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AlterNative Volume 11 Issue 3 Available Now! #Indigenous #Worldviews

What is AlterNative?

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. We aim to present indigenous worldviews and scholarly research from native indigenous perspectives from around the world. AlterNative is published quarterly in print and online. AlterNative publishes papers that substantively address and critically engage with indigenous issues from a scholarly indigenous viewpoint. All papers must address and engage with current international and national literature and academic and/or indigenous theory and make a significant contribution to the field of indigenous studies.

The latest issue of AlterNative is now available online and in print. Highlights in this issue are two articles which focus on indigenous bereavement practices. Also notable is an article from Canada which looks at the health-seeking behaviour of Aboriginal youth in distress, as well as two articles which deal with settler-colonial practices of land alienation in the 19th century.

Enjoy FREE ACCESS to the lead article “It’s like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle”: Aboriginal Australians, Sorry Business and social media by Bronwyn Carlson and Ryan Frazer, until the end of September 2015. Click here to access the article.


“It’s like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle”: Aboriginal Australians, Sorry
Business and social media

Bronwyn Carlson & Ryan Frazer

Te waiata a Hinetitama—hearing the heartsong: Whakamate i roto i a Te Arawa—
A Māori suicide research project

Tepora Emery, Candy Cookson- Cox & Ngāmaru Raerino

Examining the relationship between attachment styles and resilience levels among
Aboriginal adolescents in Canada

Johanna Sam, Hasu Ghosh & Chris G. Richardson

Kaupapa Māori theory and critical discourse analysis: Transformation and
social change

Anne- Marie Jackson

Resisting racism: Māori experiences of interpersonal racism in Aotearoa
New Zealand

Sylvia Pack, Keith Tuffin & Antonia Lyons

Economic dysfunction or land grab? Assaults on the 19th-century Māori economy
and their Native North American parallels

Hazel Petrie

Hungry times: Food as a source of conflict between Aboriginal people and British
colonists in New South Wales 1804–1846

Greg Blyton

Book Reviews
Power lines: Phoenix and the making of the modern Southwest
James Rice

When rains became floods: A child soldier’s story
Marc Becker

Remaking Pacific pasts: History, memory, and identity in contemporary theatre from Oceania
Christopher Balme

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What’s a “Real” Native American? A Literary Prospective…

Native American Beauty by Red Haircrow

Native American Beauty by Red Haircrow

The answer would depend on who you ask, and whether you wished a technical/genetic/geographic reply or one based on personal knowledge, belief or history. Sometimes they coincide, sometimes they do not. Sometimes it’s just a feeling or so I’ve been told, and I’ve not disagreed with those who feel they are native in spirit, but may not be so by birth or ancestry, but yes, their actions or lifestyle etc. would show me their heart.


I am mixed Native American, as many natives are these days, in that you are not just from one native but a couple, or a few. My ancestry is Chiricahua Apache and Cherokee, and there’s a splash of Welsh and African in there also, as my great-grandparents were wanderers, and I’ve cousins that are other mixes besides.

If we have a family get-together, the main relatives tend towards a uniformity in that they have dark eyes and hair, light tan skin to medium, but we’ve also some green, blue and grey eyes, blonde hair, and in my case, red. Recessive genes aren’t so recessive in us, though as you can see in the photo, this is my son and he has a “classic” look. Then some go into the gender differential, in which Natives do not have such a wide divide generally as Caucasian or others. My son has lamented at times he looks too feminine, but I ask according to who? He looks like us, his parents, his ancestors. If someone who has issues with gender and sexuality, or they try to superimpose their ethnicity on ours they try to make fun because you don’t grow a beard a certain way, or your voice is not as deep. I simply don’t understand such propensity to judge and try to shame or belittle others because of differences.

So what do natives look like? Sure, many people saw “Dances With Wolves”, for example, and think all “real” natives look like that, when those Indians were supposed one tribe primarily. The actors portraying them were from various. There are very many different tribes today, and some have distinct looks. Some look more “classically” native (to the non-native eye) and to those who say they are native but don’t know the varieties either. Some have darker skin, some have wavy hair. Some are shorter, wiry, while others are taller with the large ribcage and bow-legged. There is no one “perfect” look, though some may be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, or have a more stereotypically native look…..


