An Interview, A Giveaway, & Why I Don’t Care Who You Are

Theo Fenraven:

One of the most level-headed people I know. Love him. Love his family. :)

Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:

JJ_sidebar_badge1Please stop over to Joyfully Jay where the lady herself interviewed me about SPLINTERS.

(There’s also a giveaway over there for a paperback or ebook copy of the book! :D )

And, in case you missed it last week, you can read Mary’s review and interview of me for USA Today’s HEA Blog, too.

I think I might be getting good at these ;)

But now for something a little more serious…

I Don’t Care Who You Are

You may or may not be aware that two authors revealed their true selves this week. AJ Rose called it her coming out, and Theo Fenraven said he was embracing his authenticity. As much as I felt sympathetic pain for their struggles in the past and understand their reasons for using the online identities they have…I don’t really care. This changes nothing. They’re still them, and I still like them as they are.

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Thank You

AJ Rose said it so well, I’m not going to bother to rephrase it. Straight from his blog to mine, with his permission:

I said it on Facebook last night, and I’ll say it again: you have all struck me speechless with the love and support you’ve all given Fen and me. He and I spent yesterday in a bit of shock. For three years, this was our dirty little secret (not as secret as we thought but pffft), and we feared the same kind of fall-out we’ve gotten in real life. We should have given you far more credit in a genre built on acceptance, where love is love and you want stories where gender doesn’t matter.

You are the best of humanity and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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Embracing My Life and Myself

You know me as Fen: male, thirtiesh, dark hair, primarily attracted to men but also love women. I’m politically inclined (liberal), generous to friends (and sometimes to strangers), sarcastic, and have a wicked sense of humor. I love my dog, Suki, live in Florida (dream come true!), write books, edit for a living, and take photographs of my world.

Not all of the above is true, and I have lately had an epiphany that prompts me to come out in a way I never have before. To borrow from Edmond Manning’s beautiful series of books, I’m going to king myself. I have the power, and I’m not waiting for Vin to show up and do it. I am a found king.

The tagline on the blog says “Let me tell you a story….” It’s the internet, folks, where no one knows you’re a cat. Everyone thinks they know me, but arguably, they don’t know the most important thing about me. I’ve been keeping a big secret, and now I’m stepping out into the light. It’s time. Oh, and AJ Rose, whom I will love forever, knew and went along with this for reasons of her own.  Continue reading

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Last Minute Scramble

I went to bed early last night, around 10:30, and woke up at five to let Suki out. Then I tossed and turned for a couple hours before falling back to sleep.

Since moving south, I’ve slept better. Remember when I used to wake up in the middle of the night and have to go online for a few hours? That rarely happens to me anymore. It’s great!

And my half-asleep muse is back. I woke slowly just after eight. The sun was well up. The heat was starting to come inside. And the next big part of the plot to my abandoned YA story was laid out in my head in full.  Continue reading

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A Writer’s Lament

I go through periods when I get obsessed with something to the exclusion of everything else. The first one I remember is Star Trek. I bought everything on it I could find. I knew the name of every part on the Enterprise, the various departments, who worked where, ad nauseum. I wrote a Star Trek book (I may even still have it around here somewhere), and followed that with a SF romance. Neither was very original, but I enjoyed writing them. In fact, I lifted my pen name from that space book; Theo Fenraven was the name of the main character. Think Han Solo, only cooler. ;)

After that, it was horses. Then gardening and the back-to-the-earth movement. Astronomy. And more.

When I want to learn something, I dive in and splash around for a while before coming up for breath and the next subject of interest.

Each phase lasted anywhere from a few weeks to several months, except for books, which are and continue to be an obsession.  Continue reading

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