I only began writing fiction about a year ago and don't pretend to be an expert, but I think a good story can still have quite a bit of erotic content. In real life, some of our most tender moments occur in bed, as well as some of our crassest. I believe that opening the door to those moments can add to a story. And yes, erotic scenes can be fun as well.
My first attempt at a longer gay romance,
Sea Change, was perhaps too high on sexual content. Nevertheless, I did have a couple of important things to say in the story and felt that I also managed to work in a good plot. And I resolved to try for a better balance in the future.
The Least of These represents not only an attempt at that better balance, but also another attempt on my part to say important things. I wanted a story that not only had a happy ending, but showed how to get one.
You see, happily-ever-after lives don't just happen. They are earned or lost, one decision at a time. I wanted to write a story that would show the nature of those choices, the types of sacrifices that must be made in a long-term relationship, and the uncompromising nature of true commitment.
The Least of These also marks my first use of editors. I had two friends who spent hours helping me in a number of ways, and I am deeply grateful, not only for their help, but also for what I learned from them in the process. As I wrote and posted the story, I did so with the attitude that this first round was a rough draft. Someday I would love to go back to clean up and tighten the story, nevertheless, I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. I hope you enjoy it too.