Full post at Songs of the Universal Vagabond.




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Full Interview with Red Haircrow

About The Author:

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

I write non-fiction: primarily memoir, and topics like current events, intercultural observations and psychology. In fiction, I concentrate on speculative, epic and historical fantasy, and some contemporary works of gay fiction. These are things that are important to and interest me.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I never realized I wanted to be a writer. At age eleven, I simply started writing out of need to express my emotions and thoughts. Although I’ve had other careers which would be considered primary, I have always written privately.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

The need to tell of situations, of events, love, life and relationships which many people shy away from.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am also a private chef, so this is something I do daily. I own a business, which is a book store, so there always something which needs updating, cataloging or procuring for clients and customers. During my down-time, I spend most of it with my son: playing video games, out in nature gardening or walking. I also enjoy travelling, learning languages, writing poetry and being active in the Native American community. I have a review/interview website which specializes in indie authors, so that takes up considerable amounts of my personal time as well.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

I usually hang out in my email inbox for the most part. I response to notifications from all my sites from there. Otherwise, in order of most used:

My blog/website is called Songs of the Universal Vagabond

My review/interview site, Flying With Red Haircrow

My Twitter: Red Haircrow

My Goodreads Authors page: Red Haircrow

My GLBT Bookshelf page, The Journey of Red Haircrow

My Facebook Author Fanpage: The Redhaired Crow

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Life After Death: Approaches to a cultural and social history of Europe during the 1940s and 1950s edited by Richard Bessel and Dirk Schumann

The Divided Nation: A History of Germany 1918-1990 by Mary Fulbrook

An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Germany by Gad Beck

This are all areas of personal interest to me, and I have a large collection of material concerning World War 2 Europe and the Holocaust, but particularly at this time I am doing research for a work of literary fiction I’m planning, and background information for the sequel to my title at JMS Books, Night Shift…which will be titled “The Berlin Shift.”

Do you remember the first novel you read?

The People that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was gifted to me by a family friend when I was eight years old. That’s the first one I specifically remember reading.

What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

I am very unconventional and different than any person they’ve probably ever met. I am very straight-forward, always honest and open in my thoughts and intentions. I have a very irreverent sense of humor, and rarely if ever get offended. I’ve only been angry twice in my whole life, and though in writing I may come over as very serious and methodical, if it can be tripped over, I am the one usually falling down.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Yvegeny Yevtushenko is my favorite poet, as I find the depth and poignancy of his work exquisite. I am a fantasy and science fiction reader otherwise. C.J. Cherryh, Dan Simmons, and George R.R. Martin are just a few names of my favorite authors.

What is your favorite gay book that you didn’t write?

I rarely read fiction which is primarily labelled as gay. For books that happen to have gay or bisexual characters and/or relationships, it’s a toss-up between Maria McCann’s, “As Meat Loves Salt,” and Karin Lowachee’s science fiction book, “Cagebird.” On my to-read list is Robert Dunbar’s “Willy.”

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

Though Native American, I somehow pulled at my Welsh great-grandfather’s stock,  so I actually have red hair.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I don’t believe in allowing guilt, though I realize “guilty pleasure” is a figure of speech. If it works for me and it’s on the up and up, I consider it “all good.”

Where are you from originally?  Family?

I was born in Germany and have spent as much time there as in the USA. Being Chiricahua Apache, Cherokee and Welsh as far as bloodlines goes, I’ve cousins indigenously in north Mexico and Arizona, parts of the south-eastern USA and Wales.

Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers? 

That my society and cultural perspective is as much German as it is Native American, so while I know mainstream America, my perspectives, responses, thoughts and ideals are quite different. I’m used to interacting and living with people from all over the world, so I can get along with virtually anyone and do so, as long as they realize there are some inherent differences. Although I speak and write English, it’s not my first language.

Your Writing Process

Why do you write?

