Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Cold Dark Place

Please give a warm welcome to guest author: HD Hatcher :-)

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~ Frances

HD Hatcher- A Cold Dark Place

A Cold Dark place was a labor of love for me. I wanted to create a story that would appeal to both gay and straight readers. I am fully aware of the stigma that surrounds gay themed literary works. I am sure that a lot of people assume that between the cover lies nothing more than a rehashed drug habit, a promiscuous adventure with countless faceless strangers, and a two hundred page circuit party that never seems to end.

I have read gay themed stories such as these, and the one thing I wanted to do, was create something completely different. I am not a fan of most gay works for this very reason. I am not saying that all gay writing is this way. But, the vast majority of it is. I am not naïve enough to think that readers will rush out and buy a copy just to see what the difference is. I am however, hopeful that if someone that has never been exposed to a gay literary piece in the past, will be able to read A Cold Dark Place, and find themselves forgetting that this is a love story between two men.

I tried to make A Cold Dark Place as realistic as possible. I wanted people to understand that gay love can (and often is) just as complicated as the love between a man and a woman.

I will warn you. I am a literary writer and not a technical writer. If you are a stickler for “proper” grammar and find yourself wanting to insert a comma here or there, you will not like A Cold Dark Place.

I chose to write A Cold Dark Place in literary form for a reason. I wanted readers to feel as though they were reading the diary of a close friend. I also wanted readers to get caught up in the emotion of the story as opposed to the technical aspect of it.

Before I go, I would like to offer aspiring writers a word of advice. Never give up your dream. You may find your work rejected by publisher after publisher. Do not give up. Hang in there and keep writing from the heart. Rejection is the name of the game. A Cold Dark Place was rejected multiple times. But, it eventually found a home with an absolutely amazing publisher. Eventually, your work will find a home as well.

About HD:

Author HD Hatcher is no newcomer on the literary scene.He is author of In the Heart of the Closet, apiece nominated for both the 2006 Stonewall BookAward and the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. He isan avid supporter of gay and lesbian causes, suicideprevention programs, as well as Animal Rights.Hatcher currently resides in the Grand Strand areaof South Carolina, near his hometown of Conway,with his Life Partner of ten years, Jerry.

About A Cold Dark Place:

On a chance meeting, (at a mutual friend's house) Luke finds the love of his life. Andy is what Luke has been longing for all of his adult years: the perfect man. But, this perfect man is not only straight-he is married to a woman who is more devilish than Satan himself.In a bittersweet journey that will change his life forever, Luke must reach deep inside and find the strength he never knew existed. A Cold Dark Place is the story of a man who must pick up the pieces of his broken heart after a lifetime of heartbreak and betrayal.


Lynn Andrade said...

Very nice interview. I like the idea of the diary/emotional angle, especially in such a charged story.

Emmy said...

This sounds like a very interesting piece of work. I have read several other stories with gay themes and I find the ones with the true loves stories to be much more enjoyable. I am excited for a chance to get to read your work.