Writer Wednesday Welcome Kevin Klehr

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How long have you been writing?

I think I was born with a pen in my hand. To be honest, it’s a hobby I enjoyed as a kid but gave it away when puberty kicked in. I didn’t go back to storytelling until my thirties, and even then it took about ten years for my first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, to be published.

What is your favorite subgenre to write?

There are reviews of my first novel which question exactly what genre I’m writing in. In fact I was involved in a debate by a publisher who said if people are expecting romance from me, that’s what I should deliver – the romance formula.

I see myself writing Speculative Fiction. Once I heard of this genre I decided that is what the Drama Queen series of books were. They’re ‘what if’ novels. What if two young men died with no clear memory of their recent past? What if they are not sure if they were lovers or not? What if two happily married men fall prey to a midlife crisis all because of a social experiment a warlock in the afterlife thought he’d try out on unsuspecting mortals?

Speculative Fiction gets you out of trouble when being asked about your genre.

Is there one that you haven’t tried that you see yourself doing in the future?

There’s science fiction brewing in my brain. I have a list of other books also in my head of varying genres (including a traditional gay romance novel), but I’m itching to get started on an idea that’s pretty recent about a single man in the not too distant future.

 Your first published book?

The first Drama Queens novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, was a passion I worked on for over ten years. It included rewrites after several assessments from a wonderful woman named Janet Hutchinson.

I tried to get it released through many different publishers, and like all first time authors, received a mountain of rejection letters. So I originally self-published for about three months until Charles River Press offered me a contract.

What’s nice about this first novel is it is being re-released with its sequel through Wilde City Press. Having both books with the same publisher is a bonus.

What books are you reading at the moment? It’s okay to give a fellow author a plug!

I’m reading three books at the moment; two are anthologies. From my new publisher I’m reading Bedtime Stories as a way of getting to know several other writers also with Wilde City, and I’m reading the delicious pulp fiction detective story, Buck Baxter by Geoffrey Knight.

Plus I had the pleasure of being part of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans this year. The anthology Saints + Sinners, New Writing from the Festival 2014 has some amazing and original queer writing. Pick up a copy if you can find one.

I recently finished Light by Nathan Burgoine. It’s a wonderful first book of a series that introduces a gay super hero. A gay super hero with a unique talent.

 What are you working on now?

At the moment I’m working on the third book in the Drama Queen series, Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes. I’m up to second draft stage where I develop some of the minor plot lines and characters.

It involves a devilish character named Preston who is the leader of the Underworld. He wears a top hat and a string of black pearls, and he challenges the other characters to put on a play to entertain those condemned to the depths of the Afterlife. There’s a major payoff if they succeed. My lips are sealed as to what that payoff is.

*Do you believe it’s important for you to know the gender of the author?

Not really. I’ve read some wonderful m/m fiction by female authors that, although they don’t contain the raw sex energy that men write, they help me drift off in a more romantic tone.

And there are mainstream books I’ve read like Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro where the story is told in first person by a female character. She was as real to me as a character written by a woman.

Plus there’s one novel in the back of my mind told from the perspective of a single mother. One day I might get around to writing it.

I read a blog about gay fiction writer’s losing their imagination because they are writing the same subjects repeatedly, what are your thoughts?

I think because there’s a strong market for GLBT writing at the moment, that people jump on the bandwagon. It’s the same with all those people writing a vampire books. The market is there. But it’s the books that touch readers which will stay with that reader, no matter if that book is a literary classic, or commercial fiction written by a good writer.

What is it about gay fiction and or m/m romance that pleasures you to write it?

I can talk from experience, and the world around me makes it into my writing, although that world is heavily disguised.

In the new book, Drama Queens and Adult Themes, a midlife crisis is at hand when Adam develops an obsession for the nude model in his art class. Eventually this obsession extends to Adam’s partner, Wade, who also finds he has a crush on the younger model.

Now this has never happened in my own relationship of nearly twenty-four years, but I know my partner and I well enough to fictionalize using our perspective. Plus this is not a book I could write with heterosexuals in the main roles. I wouldn’t know where to start.

But as an established couple, I can write from that point of view. I can add the ‘What if’ to the mix. What a therapist might think about me writing such a book is anybody’s guess.

Name one celeb that you wish was gay and why?

Jude Law. I know he’s not in the spotlight as much anymore, but gosh, he’s always been sexy! Yum.

Favorite character in one of your books?

In my Drama Queens series, Guy, the angel who can’t fly, is definitely a favorite. But what surprised me is how this character, who I just saw as one of the gang, has become the favorite among readers and bloggers. One reviewer wrote that she’s put in her own request to the Afterlife to have Guy as her guardian angel. Another said he was the emotional anchor of the first book.

He was based on a person we have lost touch with, but he’s developed beyond that original blueprint. He’s the angel you want as a friend because he shares excellent advice, yet he’s also the friend you can give advice to.

If you’ve watched gay porn, tell me your favorite movie and or star.

I don’t know if I have a favorite porn star, but lately I’ve been into the porn of Treasure Island Media. It’s down-right-dirty and explores male sexuality without trying to justify behavior by working it around a scripted scenario. Come to think of it, a lot of porn has dispensed with a storyline, but for a long time porn was being churned out with men just going through the motions. When something is caught on camera that is real, and the time is taken to capture that, it makes us explore our own desires, rather than go through our normal bedroom routines.

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DRAMA QUEENS AND ADULT THEMES (Book 2 in the Drama Queens Series)

http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/drama-queens-with-adult-themes/

Adam can’t stop fantasizing about Mannix, the young nude model in his art class. But Adam has been with his husband, Wade, for nearly two decades.

Watching their drama unfold is Fabien, a warlock in the Afterlife who has wickedly cast the spell of lust on Adam and Mannix.

But Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, is also watching, clueless to what is causing this mid-life crisis!

As Guy tries to find ways of saving Adam’s relationship, Fabien and his mystical friends cause more havoc on the three unsuspecting mortals.

www.kevinklehr.com

New Trailer for re-release of Drama Queens with Love Sceneshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLjeK9Qy3FY

 

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