I write because I have to. For fiction works, I have characters who need to tell their stories or ones which express things that have happened in my life. For non-fiction, I believe so many societies and people need to have a wider variety of perspectives and ideas than what might be locally around them. I try to present the alternatives.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well, I work full-time as a private chef.  I am a Psychology grad student. I have a book store I own and manage, besides which I’m a single parent with a young teen son. My schedule is beyond busy with so many things that need my attention. Between all of that, and considering the state of my health, I do still manage to write every day in some fashion whether it’s a review for my website or another I work for, or communicating with fans or friends.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Conceive, write, edit and revise to the very best of your abilities, get help if you need it and accept constructive criticism from those who have your best interests at heart and understand you and your work. That way you can be 100% confident in whatever you produce, and when/if you do receive a rejection if you submit or a review where someone didn’t like it, you still know your work and you are worthy. It just might not have suited their personal tastes or the markets to which they wish to sell.

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

I write in a number of genres anyway, so there’s not any beyond those I’ve specifically needed to consider.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing? 

I have an extremely hyper mind and high intensity level, so I actually calm the fifty trains of thoughts down by running a white noise machine the majority of the time.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

Each week I volunteer at Native American classes for indigenous youth. They too are a high-spirited lot so when I’m there, besides teaching or drumming, I can be found cleaning up spilled paint or handing out snacks. Otherwise our cat keeps chewing up Q-tips and throwing them up, cleaning up vomit…yes.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

I am what I call a mood writer. When the mood or idea for a story strikes me, general fiction or non-fiction, I try to go with it fully, sitting down and completing as much of it as soon as possible, even if that takes days. Besides that, if it is a work of literary fiction or serious  non-fiction, it can take several months or more, as I feel depth of research is imperative. I only submit a work when it meets my personal standards for excellence, and nothing more can be done to improve it conceptually. Submitting is not my aim, completing what I feel to be a worthy read, is.

What would you like readers to know about you the writer?

In both fiction and non-fiction works, all my writing contains events or actual relationship details from my own life. All main characters are aspects of myself or someone I’ve known and  loved, in some way. My fiction may be fiction, but it is not “made up” characters or situations. I put my whole heart and soul into what I write.

What is the best and worst writing advice you have ever received?

“Write it the way you wish to read it”, was the best advice.

The worse writing advice was more of a comment from a well-known m/m author I used to be friends with around ten years ago. She asked to see an example of my work, and I allowed her a copy of my then unpublished “A Lieutenant’s Love.” She laughed and said no publisher would ever accept it because that’s not what readers wish in m/m. It was gay fiction, and not m/m in the first place, but that affected me. As I was working in another career at the time, I put it away for years and then on a spur of the moment thought in 2009 I submitted it. It was immediately accepted with only a few corrections to grammar, and it’s been positively reviewed and accepted.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

No. Although some writers seem to feel that is a necessary requirement of really being a writer, for myself, I find it to be counterproductive and useless. Some days I am more prolific and I will update my manuscript to indicate word count, but that just happens to be one of those special days. There are times when nothing’s working, and I don’t force myself to continue. It might be days even before I return to a manuscript, but I refuse to turn out what I consider to be subpar work which I will have to go back and heavily edit and revise. I think the pressure of following work count or making oneself write a certain number of hours a days is giving oneself extra stress. But in any case, as I have my review/interview site and other projects besides my own work, I always write something each day.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

Independently publishing titles which has been received warmly with readers. It gave me new confidence and the knowledge that I can decide my own fate, as it were, and not only be bound to traditional publishing houses.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Confident, because I know I’ve done my best.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written eight fiction books or stories. Six are currently on the market, two are in the submission process. I’ve three others which are complete or close to it, but I am deciding whether to submit or produce them independently.

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

No, I’ve never felt nervous. People will like or dislike them to some degree, it’s entirety dependent on their perspective and objectivity. I appreciate when a reader enjoys my work, but it doesn’t bother me when others do not.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

I have three sequels in the works to stories/books I currently have on the market: Night Shift, Katrdeshtr’s Redemption, The Night Cat, Book One, and The Coat. I also have two other books which are nearing completion: “The Agony of Joy”, excerpts can be found on my GLBT Bookshelf page.  There’s also  “Twin Masquerade”, a Regency romance.

