These books influenced not only my writing, but saved me during my impressionable teenaged years. The M/M genre tends to sugar coat and try to protect adolescent youth from knowing about sex and their burgeoning sexuality, but from my own experiences we gay boys are very clever to find our own ways to get to the meat of the matter. In this heady information age, I am sure it is far easier to sort out and discover that you're not alone (though sadly, some still do still feel that way). The works I cite below were my go-tos, my anchor to this world. I am deeply indebted to these brave, brilliant men in my life - even if I never met any of them. While I cite only two author’s works below, there were several others - Felice Picano, Andrew Holleran, Paul Monette, and Edmund White to name a few, who were instrumental in forming my young queer boy life. I owe them SO much in keeping me sane during a turbulent time in my youth.
General Disclaimer - As I write Fictional Literature with a decidedly queer perspective, I want to make it abundantly clear that I have used imagery of male models that I feel help me convey the vision I have in my head and in my works, but in NO WAY does it imply, construe or insinuate the nature of the male model's proclivities or personal orientation. They are intended merely as a representation as near to I can come to visually describe the men in my works. All copyrights apply to their original content owners (where applicable). I make no such claim.