April 14, 2017

My style – writing ambitions

By aarondkey

I once said that I wanted to be the Jane Austen for gay love stories in the 21st Century. I was trying to explain my style of writing. I wanted the romance but happy to leave the sex to the imagination – after all there are many other writers covering that field perfectly adequately. I am old fashioned enough to believe that what happens in a person’s love life should stay with them and the other parties involved. It is no one else’s business. Politicians, homophobes please take note. Just as no-one should imagine their parents in the bedroom, we are all a little happier to stay in the dark.

That’s not to say there is not a place for this sort of literature. It is after all the verbal equivalent of porn, and this also has an important place in modern life when people need stimulation which can’t be administered first hand for many reasons.

So I think there is a place and, judging by the popularity, a need for graphic sex scenes but I do not want to fill that need. I am more interested in the process that makes two people find pleasure in each other’s company. Whether there is a need for non-graphic romance – well we shall see.

I’ve changed that ambition now anyway. I want to be the perfect combination of Jane Austen, Tolkein and, dare I say it, Terry Pratchett – stacked full of gay characters. So I’m aiming high!! Jane Austen displays a perfect understanding of what makes a relationship tick. Tolkein shows us another world full of fascinating magic and adventure. And Terry Pratchett – I was surprised to find out recently that he was relatively unknown in the USA – his books have great characters, stacked full of humour, wit and a myriad of problems to be solved by people trying to do their best.
If I achieve my aim I will be very content.

By Aaron D.Key

Fantasy Author