About the Author
Pablo Michaels disguised himself as a shy, friendly heterosexual during his adolescence, fantasizing other males. Falling in love with another man his first year in college, he followed this man to another university to maintain their platonic love, while he continued in his in studies. When he had his first sexual encounter with another man, just before turning twenty-one, he exploded into gay life with lust and rage. He attempted to live his new life naturally, seeking love, ignoring the statistics of the books he read on homosexuality in high school, and proving what he had read was wrong.
Pablo Michaels is a gay man who writes gay romantic genre fiction from a gay man’s perspective. He is driven to educate and enlighten readers with the true beauty of love between men. He has published several books over the span of the last five years. He has found a new home to publish his stories with Yellow Silk Dreams, a publisher composed of a coop of authors. He grew up in a working class family that taught him the values of hard work, regardless of the profession, and helped him acquire a diverse education. The family motto is “People can take everything away from you. But they never can take away your education.” He is legally married to his soulmate, a man he has lived with for twenty years.
Pablo Michaels was born in the story, “Raging Silence”, which is included in the book, “This Beautiful Escape”. The silence raging in Pablo Michaels was his inherit sexual orientation, suppressed in his adolescent years. Through years of struggles he finds peace in his current life with his legal husband, a partnership of 20 years.
He wrote poetry and stories since third grade. When he turned twenty-one, he moved to San Francisco to work and write, experiencing more of gay life. In the 1980’s he wrote every chance he had, trying and failing miserably at publishing mainstream fiction. He published his first story, Reunion on the Trail, in 1986 in a literary magazine When the Mockingbird Sings.
After writing plays, short stories, poetry, and two novels, he began writing gay genre stories, feeling he had more knowledge and experience with gay lifestyle. Trying to publish, he went to a library seminar hosted by two published authors. Inspired by the gay writer, Scott Kemble he connected with him on the internet site for The San Francisco Bay Area Literary Arts Newsletter and Review, which published four of Pablo’s short stories.
Constantly, writing since 2004, he published his first e-book, Pagan Knights of Cambria, with Life of Riley Productions in London. Soon a mainstream story, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Hooray, published also. In 2012 Pablo self-published his first novel, Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time, combining mystery and humor in a gay, erotic romance. He continues to write more episodes in his next novel, The Deer in the Forest The plot spreads over several decades, about a man’s attempts to adapt to the world he lives, all with love, heartache, history and survival at no cost.
His latest article, Why Gay Men Retire to Palm Springs, was just published in the very popular SimplySxy.com online magazine. You can read the insightful article here. http://simplysxy.com/articles/2015/06/08/why-gay-men-retire-to-palm-springs/
Pablo retired from gardening and landscaping to devote his energy to write fiction. As a gay man he wishes to promote his writing gay genre fiction to help others understand the necessity for equal rights for LGBT people and comprehend that love between a man and a man, people of the same sex, is as natural as love between a man and a woman. Throughout his lifetime he has experienced the long battle of achieving acceptance. He has searched for a committed relationship with another man. He has loved his partner for twenty years. They were legally married in front of Harvey Milk’s bust in the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall by a judge, in 2008. Although their marriage remained legal after the passage of Proposition 8, they continued to work to repeal DOMA and Prop. 8. Throughout his life he has attempted to live and practice peace as a process for living.
His published books include the book, Blood, Sweat and Black Leather, a gay paranormal romance, published by Yellow Silk Dreams in January 2015. Affairs of Men’s Hearts, published in May 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams is an anthology of four stories connected by the themes of gay men seeking love with another man, from wishful thinking male to male romance to gay marriage. His latest book, Jack and the Magical Beanstalk is an adult version with a gay twist of the fairy tale classic, Jack and the Beanstalk, published in December 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams. He has rewritten his first novel, Catnip. Rosemary, Rage and Time, and its prequel, Learning to Love Again, both soon to be published. He is currently working on the sequel to Jack and the Magical Beanstalk. The working title is Climbing Another Magical Beanstalk.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Real people and situations inspire me most. But a good book may move me to create a similar experience. I prefer happy endings so real life and situations can be disappointing. So in my stories I try to resolve a dispute or situation to end peacefully, happily. I am a romanticist at heart. I find romance is part of a a learning experience. I always want it to be a positive process and have a constructive conclusion. That is what inspires me to write romantic fiction.
Tell us about how you write:
My mind is always thinking and I daydream a lot. From those two processes I come up with most of my stories. A good book may move me to imagine a similar story. I usually have a plot and rough draft of characters in my mind before I sit down to write. When I am actually writing, the subplots and characters evolve. I write to the end. Then I go back and rewrite my story several times, developing the story and characters so I can see, feel, touch, hear, taste, and smell them and the scenes. When I am satisfied with that draft, I edit it two or three times. Then I submit that draft to my editor, hoping for a good response. When I receive the edits I correct and make the changes. Then I polish that draft. Finally, I have my final manuscript which I submit to a publisher, hoping it is accepted.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters. I listen more than tell them. I find if I tell them who they are, they would all be the same. I want my characters to be different and have unique qualities and traits. Sometimes, I do talk, telling them that line is out of character. I ask why did you respond that way. I listen for an answer that might help. Otherwise, I dictate what they should have said, something more appropriate for with his/ her character
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Never stop. Never give up. Write and Write. If you become blocked or stuck, set your writing aside and write what your voice dictates. Just write what flows best from your heart and mind.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I love to share what I think. I simply love sharing, like inviting friends to dinner for a party to share in conversation and good food. If I have a recipe that turned out quite tasty, I would like to share it with those who would appreciate my time and effort in preparing the meal. I feel the same way about writing. If I am proud of a story, I want to share what my voice created. So if you love to share in conversation or food or both, you may want to share what you write. Self-publishing can be a lonely process, handling the creation of the cover, formatting, promoting, marketing and sales are your sole responsibility. I shy away from self-publishing after my first experience with my novel. But I have learned from my many mistakes.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hold hope for the future that books will be found in all media formats. I fear audio media may become the standard for books but I doubt it will replace the bulk of readers. Audio will be necessary for people with lack or impaired vision. I hope hard copies will become a more popular format to read. I prefer to read a paperback book rather than on the internet. I hate the disappearance of book stores. It is a loss to our society.
What genres do you write:: adult, gay, romance, mystery, paranormal, erotica, fairy tale
What formats are your books in: eBook
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