Some readers comment how they would have liked me providing more detail of the romance (mostly Kevin and Ansely in Transition), and that my stories and their endings seem too perfect – fairy-tail like.
Regarding the romance, if you search Transgender Romance on Kindle, you’ll find many stories that are, simply, erotica. Since these stories, or others the authors have written, remain in the top 50 of the category, I have assumed there is a healthy demand for them.
The few erotic stories I’ve read are good, but I enjoy stories which arouse the brain, in addition to other organs. I want a story with a better plot and well-defined characters, not simple play-by-play of two (or more) people having sex.
In Transition, I originally wrote an intimate description of Kevin and Ansely’s first time – after admitting he loved her. Though not pornographic, the description was detailed. But, back then (2014/15), many insisted a man having sex with someone who had a penis was doing gay sex.
One man looked at Kevin.
“I’m going to guess she hasn’t had the surgery. That makes you gay!”
Kevin chuckled. “Gay defines a man who loves men.” He looked at Ansely. “I see a woman, whom I love.”
Transition is a story of a cisgender person finding attraction with a transgender person. A story stating it’s not wrong, explaining that, regardless, what society thinks, the heart – when used with conjunction of the brain – knows best. Screw what society thinks. I wanted to describe that and forego the intimacy.
I will confess I have started a story more risqué, titled Passions. I started it shortly after publishing Transition, and learned how popular transgender erotica is. I started it thinking I should put my pen where my mouth is. I’m not sure whether I’ll complete it, or whether Kindle would publish it. Let me just say I saved it to a flash drive and keep it in the refrigerator.
Regarding Ansely and Charli resolving problems too quickly and easily. I explain this in my Preface in Transition. It also relates to Making Dull the Thorns:
Ansely’s story is not a story of all transwomen. Ansely’s story is not my story, nor the story of Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Jazz Jennings, Zinnia Jones, Kristen Beck, or any other transwomen.
Ansely’s story is a fairy tale. To transgender people, loving and accepting families are rare. Doting and loving Kevin Rariaks even rarer.
The life Andrew Lace had before transitioning is mild compared to stories many transpersons can tell of theirs. I limited it to keep the word count down.
Transition is a love story I hope you enjoy while discovering we are not evil, and have a reason to exist.
As for sad endings – it seems they are so common some think happy endings are wrong – suitable for children, not adults. It irritates me to watch movies or read stories where a hero, who overcame great obstacles, defeated fearsome, powerful foes, and won the most beautiful lover, dies.
This especially so when the ending seems rushed or stupid – such as the character unable to figure a way to replace a broken time-delay detonator and remains to detonate it (the 1998 movie, Armageddon). I think the writer’s lack imagination.
I like pulling emotion from my readers, and it pleases me when readers tell me my stories made them laugh and cry. Yes, I sometimes need pain and loss to start the tears, but I prefer not to involve my main characters.
I will admit, I have written some stories with sad endings, but I prefer my heroes rewarded by their determination, intelligence, courage and honor instead.