Sunday, May 1, 2011
Man on Man -- Laura Baumbach
Getting to know Laura Baumbach
Like men? Me too! I like them so much I make both my main romantic characters men. That’s right I write M/M erotic romance. One man’s good, two are better. At least for me.
My name is Laura Baumbach. I write almost exclusively M/M erotic romance. I write just about every sub-genre under that category as well—scifi, historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, thrillers, vampires, werewolves, and paranormal. I’ve been writing for over ten years. Last year Rolling Stone Magazine honored me by naming me ‘one of the pioneers of the M/M romance genre’. It’s my passion. Writing the genre, promoting it and publishing it has become my second career.
The first 34 years of my first professional career were spent as a registered nurse specializing in ICU/CCU and emergency trauma. As I aged I found writing to be a terrific creative outlet that let me always have a happy ending, something sorely missing in my day job. I became totally devoted to my genre so much so I created my own publishing house ManLove Romance Press, LLC aka MLR Press for strictly M/M erotic romance and gay fiction. Five years later, we now also have two imprints, Passion in Print Press for mainstream romance, and Featherweight Publishing for Children’s/YA.
I’ve written articles on the genre, For the Love Of Man examining the M/M erotic romance genre ERWA Writer's Resource article September 2008, host panels at RT and RWA to discuss the unique popularity of M/M erotic romance and generally work to gain more wide spread acceptance of the genre. I believe I was even the first author to use the phrase “manlove” to describe my work as opposed to ‘M/M erotic romance for women” which was how it was known in the early years. Manlove is so much easier to say and captures the true romance of the genre better, IMO.
I spend a lot of time promoting, on the road doing book fairs, conferences, pride events, expos and library events. Luckily, my husband of thirty years is understanding and supportive. My sons are grown up to the point where they come along or don’t mind roughing it with dad for a few days. I love people, redecorating, the colors red and orange, my family and warm weather.
So now you know more about me that you probably wanted to know!