Aleksandr Voinov is an author of GLBT fiction, mainly M/M and is part owner of the epublisher,Riptide Publishing, "a boutique purveyor of some of the finest LGBTQ fiction, romance, and erotica available today. Created by experienced M/M authors who were hungry for more favorable contracts, editing, marketing support, and royalty rates, Riptide Publishing seeks to fill a critical niche in the LGBTQ market: quality books, pristinely packaged, that will satisfy readers’ desires for rich, plotty, well-edited stories for which the author is fairly paid."
I asked Aleks to stop by my blog to talk about his work, epublishing, M/M romance and a wide variety of other topics, including a book giveaway from Aleks himself!
So I’m an example of the author who finally does the right thing after exhausting all other options, to bastardize Churchill. I tossed it all in and went back to writing “for myself”. Those stories, like my very first stories, featured gay/bisexual male characters, who, now that I didn’t have to consider the homophobia of basement-dwellers and tender feelings of insecure male teenagers (and actually found the courage), ended up having sex on the page. Big fireworks, revelation! I really loved writing that. I showed my writing to a friend who was big in the online fandoms and she said I was writing “original slash”. Now curious, I looked into this “slash thing”, but realized it’s all about shows that either were never shown in Germany or months and years later, and, besides, I don’t have the skills for fanfiction. I need my own characters. I did end up writing a Punisher and Iron Man slash novel, but I think my co-writer and I ended up being a “fandom” of two.