Boy, what a year it has been. I can’t hardly believe that a whole 12 months have passed since my debut novel An Ordinary Boy was released by Seventh Window Publications. I can recall the excitement and the anticipation, the joy and the pride, the hope and the dream that comes with the publication of a first novel. I am very thankful to all those of you who bought the book and shared your thoughtful reviews, for reviewers who encouraged readers to read my novel, and to all the wonderful authors who endorsed the book. I am so very grateful for the bloggers, radio, and podcast hosts who interviewed me and helped to spread the word about An Ordinary Boy. None of this could have been made possible without the great work of my awesome publicist Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions, my friends, and my peers. This has been a great learning experience. There were ups and there were downs, but I will take these lessons and use them to grow as a writer. I cannot wait for the release of my second novel, though far away. I am encouraged by this journey and I know that my sophomore effort is going to be bigger and better.
In the meantime, I am very excited about the upcoming release of my collection of gay erotic short stories, Erotica, by New Lit Salon Press. This collection brings together all 5 of my previously published stories and includes 2 brand new pieces sure to get you just as hot and bothered. As an added bonus, it also features some pretty great artwork from some pretty great artists. Make sure to check that out March 18th, 2014.
In honor of my novel’s one year anniversary, I want to share with you a new Goodreads review of the novel by Brian Lund, who said:
“I am very glad I took a chance with this novel since it was such a departure from what I normally read. It made me appreciate the events and experiences of my youth which made me the man I am today.”
Many thanks, Brian. I am always so honored when a reader connects with my work.
I also wanted to share with you a great piece from Lambda Literary, “Virgins No More: Writers on their First Book Signing,” by Michael Graves, author of Dirty One. This piece features an anecdote about the first time I ever signed a copy of the book.Take a peek:
“She was moving slowly and I saw, in her hand, a copy of my newly published debut novel, An Ordinary Boy. I stared at it for a brief moment, stunned. In my head I thought, ‘That’s my novel,’ but I can’t say it fully registered.”
I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate, other than wanting to hear from you! If you loved An Ordinary Boy, let me know!
Thank you all,