Thanks so much for visiting today Xavier. You’ve blogged with us before but this is our first chat. I know you’re quite the busy fella too with your column, writing etc…
Please tell us a bit about yourself. From what I’ve read you’ve led/lead a pretty interesting life in various places.
It’s funny, I’ve been looking back on my life lately because of my 35th birthday coming up but also because of surgeries I’ve faced this month and all I can say is yes I have lived an interesting life. I’ve always done what I’ve wanted to do with little fear of what people think. I remember making a promise to myself back when I was a kid swearing I would not be someone who turned 40 and looked back and thought, gee, if only I’d done this or that. So, I did this and that and am happy with the outcome. My career path has definitely been unconventional and has afforded me the opportunity to meet and interact with all kinds of people. Granted, I don’t have the picket fence, the 401 k plan or stock options but the trade off has been worth it.
A bit about your latest release?
My latest release is The Birches coming out this month with Seventh Window Publications. Here’s the blurb:
Perfection isn’t everything, although it’s everything Leo wants. His desire to become the perfect chef may keep him at the top of his class, but it drives his friends and family crazy while keeping love and passion on the back burner. That is until he meets Dock, owner and chef of the new and popular restaurant, The Birches. Although Dock isn’t a trained chef, Leo finds the food he cooks delectable and the man behind the food irresistible. The lessons taught at the hands of an untrained cook may be just what this uptight chef needs to let go.
My first published piece was Serpentigna a re-imagining of the Medusa Myth. Last December Silver Publishing released Christmas Eve at the Powers That Be Café, my 1940’s erotic romance, followed by A Valentine for Evrain, also with Silver Publishing. Dutch’s Boy, a cowboy M/M romance was next and published with Seventh Window Publications. The Incident, just came out in August, is a dark, cop romance, and is available at Seventh Window Publications.
Ever considered writing a cooking or recipe book?
I would love to write a cookbook, I love food and cooking. My last two books include a recipe. Looking back on the last year, I realized food is featured in each story! Maybe that’s my unconscious trying to get me to put together a cookbook.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love the lessons I learn as a writer from each piece I create. Each story has a lesson in it. I learn more and more what it means to be a writer in the world and like school; some lessons are harder to learn than others.
Writing is exhausting. It really is a demanding pursuit. It is spiritually, psychically, mentally and physically draining, at least for me. I am invested in my writing and have to put my all into it, to feel like I’ve been true and authentic to the story and my characters.
Is there anything you require to coax your muse?
Solitude and attention; my muse is difficult and demanding. There is no fence sitting allowed when it comes to my muse. In for a penny in for a pound would be the saying on the t-shirt my muse wears.
With all your degrees have you ever considered another career or are you right where you want to be?
I’m right where I want to be. I wanted a literary life and I think I am always working towards that aspiration. My education has been a highlight to my foundation as a writer.
I read that most m/m fiction is written by women and mostly read by women? Do you think this is true & what is your opinion of it?
Yes, I believe it to be true. I think it’s great and also intriguing. I think women have the advantage of knowing what other women want to read about Gay relationships/sex.
Do you really live with a small menagerie? Bit about your critters?
I do! My place is a zoo. I have 5 black cats, a white rabbit and a curious amount of raccoons and the odd skunk. They all live outside, except the rabbit. I’ve had pigs, fish, skunks and possums; so yes, it is a menagerie.
Do you have a favorite historical character?
Favorite book as a child?
A Streetcar Named Desire
The House of the Spirits
Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
Now for the question you wanted the most….
How the devil do you support yourself writing gay erotica?
The devil would know. I’m still trying to figure it out.
Xavier, thanks for being with Manic Readers today. You’re quite the mess & I mean that in the Southern sense of the word….:)