Here we are almost 4 years and 7 books later and I thought it was time to go back and look at book 1 again. I think any Author would agree with me that with each new story you write, you become more comfortable working within the pages. So, my editor and I decided to put everything we’ve learned the last 4 years to work and re-edit and revise this story. Gay for Pay was initially supposed to be a stand-alone story. Can you believe that? So many other characters pushed their way to the front of the line screaming, “me next, me next!” and I just had to keep going.
Let’s take a look back at the blog post I wrote for Love Bytes in 2014 when the book initially released.
The concept behind the book, Gay for Pay.
Hello everyone, and thank you to the lovely peeps at Love Bytes for hosting me today. I wanted to elaborate on the story behind this story. Gay for Pay is the first book in an exciting new series, All Cocks stories. The idea unfolded inside my chaotic head after several conversations I had with a couple of gay porn stars at GRL in Chicago. I had the pleasure of meeting two Randy Blue phenoms, Jordan Levine and Caleb Strong. One night we were having drinks at the Speakeasy and somehow we wound up on the subject of gay for pay. You see, I’ve never been a believer of the term. In my opinion, if you are a man and you let another man fuck you or suck you or vice versa, anything physical that involves two men, you are at the very least bi-sexual. Well, Jordan and Caleb set me straight on that assumption real quick.
Jordan is a straight gay for pay guy while Caleb is bi-sexual, I asked how can you be straight and fuck other men? I don’t understand, please help me understand. And he did just that. Our conversations play out on paper in the book, and I think once you read the book you’ll be able to pick out things that Jordan told me about his struggles working in the industry. And I have to say that both these guys were super friendly, outgoing and just a joy to hang out with. Caleb plays a mean hand of poker!
What I did for the backdrop of the story, this world I’m creating with this series, was tied in my fascination with online gay porn. I’m addicted I tell you, I need a twelve step program. I’m especially drawn to the Cockyboys family. I follow several of the models as well as the matriarch of the famdamily, Jake Jaxson, on social media. They just exude this vibe of family, and I love that aspect to their site in particular. So what I did was created my own sort of mock gay porn site and family, the All Cocks stories. While their jobs are creating these sexually charged videos, at the end of the day, it’s all about family. I hope that is what you take with you when you finish the book.
Again, thanks for having me today Love Bytes, such a pleasure. And be sure to enter the giveaway linked below for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Gay for Pay!
For my new fans of this series, of these guys, the next book in the series will be titled ‘Fame and Fortune’ and it will be Victor, Andrew and Mattie’s story. The follow-up to that book will be ‘How to Deal’ and that will be Jon and Kory’s story.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the sense of family that you, the reader, will see when you read any of the stories in this series. In fact, over the years their family has grown and evolved, which is something you’ll see with each new book. The characters don’t even feel like fictional, one dimensional beings to me anymore. They really are my family. I cried with Mattie when he shared his painful past with Andrew and Victor for the first time. I laughed so hard when Kory threw a candle at Jon during an argument. I love these guys and dolls, as if they were my own kids. And in a way, I guess they are, I raise them up by writing them, and then I send them out into the world when I release their book.
I have to thank Dani and the crew here at Love Bytes for always being there to post for me and help promote my books. I even have a monthly post here so you can come back every month on the 4th and see what I’m ranting and/or raving about that month!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
Gay for Pay was originally published in 2015. Flash forward nearly 3 years later and I have learned so much, become more comfortable as a writer and I’m writing better stories for my readers. So, my editor and I decided to go back to the book that started it all. It was the first book we worked on together and it was the first book in the now wildly popular All Cocks stories. I guess you could say we’ve come full circle.
Gay for Pay
TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
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