Good morning all! Today I have a special guest for you, M/M author Posy Roberts. She’s here to share a little with us about Fusion, her newest release Fusion (one I can’t wait to dive into myself!) and to talk about the friendship between gay men and women. Please drop her a note below and take a moment to check out her wonderful stories!
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Posy Roberts lives in the land of 10,000 lakes (plus a few thousand more). But even with more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined, Minnesota has snow—lots of it—and the six months of winter makes us “hearty folk.” The rest of the year is heat and humidity with a little bit of cool weather we call spring and autumn, which lasts about a week.
She loves a clean house, even if she can’t keep up with her daughter’s messes, and prefers foods that are enriched with meat, noodles, and cheese, or as we call it in Minnesota, hotdish. She also loves people, even though she has to spend considerable amounts of time away from them after helping to solve their interpersonal problems at her day job.
Posy is married to a wonderful man who makes sure she eats while she documents the lives of her characters. She also has a remarkable daughter who helps her come up with character names. When she’s not writing, she enjoys karaoke, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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Lets Use the Word Friend
Throughout my life I’ve been friends with gay men. None were out when I was younger. That all happened after we graduated from high school or much later. Then as an adult, I met more gay men. Some had come out to their parents at a very young age, some kept it quiet at school, and one or two were out for all the world to see. I even know a young man who is out in his middle school today. It’s a very different world than it was even twenty five years ago. Except for one thing. Most of these men I’ve known have had very close friendships with women, like Hugo Thorson from my North Star Trilogy. Friends, not all those other words people use to try to describe these relationships, but I’ll let Hugo tell you more:
There were many ways the people in their lives tried to describe Summer and Hugo’s relationship. They called Summer Hugo’s fag hag, which they both hated. All that did was stick a quick label onto their complex relationship and turned it into something so much less than it was. She was more than a simplistic label to Hugo. She was like a best friend and a sister wrapped up in one. ~from Spark – Book 1 of North Star
That’s really what it is to me: simplification to make a relationship easier to define. But when a relationship is so offhandedly labeled like this, it is just as easily dismissed, and I don’t think these relationships can be thrown out in such a cavalier manner. At least not the relationship between Hugo and Summer throughout the North Star Trilogy. Many lovely words were shared with me about Summer after people read Spark. People really liked her, yet the words “meddling fag hag” are still tossed about in the world. Summer is always going to be Hugo’s best friend, and even as he and Kevin are trying to build a life together in Fusion, Kevin is very respectful of Hugo’s relationship with her. Summer and Hugo are thick as pea soup. The wonderful thing about Summer is that she forces Hugo to see not only his weaknesses, but she also helps him see his strengths. She’s not just a bitchy sidekick that makes jokes at the appropriate time. She’s an honest to god player in Hugo’s life. She understands him in ways his lover Kevin doesn’t, and she can be there for him when he feels like the earth is cracking beneath his feet.
In Fusion, the earth does crack for Hugo. He has to face some very harsh truths, not only about his relationship with Kevin, but also about himself. Summer is with him the entire journey, even when she’s not physically by his side. That’s the joy of a true best friend who knows your heart better than you do. Summer was a joy to write, and I feel lucky I was able to meet her. In Fusion, Hugo and Kevin’s relationship faces a chasm deep and wide. Do they build a bridge to be together or turn around a walk away?
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North Star Trilogy, book 2
How do you tell your friends and family you’ve fallen in love with a man when they’ve only ever known you as straight? How do you explain to your kids that you loved their mother very much, but your new partner is your best friend from high school?
Kevin Magnus must figure it out while trying to build a relationship with Hugo Thorson, whose bigger than life, out-and-proud drag queen persona is simply too big to be contained in a closet—even for the time it takes Kevin to come up with an explanation for his kids and Erin, his soon-to-be ex-wife.
But Erin faces an even bigger obstacle—one that shakes the entire family to the core. When she unexpectedly turns to Hugo, they form a connection that forces Hugo to grow up and offers Kevin the chance to become the kind of father he wants to be. Despite the coming complications, they’ll all benefit from a fortunate side effect: it becomes clear that Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.
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North Star Trilogy, book 1
In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would never tolerate a bisexual son. When college took them in different directions, they promised to reunite, but that didn’t happen for seventeen years.
By the time they meet again, Hugo has become an out-and-proud actor and director who occasionally performs in drag—a secret that has cost him in past relationships. Kevin, still closeted, has followed his father’s path and now, in the shadow of divorce, is striving to be a better father to his own children.
When Hugo and Kevin meet by chance at a party, the spark of attraction reignites, as does their genuine friendship. Rekindling a romance may mean Hugo must compromise the openness he values, but Kevin will need a patient partner as he adapts to living outside the closet. With such different lifestyles, the odds seem stacked against them, and Hugo fears that if his secret comes to light, it may drive Kevin away completely.
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— Tempeste O'Riley (@TempesteO) November 27, 2013