Otherwise, I have several works in progress including an fantasy anthology of an intergendered species, a literary horror novel and a short story collection. Descriptions and excerpts can be found off the links above. I don’t want to forget my memoir either, “The Boys Who Died”, the first four chapters can exclusively be found at Goodreads.com. It’s stark, brutal and whimsical as befits my life.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

For the books currently on the market, there was little research I needed to do as I already had the knowledge of the things incorporated into the stories. Also, as I’d mentioned before, all of them are based on actual relationships, occurrences or an event in my own life.

For the research process for future books, I can become a little distracted when I started collecting reading materials or go out and do some legwork. For a novel set in post-World War 2 Germany, I’ve completely outlined and have a detailed synopsis, but I am researching information to create as closely as possible the settings, conditions, mentality and social attitudes of the people. As this takes me through my own memories and interviews I’ve conducted with survivors of the war or first generation descendants, it’s enjoyable but I really have to watch myself so that I stay on-target.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I  usually just start writing, and then at some necessary point, I do write an outline for what I’ve written.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first published work in my main genre was “A Lieutenant’s Love”; which was published 9 June 2010. I’d had poetry and short stories published in the distant past however.

If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover?  What is your favorite cover of all your paperbacks?

It’s a surprise to see my name sometimes, but there is no other particular emotion I feel.

What is your favorite published story?  What is your most popular published story?

I couldn’t pick a favorite, as I write in different genres. Each is special to me. Right now, Katrdeshtr’s Redemption has really taken off, and I’ve received a quick turn-around of positive reviews both from readers and review websites.

What is your least popular published story?  Why do you think readers don’t like or “get” the story?

I don’t have a least favorite personally. I wouldn’t submit or produce work which I felt was not my best work. But as far as reader reaction goes, “Night Shift” has received by majority positive feedback, but also had those who didn’t like it. I’ve found that readers who mislabel it m/m fiction have been the ones who didn’t.

From their comments, they’ve expressed the relationship was too emotionally strong for them. It is gay fiction, and very much based on a relationship I had, and characterizations from people I’ve known, so those who are not gay or haven’t experienced love of that strength, it might certainly seem unbelievable or too dramatic.

I think contemporary romance or fiction can be a much more problematic genre than something like fantasy, for example. With fantasy, readers usually go into the story knowing there are going to be aspects very different than their own lives reflect. With contemporary, it seems to me some readers go into a story trying to fit it into what they know or have experienced in life, not fully taking into consideration that the story is someone else’s life and views, even if it is set in contemporary times.

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?

Besides update my websites regarding it, no, there is nothing special I do.

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

All my characters are based on aspects of myself or people I’ve known.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

No, in most cases, the names of my characters occur to me in the same way the story does. They are created all together, of a piece. In the situations where I have to adjust a character’s name, it is usually to better fit their personality. If it is a name I do create, I make a point to also “speak” it. I am concerned also with how it will sound, not just how it will look in a manuscript.

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

Since most of my characters are based on people I’ve known, if they do “come up”, as it were, they do so as memories. For example, Derrik Lehmann from “Night Shift”, my title at JMS Books, was based on an actual person I came in contact with through a very random meeting on a train but we still became friends. I wrote about it in a blog entry “Herr Zug.”

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

From those already on the market, “A Lieutenant’s Love” would have my vote, and it’s currently being converted to a screenplay. It’s short enough, yet with vivid details such as battle scenes and characterizations which I believe would be appealing.

Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be?

I don’t “make up” stories in what one might think of as the traditional fiction formula. I know from creation what’s going to happen and what they’re going to be and/or become, so I am really just recording my characters and their lives.

What in your opinion makes good chemistry between your leading characters?

That’s kind of a hard question to answer for me, but building upon the above question and my reply, the chemistry is natural. I don’t have to create anything for them. The dynamics are their own.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

I’ve been told from readers who actually know me more personally, they can often guess which character in one of my books is “me.” And I have to admit, in each of my books, save one, there is a “Red Haircrow.” If I had to absolutely choose which one is more me or resonates with my vibe, it would be Derrik Lehmann from Night Shift, at JMS Books. That’s the one most people who know me also choose.

Random Fun Questions

You have just been given the chance to be invisible for two hours; where would you go and what would you do?

