Monday, 26 February 2007

another reprint in the works... hopefully...



I've just been exchanging a few emails with my editor about another reprint of one of my books that's in the works. This time it's my 2000 title HOTBED... He needs a refresh about some details about the characters' appearance in order to come up with a suitable cover image, so I was flicking back through the manuscript, looking for clues. To my dismay, I'd forgotten a lot of what happens in this book, and the fine detail of most of the characters in it, but one thing jumps out at me in that it's yet another book of mine with a cross dressing character in it!

I really must have a think for blokes in frocks... but I really don't understand what the psychology of this fascination is... It's happened a number of times though in my books. Each time though the cross dressing lad is also *very* masculine and alpha... They all love women, and they're all devastatingly attractive in their normal male clothing... and out of it. I seem to like to create this certain breed of very bold and experimental men who don't feel constrained by the usual gender 'rules' when it comes to expressing themselves. A sort of 'Sod it, why *can't* I have fun with gorgeous clothes and makeup?' attitude....

The best real world example of this is the fabulous comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.



I'm afraid I don't know andything about Eddie's private life, so I don't know what his sexual orientation is, but he doesn't come across as effeminate to me. He seems very much like a supremely intelligent and imaginative man who enjoys experimenting with beautiful clothing and makeup and making himself look great, regardless of gender. At least that's how I perceive him.

What do you think?

5 comments:

Alison Tyler said...

Oooh, I had to write, because I met Eddie Izzard, once! We were both interviewed for the same very small cable channel in NY. He was incredibly friendly "backstage," and totally adorable. I believe, from his stand-up routine, that he is totally straight. He simply enjoys cross-dressing.

And how cool that you're posting about cross-dressing here (boys as girls) when Fiona Locke is also posting about cross-dressing (girls as boys) on Lustbites! Very Kinks of us, isn't it?

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls...

XXX,
Alison

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

I think Eddie Izzard is hilarious. A friend of mine bought one of his dvds for me once and then I was hooked. I believe he's straight but likes cross-dressing. I actually find him quite sexy

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh, I'm do so envy you having met Eddie, Alison! And how lovely to find out that he's as nice in real life as he seems to be on the television.

And yes, Maria, I think he's very, very sexy too. I think a man can look totally hot, and 'manly' *and* wear makeup!

val said...

In my second year at Uni we had a young man arrive with bleached blond hair, full make-up including nail varnish, and bright clothes in feminine materials. He was atraight as a die, and he started a bit of a trend for the menfolk to make up. One or two even tried out gay sex (though I think they were unimpressed).

Kate Pearce said...

I love Eddie Izzard. I saw his show in San Francisco although I'm not sure that half of the audience quite got his jokes-you could tell who was British or an anglophile from their screams of laughter!