Part 2 of the interview with Douglas Black. See Part 1 here
Your favorite gay tv show or movie?
Queer As Folk, both the British and US versions, definitely broke boundaries. I think that show was hugely important in changing the way LGBT characters are portrayed on screen. It stopped them having to always be the best friend or camp comedy figure and showed them as sexual beings. Equally, the movie Milk was fantastic not only as a piece of cinema, but because it brought the history of the gay rights movement in the USA to people’s attention at a time I think so many had forgotten who their LGBT rights activist forefathers were.
Do you feel that celebs who are gay or bi should come out the closet?
I’m going to say ‘yes’ and then I’m going to qualify that. Yes, people in the public eye should come out. Doing so helps break down stereotypes, generate understanding, and most importantly, I think it helps in moving the conversation about LGBT equality forward. However, if doing so were to place that person in danger, be detrimental to their wellbeing, or cause damage to their relationships and career then of course they should pause. Pushing people out of the closet is dangerous. People have to do what is right for them.
Favorite character in one of your books?
Jake from Port In A Storm, and I’m not just saying that because he’s in my latest release. He’s always been my favourite character. Hands down. No competition.
Port In A Storm
Port In A Storm is a MM erotic novel, written by Douglas Black, and published by Loose Id Publishing in October 2014.
Alex’s world changes forever the day he meets Jake. It should be simple. Jake wants Alex. Alex wants Jake, but for Alex there’s this little thing called life that seems determined to get in the way.
Alex is stuck in a rut. He’s facing a big decision about his future, namely, what to do with it and so far he hasn’t managed to come up with an answer.
Until he meets Jake.
Jake blows through Alex’s world like a hurricane and Alex falls hard and fast for the perpetual traveller with a penchant for secrets and a perfect smile. Jake wants Alex, but life isn’t as simple as that.
Jake never settles in one place for long and already their long-distance relationship is driving a wedge between Alex and his family. With no compromises on offer, Alex’s decision about his future becomes a decision about Jake.
For Alex, the idea of losing Jake doesn’t bear thinking about, but choosing him looks like it will mean throwing away everything Alex knows, including his relationship with his parents. And so, Alex finds himself with another question to answer.
How much would you be willing to give up, to be happy?
The man walked up to the door of the last pod in the row and produced a swipe key. He opened the door, pulled Alex inside, and resumed their kiss before the door even shut behind them. Only when the man broke away to catch a breath did Alex get a chance to look around.
The space was small, a little carbon-fiber hut with just enough room for a small double bed and cupboard, and a small bathroom hidden from view behind a partition wall.
The man’s duffel bag took up most of the floor space, but there was still more than enough room for what Alex wanted to do. For what he wanted this man, this stranger to do to him. Before the man could kiss him again, though, Alex needed to know one thing.
“What’s your name?”
The man lifted Alex right up into his arms as if Alex weighed no more than a sack of potatoes and carried him to the bed.
“Yeah. Now, get your clothes off.”
An even longer excerpt is available on the publisher’s website, here – http://www.loose-id.com/port-in-a-storm.html
Douglas Black was born and raised in bonnie Scotland. An archaeologist by trade, Douglas started writing MM erotica – as a means of avoiding starvation at university – before returning to the genre in 2012.
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