Have you ever thought of writing male to male romance? Well then welcome to Andrew Jericho … he writes male romance, and is here to show us how.
Before I put thought to text, I turn to my muse. A muse is anything which inspires. For over two decades, my greatest inspiration has been my partner, John. I credit the real-life intimacy I share with him as my writing sustenance. Looking into his eyes I’m able to see a past, present, and future where time moves forward, yet stands still. Intimacy is not only what we’ve discovered between the sheets, but those moments treading life through all its intricacies.
Readers who are familiar with my work, enjoy a two-fold experience. First, it’s not for the faint of heart. Second, it’s laced with intimacy. I’ve called it ‘hardcore for romantics.’ If a writer has experienced any type of love, a muse has been born. Love is dimensional. For example, Ancient Greeks described the phases of love as: eros, storge, agape and philia. Each aspect is representational of intimacies within relationships. I write from experience. I write what I know. Love is love…period. Love between two men can be the muse a writer needs for world building.
From there, character arcs and characterizations develop. I’ve created male characters, and their relationships with men, in many developmental stages. Regardless of where their stories begin, pacing is important. Whether this is done through backstory, or insertion of passionate tension, I give readers a taste of budding romance. This fans the flames for further passion and erotic sexuality. Placement of elements can differ from one manuscript to another.
Erotic sexuality is but one part of any relationship. A true intimacy is what I desire readers to experience.
So how does a writer accomplish this? A muse has been chosen. Character arcs and characterizations developed. A fictional word is built. Listen to your characters. Yes, they talk. Writers know when to listen. Sometimes the men in my stories become impatient—I tell them to, “take a number.” Share a male couple’s first kiss. What fueled that attraction? How does their passion turn erotic?
I wrote the following for John years ago. The love note returned in one of my recent books. I needed to share a past, present, and future for two characters. The male lovers I write about are more than sex, they are intimate souls.
“Lemmuel, you have me trapped in a powder keg of desire, eclipsed with the shadow of your love. During trials, we smolder, only to be renewed in times of joy, sparking until the flames ignite. We are two similar, yet different souls, entwined from the beginning of time, forever crossing paths.” ~ Zane Foster, Flirting with Heaven (Rock Stars 3)
I’ve received several unsavory e-mails since I started writing erotic romance. I’ve been labeled, “smut peddler,” and “porn for profit.” What author in this business hasn’t received such messages? I write about real situations of life and love, which does include sexuality. The difference between pornography and erotic romance is intimacy, or if you will, romance, passion, and eroticism. Porn is sex for physical gratification. Erotic romance, albeit physically exciting, is also a stimulation of the senses. A tugging at the heart and emotions of the human psyche. I want readers to walk away with the true meaning of romance.
Shakespeare wrote in his sonnet, Venus and Adonis, “Love is a spirit all compact of fire.” Why shouldn’t erotic romance writers compose love laced with an inferno? I’m a romantic and passionate man, who’s also complex, eccentric, and intense. I want my writing to be a reflection of those traits. I’ve been asked if my work contains real-life events and experiences I’ve shared with John? Yes, my writing shares bits and pieces of my love with John and our personalities. Ultimately, the men I write about have their own lives and loves. I will admit any story containing ‘twink’ references can be construed as somewhat biographical. John will always be the flamboyant gay male I fell in love with at seventeen. I earned his trust and became his life partner.
After your muse has talked, and a world of characters have been created, be sure to draw on personal experience. Regardless of whether you are writing about two men in love, or any combination of physical pairings, the heart speaks the loudest. I have many things I tell new writers, but one statement appears most important:
“Never be afraid to share your thoughts, or in this case love, passion, and eroticism in literary form. People will respect you for your ideas and your honesty. Intimacy, as opposed to sex, is built on trust. Trust yourself to write a book in which readers will see your own emotions in the pages.”
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Bio: Andrew Jericho is a ManLove erotic romance author for Siren-BookStrand Publishing who’s writing explores gay men in real situation of live and love, while blending romance, passion, and eroticism into all of his characters. Andrew is a gay transgender man whose work can be found at: Andrew Jericho.