Façades

I am publishing my first non-Heather in Haven story today. It was a commissioned piece – names changed to protect the innocent. A little bit of shameless plugging, time … if you want me to write something for you (just note that if I really like the story, I will republish it) then pop over to my writing blog Holle Dolce to see how that is done.

So, the story is Façade and if the title is not enough of a clue-in, it is about a man who puts on, well a mask. In this case, the mask is semi-figurative. He is a cross-dresser – or transvestite if you prefer, the names mean the same thing … mostly. Mostly enough, anyway. Some finer nuances get attached to one word over the other. I’m not really here to discuss the differences, as in my experience the use of the terms has been interchangeable and a matter of preference.

Franklin is a heterosexual cross-dresser who decides to spend a week of his vacation immersed in his alter ego – Tasha Freeman. Over the course of the week, he hopes to experience life as a woman, though Tasha. When he meets a charming you man named Jason, however, things become complicated. How can Tasha have these feelings and desires for Jason when Franklin does not like men?

So, with this story, I wanted to take an even more nuanced (and maybe a little pedantic, but you’ll like it) look at human sexuality. When we say that John is heterosexual, we mean that he likes women, but the word itself simply means that he likes people of the opposite sex. If John finds himself identifying as a woman, whether on a temporary basis as a transvestite or the more permanent journey of the transsexual, how do we, or he, identify his sexual preference if he still prefers women, or finds that when identifying this way, he likes men? In this story, I decided to play with that very complicated question and the complicated nature of human sexuality. Even Jason, who identifies as bisexual, is not so simple as to just like men and women. He has a very specific reason for pursuing Tasha, one that encompasses both sides of her.

So, if you want to check out the story, good news. I have it up for purchase. If you prefer you can get it on Amazon or Smashwords. Just look me up. If you would like a more direct way to support my work, you can also purchase it directly through StreetWraith Press.

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