Friday, August 26, 2011


by Becca Simone

I am flirting with the idea of writing my very first M/M story. Actually, it would be an M/M/F story. I’ve never written one but I like to read them. But I’m hesitant to actually DO it. Here are my reasons why. Bear with me while I argue with myself.

Argument: My mom would be horrified (my dad is gay, and she still hasn’t accepted that).

Counter Argument: My mom doesn’t know I write erotica, so she’ll never read it. She’s not aware of this pen name (at least, not to my knowledge. OMG!!!! if she IS aware of it…)

Counter Argument #2: Do you live your life to please your mom? If you did, you’d probably be a nun right now.

Argument: Writing love scenes from a male’s POV would be really hard (pardon the pun) because I don’t know what it feels like.

Counter Argument: You get into the man’s head when you write M/F don’t you? Well, there you go. Plus, it’s FICTION. You’re supposed to make it up.

Argument: Mr. Simone likes to read all my stories. He definitely would not like to read a M/M/F story.

Counter Argument: Is it really that big a deal if he doesn’t read this one?

Argument: But I’m an old-fashioned girl and like old-fashioned romances between M/F.

Counter Argument: You’re not THAT old-fashioned if you write erotica.

Counter Argument #2: Your next story can be good ol’ M/F.

Argument: But what if it isn’t any good, what if it’s not convincing?

Counter Argument: Then it won’t sell. BFD. It’s not like you’ve never had stories rejected before.

Argument: What if by the time I finish and am ready to submit, M/M isn’t hot in the market anymore?

Counter Argument: Has the market ever stopped you before?

Hmm. I’m pretty convincing, aren’t I? Guess I’ll give it a shot. I’ll keep you posted.

What do you think about M/M stories? Like ‘em? Hate ‘em? No opinion?


Savanna Kougar said...

M/M is a very hot trend. If you can write it, I say do it.

I don't have an M/M story in me. Secondary characters yes, but not main characters. But then, it doesn't sexually turn me on. But, that's just me. Lots of readers love M/M.

Becca Simone said...

Thanks, Savanna. See, that may be the problem with me, too. M/M doesn't "turn me on" necessarily, but my WIP started out M/F and keeps wanting to go M/M/F. So I might just let it. We'll see if I can write it convincingly.

Vivien Jackson said...

I like MM best when it's unexpected and deeply in-character, as part of the exploration not a given. That kind of sounds like where your idea is going, which is whoa intriguing.

Savanna Kougar said...

Becca, since your story is going that direction, I'd go with it!