Rodd Clark is in the Sinfully House – YEAH! After reading his book Rubble and the Wreckage a story that intrigued me greatly and took me out of my comfort zone, he is with us today and reflecting on recent events in the M/M world. There is also the chance to ask Rodd your questions and interview the author! So make sure you check out this post and don’t miss your chance to enter the giveaway.
Random Rodd Comments
As many fans inside the M/M Romance and Thriller genres already know, there is a great deal of discussion on gender specifics going on lately. It was fueled as topic fodder when one of our own recently came out publically as female, despite the gender specific pseudonym they’d always written under.
I could broach the subject with frilly words meant to enlighten the audience and show my support for such a strong act of courage by such a wonderful writer, but I wished to take another tack.
First off, to the writer in question, I say congratulations and I can only imagine what she must have speculated about regarding any fallout of such news, or in the timing of her decision to out herself. I can say with some certainty that it won’t affect her sales one iota. And I look forward to reading more from her, even if she further confessed to being from another planet, or a perfectly cloned copy of many great writers…and by the sheer volume and ability of her craft, this was something I’d long considered a possibility.
As a writer who is male, and please don’t hold that against me, I have to say I feel a little strange about this revelation. I know women writers produce the bulk of the M/M Romance and Mystery genre novels out there, and women represent considerable sales and readership of those books. But where are the male contributions, I ask? What about the male writers, many fantastic authors whom I have grown to respect and admire, being such a small percentage represented within the genre. Why do we sometimes feel excommunicated like a red-headed stepchild among the bevy of talented authors currently driving the market?
I am a fan of many writers, male and female alike. But if you were to hold my feet to the fire, I might openly admit that I occasionally prefer a male perspective over that of a female viewpoint. But only as far as the romance genre is as a whole. It could be nothing more than a tragic stereotype or a closed-minded reader with his very small opinions. But I like my romance with a knife’s edge of raw intensity. And I know I’m not in the majority here, but one of my personal turn-offs when reading another M/M romance is whenever the characters come off sounding like post-pubescent high school girls or when every sentence practically drips with flourish and emotional impact. That was never my individual perspective as a gay man and it only worked to yank me from the pages with a startled What the Hell! But as I said, women write the majority of the work, and women make the bulk of the sales, so more power to them. But bringing this back on-topic, the writer I mentioned earlier never made me feel like I was reading the story from a decidedly female outlook, or a male viewpoint for that matter. Not even once. And that after-all, is the true testament to great writing and those stars which every writer must extend their arms to reach for.
For those who have read “Rubble and the Wreckage”, please understand I know I left an open road ahead, without that traditional Happily-Ever-After ending that many desire. This was intentional, and since readers demanded more of the Christian Maxwell and Gabriel Church story to be revealed I am pleased to announce the sequel is arriving soon. Please look for the aptly titled “Torn and Frayed” by next month on pre-order and it is my supreme hope fans will enjoy this next chapter as much as they did the first.
Rubble and The Wreckage
(A Gabriel Church Tale #1) by Rodd Clark
Title: Rubble and The Wreckage
Author: Rodd Clark
Publisher: Driven Press
Release: 30th January 2015
Genre: M/M (thriller)
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?
::: MARK’S REVIEW :::
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Meet Rodd Clark
Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks of Oklahoma. Check out his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM. Rodd is interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance, and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many books. It has been written that his writing has a very dark and distinctive voice with a need for deep exploration and analysis. His latest work is the romantic thriller “Rubble and The Wreckage” with the sequel releasing in November of 2015 titled “Torn and Frayed”.
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Ask Rodd a question and interview the author.
You can ask Rodd absolutely anything you like; what his favourite music is, what he had for breakfast, about his guest post, his book Rubble and the Wreckage, my review. What better way to get to know an author? Just enter the draw and leave your question for Rodd to answer in your comment and he’ll be sure to get back to you.
Driven Press are kindly giving away…..
::: 2x $10.00 vouchers to two lucky winners :::
These vouchers can be redeemed for any book in their catalogue and their romance imprint Bottom Drawer Publications. Some great books there to check out!
Looking forward to your questions and good luck!