First of all, I want to take a moment to thank my gracious hostess, Marie Sexton. I have been a big fan for a few years and I am more than honored to be a guest here. In a way, reading books like Marie’s are what made me think I should think of using my computer for things other than trying to keep school and water polo events straight for my teenage kids.
I love books. The written word can be such a beautiful and strong form of expression. And to me, nothing beats than a well-told love story. I’ve read it all… mystery, crime, classics, biographies, but I have to admit romance is my favorite. And I love a happy ending! I fell into the M/M genre accidentally. Chances are I googled it and was surprised to find a vibrant community of authors and an enthusiastic readership. I couldn’t get enough! I loved the stories of men who struggled to understand why or how they were somehow different and hopefully came to the realization they weren’t so unusual in their quest for happiness after all.
Better Than Good is my first published novel. I am beyond thrilled! Matt and Aaron, the main characters from Better Than Good have been in my head for some time. I think of myself as sane (well mostly), but I swear I could hear very specific conversations between them and knew it was somehow crucial that their story be told. I remember once reading about an author saying how she could smell her characters, which yeah… sounds a little strange, but I totally get it.
Aaron is a free spirited, self-assured gay Latino young man. He has had to learn how to be comfortable with himself in a world that isn’t always kind to those who are a little more fabulous than others. Matt on the other hand is a regular guy’s guy. He enjoys his friends, sports and is working toward his law degree. He identifies as heterosexual and has a girlfriend at the beginning of the story. Unlike Aaron he has never been judged for his race, his religion or his sexuality. His journey to self-discovery is different than Aaron’s but no less poignant for him. What he feels for Aaron is something he cannot deny if he wants to live a full and complete life.
I love Aaron. I love his joie de vie, his exuberance and self-assuredness. I met the physical inspiration for him at a food-tasting event. He was one of the waiters trying to ply the attendees with a specially concocted beverage. I’m pretty sure I refused until I looked up and actually saw, kid you not, the most beautiful person I have ever seen. Male or female. I was not alone in my opinion. It was hysterical to see how many grown married women could not take their eyes off of him. In writing these characters, I knew Matt’s attraction was a real one. (After all, I had seen this guy. I knew he was hot!) Ultimately that initial attraction becomes the catalyst for Matt’s journey toward sexual self-discovery and finally acceptance.
Writing, having my work accepted and finally published has been a fantastic and surreal adventure. I hope you enjoy the story and characters as much as I do!
Thank you Marie for having me today! I appreciate the warm welcome and support!
Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.
Aaron Mendez doesn’t believe in labels, and he’s leery of straight curious men. He makes it clear that he’ll hide his fabulous light for no one. While Aaron can’t deny the attraction between him and Matt, he is reluctant to start anything with someone who is still dealing with what this new label means—especially when that someone has a girlfriend.
Find Lynn Hayes and Better Than Good here: