Proceed With Caution, Even In A Book
I don’t have one protagonist in my books, I have three. One guy, two girls, and yes, it’s a threesome. For the dozens of you who’ve taken the time to read the first few chapters of my first book, allow me to explain the scholarly process that unfolded into this relationship.
1) Gender Equity Starts With Naked People.
It does. I assert that if you want top billing, you’ve gotta show the goods. That means all three of my characters are to be depicted en flagrante delicto with equal aplomb. Don’t like it? Take your devotion to the euro-centric puritanical echoes of a defunct Calvinist nature elsewhere. We’ve got sexing to do!
* Humphrey: Doing it right.
2) Their Enemy Might Be Satan
And Satan might be a girl. If you can contort yourself into finding fault with that, congratulations! A degree in Gender Studies awaits you. If you want equity, you’ve got to be willing to be the heel, albeit the heel who is in charge of Hell. See? It even sounds catchy. If not, you’re a poser who believes that one gender is capable only of good. Say that out loud in a public place, and let the laughter wash over you.
* I thought she’d be taller, and less mod. this proves the 60s were evil.
3) They’ve Mastered Jealousy Through Sharing
If no one feels left out in the cold, so to speak, then, at least on paper, the relationship between three adults can flourish. The criticism I’ve received has been nearly universally from females. Why? If the tables were turned, and two women were in a stable relationship with one man, would there be an issue? Probably not, but the reason I wrote it in the manner I chose is twofold. One point (the most important for me) was that I had two really strong female characters who are nothing alike. The second point relates to writing within my own scope. Do I have two wives? No, my wife is a Lutheran, and believe me, I asked, and she simply isn’t willing to share my ability to move furniture and kill spiders with another woman. So selfish. To paraphrase the old writer’s chestnut, “:write what you know” led me to create a narrative based in the things I felt comfortable with– wonder, playfulness– a love of boobs, fishing, beer, and Thai food. These, combined with the power to create immortals who are not only evil, but creatively evil necessitated me using three characters to fight them. All in the name of Good, of course. the fact that there are two gorgeous women involved in hot monkey sex is a mere sidebar.
Trust me, I have my integrity. And it’s naked.