As in, at book events this upcoming season, what am I going to read from the new book?
Well, I tested out new material from Right Side of the Wrong Bed with a group of students yesterday at Cal State L.A.s Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities. It's an academic think-tank, preparing future scholars in the area of gender and sexuality issues. And it was my first public reading from the new book.
And the students, who were a cross section of ethnicities, ages, and experiences, all said...
No back story. No descriptive blah blah blah. Read the dialogue and the action. I think the action they were speaking of is the sex, which, there is sex in Right Side, but one of the students brought her elementary-age daughter. And I wanted to respect that right to parent your child.
And... in general, I don't read sex parts at my readings, as erotica is not my genre, and I'm known to be a pearl-clutching naive boy at times. And no, that's not just a marketing ploy to appear shy and innocent, lol, as some friends have concluded. But to let you know, there is some sex in the novel. Well, more than some.
Anyway, I tested out three sections. Two were more backstory and literary. One was more about the interaction between the two romantic leads, Kenny and Jeremy, when they first meet.
And that, my friends, is what I'll be reading when I'm in a city near you over the next couple months. The build-up between Kenny and Jeremy, which I've gotta say, is kinda fun(ny) and hot.
So here are some upcoming places I'll be reading and signing. Hope you can make it. You can always get updated info on my blog or MySpace or website.
Now for the next important question... What am I going to wear?!?!?!
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