I think it’s important to support aspiring LGBT authors and also those that are published who are struggling to get their work in front of readers. For that reason, though I’ll be adding authors to my blog roll, I’ll also be linking to the blogs of lesser known writers I run across on this page and telling you a bit about them. If you’re an aspiring author, and you would like to be featured here, please comment or email me and let me know.
The Gayly Blogger – First up is Joe Knudson. Joe has authored the book, Living the Difference: An Enlightening Story Revealed for People of All Ages Straight or Gay. The Gayly Blogger is his blog regarding his book and his life experiences that led him to write it. I hope to review Joe’s book for this site very soon. His life experience very much mirrors my own in that he discovered his truth later in life after being married for quite some time and having children.
Life Uninterrupted by Astrid Fiano – Astrid is a New York City area aspiring writer who has, at long last, gotten her first work of fiction titled, The Hanged Man, published. Excerpts of the book, a crime fiction novel, can be found at her blog Life Uninterrupted. Her lead Character, Gabriel, is a gay hero private investigator. Astrid’s blog site is a work in progress but I do like what I’ve read about her lead character so far!
Now My Butt Hurts by Reggie Cameron – Reggie is a blogger, art lover and writer based in the L.A. area. His blog is not porn but, rather, an eclectic collection of his life and interests. At the time of my review, he had links posted to his recent interview of actress Sandra Bernhard for Out Magazine.
Calen Breckon doesn’t have his own blog…yet, but he does blog from time to time for Homorazzi…Where Homos Judge Everything. Calen’s contributions to the site are diverse from interviews to music reviews. His most important endeavor, which is detailed by him on the site, is his own founding of The Diversity Project.
USA to Philippines – Exploring a New Life in a New Country by Barry Saiff – Barry moved to the Philippines in December of 2010 to be with his boyfriend full-time. He’s been blogging about his experience ever since and has plans to publish a book about moving to the Philippines in December of 2011 titled “Moving to the Philippines: The Expat’s Complete Guide to Life in Paradise”. Other books are planned as well. Barry has considerable past experience as a technical writer but states himself that he has always preferred writing for people.
Freelance Writer by Debra Stang – Debra is a freelance writer with two novels to her credit and ghostwriting credit on others. She’s also a licensed social worker. In her words, on her blog, “My passions for creating and social justice all come together here.” Check out her blog and some of her work which can all be accessed from her main website, debrastang.net.
Patrick Stevens, like Calen, doesn’t exactly have his own blog either but I’ve highly encouraged him to do one. I think the LGBT world could definitely use more of his wit. He does have a great author website though: ThePatrickStevens.com. I profiled his work to include his book, The Spins (Thursday Night), on August 18th, 2011. See also his author bio at Amazon.
An Ideal Man by Adonis Ramirez Para – Adonis is a Mexican American man whose family immigrated to the U.S. - illegally - at a very young age. He grew up with the stigmas of being an illegal immigrant and being gay. These and other factors made him the man he is today. His book, An Ideal Man, is available from his website.
The Active Voice – Bringing LGBTQ Science to Life by Gayle Pitman Ph.D. - Dr. Pitman is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Sacramento City College. She teaches courses on psychological disorders and on gender issues. She’s a researcher who seems to take a very different slant on the type of research that she does in the arena of sexual orientation and gender studies. For example, in this blog, she often writes not about the effects (or lack of effects) of homosexuality on issues such as raising children and property values, but rather, the effects of heterosexual homophobia on the same issues. Her book, Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities behind Sexual Orientation Research, is an eye opener. I’m a pretty avid reader. Believe it or not, she’s one of the few researchers I’ve found that that’s taking entirely different angles to look at the issues of the day.
Aaron Palmiter – by, you guessed it, Aaron Palmiter. – Comics, art, poetry and fun from the Author of the, “It’s A Gay Life” collection of hilariously queer comics. “Aaron lives in upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley where he works a 9-5 job in the insurance industry. Being creatively starved in his day to day job he started writing comics one day while in his office using a highlighter. This led to other office comics and from there he branched out to other sarcastic spoofs on day to day life.”
Slckismit – Michael Offut – by Michael Offutt. “Michael Offutt is a writer of science-fiction books. Depending on when you catch him, he may also be an aspiring writer of epic fantasy, young adult fiction, or a daily non-sequitur. He has one brother, no pets, and a few roots that keep his tree of life sufficiently watered.” Michael’s first published work of Science Fiction, Slipstream came out in May of 2012. I previewed Slipstream in February of 2012. The sequel, Oculus, came out in November of 2012.
Brandon Shire- by Brandon Shire. Brandon’s 2011 self publication, The Value Of Rain, is a hit. In early 2012, his 2nd book, Listening To Dust was released for the Kindle. Brandon doesn’t reveal a lot about himself other than to say that he is a recluse by choice. Writing is his passion. He’s also a staunch advocate for LGBT youth. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of his books benefits LGBT youth organizations.
K’Anne Meinel – by K’Anne Meinel. “K’Anne writes books she would like to READ. She writes stories that fans have asked for and for the exercise of trying something she may not be comfortable in writing. She likes creating whole characters as well as ‘quickie’ stories where she never names the participants and the reader places themselves in the story. As her short story readers read and realize the depth of the longer stories and then get introduced to her books she hopes they come to love the characters she has developed. She has found writing to be a schizophrenic experience, these characters live inside of her mind and to exorcise them from her brain she put them down on paper (not literally). That way, they are preserved for all time. She is ALL of her characters and yet, NONE of them. The feedback she has gotten from her readers is amazing, the vested interest in the stories and books, she doesn’t think anyone can NOT love hearing how a story made them laugh, cry, and fall in love, how they felt a similarity in their own lives, how they relate. It really makes the reader a part of the story they are reading.”
The Space Within These Lines is Not Dedicated – by Bernard Cox. Bernard sent me some paperwork with a copy of one of his novellas that tells me he already had one short book out and that there are 4 more on the near time horizon as of December of 2012. We can expect to see all of them by the summer of 2013. He’s a talented writer. I sincerely hope he has plans to take it to the next level and present us all with a full length novel.