking it out. Read my post below to see how you can win a free copy of my AIDS-era love story, CAREGIVER, then check out the other posts by clicking the link at the top of this blog.
What does writing gay fiction mean to me?
Obsessed, Penance, and A Face without a Heart were all horror, albeit often revolving around horror that happened in the real world.
IM, A Demon Inside, The Blue Moon Cafe, Blood Sacrifice, and Deadly Vision caused Unzipped Magazine to call me "the Stephen King of gay horror." It was a title I was proud of, since I had read King since I was a boy.
The reason I switched in later years to writing about gay people exclusively was because I wanted to dramatize and, at the same time, bring to life the realities of gay people, people who were, essentially, just like me. And, on the other hand, vastly different in so many ways. Being gay was something I thought deserved to be incorporated in literature and many of my works have focused on themes common to the gay experience--coming out (Out on the Net), AIDS (Caregiver, NEG UB2), hate crimes (Bashed), and online hookups (IM). For better or worse, I knew that many gay people had experienced these things and I wanted to put up a mirror that would reflect those experiences in compelling and revealing ways.
But as I explored those topical areas, I realized I wanted to delve into something that wasn't so "topical" and was, in fact, the fodder for a whole millennium of artistic works in just about every medium: love.
Writing about love is universal. Gay, straight, whatever stripe we are, most of us hunger for that one connection where someone puts us above all others and that's why I write love stories.
It's also why I write gay stories. I want to show that universality--love--that links people of all sexual orientations.
CAREGIVER, simply leave a comment below and include your e-mail address so I can notify the winner.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Rainbow Blog Hop: What writing LGBTQ fiction means to me
Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix.