Monday, March 26, 2012

Guest Post - With friends like these...

Sometimes a character comes along that is fully real in your head. He's just there. And try as you might, you can't ignore him. Nicholas Rider in Bitter Harvest was one such character. It didn't help that he kept planting himself in my mind, chained to a metal ceiling and naked with a really interesting tattoo down his back. But then Rider is wicked like that.

He wouldn't leave me alone. And so I started to play with him, find out his world and who his love interest would be. That's when I struck my major problem. Rider was most definitely male. But the nebulous character who started to form as his love interest, the one who'd interrogate him--and be affected by him--was also a man. Try as I might, I couldn't make either of them women. I knew m/f. I wrote m/f. Time to panic.

I was nervous, I was out of my comfort zone. I was also in ... a place packed with enablers.

CM Torrens and Marguerite Labbe are eager to make everyone write man love. And they're good at it. Some might say...relentless. *grin* They encouraged me to write the story as it needed to be written. So, I took my first steps into writing m/m. 

I love to write sexual tension, and what surprised me with these two men was the ease with which it flowed between them. I didn't question it. Rider has no self restrictions and I was surprised to find a freedom in m/m that I'd never truly experienced in writing m/f. I don't believe it was solely his character. I've written a full ms and and another part of one and I found the same was true there too. (Yes, I am addicted to m/m now and I know who to blame. Please see previous paragraph ;-) ) 

Two male characters don't form with the same complications as a male/female pairing. The baggage isn't there. It's a simple thing, but I felt it as I wrote Bitter Harvest. I've also realised the weight, been aware of it, as I've written an m/f story this week. It's an observation that's thrown my new characters into a sharper relief for me. Which I love.

So I'd like to thank CM Torrens and Marguerite Labbe for letting me post on this blog and for (cracking the whip) helping me to write my very first m/m book. :)

Wonder if I can get them back with plot bunny or five... :D 


It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack. So when Sutton is assigned to interrogate a prisoner who claims to have overcome the infection, he immediately suspects a trap...
Nicholas Rider may have survived the virus, but he's a changed man, ruled by his desires. But his need for Sutton is different. Rider craves an end to his overwhelming needs, and Sutton could be the man to do it.
Secure in his belief that he's invulnerable, Sutton can't understand or resist his intense attraction to his prisoner. Will Rider be his downfall--or his savior?
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Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North  West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for  Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.


  1. Relentless? Hehe, am I supposed to feel bad about this? *innocent*

    This book is great, I loved it. How could I not encourage you to write such great characters as Rider and Sutton? Congrats on your release my dear.

  2. With two glorious "pushers", how could you not finish it! Well done for jumping in!

    OK, off to buy it now :)