Edward: Thank you for having me. Now if I don’t make a fool of myself… -grinning-
MM: So tell me, how long have you been writing?
Edward: For about four years give or take, though never for publication until now.
MM: What is your favorite subgenre to write?
Edward: I prefer male/male with an emphasis on contemporary although I’ve done paranormal as well. In point of fact my next book from Silver, ‘Lies and Misunderstandings’ is, I guess urban fantasy is the best description. Most of what I write involves a mystery or crime of some sort.
MM: Is there one that you haven’t tried that you see yourself doing in the future?
Edward: I’d love to be able to get my head around ‘world building’ enough to write true fantasy. Not sure that’s possible though because that kind of detail writing comes hard for me.
MM: I’m of the opinion that erotica doesn’t have to have a dose of reality all the time to make a good story, what are your thoughts?
Edward: Not certain what you mean by ‘dose of reality’. There can certainly be erotic dreams and imaginings by one or both protagonists without them ever acting them out in the ‘real world’, or at least not acting on them until much later in a story.
MM: Who are the authors that you look up to?
Edward: Rick Reed. Damn that man can write. Wambaugh for his detailed police procedurals, Neil Gaiman for his truly incredible imagination.
MM: When writing, do you use music as an aid or is there another form of media you feel helps to inspire you.
Edward: I listen to jazz all the time when writing but only as background ‘noise’. I don’t have any specific pieces of music that I use to push whatever the mood I’m dealing with at the time.
MM: What are you working on now?
Edward: At the moment, a story about a hitman who has decided to give up that life.
MM: When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?
Edward: Overall they are fictional. I have used bits and pieces of people I know to flesh out a specific character a time or two. And in one story my son and a ‘what if’ idea became the focus of what happened.
MM: As an M/M writer, do you feel that the trend is changing where it is becoming more mainstream?
Edward: I definitely think it’s becoming more mainstream. Shoot, my son told me last night when he stopped by that his friends think it’s fantastic that I write M/M. That shocked the hell out of me but considering their ages (late 20’s) I’d say that says it must be much more acceptable these days than it was even a couple of years ago.
MM: I read a blog about M/M writer’s losing their imagination because they are writing the same subjects repeatedly, what are your thoughts? http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=42883
Edward: I think the author of that blog has some valid points. Themes do repeat, but that’s true in mainstream fiction as well. It’s how it’s written/handled that can make one story unique and another just the same old same old. Hate to be cliché but whoever said there are no new plots or something of that ilk was correct.
MM: Where can we find you on the web?
Edward: ‘Everyone’s Man’ can be found at - http://silverpublishing.info/product_book_info/coming-soon-c-2/everyone-s-man-p-185
My personal pages are at -
MM: Well Edward, I wish you continued success on the new book and thank you for being on the blog with us today. I will be reading this book very soon.
Colin Wilcox, a male whore who only handles clients of the same sex, is gang-raped while on the job. Needing medical attention, he's taken to the local ER and is befriended by one of the doctors. While he's recovering physically, reoccurring flashbacks of the attack provide small images of his brutal rape and he’s forced by Detective Keyes to handle the emotional fallout of being victimized.
Detective Keyes, a rape victim himself, is assigned to solve the crime. When a second boy is gang-raped under what appears to be similar circumstances, he needs Colin‘s help to catch the perpetrators. In the process, he tries to use his own personal experience to help Colin understand he’s not to blame for what happened.
A slow, but sure, friendship unfolds between the two men that blossoms into love, stunted by the traumatic event. When the perpetrators are finally in custody, Colin has to move forward, and the next battle is underway. He must learn to lower the barriers that will allow him to let Detective Keyes into his life for both mental and physical support. Only then will the two men be able to consummate their tender passion.
Colin’s eyes widened when he saw the man standing there. “Damn and double damn,” he muttered under his breath.
Bill had to agree, although he wasn’t about to say so. If this was the detective, and the badge he was flashing said it was, he was definitely not fifty, nor fat. Quite the contrary. Bill figured he was in his mid-twenties, and obviously lean and muscular.
Keyes waited, a slight smile on his face. Finally, he broke the silence. “May I come in?”
“Sure, sorry. You weren’t quite what we were expecting.” Bill stepped aside to let him in. “I’m Bill Snider. The young man over there is Colin Wilcox.”
Keyes nodded as he crossed to look down at Colin. “Do you mind?” he asked, pointing at the empty space on the sofa.
Colin shrugged, watching him cautiously now.
Keyes sat and took out his notebook, flipping to a blank page. “I’d like to know what happened. You don’t have to go into details if that makes you uncomfortable. I just need to know how and why you ended up with those men.”
Worrying his lip, Colin glanced over at Bill. When he received a look of encouragement, he began telling the detective how he’d first met the man who had been instrumental in his rape.
“You never saw him before that evening?” Keyes asked.
“Nope. He was a new client, or at least new to me. We met in the room, he…” Colin swallowed hard. “I won’t do the S&M scene or bareback. A bit of light bondage is my limit. He wasn’t happy about that. He got angry, pulled a knife, I got cut, and got the hell out of there before he had a chance to do anything more.”
“He came with a knife. That’s interesting.”
“Interesting?” Colin chuckled morosely. “More than interesting I’d say.”,
* * * * *
“Can I ask a question, Detective Keyes?”
“Of course, and call me Dane.”
“Okay, Dane.” Colin smiled shyly at him for a second before getting back to what he wanted to know. “This kid they killed, was he in the business too?”
“At the moment, we’re not certain. We’re still trying to locate family or friends to find out more about him.”
“If he’s a whore like me, you might be shit out of luck,” Colin told him.
Keyes winced a bit at Colin’s bluntly calling himself a whore. That elicited a tight smile from the young man.
“That’s what I am, Dane. Why sugarcoat it?”