To help me promote my gay romance, a publisher once asked me this question:
What makes you different than all of the other Gay Romance writers out there?
Why should a reader choose Mia Kerick?
Surprisingly, the answer popped immediately into my head.
I create very good bad boys.
As in, men with rough-hewn sweetness.
Guys who seem rough and tough on the outside, but inside are oh-so-vulnerable.
My sweet bad boys… Life has been hard on them. Some are neglected, others are physically and emotionally abused. Some of these men are simply misunderstood, as much by themselves as by others. And thanks to an abundance of inner turmoil, they grow hard shells to protect their soft insides from the pain that life most surely and regularly delivers.
They put on good shows, as they fight to protect themselves from the pain the world throws at them. As loners, bullies, jokesters, smartasses, tough guys… but they, more truly, are LOST BOYS. They have no place—no person—to call their own.
Maybe it’s predictable that only love can save them. But isn’t this what romance is all about?
For my bad boys, the path to redemption is often tricky. Or maybe I should say that it’s loaded with challenges and pain (that make for compelling reads). The lost boys must come face to face with the devastating fear that has them hiding behind coarse, distant, and even cruel behavior. Only when they’ve looked at themselves—seen the fear and accepted the vulnerability—can they find safe homes in the arms of their lovers.
This self-discovery that leads to emotional openness is what I write. And it’s why I’m different than the rest.
My favorite tropes:
That’s a lot of ouch…but then the warm fuzzies INVADE.