A few days ago we reviewed the fantastic A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas, a new favourite to Sinfully, and someone we know we’ll be looking forward to featuring many times! Today Emory is back, chatting bisexuality and the risk of making Jesse (one of the story’s main Mc’s) a bisexual character in the novel. Interesting thoughts…
There’s also a very generous giveaway from Emory too, so don’t miss your chance to win!
I recently found some of my earliest gay fiction. I wrote it in 2001, which truly feels like forever ago. At the time, I'd had (far) more sex with women than with men, and I still didn't identify as queer. In fact, I'd never heard the term outside of antiquated insults. And my knowledge of bisexuality was limited to a pop culture caricature.
It definitely didn't cross my mind at the time to write bisexual characters.
It took many years for me to become comfortable with my sexuality and desires. It took even more time for me to recognize that desire has fluidity. When I wrote A Hard Ride Home, I knew I was taking a risk by presenting a bisexual male lead who has sex with women "on screen." I knew that many romance readers don't like to see anyone other than the main couple getting it on. I completely understood that I'd be alienating many readers of male/male romance.
I took the risk anyway. Sex positivity has become increasingly important to me in my 30s, and I connected strongly to a character with an unabashed love of sex. The challenge wasn't writing his bisexuality, but finding a fine balance between his role as a saloon whore, his ways of coping with trauma, and his genuine love of sex -- with men and women.
Jesse is bisexual. In this story, he becomes romantically entangled with a man. (As much as I love reading about polyamory and group sex and fluid relationships, I'm a sucker for deeply exclusive relationships.) My romantic leads end up happily ever after, but that doesn't erase Jesse's bisexuality. This is the sticking point to me. When you're bisexual and you enter a monogamous relationship, the person you "end up with" doesn't turn you straight or gay.
What are some of your favorite stories featuring a bisexual character? I'd love recommendations.
A Hard Ride Home
Publishers ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 17th June 2015
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance, Old West
It's hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.
But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett's troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett's father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?
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Emory Vargas loves knitting scarves and writing about tentative first time sexual encounters and amorous cephalopods, though not always at the same time.
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