Queer Lit Q&A: Rob Rosen

Continuing my theme of ‘Threesome alumni’, today’s Q&A is with Rob Rosen, whose ‘double-dicked aliens’ story in Threesome keeps scoring ‘WTF’ points from all the reviewers (which is exactly what I hoped for…)

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1. Tell me about a piece of yours that you’re particularly proud of…
 

Of all my novels, I am most proud of my ninth one, Fate. Here’s a little blurb to wet your whistle:

Eddie is in love. The problem is, Eddie’s in love with four men… four men simultaneously, that is. But who does Eddie love more? And can the heart feel for that many men equally? Ah, but it does have four chambers, so four seems the most logical choice… at least, of course, to Eddie. 
 
Paula is Eddie’s famous mom. One by one, each of his lovers comes to work for her, their lives so connected that if one of them itches, another one scratches. But who will wind up with whom in this comedic tale of life and love and friendship? In the end, it’s up to fate to decide what none of them could possibly have seen coming.
 
And here’s what some of my fellow author’s had to say about Fate:
 
“All the perfect kisses, love and laughter, sex and happily-ever-afters of a great romance novel, times four.” — Martha Davis, author of Dirty

“Fate asks provocative questions about the nature, and capacity, of love. A thought-provoking, tears-and-laughter gem that deserves a look!” — Rick R. Reed, award-winning author of Dinner at Home and Blink

“Don’t even try to resist diving head first into Rob Rosen‘s latest novel, a witty, wonderful ride through the chaos of friendship and family. ‘Gayer than Oprah,’ as his protagonist quips, Fate is ripe with fearless joy as only Rosen can write it.” — Salome Wilde, editor of Shakespearotica: Queering the Bard

“Sensitive, touching and often uproariously funny, with a style that makes it feel like an American Notting Hill, Fate keeps you guessing and introduces a fresh, quirky set of characters.” — Riley Shepherd, author of The Last Paltry Drops and The Boy He Left Behind

“As fate would have it, Rob Rosen has written another screamingly funny novel exploring the foibles of gay romance.” — Jonathan Asche, author of Kept Men and Other Stories

And here’s what I have to say about Fate:
 
I remember starting the book, knowing that the concept of fate would play a major role. Little did I know how just major a role it would eventually have, the entirety of the book centering around this mesmerizing theme, tying all the characters together… not to mention, tearing them apart.
 
I, like my main character, Eddie, have always been fascinated by fate. Does it exist or do the people we meet in life, the situations we find ourselves in, well, is it all just dumb luck, chance? Me, I believe in fate. Too many of my relationships, the friends that I’ve met, the places I’ve been, have been unlikely ones, with one in a million odds or more against them happening.
 
With Eddie, the same can be said. And that’s why I fell in love with him, with his family, with his friends and lovers. Fate brought them all together, and I was rooting for fate to keep them that way, knowing that it frequently doesn’t work in our favor, just like it wouldn’t always work in Eddie’s. Friends come and go, family as well, replaced by others, many of them fated to be in our lives, fated to eventually leave our lives, but fated just the same. Not chance. Not dumb luck.
 
For Eddie and me, fate shaped our lives. And if you didn’t believe in it before, I hope you do after you read my book.
 

(Find the book here: Amazon / MLRBooks / AllRomanceBooks / B&N)

2. Recommend me a novel/short story/poem/collection by someone else that you think everyone should be reading… 
If you’re looking for a unique erotica collection, look no further than Not Just Another Pretty Face. I’m proud to say that I’m a contributor to this anthology, featuring some of today’s best and brightest authors:
The stories, poems, and essays in this collection have a single common element uniting their wide range of literary styles and genres: they all spring directly from photographs of go-go boys. 
 
The ideal go-go boy is the perfect erotic object. We imagine him as lost or broken so that we might rescue him, or as potent and aggressive so that we might be the focus of his desire. But the images captured here suggest deeper, more complex realities. These dancers are whimsical, haunting, satiric, playful, ominous. They are not objects, not icons, but stories waiting to be told.
 
Not Just Another Pretty Face plays with the interface of projections: what these young men project in their poses and expressions, and what we project on them in return. It explores assumptions, prejudices, fantasies, and revelations. It looks beyond the archetype, beneath the skin.
 

(Find the book here, or read my Q&A with editor Louis Flint Ceci here.)

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Rob Rosen’
s stories have appeared in too many anthologies for me to mention, and he’s a prolific editor. Find out far more than this bio could tell you over at www.therobrosen.com/

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