A. E. Wasp
BioWHY DO I WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE AND FANTASTICAL THINGS?
I write romance because it is the people we love and who love us that give our lives meaning. I write erotica because sex is one of the many ways we as humans connect to each other. I write fantasy and paranormal fiction because inviting myth and fantasy into our worlds allows us to experience life more fully.
When I write romances I invite readers into my characters lives when they are their most vulnerable, their most human. We connect with these characters on a deep level and share their hopes and fears because they are ours, too. I can’t tell you how many times I have sobbed over a story. I hope I can make some of you cry, too. Please let me know if I do!
We look at our daily lives and wish for a destiny. For someone to come and say, this is your path. It is scary and hard but you can preserve and you won’t be alone while you walk it. We wish for a soulmate, for the person who is The One, created for us, that we can love without questions. But neither of those things happens in real life. So we read. We read for escape, to imagine that the do happen. We read to see how other people navigate the real world of messy relationships and
We humans are storytellers. We continuously create our stories and tell them to ourselves, to other people. We try to make sense of what we did and who we are. I did this thing because of this other thing, I did this and then this happened as a result. The element tying our stories together, the thread binding the narrative is love. All kinds of love.
There is no hierarchy of love. Each being we love, how ever we love them, sustains us in a way that is unique to that being, this time, this version of who we are. I love the found families we make, the collection of people who force their way into our lives, or slide in so subtly that suddenly we can’t remember a time without them.
Romance, love, connection is all central to the stories I tell. We need community to celebrate with and mourn with. Without connections to friends, lovers, families, life can become just an empty series of events.
I write fantasy because it expands the world. Inviting myth and fantasy into our worlds allows us to experience life more fully. The first stories humans ever told were full of the fantastic. Ghost stories, fairy tales, stories of gods and demons. Giants and Titans remake the earth as they walk, vampires and ghost steal innocence and life. Fairies and small unseen creatures tempt the weak and bedevil the unwary. We use fantasy to explain, explore, and make meaning of this world and of the life that can seem so cruel and arbitrary.
Ghost show up in a lot of my writing because we live our lives haunted. We are haunted by the specter of unchosen paths, by the voices of people we’ve lost that we loved, and difficult relationships that ended unresolved. We are haunted by the ghost of nostalgia, that poignant combination of special places and special times to which we can never return.
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Paper Hearts A. E. Wasp
You never forget your first love. No matter how hard you try. After getting caught making out with a boy, Benito Quintana left his best friend (and unrequited crush) Mikey behind and stormed off in a righteous teenage rage and joined the Marines. One dishonorable discharge and a few alcohol-soaked years later, things are looking up. He’s almost a year sober. He has a new job, in a new town where no one knows his history of failure, so he can start fresh. He’s totally got this. Mikey’s world crumbled when the death of his wife forced him to drop out of law school to raise his infant daughter. Four years later and he’s just getting his feet under him. Mikey is ready to give in to his long-suppressed desires. What better place than the Pride Masquerade Party for an anonymous hookup?
Incoming: A Veterans Affairs Novel (Preview) A. E. Wasp
What happens when what you need could cost you everything you’ve ever wanted? What Dmitri Greenman wants is out - out of debt, out of his rundown farmhouse, and out of Red Deer, Colorado. Salvation beckons in the form of a job opportunity in California. What newly-discharged army veteran Troy Johnson wants is simply to lay down - lay down his weapon, lay down some roots, and lay down the memories that haunt him. Red Deer sounds like the perfect place to do it. Sparks fly when their paths cross one hot Fourth of July weekend, and suddenly they find that what they need is each other. But the memories Troy is running from are hot on his heels and, whether Troy wants it or not, Dmitri is determined to save him from the demons he hadn’t even realized he was fighting.
Christmas Outing: A Veterans Affairs Novella (Sequel to Incoming) A. E. Wasp
A contemporary m/m romance. Part of the Veterans Affairs series. “Come with me? Come with me to my parents' house?” Troy asked. “As your boyfriend? Or friend?” Dmitri raised one eyebrow. “Can we start with friend? I know it’s cowardly, I know it. And I hate myself for even asking. But I need you there. With me.” "Best friends, at least?" Troy smiled. "Of course. We can get matching bracelets."
Half-Broke: a Veterans Affairs Story (20K Novella) A. E. Wasp
A contemporary m/m romance. Part of the Veterans Affairs series. "Do you want to live with a broken old cowboy with no job?" "Yeah. Do you want to live with a confused kid who doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up?"