We are delighted to welcome Angel Martinez to Sinfully today. She’s popped in to chat about; how the fabulous concept of MCB Quarterly came about.
Hi, Angel Martinez here, representing the Mischief Corner crew! How did we come up with the concept? You know how some ideas just hit you out of the blue? Bam! There’s a big epiphany and look, idea! This wasn’t one of those.
Mischief Corner Books is a small, closed system. We have a core group of writers and because of the way our business is currently structured as a writer-owned publisher, we don’t take outside submissions. But we wanted to find a way to do that without changing the nature of the company. Freddy MacKay, who often serves as our idea person, came up with the idea of a magazine format.
But what kind of magazine? How often would it come out? How the heck do you publish an online magazine, anyway?
Believe me, this took a bit to work out. I’ll spare you the wrangling, the yelling, and the throwing of virtual paper airplanes. What it boiled down to was this: we have a group of authors who often write things that don’t “fit” the largest portion of the online market. Yes, all of us have published m/m romance and erotica with various publishers and on our own. But most of us have had stories that didn’t conform to the expected norms. We wanted a place for other writers who were struggling with placing their genre shorts, their literary fiction shorts, and their this-doesn’t-quite-fit-the-romance-model shorts. LGBTQ fiction, that’s what we were after.
Next, we wanted to emphasize the art of the short story. Authors often mourn the short story as a dying art, that the great short story writers like Bradbury are all gone. I don’t agree, but in the romance writing community, I think there’s a bit of a disconnect regarding what a short story actually is. So often, we see a piece billed as a short story that really isn’t. It’s the first chapter of a longer work. It’s the beginning of an epic. It’s the start of a journey rather than a single idea fully contained within the story. How often do you see this exchange between author and reader? Reader: I liked this, but I felt like there should be more. Author: Oh, yes, I’m working on expanding this and it’ll be a full-length novel/trilogy/series by the end of the year.
This isn’t bad or wrong. It works well as an author/reader interaction. But it’s not a short story.
So. Short stories about LGBTQ characters, emphasis on the fiction. Good. We had a direction. A goal. But wait…wait…if it’s only short stories, it’s just another anthology, isn’t it? Dang. Yes. So more wrangling and yelling, more throwing of virtual airplanes, and we’ve turned some of our folks into journalists. We really do want to have a magazine in the traditional sense, one that we hope will be useful for the LGBTQ writing and reading communities. When all the dust settled, we decided we needed an interview piece, a spotlight of an artist/author, and an op-ed piece for the first edition. There’s original artwork. There’s a good mix of voices.
Et voila. Online magazine. We hope to bring you many more in the near future. The MCB Quarterly – giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.
The MCB Quarterly, Volume 1
Author: Mischief Corner Books
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Pages or Words: 33,200 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay fiction, Horror, Lesbian romance, M/M romance, Romance, Transexual (Please remember that not all stories will contain all elements listed.)
The Quarterly is an eMagazine of LGBTQ fiction - of all kinds. This volume features four short stories: Facsimile by Mina MacLeod, Leash on Love by Beany Sparks, Man of the House by Brigid Collins, and Avalon by J. Scott Coatsworth. It also includes an Author Interview with Lexi Ander, talking about writing gay science fiction, and a Featured Artist section about the multitalented Catherine Dair. And our very own Angel Martinez offers an Op-Ed on "When is an Author not an Author?"
About the author
Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes... no, it's a platinum-album techno-fusion group...no, hold on a sec here...
Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we'd settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.
In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics... we live to break molds.
MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.
Leash on Love by Beany Sparks
There he is again.
Matty noticed the man exit the gym as he'd done numerous times over the past few months. The gym was only a few doors down from the veterinary practice where Matty came to help out his cousin Robert when he wasn't at uni.
Every day after his classes finished, he'd pop down to the practice and walk the dogs that were in doggy day care. Some days he'd finish earlier than others, so he didn't always walk the dogs at the same time, but on the days that he walked the dogs later, he'd leave around the same time as the guy left the gym.
He'd noticed gym-guy after the first few visits to his cousin's vet practice. There was nothing outrageous about the man. He had light brown hair and muscles that were obviously from his time spent at the gym, but not that of a hard-core body builder. Something about him had caught Matty's eye, but he couldn't pinpoint what it was. He looked forward to seeing him, but he hadn't gotten up the courage to say anything to him, let alone get caught watching him. Even now he was practically hiding behind his car, pretending to be looking for his keys.
Matty turned to see Ronnie, or Veronica as her name badge indicated, coming towards him. Ronnie had been his best friend for years, which worked out well when she married his cousin. While Robert was a vet, Ronnie was a dentist who conveniently worked in the building opposite the vet practice. The only thing separating the buildings was the numerous parking spaces in between.
"Hey, Ronnie. What's been happening?" Matty asked as he walked up to her and gave her a hug, which she happily returned.
"Oh you know, same old, same old." She moved back a step and leaned against his car. "How are things with you?"
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