Author B MacGregor Joins Ruth Perkinson for Rescheduled RBA Book Signing Event 3/6
On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Artworks Galery the Richmond Business Alliance, Wanda Fears, KMI Insurance, and Crowson Promotions will sponsor a Book Signing – Meet & Greet at Art Works Richmond to “Celebrate the Written Words of Richmond’s Gay Authors Ruth Perkinson & B. MacGregor.” This event was rescheduled from February 13, 2014 due to inclement weather.
I had the pleasure of interviewing both authors (see previous interview with Ruth Perkinson here) in advance of the event.
Mr. MacGregor shares his perspective on being a gay writer.
1. Do you consider yourself a “gay writer?” Why or why not?
I consider myself a writer. I also consider myself gay and in the case of my book series A FAG. Being a FAG is more than just being gay; it’s about being a strong gay person trying to reclaim the fear that once held all of us back as a people. It’s also about teaching others how to leverage the “come out of the closet” attitude and becoming a better person without fear.
2. What are some of the stand-outs in gay literature? Both classic and current?
I prefer romance in gay literature, such as Brokeback Mountain. I think the “stand-outs” are the stories you read and forget that it’s about gay individuals. It’s about the power of a story.
3. Is there a gay literary sensibility?
That’s what I admire about our culture; sensibility is the least of our concern.
4. Where do you find the inspiration for your work?
The stories write themselves with a little nudge, usually a supporting relationship, someone that cheers for the writer along the way.
5. What 5 gay novels and/or non-fiction works have inspired you?
I’m a PhD geek, so some of the most inspiring pieces of work have been scientific journals and text. It’s been a sedate and scientific life when it comes to literary inspiration.
6. What is the state of LGBT fiction today?
One version success is making LGBT into the mundane. In the 80’s and 90’s the activist literature drew both praise and condemnation. Today activist literature has disappeared in favor of the mundane.
7. What is your writing process?
Music on, world off, then go.
8. What is currently on your nightstand?
A picture of my partner for the past 23 years.
9. What advice would you give a new LGBT author in terms of writing, publishing, etc…?
You have to LOVE the story. You must be its biggest fan and advocate. You’ll be editing and editing it over and over. If you don’t love the story, it’s very difficult to perfect it. Take strength in criticism, it only makes us grow and sparkle.
10. What else would you like the readers to know about you?
Readers should know that I enjoy teaching. Writing is teaching, hopefully in the most entertaining way possible.
Julie Harthill Clayton is an out and proud bisexual with a passion for reading, writing . . . and NOT arithmetic. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Internet Review of Books, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary and more. She is working on her first novel - Two Tickets to Freedom - a semi-autobiographical queer coming-of-age tale. A paralegal by day, Julie spends her free time knitting, writing, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Richmond with her partner, local artist David Turner, and their mischievous and loving hunting dog, Max.
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