Wednesday, February 17, 2010

American Idol, American Star, and an Unusual Review


When AMERICAN STAR was first released, there was an unusual review. Oddly, this review picked up all the funny elements of the novel I was trying to portray, only the reviewer didn't fully understand this. And I can't blame her for my lack of explaining the book. I think she was expecting a sweet, tender romance and instead she got slammed with a satirical look what might happen behind the scenes of a pop culture reality show like American Idol. So in order to avoid anymore reader misunderstandings about AMERICAN STAR, I posted an author's note on the publisher's web site.

Author's Note: AMERICAN STAR is, and was always supposed to be, an adult, satirical look at what might go on behind the scenes of a TV reality show like "American Idol". It's both funny and campy (there's a difference). It's also very erotic, in the true sense of classic gay erotic fiction, and there is romance. But not the kind of romance that will leave you with wet eyes like some of my other romances. This is more of a modern romance, between very strong gay men, who do not apologize for their needs and the way they live their lives. And, many of the scenes are based on my own personal experiences as an openly gay man. I had fun writing this book, laughing at myself and with the characters.

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