Hello to all of you RJ Scott readers! My new book, The Year of the Cock was one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had writing. I knew the story that I wanted to tell but I knew that I wanted to tell it in a more experimental fashion. I am very happy with the choices that I eventually made.
I love gossip. I don’t really like to tell it, because I have gotten myself in trouble a time or two… Haven’t we all? But I do like to listen to the juicy details of someone else’s life. My friends know this and love to share with me! This story is told as if someone is giving you tidbits of gossip and secrets as they let you in on their thoughts and feeling of what is happening to their best friend, Jon. I even use text messaging, blogs, emails, diary entries, and psychologist transcripts to move the action forward. I really enjoyed writing the chapters that used the blog especially.
The character of Pierre is one I would really love to explore further. I think that he needs his own book someday. He is a pornstar/escort and writes a blog he has named ‘The Libertine Love Letters’. I found the voice of his character quickly and it really resonated with me. This man who understands what he has to offer, in both a sexual and emotional way, with no pretense or fear jumped off of the page as I wrote him. His hashtag use completely caught me off guard. I love it when a character lets me know where he is going and demands to be heard. It’s one of the ways that I know he is interesting, real and honest. #SexualPsychic was one of my favorites!
I hope that you enjoy the book and remember that 2017 is the Year of the Cock!
XOXO Shane (If you got any good gossip… let me know!)
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Jon seems to have it all. He is a social butterfly that always has a place to go, things to do, and people to constantly surround him. The one thing he's missing is someone to truly love. How can he love someone else when he doesn't like the person staring back at him in the mirror?
He is that magical being that no one chooses to be, the third wheel. He has filled his life with happy couples, in various states of married bliss, that fills the hole in his heart with the acceptance and understanding he secretly craves.
Told by the people who know him best, The Year Of The Cock, is a year in the growth of their best friend, Jon. Can he learn to love, to open himself up to the messy truth of relationships? Will he finally become the person he has tried to repress his entire adult life or will the year-end with him stuck in the status quo of his gay bachelorhood?
Shane K Morton lives in Studio City, CA with his husband Jody and their fur baby Slayer. His first novel, The Trouble With Off-Campus Housing was published in 2016. When not writing, Shane can be found at a film festival or performing cabaret somewhere in a dark dive bar in LA.