The M/M Romance Group at Goodreads does an amazing thing every year: they host the phenomenal Don’t Read in the Closet events, which pair authors with reader-submitted prompts. Anyone can claim a prompt and participate, and anyone can provide a prompt to be written. It’s a wellspring of creativity leading to hundreds of free stories of varying lengths, all written in about two months time.
This is my second year participating in the event. I look forward to this event as a way to recharge my writerly batteries–to remember the joy of writing for its own sake. This year, I chose a sweet prompt asking for a contemporary romance with an HEA ending, and I wrote what I’m starting to think of as the V No Special: two guys who don’t believe they deserve true love getting it anyway.
(yeah, I just called myself V No. Let’s forget this ever happened)
The story I wrote is called The Lonely Drop, and it’s set in the home of my heart, Asheville, North Carolina. It will be published by the M/M Romance Group sometime this summer (part of the fun is that we won’t know exactly when, but the stories begin posting on the first of June). If you’re a member of the M/M Romance Group, you can read the prompt, see the photo that inspired the story, and even check out a sexy little excerpt in this thread: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1727863-dear-author-pamela-su-nsfw—claimed-by-vanessa-north
(if you’re not a member, why the heck not? Great discussion, events like this one, you know you want to!)
As promised, here’s the cover!