Aha, that really is a fun question, but I have a boring answer:  Anywhere I want to go or anything I want to do, I’d do it while I was visible anyway! Having people see or be aware of me never stopped me from doing anything I wished.

What is your favorite restaurant you can’t do without?

I don’t often go to restaurants. I suppose that’s part of being a private chef, about anything they produce “out”, I can also do at home, more to my personal tastes and more economically.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? 

That would probably be Finland. I’ve not explored there as much as I’ve wished to, so it’s a place I’ll be returning to for more adventure.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I’ve had both but if I had to choose I’d prefer cats, they are not so needy, though I have one very loud black cat. My first preference for a pet of some sort would be reptiles. Since our last lizards succumbed to old age, we’ve not had any.

Name one website you visit every single day.

http://www.redhaircrow.com “Songs of the Universal Vagabond”

Where do you get your daily dose of news?

Usually from The Guardian.UK or Spiegel Online, a German newspaper.

What’s your favorite television show?

I don’t watch television.

What’s the last movie you saw in theatres?

That I chose, would probably be Alien Resurrection. Yes, I don’t go to the film theatre much either though I have a large collection of DVDs.

What’s the last album you bought?

“Devils and Dust” by Bruce Springsteen

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, for dinner, who would it be? Why? What would you talk about?

My best friends, a English and German couple. I love them both dearly and have missed seeing them since I’ve been away from Germany. They had a new baby last June whom I haven’t seen yet except in photos. We’d talk about any and everything as we always do.

What is your favorite word/phrase for the male or female genitalia?  What is your least favorite word/phrase?

Anything which is proper, and anything which is slang.

What is your favorite curse word?

I rarely use them, but “fuck” or “goddammit.” The one I do say most is “scheiße.”

Where is the weirdest place you have a mole?

As a redhead, I have lots of moles and freckles, generally and improbably, considering my skin is tan.

Have you ever made out in a movie theater?

No, but I’ve seen people do so, however.

What’s the strangest talent you have?

It’s not common, but I’m ambidextrous.

Innie or outie?


Have you ever been tied up? Do you want to be?

No and no. If it were a suggestion, I would reconsider whether I wished to be around the person again.

Is there one thing all of your love interests have had in common?

My first direct answer would be: that I’ve found them all interesting in some way. Besides that, if you stood them all next to each other, because they are such a wide range of people, backgrounds, nationalities and gender ranges, the common factor would only be that they are human.

Name something you do when you’re alone that you wouldn’t do in front of others.

There is nothing I do alone that I wouldn’t do in front of others if it were a necessity.

How many drinks does it take before you get drunk?

I have a high tolerance for most alcohol, so if someone were trying to get me drunk for sex or something, they’d have a seriously expensive tab. But, considering something like Tequila, against which my Native genes almost react as if to an allergy, one shot and I’m inebriated and quite ill.

Have you ever called your love interest by an ex’s name?

No.  *grins*


The edited interview can be found at Bibrary Bookslut.


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Interview: Red Haircrow by Author Sarah Black

Posted on August 4, 2010. This is an interview conducted by author Sarah Black with Red Haircrow. Please visit Sarah’s terrific website at LiveJournal for this and other posts: “Romance on the Lunatic Fringe”.


One of my fellow authors at Dreamspinner, Red Haircrow, agreed to let me interview him about his first story, “A Lieutenant’s Love”.

I really enjoyed your first story for Dreamspinner Press, Lieutenant’s Love. Can you tell us a little bit about how you came to write the story?

Almost ten years ago, I read Maria McCann’s debut novel, “As Meat Loves Salt”, for the first time. It was an outstanding work of historical fiction set during The War of the Roses in England, which combined flawless time period details and vivid images with a same-sex love story that transcended genre. It stayed in my mind: the meeting of the two men at the fireside, after a battle. I created “Lieutenant’s Love” based on my vision of such an occurrence and what might happen afterward.

To me, this author was very much proof positive that a female can write a love story, a gay story, involving two men in a relationship together, and do so in an extraordinary way in some ways equaling or surpassing anything a male writer has ever done.

