Kerry Freeman

Sexy Southern Romance

Kerry Freeman writes about sexy Southern men falling in love. She is published by Dreamspinner and Loose Id, and her books can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Available NOW:
One Last Road Trip, part of the Playing Ball anthology
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What We Deserve  is now in paperback!
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Manga & Romance Bloghop: From Twilight to Gay Romance, with Stops at Slash and Yaoi

How did a geeky, Southern girl end up writing gay romance? Well, it’s all my husband’s fault, you see. In an indirect way. Here’s what happened.

 

Timeline of Kerry’s Path to Gay Romance

March 2009 (approx.)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Smug little fucker[/caption]

I don’t want to watch Twilight, but my husband guilts me into it. He doesn’t know that the vampires are sparkly (he is horrified) or that I’d fall instantly in lust with Robert Pattinson (again, he is horrified).

April 2009 (approx.)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="253"] If I'd never read New Moon...[/caption]

Reading New Moon, I get to the part where Bella takes Edward back after he dumps her in the fucking forest. Obviously, this pisses me off.

May 2009 (approx.)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] I spent way too much time on this site.[/caption]

I discover fan fiction.

June 2009

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] It's not one of these stories.[/caption]

I post the first chapter of my first fanfic. In it, Bella doesn’t wait around for Edward to come back to her. When he finally does, she tells him to fuck off. (Come on, of course they eventually get back together, but she doesn’t have to make it so easy, does she?)

March 2010

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Bella? Bella who?[/caption]

I discover Jakeward. It is love at first read.

April 2010

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Ginny? Ginny who?[/caption]

I discover Drarry.

May 2010

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="284"] Yeah, there's no Emmett/Edward fan art that I know of, so enjoy these guys.[/caption]

I write my first slash fanfic: Edward & Emmett

June 2010

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Nowaki & Hiroki 4 ever[/caption]

I discover yaoi, Junjou Romantica in particular. I toy with the idea of learning Japanese so I can read the original manga, but I realize I’m entirely too old to learn a new language.

November 2010

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="230"] My cover design skills have improved since this.[/caption]

I participate in NaNoWriMo. The book, original working title Goodbye to My Heart, becomes a menage and changes its title to What We Deserve by week 3.

 

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="187"] I dare you to look at Xanthe's sadface and not have a sadface yourself. It can't be done! (From Emirain's Teahouse)[/caption]

Since then, I’ve also discovered the wonderful world of webcomics (I talk about some of my favorites here - I’ve discovered a few new ones since). And I didn’t even have to learn a new language to follow them. The artists who create comics such as The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal and Teahouse are incredibly talented, and I fangirl over them as much as I do the authors of my favorite gay romance novels.

If you’re a fan of slash, I encourage you to check out yaoi and gay romance. If you’re a yaoi fan, there’s a lot of gay romance you’ll really like *cough*Drawn Together*cough* And, if you’re a gay romance fan? Check out some yaoi (I recommend Junjou Romantica and Antique Bakery to start).

 

This blog hop is the brainchild of Hayley B. James, and there are many other artists and authors involved. You want to visit them all because they’re great. But you also want to visit them because every comment you leave on a blog hop post is an entry into the bloghop grand prize drawing, which includes seven ebooks (What We Deserve among them) and three yaoi titles (the full list of bloggers and prizes is here).

Go forth and comment! :) (And read more yaoi/slash/gay romance)