I’m so thrilled to feature the ever-sexy Patient Lee in this week’s Watch This Space post. I just read her new book, OUT, and it’s everything I love about a Patient Lee book. Out is a collection of five of her best gay romances. One thing I love about it is that she begins each story with its origins, where she came up with the idea for it in the first place. Another thing I love about Patient Lee books is the humanity with which she infuses her characters. She allows us to slip into their skins and walk around for a while, getting the feel of what it is to be a gay man on a “journey of discovery.”
Recently, she was gracious enough to sit down and answer Pandora’s Dirty Dozen interview questions. Get to know sexy erotica author Patient Lee.
1. Describe your books and your writing style.Erotic realism- infusing the mundane with the erotic. The erotic is everywhere. You just have to wear the right lens to see it.
2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?You know the scene in Wreck It Ralph when Fix It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun are in the Nesquik Sand, and the vines of Laffy Taffy drop down from above and save them? My ideas are like those vines of taffy. I don’t get all of the pieces of a story at once, but once I have three or four vines, I can start weaving them together. I write where I can, often in bed. During the summer I write in my camper or outside on my little table. I wish I had a super comfy desk chair, but I’d probably just fall asleep. I’ve been using Scrivener lately, which makes it easier to write a scene at a time and plot the others as I go. I also outline loosely in my 5×5 graph composition tablet with my 0.7 mm lead Bic Atlantis pencil. (I can’t always find them. Sometimes I have to get Bic Velocity.) When I struggle with a scene or a story, I hand-write in my very best penmanship in my tablet. I go through two or three of them a year, and I intersperse stories with to-do lists, lesson plans, grocery lists, rants about work, rants about how much my work-in-progress sucks, etc. To touch my tablet is to risk your life. Consider yourself warned.
3. Tell us about your latest release.OUT: Five Erotic Stories of Gay Self-Discovery is a collection of some of my best writing. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited. Five erotic stories of different stages of self-discovery.Come with a Friend ~ An eighteen-old-man with a tragic life and a history of being bullied reconnects with a childhood friend who cooks up a scheme to take revenge on the bully of their youth. But is revenge the real reason for Jason wearing a gown to the prom? Or could it be love?Christmas in July ~ Straight-guy Sam spends a weekend in a campground to entice his kids to hang out with him for Christmas in July. His ex-wife cuts the weekend short, leaving him plenty of time to hang out with Larry, the fortysomething gay man in the camper next door. Beer and Larry’s mildly dominant personality leads them into his camper. And then his bedroom.Come on Down ~ While fooling around with the much younger Caylin, James has a flashback to a gay experience when he was younger, prompting his girlfriend to arrange a threesome with an old friend. How far will James go with another man this time?Gay Greenhorn on the F/V Lost Agnes ~ Inspired by the song Midnight Train to Georgia, Carson travels to Alaska to try crab fishing, but the Lost Agnes is too much for him. He meets Artie, a deckhand, and they fall hard and fast for each other. When life on the Bering Sea threatens to swallow him up, Carson returns to Georgia, to the life he knows. But Artie can’t live without him. He has to choose life on a crab boat or life with Carson in Georgia.Love and a Hate Crime ~ Thad is twenty, but he’s slow. When his bully, Jimmy, tells him to “fuck up the queers,” the gay couple in their 60s who live down the block, Thad trusts that in return, Jimmy will leave him alone. When he breaks into their house, he witnesses the couple making love, arousing him and terrifying him at the same time. What if Thad is queer too?
4. What is your current project?I’ve been working on the same “Mary Poppinsish” story for the last 8 months. It’s about 12k words so far (which is pathetic for 8 months), but I’m right on the cusp of making it work. Here’s what it’s about: A lesbian couple, struggling to stay together, wins a personal chef for a week. Their eight-year-old daughter is delighted, but the mommies aren’t too thrilled to accept an intruder. When Daelynn Crane arrives, she turns their world upside down, reminding Allison and Lori what good sex feels like and teaching them to love each other without condition once again. But is Daelynn Crane the woman she claims to be? (This story will appear in the upcoming anthology, Three’s Company, a collection of threesome tales by the authors of The Cabin.)
5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?Northeast US.
6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?I prefer books about real things, but I guess I just like a good story. My all-time favorite books are It, by Stephen King (and I claim not to like things not based in reality), I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (and I don’t remember why), and A.M. Manay’s November Snow series (and I don’t like vampires). I love, love, love short stories, the quirkier, the better. I love the classics, all of Stephen King’s short story collections (Rainy Season is my favorite.), Erotic Shivers by M.S. Tarot (Read Lord of Devil’s Night!), Stories to Read While Driving by Jim Heskett, and I recently fell in love with C. Jai Ferry’s collection of flash fiction- Unraveled.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?I love crossword puzzles, and I’ve had the subscription to the NY Times Crosswords for about twelve years.
8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?Candy Crush. I’m hopelessly addicted.
9. What superpower would you choose, and why?Ability to breathe underwater. I have dreams in which I can.
10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…Caribbean beach.
11. I wish _________________ would read my book.Stephen King
12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:tuck it away for use in a future book.