About leighjarrett

Bestselling Canadian author of Gay Romantic Fiction.

Queer, quirky, and passionate. Lover of antique stores, the smell of lye and oil as it turns to soap, and cathedral groves.

Advocate for the LGBTQ community, celebrating their diversity, and affirming their most basic of human rights—to love and be loved.

Leigh Jarrett
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Topic: How do you feel about not being able to finish a book by your favorite Author?
Posted: 13 Mar 2012 19:06

Really enjoyed Diana Gabaldon's first three books in the 'Outlander' series. My interest began to wane with each new release. Far too much outer detail, not enough story. I heard she started hiring a lot of researchers. Probably not a good idea as it appears the research began to overwhelm her writing.

The latest book of the series came out in 2009 'An Echo In the Bone'. 1200 pages of teeny tiny print that waffled endlessly. I couldn't get through the first fifty pages. Now, I've read Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina', so believe me, I can get through anything if it's written well. But 'Echo In the Bone'. Aside from the detailed descriptions of absolutely everything, except what was happening amongst the characters, my major complaint... what the hell happened to the word 'said'. Honestly, three word dialogue tags after every sentence is just plain annoying.

Sorry Diana. I feel bad, but I just couldn't do it.

Topic: Who reads 'Gay Erotic Fiction'?
Posted: 11 Mar 2012 00:23

At some point most of us 'erotic romance' writers have pried our fingers away from the keyboard, lifted a glass of wine to our lips, shooed the cat off our mouse (for the thousandth time), kicked back in our less than ideal computer chair and asked ourselves. “Who actually reads this stuff? Who exactly is my target audience?”

Now, I’m not suggesting anyone should write specifically for a target audience, any more than one should consider selling their soul. Authors are artists first, booksellers second, or last, or never, depending on the latest trends. I know I started writing for my own enjoyment. The fact that anyone bothers to read the stories that tumble out of my head is icing on the proverbial cake.

But who does actually read this stuff? My experience has been that readership of gay erotica, gay erotic romance and M/M fiction is split pretty much 50/50 between gay/bi men and hetero women.

Why do you think that is? Why do hetero women make up such a large percentage of the 'gay erotic' readership base?

Topic: Question to women about gay males...
Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:29

gay porn .... VERY erotic in my books! I love gay erotica literature. I just LOVE the male body so much .... it's wonderful to watch.

So true, personal assistant. One of my friends asked me recently why, as a woman, I write gay erotic romance. I told her either I'm seriously twisted (which is a possibility), or I really love men. The male body in the throws of passion is amazing to watch, and there's an exchange of power between two men that is so revealing of their raw and urgent sexual nature. Each assuming a role that is sometimes unexpected. And like I always say, what's better than one hot guy... two.

Topic: How long does it take you to write a story?
Posted: 29 Jan 2012 21:23

Typically an 80 page book takes me two weeks to write and edit. But on the other end of the spectrum, I have a 650 page book that I'm still tossing around after almost two years. Really depends on the writing level as well. Anything written at university english lit level is going to be brutal to edit. I've heard of some people taking 10 years.

Topic: Do you write non-erotica?
Posted: 29 Jan 2012 21:17

Writing erotica is an emotional release for me, especially when I'm in full out editing or marketing mode for my other stuff. For me anyways, the erotica stories tend to be shorter; thus easier to manage and pick up intermittently when I need a break from the other stuff, because if I don't engage the creative part of my brain at least once a day... I get a little cranky!

Topic: How long before we get to the sex?
Posted: 29 Jan 2012 21:09

I find it depends what kind of story I'm writing. If it's erotica there really should be sex in every chapter... more than once if possible. But in a novel, I like to listen to my characters. Find out where their hearts and heads are at, and then go from there.

Topic: How to write sex differently
Posted: 29 Jan 2012 21:04

Go to any gay men's porn site that allows their members to submit stories, and you will find a plethora of detailed descriptions!

Topic: How many stories do people have on the go at once?
Posted: 29 Jan 2012 21:01

I usually have at least three short erotica stories on the go (they're fun to pick up when I get sick of writing and editing my other stuff). Probably two full length novels, and for the past 2 years I've had two 650 pagers following me around, wanting the final edit done... boring! Also, reams of notes for other stories, otherwise my head would explode.

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Stories Published By leighjarrett
Roadside Distraction

~ As written under my pen name of Gavin E. Black The tourists were out in full force, soaking in the summer heat by day, and dancing and drinking themselves stupid by night. And I was damn lucky they were because it was seriously beefing up my earnings as a bartender back at club Crush . The previous manager Dylan had gotten the boot. One too many times mouthing off at customers. ...

Added 08 Dec 2013 | Category Gay Male | Votes 13 | Avg Score 4.69 | Views 11,257 | 4 Comments

My First But Not My Last

It was my brother's idea to head to the beach for the day. Something I wouldn't have agreed to normally. I hated the beach. Too hot, too sandy and too damn boring. I would've been happier holed up in my room, fucking around on my computer, but he'd insisted, saying I needed to get out of the house. Apparently, my period of moping around after being dumped by my girlfriend, Amy, was over....

Added 22 May 2012 | Category Gay Male | Votes 49 | Avg Score 4.91 | Views 31,002 | 16 Comments

Second Time Around

~ As written under my pen name of Gavin E. Black The energy of the music is what drove most people to the doors of club 'Crush' and that was on account of Jake and his crazy mixing skills. I still couldn't believe Jake had managed to swing me a job behind the bar. And on weekends too. Not just some shitty weekday shifts. It made me wonder who Jake had had to fuck to get me the spot. Not...

Added 20 Jul 2012 | Category Gay Male | Votes 14 | Avg Score 4.93 | Views 14,751 | 6 Comments

Third Time's A Charm

~ As written under my pen name of Gavin E. Black There was nothing in the fridge besides a loaf of white bread, a few condiments, and something that was completely unrecognizable swimming around in the bottom of the crisper drawer. Groceries were always a bit sparse right before my brother, Andrew, got paid. But I wasn't in the mood for another jam sandwich. I felt really bad. I honestly...

Added 25 Sep 2012 | Category Gay Male | Votes 20 | Avg Score 4.83 | Views 11,005 | 8 Comments

Recommended Read Zone Defence - First Edition

Chapter One Nathan Kent wasn't thrilled with the idea of completing his final year of university at a completely different institution from where he'd started, but the opportunity to join one of the top varsity field lacrosse teams had been too much of a temptation to pass up. The truth of the matter though, was that Nathan was glad to have an excuse to move away. His last relationship...

Added 29 Jan 2012 | Category Gay Male | Votes 149 | Avg Score 5 | Views 104,126 | 28 Comments

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Posted: 06 Dec 2014 15:44
Thanks for adding me, really love your stories!
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Happy Birthday from the Lush team.
Posted: 22 Dec 2013 07:24
Thanks for the add......love your stories

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Posted: 23 Apr 2012 12:58
found this just for you!! sooooo erotically sexy ... yumm!

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