Gay romance fiction

Online Press Kit

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If you'd like to arrange an interview, a signing, or a public appearance, I may be in your area soon; check my Events and Classes pages for information on his travel schedule.

Author Bios:

Short Bio (80 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

Medium Bio (125 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Having lived all over, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter.

Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been a full-time writer for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He has won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

Long Bio (190 words)

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year..

Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

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"No one deserves to be punished for loving with an open heart." (Hot Head - D. Suede)

Awards:

Hot Head honors:

Named by Goodreads as one of the "Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time" on a 2014 list that included Gone with the Wind, Outlander, Jane Eyre, and Sense & Sensibility.

Picked in Band of Thebes' Best LGBT Books of 2012

On 9/11/2012, Romantic Times chose it as one of their five Favorite Firefighter romances ever.

Hot Head won Best Book of 2011 Contemporary LGBT Romance at the Romance Reviews The Romance Reviews Best Book of 2011 in GLBT – Contemporary Romance ! Deep gratitude to everyone who took this book to heart.

 

Best Romance of 2011: Hot Head is the only Gay Romance in the 15 candidates2011 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, Best Romance: Third place (n.b. the only LGBT romance nominated and the only non-New York Times Bestseller listed)

 

2011 Member's Choice Awards: Best Book, Best Debut, Best Contempoorary, Best Sex Scene and more at  Goodreads M/M Romance Group2011 M/M Romance Group Awards: Best Book of the Year, Best Contemporary, Best Debut, Best Cover, Best Sex Scene, Best "Out for You" story, Best "Friends to Lover" story, Best Law Enforcement/PI/Firemen/Military novel.

2011 Rainbow Awards: Honorable mention (perfect rating)

2011 Love Romance Cafe Awards: Best GBLT Book (runner up), Best Contemporary Book (runner up), Best Cover (honorable mention)

Grown Men honors:

2011 M/M Romance Group Awards: Best SciFi/Futuristic (Third Place)

2011 Love Romance Cafe Awards: Best Cover (nominated)

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Workshop options:

Damon will happily opine about most things, but he's been teaching for a bunch of years on a wacky variety of topics. Some of the genre-writing subjects he's talked about during conventions, seminars, and gatherings past include:

  • CHARACTER: Giving your story a cast that dazzles. Fresh character-building techniques using simple tools that go beyond backstory and stereotypes that’ll flesh out an entire book. archetypes, tropes, and functions of genre characters; casting your story with unforgettable personalities. Character as the simplest way to plot your story and identify your hook.

  • THE GENRE PLOT: FORM VS. FORMULA : A plotting class even pantsers love… Even when a happy ending is certain, a great plot keeps your writing fresh while amplifying your voice. Learn how to craft a sure-fire structure and launch your story. We’ll go beyond the bullet points. Rather hammering one “true” blueprint, we’ll break down major story models from Aristotle to Netflix, identify their seven shared points, and help you develop your own narrative strategy.

  • BRANDING: the cornerstone of any promo and marketing plans. identifying, honing, and crafting an author brand and platform that gets the job done… wielding your brand effectively to build a career for long range goals.

  • PRESENCE: embodying your brand in a public setting, online and in person. Developing a coherent marketing platform and strategizing public appearances to cultivate your unique audience. Navigating the professional arena and building your A-gang.

  • DIALOGUE: screen/stage tricks for "unforgettable" convos, active and character-driven conversations, pacing and rhythm, establishing distinct voices for your fictional people, using dialogue to build character and advance plot.

  • COMEDY: the mechanics of humor, comedy archetypes, and comic plotting...along with a bag of tricks for adding levity and sparkle to any scene by unlocking the power of laughter. Using wit, schtick, and tricksters to deepen subtext and raise stakes within your story.

  • SCENE & SEQUEL: Explaining and exploring Dwight Swain's analysis of popular fiction. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and tone. These old-school genre tools let you manage any story’s natural flow for a book readers can't put down.

  • TROPES: Uses and abuses of form and formula in genre stories. Narrative patterns and recurring structures specific to certain subgenres. Trope history and evolution in the romance genre. The border between cliché and archetype.

  • INTIMACY: making love scenes memorable, use of slang, rhythm and logic, working out the mechanics of intercourse form sweet to raunchy, keeping sex in character, balancing kink and vanilla, gauging and manipulating heat levels for meet (and master) expectations.

  • PITCHING & HOOKS: the importance of a ‘free prize’ in every book, using high concept to anchor a project before and during the writing process…boiling a project into a high concept logline that closes the sale.

  • WORLDBUILDING: for fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi & contemporary...all genres deserve a fully-fleshed world, prioritizing details for single title and series; language, laws, and meaningful specifics that make stories feel real.

  • VOICE: identifying and developing your unique authorial style for maximum impact. Strengthening distinctive elements (tone, pace, language, tropes, humor) that set your writing apart from the herd.

  • POWERS & TOOLS: Hocus pocus with focus and science that can stand scrutiny. Adapting or inventing occult traditions and/or technology that drive a narrative and support character development. (cf degree in Religion/Philosophy and 20 years lecturing on magick, tech, and mythology).

  • MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE & ESOTERICA: presentations on religion, ritual, legends, sorcery, and all manner of cultural belief systems off the beaten path. Damon's degree is in religion/philosophy so this can be as general or specific as necessary.

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“A man is just a life support system for assumptions." (Grown Men - D. Suede)

Topics for Interviews & Articles:

A list of topics I can discuss or write about in an entertaining and informed way... as well as potential story angles.

  • Entertainment Industry: I've made my living in film and theatre for 20+ years... working in New York, LA and London for production companies of all shapes and sizes, and levels of skullduggery.
  • Man's view of genre and gay romance fiction: XY chromosomes and practical experience give me a different take on our genre and a nuts-n-bolts grasp of homoerotic intimacy.
  • LGBT History: Born within a year of Stonewall, I was raised in its aftermath by an out, political lesbian. So I grew up dealing with LGBT issues almost from the day I was born and have been discussing them with a wide variety of folks, ditto.
  • LGBT Youth Issues & Education: I was raised in an LGBT home and also teach writing to gifted kids every week; talking to and about young people (and specifically LGBT youth) has become familiar terrain.
  • History of LGBT Literature and Gay Pulps: I am a fervent reader and collector of Gay Lit, high and low, as well as their overlap and interpenetration. My crazy collection of GLBT ephemera stretches back for decades...
  • Story mechanics: I've earned my living telling stories for two decades in any number of media, nurturing my long healthy relationship with structure, dialogue, character, idiom, worldbuilding, outlining, revision, project development, blocks, habits, and creative struggles, etc.
  • Formula & genre criticism: My academic background and life in the entertainment trenches have given me insights and dexterity with genre and formula... as well as a host of goofy anecdotes and references.
  • Professional development for writers: I've been a full time writer for two decades, steering my own career through the shoals of production and publication. I have plenty of in-the-trenches experience with branding, promotion, publicity, representation, networking, negotiation, and the process of bringing a successful product to market.
  • City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: I grew up in Texas/Deep South and live in Manhattan/Urban East Coast so my interests and access straddle all kinds of divides.

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