Are the historical battles/army/war modeled after a specific time in history? Is this a time period you are interested in? Do you have any other historical stories in the pipeline?

I would say my vision of battles and war are somewhat based on the grit and blood of the early Middle Ages of Europe. It’s a period I’ve studied: castle building, siege engines, strategies of war, arms and armor, societal and cultural issues. I collect swords and enjoy archery, and can occasionally be seen at a renaissance festival. It’s all of a piece.

I have quite a few historical fantasies in the works, outlined or partially written, some are complete. It’s just a matter of following through, creating the time and mood to finish them. One in particular is of novel length, in an alternative medieval setting, part mystery, part love story and all drama. It’s complex but I am enthusiastic about it.

You mean alternative history/ alternate world? That seems very popular right now. What’s it called?

Alternative world, comparative early Middle Age European history. The tentative title so far, “The Fires of Saminthana”, but that likely will change because it relies too much on the reader already knowing something of the story. It is not a very intriguing title in general I feel, but that’s what I think of it in my head currently.

The setting seems to be Europe. Have you lived in Europe? Are you interested in European history?

I was born and lived my early years in Germany, before coming to the USA and spending young to mid-adult life. I returned to Germany around a decade ago, and very much consider it my home country. I’ve traveled throughout Europe generally, and always been interested in its history.

I noticed on your bio that you are learning to speak Finnish. What’s behind this choice? Do you speak any other languages?

I spent a few weeks vacation in Finland last summer and really loved it. Any place I travel I try to learn the language. The interest in this one stayed with me so I bought a number of courses to help me improve. Otherwise, I speak English, German, some Russian, Cherokee and Chiricahua, a few words of Japanese, French, Swedish and Italian. It might seem a lot, but living in Berlin, which is a hugely multi-cultural city, you pick up other languages by necessity…such as if you’re dating someone from another country.

Is your ethnic heritage Cherokee and Chiricahua? I am used to seeing Chiracahua as Chiracahua Apache. Is that the term you use? And how did you end up in Germany? Military?

Yes, Cherokee and Chiricahua Apache. Ironically enough the latter is in the family of languages shared with tribes in central Siberia and northwestern America, a variety of Athabaskan.

My father was in the military, the Army, but by the time I was born and a small child he had finished his commission. I never knew that life, so I don’t consider myself an “Army brat”. When we moved back to the USA I had difficulties adapting and soon returned to Germany and Europe, which I’ve always preferred. No one else from my family ever returned here except for an occasional visit.

I thought the emotions in your characters were particularly well written- very powerful and painful, and very masculine. Was it easy for you to write those emotional scenes, such as when the Lieutenant was remembering his first lover?

Remembering events in my past while working in law enforcement, having nearly lost my state trooper former lover in a deadly attack, listening to his distress and entreaties for back-up over the radio and I couldn’t get there in time…. I called upon my memories, let myself imagine how I’d have felt if I’d lost him that way.

I always have a hard time writing scenes where one of my characters get hurt. Was there any part of the story that was hard for you to write?

Actually, the ending was hard to write. How to end it cleanly, emphatically yet satisfyingly for the reader and still keep the bittersweet mood of the story.

The delicacy of that ending is one of the things I liked most about the story.

That was very surprising for me to know. This particular story, if anyone has read about in my blog, was one I allowed a quite popular writer of m/m fiction to read shortly after I completed it a decade ago, and I was mocked for the “sappiness” of it, because they wrote really hardcore, BSDM type short stories. I literally didn’t let anyone else read it for years. Although it reflected the emotions and feelings I’d experienced as gay in my life, which were quite different from their interpretation in fiction, I was influenced by their reaction.

Though I didn’t change anything in “Lieutenant’s Love”, only corrected a few grammatical errors before I submitted it to Dreamspinner Press on a spur of the moment decision last year, I was shocked when they accepted it, and even more so when it was positively reviewed.

What are you working on now? What are your plans for your writing? Are you branching out, to other genres of fiction, or to litfic, or poetry or flash? Do you have links to any of your other writing?

