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posted Friday, September 12 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 37
Romance is alive in the Gay Northwest
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Romance is alive in the Gay Northwest

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

GAY ROMANCE
NORTHWEST BOOK FESTIVAL
IN SEATTLE
September 19-20


They say that Romance is dead (or at least dormant) in most situations. That, however, is not the case in the Pacific Northwest next weekend. On Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, Old Growth Northwest hosts the Gay Romance Northwest Book Festival, starting with a FREE book reading at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday starting at 10 a.m. more than 200 authors of the LGBT Romance genre will be meeting, participating in and attending panels and workshops at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch (1000 4th Ave.) followed by a Book Festival at the Hotel Monaco (1101 4th Ave.). The festival ends with short readings by several authors and socializing at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater (2322 2nd Ave.). (REGISTRATION for the Saturday main event is required. Cost is $25. http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com.)

But as all the authors gather to celebrate LGBT Romance, it leaves the question of definition. What exactly is Romance when it comes to writing? Is Romance different from sex and, if so, how? Is Romance limited to clich├ęs of chocolate and flowers and the crooning sounds of Barry White, or is there something emotional, mental, or maybe even spiritual about the mysteries of romance.

'Romance is a journey,' says Radclyffe, the President of Bold Strokes Books publishing - one of the largest GLBT publishing houses in the United States. The author of more than two-dozen Lesbian romance/fiction titles explains that, '[Romance is something] shared by two people that encompasses an emotional, physical, and spiritual connection unique to them.' David Holly, author of The Raptures of Time (a science-fiction tale of homoeroticism), says that, 'Romance can be a bond, a sharing, a mystery. It's a participation in something outside of yourself. And yet it can encompass all of those and more.'

So how is this mystical event ignited? Is it something that can be cultivated or does it have to happen within a natural occurrence? 'Romance can be unexpected,' says Jeffrey Ricker, author of The Unwanted, a Young Adult Fantasy novel. 'The 'bolt out of the blue' sort of thing that metaphorically knocks you over.' Rick R. Reed, author of Husband Hunters, a novel about a Gay Seattle-based reality show, replies, 'Romance does not have to be about hearts and flowers, although it can. It does have to be about putting someone else ahead of yourself.'

Does Romance have to be based in the metaphysical, or can it be harvested among physical elements as well? 'Romance needs to be rooted in the everyday,' says Karis Walsh, author of the Lesbian romance Harmony. 'Simple gestures that offer help or comfort or support shows that you're in tune with your partner/love. [Although] grand and stereotypical romantic gestures don't have as much meaning to me as the little day-to-day acts of caring.'

OK. So the spark of Romance, through whatever forces, has been ignited. What now? Can Romance be cultivated as an individual entity, or does it have to lead to sexual contact? 'The differences between romance and sex are probably only one of degree,' says Radclyffe. 'One can have sex without romance, and romance without sex, but both might be less than they could be without the other.' Another view suggests that Romance and sex can be separated by where they are enacted. 'Sex is physical,' Ricker says. 'Romance occurs in the realm of the mind.' And the view can even be extended to one of age. 'There's a big chasm between fucking and making love,' Reed says. 'And I think most people past a certain age and level of experience, know what that difference is.'

Can sex and Romance survive as separate entities? The answer is as individualistic as those entwined. 'Sex doesn't have to be involved [with romantic writing],' says Holly, 'but it sure helps. You can never have too much sex.' Karis describes a scene from her novel Blindsided that she feels is romantic and yet has no sex in the scene: 'Cara makes a hanging basket for Lenae, who is visually impaired. The scene in which Cara guides Lenae's hands over the different plants shows what romance means to me - the willingness to get out of her own mindset&creates an emotional and erotic connection between them.' When sex and Romance are combined it can be something all together different. Sex and Romance are 'a nice component and when it works, it can demonstrate passion, intimacy, and caring,' Reed says. 'But I think real Romance stems from emotion and not lust.'

If the two can be separated as well as combined then, does sex need to be included when it comes to writing? Does every romantic written scene have to give way to sexual passion? 'You can fade to black or follow the characters until the bedroom door shuts,' Ricker says. 'And then pick up after the fact. It depends on what your intent is as a writer.' But there must be some truth to the old adage of sex sells. 'I feel strongly that sexual union or the physical expression of love is an important part of romance fiction,' says Radclyffe. 'Otherwise we are writing about intense friendship but not complete union.'

The Gay Romance Northwest Book Festival kicks off Friday evening, September 19, with a FREE reading at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) starting at 7 p.m. The event continues at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch (1000 4th Ave.) on Saturday, September 20, starting at 10 a.m. The full day of activities will include panels and workshops with some of your favorite authors. A 'Pitch' session is also scheduled with several major publishing houses including Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, and Decadent Publishing among others in attendance. A Book Festival, where books can be purchased and signed by your favorite authors, will be held at the Hotel Monaco (1101 4th Ave.) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. An after-party featuring more short reading and time to mingle with attendees will follow at the Rendezvous Bar/JewelBox Theater (2322 2nd Ave.) from 8:30-10 p.m. For complete details, go to: http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Cost to attend the Saturday event is $25.

NOTE: On Sunday, September 21, from 6-8 p.m., a special Bold Strokes Books author book reading will be held at Orca Books in Olympia (509 E. 4th Ave.).

Eric Andrews-Katz is the author of The Jesus Injection, a Gay spy thriller featuring Agent Buck 98, and the November released sequel, Balls & Chain.

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