Guest Blog: Michael Mandrake

Call it what it is…Gay FICTION

Greetings fans, this would be Michael Mandrake presenting you with today’s post at Sam Crescent’s place. Today I’d like to talk about something that came up on a recent radio I did with Blak Rayne, Patricia Logan, Sammy Jo Hunt, Andrew Grey, TreSa Sioux and of course, hostess Cassandre Dayne. We talked about the problem that we discuss quite regularly in the genre. The need to give gay fiction its own category.
You ask, what does that mean? Well, with some publishers, gay fiction regardless of whether it’s erotic or not falls under erotica. Not only does that do a disservice to the author but also to the reader who is looking for some hot sex and plat and instead, they don’t get that.
Why is it important? 
Well, it’s beneficial not only to the author and reader but in my opinion, the publisher! You have customers coming to your site, looking for a gay fiction book. One with not a lot of sex but maybe one. They’re looking for a particular story, maybe a sci fi or a contemporary. Why is it you’ve clumped all gay content into erotica. NOT FAIR to anyone.
I don’t have figures to support this but, I would think a disgruntled customer means lost sales. You have done your gay fiction writers a disservice because now that reader feels they cannot come to your website to find good gay fiction.
What would be so hard to say GLBT? Or if you must, the fluffy names of m/m and f/f which means there is gay content or lesbian stories involved but if there’s not much sex, it doesn’t get lost in the erotica section.
Now, I speak not for myself really because all of my content is erotic but there may come a day where I want to venture into that realm of only writing a story with no sex but hints at it or a “closed door” scene just to get a point across.
How come these have to be thrown in the erotica bin because it’s two men in a relationship?
In the world of art which includes writing, I’d expect for the publishers, especially e-pubs to be more accepting and open to calling gay fiction what it is. After all, “New York” (the term used for big publishers) doesn’t think that authors who’ve been e-pubbed or the e’s themselves actually count. So, we are the rebels against the majority, doing things different from the accepted norm. Why not take that next step? Give your readers and authors a clear view of the genre in which they read and write. Call it gay fiction. Give it its own category.
I’m sure it will be beneficial to all involved.
I’d like to thank Sam Crescent for having me here today.  Please leave me a comment on your thoughts as well as an email and I’ll be glad to give away a copy of the book as well as the anthology I’m in from XOXO.
Here is the blurb and excerpt from my latest book due to be released on July 15th , A Second Chance from XOXO publishing.
Will also be available on Amazon, Bookstrand, Omnilit, 9Clouds, and AllRomance
Blurb: Hesitant to begin a relationship with someone new, two police officers who have lost their partners in the line of duty try to deal with their obvious attraction to one another. Will one of them accept the other’s proposition to start over or remain alone because of their places on the police force?
While we continued to chat, I noticed DeClerc in my peripheral. I couldn’t help but stare at him. I moistened my lips, biting the bottom as he came closer.
“Um, hello…” I looked past the chief to take a long gander at Daniel. I stood up, extending my hand. “I’m Farris Beason.”
He accepted. “Daniel Declerc. Nice to meet you.” The handshake was firm, his hands soft like a female.
Don chuckled, “See Beason, if you would’ve been in the right frame of mind you could’ve joined Daniel today.”
While we exchanged smiles, I gawked at the pretty face in front of me. Daniel was even more gorgeous up close. The only distraction was the defect on his finger. Who was lucky enough to call him theirs? I had to find out.
“Pity,” Daniel said with a grin. “Maybe when you’ve recovered from your wild night?” He cocked an eyebrow.
I laughed, “Yeah, um…maybe…”
We’d broken our hand gestures but not our gaze. Maybe he did play for my team, but the question remained, who was he married to?

25 thoughts on “Guest Blog: Michael Mandrake

  1. Michael that was a brilliant interview and you have opened my eyes. I would have to admit that I never thought about Gay Male Fiction requiring it’s own Genre so as the non-erotic written works could be encapsulated within it.

    Thank you for doing the guest post on Sam’s blog, it truly was a lovely, thoughtful and insightful post.

    *bites n kisses*

    • Thank you so much Mistress. *wink*

      Its very important to have gay fiction “shelved” correctly.

      Its kind of like walking into a Borders bookstore and finding erotica in self help. 😛

      Hate that!

      Thx for dropping by!

  2. Great interview, Michael. Just this past year I was introduced to M/M romantic fiction and now I’m an avid reader. It actually helped me to change my classification to “Romantic Fiction” and not care about the gender. I even changed my last 2 menages to M/M/F instead of my traditional M/F/M. Your coming book sounds great and I’m definitely going to be watching for it.

    Missy Martine

  3. Wow, thank you so much for the great comments.

    Kim, I appreciate the kind words. It is better for gay fiction to be termed as that. Its beneficial to all. I thank you for stopping in!

  4. As the genre grows and grows, which it IS doing, there will come a time they will HAVE to address it differently. It’s getting to be too popular and too diverse to be able to compartmentalize into one universal title.

    Thanks for addressing!

  5. Great interview all involved- interesting- the first thing I thought of was a new romance sub-genre of contemporary for gay characters. Do we have to have the explicit sex to get the point across that every person (regardless of sexual preference) needs romance and love- sure, the erotic genre is loaded with gay stories- but what about the sweet side of the romance too

    • Exactly!

      There are so many gay stories that have little to no actual sex but have a great storyline.

      Give fiction the same as hetero. Gay contemporary, gay mystery, gay humor, etc… If you add that one word, I believe the customers and your authors would be grateful

      Thx for stopping in Dawne

  6. Elece says:

    Great interview, Sam. Michael– Interesting idea you have proposed here. I’ve never and probably never would have thought about such a thing had I not read this. I read my first m/m about a month ago. I very much enjoyed it and was surprised to find it not erotic. Yes, there was sex, but for a novel size book, sex wasn’t the pushing theme of the book. Emotion was. It was wonderful broadening my horizons, and your upcoming release sounds like a great read. I’ll have to check it out when it release!!

    • TY Elece.

      And its true! There are many gay fiction books that have very little erotic in them. This one by me only has 2 scenes and they are hot but they dont linger on Its more about their emotions.

      😀 Thx for the comment and visit!

  7. Never realized there was no distinction between gay fiction and gay erotica. There definitely should be! I totally agree with your point. Great interview!

  8. Well said and as you know I couldn’t agree more! I write alot of m/m romance with just a hint towards the sex and because it would get stuck under erotic in most pub houses I hesitate to bother subbing it to them.
    NNP calls it what it is! Be it Gay Fiction with a sub genre of comedy, romance, lesbian or transgender suspense/thriller, you can bet it is going to be classed in a way that clearly defines to our readers what it is!
    Lead the way and they will follow… That is our goal at NNP!
    Ok, on to the giveaway… Me please! Lol

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