Sunday, March 11, 2012
John Simpson, "Condor and the Crown," and Dreamspinner Press
My partner Tony has been asking me to write this post for a while and I finally decided to set the time aside and just do it. Tony is a huge fan of John Simpson's work and I've known John through social media for a few years.
The last book of John's that Tony read was "Condor and the Crown," and he raved about it so much I've put it on my own endless TBR list. So while I haven't read the book, and I'm not going to review anything right now, I am posting this little piece about John to let readers know how Tony feels about him...and his work. And, trust me, Tony has strong opinions about what he reads. I rarely hear him say he actually loved something. For that matter, I rarely see him talk about books he's read often. With John's work he never stops talking. I've even heard him recommend John's work to friends at dinner parties.
From what I know about John, a good deal of his work is published with Dreamspinner Press. I have never published anything with Dreamspinner, nor do I have any plans in the near future to publishing anything with them. But I've only had positive experiences reading Dreamspinner books. In fact, last year I collaborated with an author who writes a great deal with Dreasmspinner, Andrew Grey. I'm a huge fan of Andrew and his fiction. The other books I've read published by Dreamspinner were just as excellent.
But this post is about John Simpson, who I find both charming and intelligent on a personal level. And I want to focus on that right now. When I first met him on facebook, I remember how polite and cautious he was. He didn't slam me with promos about his books, he tried to get to know me instead. He's also active in his community and gives back all the time. He's also very honest and you always know where you stand with him. We have similar backgrounds in the sense that we've both been published by Alyson Books...and he's been with his partner for 36 years and I've been with mine for twenty. Even though there's an age difference, I'm sure that when we do finally meet in person...which we will...we'll find we have even more in common. He recently asked me about a cruise this spring he's going on with his partner. Tony and I spend time in Miami Beach off and on during the winter and the times didn't work out. But I have a feeling it would have been a great trip.
Here's a short bio:
John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury.
John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay mens' eyes. And just like real life, John's characters have active and exciting sex lives. John calls on his broad personal and professional experience in writing gay erotica. John is author of numerous full length novels available through Dreamspinner Press, TeB and Naughty Nights Press and several short stories in Alyson Books anthologies. Additionally, John has just signed on with Silver Publishing who will be putting out short stories and novellas. John has written magazine articles for gay and straight audiences alike.
John lives with his partner of 36 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. John is highly involved with the Church, specifically seeking to repair rifts between Christendom and the gay community.
John wishes to extend a very special thanks to his many female readers. He appreciates and loves the fact women enjoy male/male erotica, and he thanks you for your past and continued support. He hopes to never disappoint you, and always leave you wanting more!
John now has a total of 16 full length novels in print!
Some of the short stories previously published by Alyson Books include:
"The Virgin Marine," "The Acropolis of Love," "The Tower," "The Serpent," "Locker Room Heat," "Campus Steam," "Lust in the Sand," and now "Love on the Rocks," for the "Island Boys," edition. Additionally, he has written numerous articles for various gay and straight magazines.
John has five short stories available through Dreamspinner Press: "The Smell of Leather,", "The Sheriff", "Fairy Tale", and the very popular "Officers in Need," and "That's the Ticket." Check them out today! A sixth short story, "Uniform Hardness," which continues the story started in "Officers in Need," is now available through Dreamspinner Press. If these stories don't rock your boat, you're in dry dock!
Having signed with an additional publisher, Silver Publishing, John's first short story for Silver, "Piece of the Universe," has just been released, along with "The Duke of Orleans," a novella, now out, and "Spanking for Love," and "Home Sweet Home," also out now. John has also just signed with TeB publishing which will publish the jointly written novel with A.J. Llewellyn, "My Yakuza," and written by himself, "Undefeated Love." Look for numerous new titles coming soon!
Here's a link to John's website, and another where you can check out his books at Dreamspinner Press. If you're looking for gay fiction written by someone with experience, take the time to check him out. According to Tony, you won't be disappointed.
And I believe that John not only deserves my praise, but also my respect.