Sunday Shorts – “Men in Love” Q&A with George Seaton

Men In LoveI haven’t met today’s author face-to-face, but I can’t help but feel a deep kinship with George Seaton, as we’re both owners of very winter-focused (and food-focused) dogs—we were actually digitally “introduced” by mutual friend (and editor) Jerry L. Wheeler. When I saw he had a story in Men in Love, I couldn’t wait to dive in, and was pretty much sucker-punched by one of the most sweet stories I’ve read.

Spring approaches with the promise of new beginnings, fresh adventures, and the thrill of romance rekindled or discovered. Hot, sexy guys abound—meeting on the ball fields or the boardroom, at the theater or the classroom—falling in love and lust for the first time or celebrating a lifetime. Come join the rites of spring and indulge yourself in the passion and pleasures of our luscious men in love. Stories from some of today’s popular m/m romance authors explore the many faces of men in love: gay for you, seductions, weddings and more.

NB: First off, tell us a bit about your story in Men in Love, and where the idea came from. Did it have a lightbulb moment?

GS: The genesis of “Continuum” had no lightbulb moment. David and I actually lived for twenty-eight years in a Victorian home constructed in 1893, the year Tchaikovsky died. We shared the home with benign spirits and raised six four-legged children there. And, as the story reveals, we daily walked the neighbourhood, chatting about one thing or another. The historical context of the story—the advent of AIDS, and David’s and my history—is, for the most part, true. So, the story was simply there waiting to be written.

NB: I’ll get in trouble if I don’t mention the dog thing. I happen to know we both have very winter-friendly dogs who perhaps gain a lion’s share of our attentions. I haven’t yet written a story with a dog featuring, but I couldn’t help but notice a pup in Big Diehl. Is your big guy inspiring for you as a writer?

GS: I don’t believe I’ve ever written anything without a dog(s) in it. The dog in Big Diehl– The Road Home—a Border Collie named Jack with one eye blue and one brown—is definitely a major character in that storytelling. Over the years, David and I have shared our lives with Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, as well as several other breeds. Our latest rescue, an Alaskan Malamute named Kuma, does not so much provide inspiration when it comes to my stories, but remains a reminder that stories are made so much better when a dog appears in them. Just like in real life.

NB: As a recent dog convert, I can attest to finding stories with dogs make me smile now. Okay, lastly, if you could have an anthology call for submission pop up with any theme you’d like, what would it be? What theme would you love to explore?

GS: Contemporary western. Not necessarily cowboys, but simply the character of men and women who respect the land and the critters upon it. Nearly all of my storytelling touches on this theme. A theme I’d love to explore? My passion and imagination have already been captured by the theme I mentioned. (Teaching old dogs new tricks is an exercise that may prove futile.)

If you want to nab a copy of Men in Love for yourself, you can get it directly from the publisher, Bold Strokes Books, here. Otherwise, you can always use Indiebound to look for your closest brick-and-mortar, or visit any store where quality LGBT books are sold.

20160328-1George Seaton lives and writes in the Colorado mountains. He shares his life with his husband, David, and their Alaskan Malamute, Kuma.

Seaton’s writing—novels, novellas and short stories—has been published by MLR Press, Untreed Reads, Wilde City Press, and Dreamspinner Press.



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