Meet: RP Andrews, erotic gay male fiction author
What are your 2 favorite careers?
I spent most of my professional career in
as a healthcare public relations executive, and while I was good at it and
successful, I hated dealing with the childish, boorish egos of some of the most
educated people in our society. Then I semi-retired in 2002 to New York and was able to line up
adjunct professor positions at two universities teaching college writing. I
loved the exposure to, and interaction with young people. It also gave me the
unique opportunity to share some of my practical wisdom in dealing with, and
surviving in the business world, besides teaching them how to communicate. Fort Lauderdale
But I have to confess my most fun job was being a male escort “rent boy” for a month at an age when most men are content with their TV remotes in their lap. I rationalized I was doing it to get an idea how hustlers thought for my next book at the time, a m/m erotic romantic thriller, “Not in it For the Love.” But I have to say I also did for kicks and actually had some customers, not all dogs either, but a few good looking business men in town for the night who didn’t want to waste time looking for fun. What’s the turn-on? Somebody wants you bad enough he’ll PAY for you.
I can say I am now retired from all three of my “professions.”
What are some of your other favorite activities?
The gym, six days a week, to keep my shit together, the beach (I also have a screened-in, heated pool in my backyard), blogging about gay culture, its triumphs and its stupidities, writing fiction where you create your own world, and, hey, sex. I ain’t dead yet. They say write about what you know and all my books and characters are based on my experiences, not fantasy.
What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
Watching my dogs die. I have six buried up at my summer home in rural PA and another three in urns in my living room on the oak sideboard I inherited from my grandmother. As many times as it happens, when you lose one it’s always like your first time. Total, unconditional love – that’s what my current trio, two doxies and a terrier-mix I got at a no-kill shelter give to me every day. Can you say that about people?
Favorite music, song or band
I’m a Baby Boomer so, hands down, classic Motown, especially Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell. I can still remember when I heard Tami had collapsed in Marvin’s arms right on stage at a concert; she died soon after of a brain tumor. I recently caught the Broadway show, “Motown the Musical” when it was on tour here in Lauderdale – loved it.
When I write, I play classical music in the background. They say, it’s good for getting the creative juices flowing, and actually a stirring symphony really gets my motor running when I’m writing a steamy, m/m sex scene.
Are you usually late, early or right on time?
Early, maybe because I’m a Type A, though I’ve tried to de-Type A myself since I retired. It dates from my school days – I was on the Dean’s list every semester of my undergraduate and graduate work – and certainly it helped me when I worked in PR, even teaching. Pre-planning and being ahead of everyone else is critical for survival in the real world.
Are you happy with your life for the most part right now?
Absolutely! I’ve had two successful professional careers, PR and teaching, am financially comfortable, have my health, have a long time partner who I fight with every day, achieved my lifelong wet dream of becoming a published author, am still sexual desirable, and live in the closest thing to paradise in the continental United States - South Florida. So what’s not to like?
I remember a few years ago at a reunion back in New York of my old hospital cronies, I said to the Director of Rehab, “You know, I’ve done just about everything I wanted to do, so if I died tomorrow, it would be with a smile on my face.” P.S.: I’m still here.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Well, I did most of my traveling – Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America for all the archeological stuff, plus
and much of the states – when I was young and security was a kiss on the wrist
and traveling was cheap. (I took a full two week country-wide tour of Australia in the
seventies for six hundred dollars!) Italy
But if there was any place I’d like to go back to, it would Italy for its diversity of culture - every city is unique – and Australia for a lifestyle much like ours here in South Florida and for its hot looking guys that keep hitting up on the phone apps. (Is it true distance makes the heart grow fonder?)
What do you think would be the hardest venture for you to give up on?
Stop writing or pursuing a book I believed in but I felt might not be popular with the public or the industry. But if you’re truly a writer, you write for you, maybe for the money if you need to make a living which is not my case, but definitely for yourself, not for people to adore you or impress a publisher or critic.
His latest works of serious gay fiction include:
The Czar of
Author: RP Andrews
Genre: Gay fiction
The Czar of Wilton Drive, is the story of Jonathan Antonucci, a 21 year old, barely-out-the-closet gay man from suburban
who overnight finds himself a multi-millionaire, thanks to a bequest by his
late gay great uncle. Uncle Charlie has unexpectedly died of a heart attack,
leaving him the sole owner of several of the most successful bars in Wilton
Manors, New York ’s
gay ghetto, making Jonathan the Czar of Wilton Drive. Fort Lauderdale
Flying down to Lauderdale to claim his bequest, Jon encounters Uncle Charlie’s dubious friends and business associates, and is immediately submerged in Lauderdale’s scene of unbridled sex and heavy drugs. He also discovers his great uncle’s memoirs which reveal truths not only about Jon’s own past but also what may have really happened to his uncle.
Not In it For The Love, set at the turn of the new millennium. Josh, a young street-smart
Florida drifter is
snatched from his dead-end existence as a male hustler in a cheap Key Largo
motel by Bishop, a Wall Street power broker who sets him up as his trophy boy
There, Josh, after leading a promiscuous lifestyle within
sub-culture, meets Hylan, a young, bi-racial, down-on-his luck,
wheelchair-bound musician who awakens in Josh what love can be between two men.
But their chance at happiness and the lives of those around them are forever
changed by 9/11. New York City
Buy Guys, RP Andrews’ newest novella scheduled for release late spring, 2015, is the story of Blaze and Pete, two young, gay handsome drifters with nothing, and nothing to lose. Blaze convinces Pete, who is falling in love with him, to leave dreary
New Jersey and lead
free and easy lives as male prostitutes in sunny . Blaze, however, soon pulls
Pete into a much larger, more dangerous scheme, a scheme that eventually
threatens to destroy them both. Fort Lauderdale
RP Andrews’ daily social commentary blog on gay life in
been running since 2010 at str8gayconfessions.com, and a second edition collection of
these commentaries is available as an e-book on amazon.com. America
Confessions of a Str8Gay Man is RP Andrews’ unvarnished, unorthodox views of Modern Gay America which are often counter to today’s political correct gay media. In addition, there is Furry Man’s Journal, his erotic memoirs as a hirsute gay man as told through his experiences with the dozen iconic men in his life
RP Andrews spent most of his life in
New York City
as a public relations executive before relocating to in 2002, where he enjoyed a
brief, second career teaching writing at a local university. Fort Lauderdale
All his works of erotic gay fiction and non-fiction are available on amazon.com and Barnes and Noble; and other select publishers’ sites.
His first work of erotic gay fiction, a collection of edgy short stories called Basic Butch, was originally published by San Francisco-based GLBT Publishers in 2008. Basic Butch features characters who go down life paths that, in the end, they wish they had never explored.
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