I’m excited to announce the amazing Sean Michael as my guest today! Among his many published works is his Chess series, Opening Moves and Middle Game. I think writing a ménage would be challenging enough, so to write a story about four men – whew! – kudos to you, Sean!
Chess – Strategies for Writing a Foursome (or How Four Men Ate My Brain)
Okay, so if you know me, you know that the parenthetical title is far more accurate than the non-parenthetical one. I do love me some hot studs and if I can put four together and make it work, all the better.
This series started for me with the three men who were all lovers – Rook, Knight and Bishop – showing up in my brain and telling me all about how much trouble they were having finding a fourth. They’d thought about it a lot, so much so that they had a contract all drawn up and they’d already asked one man to sign it. He hadn’t been impressed, so they were still looking, sure the man for them was out there somewhere.
Jason arrived in short order, though, no doubt drawn by the bait left out by the three Chess men, and he was perplexed, and didn’t even think he was gay, but more than willing to be convinced by the pretty.
So the characters did as they usually do for me – they take over my brain and give me their story to write and so I write it. The difference with the Chess guys is that there are four of them. That’s four sets of everything from pairs of eyes, to pairs of hands to dangly bits and butts and all. The logistics can be a little intimidating when all four players are on the board at the same time, especially in a love scene. I can’t use he all the time – there are too many of them for there to be clarity, but at the same time I don’t want to use their names too much either in a single paragraph. So I have to balance it, I have to make sure it flows nicely and is readable and that the reader knows who is doing what to whom.
It requires more re-reading than usual just to make sure it is readable, but in the end, I think it’s worth it.
The first two of the Chess books are already out – Opening Moves and Middle Game. The third, En Prise, is complete and is slated for an early 2013 release at Total eBound. I am currently working on the fourth one and hopefully it’ll be ready to go in the summer of 2013. If it is indeed the last one as planned (never underestimate the characters’ ability to totally take over and insist on way more than you were planning on), it will be titled End Game.
Working the Chess theme through the titles has been fun, and god knows, when there are four people in a relationship, there’s automatically a bit of maneuvering going on and it’s sort of like a chess game itself. Never fear, though, I promise a happy ending for the men of Chess.
Thank you, Jennifer for hosting me today!
Smut fixes everything
Book one in the Chess Series
Threesome Rook, Knight and Bishop make Jason an offer he can’t refuse. Can the four of them be exactly what they each need? Find out in this Opening Move.
Rook, Knight and Bishop have been searching for a fourth man to join their threesome for quite a while when Knight meets Jason, the live model in the art class he’s auditing. He thinks that Jason is the perfect man for them and his lovers Rook and Bishop quickly agree. The trick will be convincing Jason…
Join these sexy men as they make their Opening Moves.
Buy Link for Opening Moves: Total-E-Bound
Book two in the Chess Series
Can Jason be with three amazing men and not lose his heart in the process?
Living with and being the play toy of three men is more rewarding than Jason could have imagined. Bishop, Knight and Rook each have their own way of loving on him. In Bishop he finds a work-out partner, friendship, and good solid lovemaking. He isn’t sure what to make of Knight, but the man is a brilliant artist and there are worse things than being Knight’s subject for his latest series of paintings. And the kinky things Knight does to him blow his mind on a regular basis.
It’s Rook who Jason is falling in love with, though. The bright, loving, sexy man has him head over heels and Jason’s beginning to worry that he’s getting himself in way over his head. Can he continue to be with these men without losing his heart?
Buy Link for Middle Game: Total-E-Bound
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.