This isn’t all about me, just a bit. (Uh, duh?)
The convention in MM writing seems to be your bio has to be written in third person. But since virtually everything I write is first person, at least here I can do it that way.
I’m an American Midwesterner, and as Lady Glenhaven might say, “He’s old enough his first sea voyage was with Noah.” In the real world I write for a living, and I know there are folks who would claim what I write is fiction. I got started with published MM fiction by a kind of circuitous…and lengthy route.
My first partner-—we lasted a sometimes tumultuous thirty years until his unexpected death in the summer of 1995–enthusiastically encouraged me to try to get my writing published (mostly poetry back then, plus some short stories). I submitted a short story (which eventually became The Warlord and the Bard) for a small press anthology. I got a rejection notice (an actual physical letter way back then), but what I didn’t realize until many years later was that the phrasing was more on the lines of “This isn’t right for us, but keep writing.”
Around 2000(ish) I wrote the first 60,000(ish) words of something I was certain no one else had ever done: a gay Regency novel. Somehow or other I persuaded the editor at a publishing company which carried a lot of gay titles to let me submit the outline and the first chunk of chapters, even though the book wasn’t done. The editor was very friendly throughout the process, but ultimately I received a rejection letter. He said he liked my writing, but didn’t like the characters.
Once again, I saw only the rejection, and stopped work on the book and pretty much anything else. Eventually I got hooked into writing for the Don’t Read in the Closet events at the Goodreads group: MM Romance. I finally convinced myself to go ahead and publish independently at Amazon in 2013. I’m not sure which was first, The Song, or Like a Mountain, Waiting.
Since then, I’ve published 11 novels and novellas, 1 poetry collection, 2 short story collections, and 3 short stories. There’s a possibility 2018 will also see the arrival of a gay version of The Tinderbox, starring Charlie, our intrepid, gorgeous, but not quite bright hero, and Prince Caspian the Charming, who needs rescuing from a copper cauldron.
As my family sometimes has said, “God willin’ and the crick don’t rise,” 2019 will bring at least two more fairy tales: 3 Boars & A Wolf Walk Into A Bar (I’m sure you can figure this one out) and The Truth About Them Damn Goats (those gruff goats, as told by the troll).
Real life is, as we all know, a pain in the (anatomical site of your choice)…so no guarantees.