Hi, I’m Chris Cox and I write LGBT romance, gay romance if you want to be particular about it. Some say my specific subgenre is called m/m romance. I say gay romance because m/m reminds me too much of candy. While I love M&Ms, and some say that my stories are as sweet as candy coated chocolate, I really want my stories to last longer than one bite and then be forgotten.
I try really hard to get out of my own way and tell the story that needs to be told. Key in on that ‘needs to be told’ part.
I write about Louisiana boys in love. Why? Because I write what I know. I’m Louisianan, born and raised.
And I write to make the world a better place. I hope, I pray, that I can make the world a better place. At least a small corner of the world. At least one person’s world.
My mother explains my brother by saying he’s never been married and never will be.
Is that not the loneliest thing you’ve ever heard? What if your mother said that about you? What if it were true?
No, damn it. That futility is going to change. I am going to do everything I can to change it. I am going to write so many stories of Louisiana boys in love that one day, one of my stories is going to fit and my brother is going to find his happily-ever-after. Because he’s human. As a human, he has the right to find someone who loves him, someone who shares hopes and dreams and arguments and screams and making up before going to sleep and everything else that goes with a close relationship.
He has that right.
I know he has that right.
But not everyone else knows that. So, in the way I shout the loudest, I’m going to show them why he and everyone else has that right. Hopefully, he’ll hear me. (Isn’t that the saddest part? That he’s been told over and over again how he’s less than, how he doesn’t have the same rights other men have? He’s been told so often that he has believed ‘them’.)
So, I write from the heart—and not just any heart, but a heart that cries out for my brother, for your brother and your son, and your nephew and your best friend when you were growing up together in grade school. And I hope and pray that your heart hears what my heart is trying to say. That your heart hears that love is a good thing among humans. That being lonely is sad and scary and, too often, dangerous to heads and hearts and souls. Loneliness makes humans feel like they don’t matter. Like they aren’t important. Like they have no worth.
So, I write of the special love that keeps away the loneliness. The love that makes humans feel worthy of existing. Feel worthy of being valued. Feel worthy of being cherished.
Because the sad truth is, not every human feels that way. Maybe It’s your brother, or your son, or your grandchild, or the kid down the street who used to be so carefree but now acts like he’s got something he needs to hide.
Bayou Boys is dedicated to that one person who can accept that he’s not only okay, but worthy of being loved, just the way he is.
Bayou Boys is a series of short stories, novellas and novels about Louisiana boys in love. Read about Sean and Rusty in Meant To Be (a free download at Amazon.com, KOBO.com and AllRomanceEbooks.com), Meant to Be, Moving On, Tricked Up for Treats, Jingle My Bells and For Better Or Worse. These short stories and novellas can be purchased in one bundle: When Sean Loves Rusty. Coming this summer, Levi and Clint’s story, Down To The Studs
If you know someone who needs a hug, please give them one of yours. You can always make more.
In Chris Cox’s stories, men climb steep mountains of emotion and brave treacherous valleys of personal growth on a journey to love. The Bayou Boys series is about deep relationships, about finding yourself as well as your soul mate, and about learning to feel right in your own skin.
Sexy and complex, Chris’ writing delivers the stories that touch readers’ hearts. Born and raised in Louisiana, Chris worked as an electrical engineer before chucking the corporate ladder and becoming a full-time writer. Chris resides in Louisiana, where the gumbo is hot…but the men are hotter.
You can check out more about Chris Cox by visiting www.chriscoxwrites.com, on Facebook at www.facebook/chriscoxwrites.com and on Twitter: @ChrisCoxWrites.