As some people might know, my novel Ravages has been recently published. The story is about two happily closeted ( “It’s private”) Premier League footballers who discover in the most cruel way imaginable that closets don’t always offer safety and that love, friendship and acceptance are closer by than they ever hoped to dream.
I wrote Ravages because the characters refused to leave me alone until I had written their story. But part of me has always been afraid it would be an outdated story. (Married) men cruising for sex with other men and being physically attacked for that? That’s starting to be a thing of the past, isn’t it? A dying out tradition, from a time when living a normal and healthy life with a person of your own gender simply wasn’t on the menu. Well, anyone following the news concerning gay men can easily come to the conclusion that sadly, even in 2011, in Western Europe, it is very much not a thing of the past.
But high level still active gay footballers are this close to coming out to the wider public, aren’t they? Might be, but thus far the silence is deafening and just about all we hear is the story of a courageous (and perhaps complicated man, I’m looking forward to reading a full and honest biography) Justin Fashanu. Has nothing changed since that sad and shameful day in 1998?
That was 1998, it’s now 2011… Is all that can be said is, “Stay in the closet, the fans don’t like gay players and they will taunt you until you hang yourself? It will end your chances with the big clubs? It will cost you big money with the sponsors?”
I wish I could say that Ravages is a story about days long gone by. Sadly, I know better.
Ravages got an absolutely lovely review on Goodreads.
“But it is also a story about love, love that is deep and that can withstand just about anything that life can throw at it or that others can try to destroy. After awhile you realize that it doesn’t matter if these two are gay or heterosexual because these are real people, not caricatures of people, gay or otherwise. ”
Read the rest of the review at Goodreads
After the making a writer blush review of Ravages, I was asked to answer a few questions. Of course I was more than happy to do so.
Since I write both as R. A, Padmos and S. Dora (my first novella under that name will be published by Total E-Bound in november) the interview refers to both and can be found at Miz Love and Crew love Books.
Ravages got its first review at Miz Love & Crew love Books, and it couldn’t be more positive. Read it here
Ravages is a wonderful story (but not for the faint of heart) that deals with love to the highest degree, and everything else in between. It’s an emotional roller coaster, I won’t lie and say it isn’t, but it’s a book well worth reading if you want to be amazed by just how strong the power of love can be. If you like your romance with a heavy dose of reality, please read this book. I think it will change you in some way, just as it did me.
Chris Quinton asked me some very interesting questions about writing, Ravages and homophobia in football. I think it’s worth taking a look.
I told myself it was all for the better to keep quiet about you. It’s private they all say. But it’s fucking not private. It never is.
Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional players in the highest level of the English football competition. They also happen to be lovers, but who needs to know? Then Steve gets beaten within an inch of his life by a gang of his own fans. It will be a long, hard road back for both men.
I’m happy to announce the publication of my novel Ravages.
The e-book will be on sale with Manifold Press. It has 98,500 words/392 pages and costs 4.25 GBP.
I will draw a free copy among anyone who is interested. But please be advised that this book contains both descriptions of brutal physical and verbal homophobic violence, and of sex between a loving and committed male couple.