Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Pablo Michaels disguised himself as a shy, friendly heterosexual during his adolescence, fantasizing other males. Falling in love with another man his first year in college, he followed this man to another university to maintain their platonic love, while he continued in his in studies. When he had his first sexual encounter with another man, just before turning twenty-one, he exploded into gay life with lust and rage. He attempted to live his new life naturally, seeking love, ignoring the statistics of the books he read on homosexuality in high school, and proving what he had read was wrong.
Pablo Michaels is a gay man who writes gay romantic genre fiction from a gay man’s perspective. He is driven to educate and enlighten readers with the true beauty of love between men. He has published several books over the span of the last five years. He has found a new home to publish his stories with Yellow Silk Dreams, a publisher composed of a coop of authors. He grew up in a working class family that taught him the values of hard work, regardless of the profession, and helped him acquire a diverse education. The family motto is “People can take everything away from you. But they never can take away your education.” He is legally married to his soulmate, a man he has lived with for twenty years.
Pablo Michaels was born in the story, “Raging Silence”, which is included in the book, “This Beautiful Escape”. The silence raging in Pablo Michaels was his inherit sexual orientation, suppressed in his adolescent years. Through years of struggles he finds peace in his current life with his legal husband, a partnership of 20 years.
He wrote poetry and stories since third grade. When he turned twenty-one, he moved to San Francisco to work and write, experiencing more of gay life. In the 1980’s he wrote every chance he had, trying and failing miserably at publishing mainstream fiction. He published his first story, Reunion on the Trail, in 1986 in a literary magazine When the Mockingbird Sings.
After writing plays, short stories, poetry, and two novels, he began writing gay genre stories, feeling he had more knowledge and experience with gay lifestyle. Trying to publish, he went to a library seminar hosted by two published authors. Inspired by the gay writer, Scott Kemble he connected with him on the internet site for The San Francisco Bay Area Literary Arts Newsletter and Review, which published four of Pablo’s short stories.
Constantly, writing since 2004, he published his first e-book, Pagan Knights of Cambria, with Life of Riley Productions in London. Soon a mainstream story, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Hooray, published also. In 2012 Pablo self-published his first novel, Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time, combining mystery and humor in a gay, erotic romance. He continues to write more episodes in his next novel, The Deer in the Forest The plot spreads over several decades, about a man’s attempts to adapt to the world he lives, all with love, heartache, history and survival at no cost.
His latest article, Why Gay Men Retire to Palm Springs, was just published in the very popular SimplySxy.com online magazine. You can read the insightful article here. http://simplysxy.com/articles/2015/06/08/why-gay-men-retire-to-palm-springs/
Pablo retired from gardening and landscaping to devote his energy to write fiction. As a gay man he wishes to promote his writing gay genre fiction to help others understand the necessity for equal rights for LGBT people and comprehend that love between a man and a man, people of the same sex, is as natural as love between a man and a woman. Throughout his lifetime he has experienced the long battle of achieving acceptance. He has searched for a committed relationship with another man. He has loved his partner for twenty years. They were legally married in front of Harvey Milk’s bust in the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall by a judge, in 2008. Although their marriage remained legal after the passage of Proposition 8, they continued to work to repeal DOMA and Prop. 8. Throughout his life he has attempted to live and practice peace as a process for living.
His published books include the book, Blood, Sweat and Black Leather, a gay paranormal romance, published by Yellow Silk Dreams in January 2015. Affairs of Men’s Hearts, published in May 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams is an anthology of four stories connected by the themes of gay men seeking love with another man, from wishful thinking male to male romance to gay marriage. His latest book, Jack and the Magical Beanstalk is an adult version with a gay twist of the fairytale classic, Jack and the Beanstalk, published in December 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams. He has rewritten his first novel, Catnip. Rosemary, Rage and Time, and its prequel, Learning to Love Again, both soon to be published. He is currently working on the sequel to Jack and the Magical Beanstalk. The working title is Climbing Another Magical Beanstalk.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Jack and the Magical Beanstalk is an adult fairy tale based on the classic with a gay twist in characters and plot. It retains the original concept and simplicity of the classic, written with erotica and romance with new characters. I loved fairy tales as a kid and wanted to create the same fun story from a gay perspective. I have added new characters. The giant, Master, has a partner, a submissive giant, Slave. With the gold coins, Jack hires two gay farmhands, Zeke and Adam. Jack’s love interest is a naked man, Sam, who steals food for his ailing father.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write with activity surrounding me, making me feel close to life. Any place like a coffee shop, bar, at the beach, or sitting with the TV on, makes me feel close to life as I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Richard Stevenson’s. Donald Strachey mysteries, and J.D. Salinger and the Catcher in the Rye.
What are you working on now?
Climbing Another Magical Beanstalk is the working title to the sequel of Jack and the Magical Beanstalk.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word of mouth works best for me. But I use social channels, like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and countless others to spread the word about my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. Don’t stop. Keep at it. If you are blocked or get stuck, set it aside and write something. Listen to your voice and simply write whatever comes to you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep trying and don’t give up.
What are you reading now?
The Jock by Blak Rayne
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish the sequel, Climbing Another Magical Beanstalk to Jack and the Magical Beanstalk. Finish writing the sequel, Passionate Silver Paradise, to my novel, Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably The Catcher in the Rye