The first draft of my next book, Letting Go is well on its way towards completion, so it's time to start thinking about the cover:
Letting Go picks up the story of my last book, Five At Table, more or less where it left off. It continues the tale of David, his husband/Dom/lover Gun, and the three young men that have become part of their family: Tom, Chang and Den. This book is more episodic in nature, as it weaves together stories about all the men in David's life. While each person has their own story, there's still something of theme to this book, which led me to the title and the cover art.
At least one chapter is, I think, polished enough to share, so I'll probably be posting the first excerpt from the book in the next few weeks. It was the first scene I wrote for the book, and I think it's rather interesting.
This is very likely the last David & Gun book, at least for a while. I think I've explored as much of their relationship as I can, at least for now. I'm certainly not going to draw a line under them or anything like that, so don't worry. I plan to leave the two men happy-for-now as they say in the book biz at the end of Letting Go. I just don't plan to pick up the story again. But, as they also say, “never say never”. If I think of new situations to put the men or their boys in, I might go back to them again.
And what's next? Well, it's a little too early to tell, really, but as you may have noticed from my reviews, I've been reading a bit more science fiction lately. As I'm sure is the case with many adolescent boys, sci-fi is what really got me into reading. But as I got older, I went from Heinlein to Huxley, to Waugh and then to Renault. Science fiction was largely forgotten as I found books which spoke to me more directly about life, love and being gay.
However, now that I've gone electronic and have access to a lot more books, I'm rediscovering sci-fi and also finding a lot more gay-themed works. It all has me thinking of trying my own hand at the genre. There's a story that has been kicking around in my head for perhaps 20 years or more. I've never written it down largely because it's a plot that veers dangerously close to the kind of adolescent self-aggrandizement that satirists use to characterize science fiction, but I think I'm beginning to see what the story is really about - what makes us, us. It's not an uncommon theme for sci-fi, but I haven't seen it tackled from a gay angle. It may be interesting to give it a try just to see what happens.