Right now I am actively toggling in between a few short stories. I am working on the sequel to my novella “Night Shift”, a new project called “Bus Stop” and continuing a series, “In the Beginning: Day and Night”, which begins with two high school lovers and continues later after life has separated them. All of these are contemporary dramas. Also I have an anthology in the works which deals with a very personal subject for me, a completely intersexed people, again with an alternative history setting from an ancient time period up to a comparative urban society. Three novels, the first, as I mentioned above there is the alternative history mystery novel, then there’s a Regency novel I have nearly complete, and another modern tale about an aging actor dealing with resurfacing repressed memories of childhood abuse while trying to find love and long overdue acceptance from his family.

Has Night Shift been accepted anywhere? I remember a novel by Isaac Asimov, I think, about an intersexed people—I’ll have to think of the name of that book.

I’ve received positive comment for “Night Shift”, and it’s being considered at the moment by a well-known publisher. If it’s accepted at this time, that would be nice, but if not, I’ll move on.

There are quite a few fantasy or science fiction books about intersexed, third-sexed aliens or humanoids. I can’t say all I’ve enjoyed, but a couple of good ones were “Halfway Human” by Carolyn Ives Gilman, as well as “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula le Guin. M.A. Foster also did a trilogy about a “morphrodite” who changed gender periodically. Storm Constantine has also explored the theme periodically. The book you’re referring to by Asimov is “The Gods Themselves”.

I’ve written stories, poems and non-fiction since I was eleven, so it’s something which has always been a part of me. There’s not a day that passes when I don’t write, update an outline with ideas, or envision another story, but my characters and their lives are very special to me. Sometimes they include private emotions or situations I’ve encountered, so I have to decide whether I wish them to be “seen” by the public because they are a direct reflection of myself.

They range between speculative, historical, horror, contemporary romance, epic fantasy and science fiction but there are no genres I haven’t really considered. I even have a vampire novella complete which was written about fifteen years ago before it became so widely popular. I have a collection of poetry too, but I’ve never submitted it anywhere as a whole.

Besides “Lieutenant’s Love”, right now on the market is a short story I wrote “Convenience Store Romance”. It’s in the gay erotic anthology “Boys Getting Ahead” from STARbooks Press.

The main link I have which in turn gives all my links, is my blog http://redhaircrow.com/. I also have a fanpage on Facebook (The Redhaired Crow) where I post updates, my Twitter account/Redhaircrow, a Goodreads author account, and a webpage at GLBT Bookshelf. For free reads, visit Gay Authors-Quality Gay Fiction website in the e-fiction section.

What do you like to read? Books that were important to you?

I read fantasy and science fiction almost exclusively along with history, science and human directed studies like sociology, psychology and anthropology. Occasionally I will read a thriller, but not that often. Oddly enough, I rarely read gay fiction which is specifically defined as such, though I have a few favorites in “general” fiction which include gay or bisexual characters.

Books which were important to me? First I would say “The People that Time Forgot” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which was the first sci-fi/fantasy book I ever read, which was at age eight. Then the Lord of the Rings trilogy I started at around nine. Michael Moorcock’s The Eternal Champion series, specifically Elric of Melniboné, really started my development of dark, brooding heroes which are both sympathetic and deadly. As you might guess, and I realize now, those greatly influenced my most comfortable genres to work with.

I’m a big Sci-Fi fan as well- not so much fantasy- all the classics, like Asimov and Heinlein and Stanislaw Lem, and I fell hard for William Gibson’s Neuromancer and China Mieville’s King Rat- those last two are, I think, worth reading for the joy of the writing, even if one doesn’t normally read cyber-punk or alternate world sort of stories. What are you reading now?

When I am actively writing I seldom read. I find it distracts me too much. I prefer to focus on either writing or reading at any given time, but recently I took a short break to complete “Stones in the River” by Ursula Hegi, which I reviewed at my blog. It’s a fictional account of a dwarf who survived in Nazi Germany. Also I completed “Fever Dream” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Like many I have an impossible crush on Special Agent Pendergast.

I began “The Cole Protocol” a continuation in the HALO series by Tobias Buckell, a few days ago, but a strong, new story leapt in my head, so it will go on the back burner for a few weeks at least. I buy books constantly however, and I’ve a long list to work through whenever I again have the time. Most are science fiction, classic and hard to find gems.


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