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[This interview originally appeared in the March 2016 newsletter of Tami Veldura, who writes science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and queer fiction. Because of a formatting glitch, I've combined her questions with my answers as I originally sent them to her (except for the links, which I've added here).]


Today's interview with Dusk touches on apprenticeship, history, and alternate universes. They've written and published over 70 books. They read and write almost exclusively historical works.

Q&A )
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This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). I'm posting one story each day through . . . well, January 2.

Sorry for being late with the fourth installment, folks. Like a lot of other people, I'm in the midst of a two-day professional crisis of dealing with VAT MOSS. I'll post the final story in this cycle tomorrow.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

There was a gate there, meant to keep out the likes of him and his companion, but nobody was guarding it at the moment.
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Cover for 'The New Boy'

"'We'll be hiring the finest craftsfolk in the city, giving them hours of training to perfect their much-demanded skills and allow them to perform their tasks to the peak of their mastery – and the peak of the satisfaction of those who buy our goods.'"

Running a business seemed a simple enough matter: you learned what the patron wanted, and you forced an employee to satisfy his needs. Then along came the new boy.

Male prostitution has a new face, with an old score to pay: an ex-whore has started a pleasure house, and he has turned all the old rules on their head. Now the centuries-old system of prostitution in the Kingdom of Vovim is in danger of being overturned in favor of a new, gentler way of doing business. But will the young man who is carrying out this revolution be able to keep himself from repeating history?

This novella can be read on its own or as the first story in the "Whipster" volume of Michael's House, a historical fantasy series set in a Progressive Era slum. Male friendship and gay love intertwine in this multicultural series based on life in America during the 1910s, a time when society seemed as stable as ever, though it was about to be turned topsy-turvy.

This is a reissue of an older story.
 

Review

"Tease away the outer layers [of the story], and a whole fascinating world of triumph over tragedy emerges." —Rainbow Reviews.


Excerpt

Michael laid down his crop and sat on the fountain edge, stretching out his long legs and saying, "Nobody warned me that scolding was so great a part of whoremastering."

"It's part of being a teacher," replied Janus.

"You would know. Speaking of which, what is this?" Michael plucked a piece of paper out of his pocket and held it up for inspection. The gold seal upon it glittered in the late afternoon light.

Janus pulled himself upright, staring with disbelief at the paper. "Michael, have you been searching my room?"

"I've been searching all the rooms, to be sure we sealed up every mouse-hole. You should have picked a less obvious place to hide this than under your bed."

"It's nothing."

Michael glanced at the letter. "'Royal tutor.' 'By request of His Majesty, at the recommendation of your uncle.' It certainly sounds like something."

"It's a bribe."

"Of course it's a bribe. It's a handsome bribe. Why aren't you taking it?"

Janus sighed, reached over to pull the letter from Michael's hand, and tore the note into pieces. "Why aren't you still selling yourself, Michael? Even at your age, I'd bargain that men like that patron we met earlier this week would gladly pay for your services."

Michael raised his eyebrows. "That's not the same."

"Of course it's the same. My father, having failed through all other methods to break me away from highly unsuitable company, is offering me the biggest bribe he can produce. The letter doesn't actually say, 'If you take this job, you will never see Michael again,' but you know how unlikely it is that His Majesty and my uncle the prime minister would allow the royal tutor to spend his free evenings visiting the proprietor of a house of prostitution." Janus tossed the letter fragments into the fountain, saying, "I know what riches I value most, Michael, and I'm not prepared to give them up for a royal job."
 

Available as a DRM-free multiformat e-book (epub, html, mobi/Kindle, pdf, doc): The New Boy.


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Aggie at Hearts on Fire Reviews interviewed me with a whole slew of questions. We ended up discussing my early days as a young writer, which writers have influenced me, the historical research for my novels, darkfic, The Eternal Dungeon and Michael's House, the connection between comedy and tragedy, original slash and m/m romance, the origin of my pen name, and (*gulp*) Twilight.

There are major spoilers for Rebirth and Whipster in the middle portion of the interview; otherwise, the interview is spoiler-free.

Hearts on Fire Reviews ends the interview by saying, "Leave a comment before 4/15 for a random chance to win your choice from Dusk Peterson's backlist."

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"The detail the author gave in regards to the relationship between Michael and Janus was remarkable. It was at the same time very complex and very simple, two halves of a whole. I started this story a little skeptical because of some of the subject matter, but soon realized that it was so much more." —Four-star review of Whipster (Michael's House) by Jerry at Top 2 Bottom Reviews. (Note: Website includes not-worksafe images.)
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"Does a wonderful job in creating a unique world set during Edwardian times. From the buildings to the wardrobe and the attitude of the people, every detail is described in a way that drew me into the story and made the story come to life. . . . Brimming with character interactions, emotion and introspective character narrations, the concept behind the story was brought to the page in an engaging and understanding way." —Four-star review (with major spoilers) of Whipster (Michael's House) by Shirley Frances at LeAnn's Book Reviews.

"[A] quiet tale about the plight of the lower classes in a heartless society . . . What makes Whipster an ultimately satisfying read is Michael's growth and change. He makes the effort to help himself and try to heal his soul and in the end the reader will be happy, or at least hopeful." —Four-star review (with minor spoilers) of Whipster (Michael's House) by Aggie at Hearts on Fire Reviews.

"The author takes one of the most difficult subjects, and makes it explode with excitement, intrigue and takes you thru thought provoking events on every page of the writing." —Five-star review of The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon) by thewildpig at Amazon.

"It was a book I couldn't put down. The characters were well written and the emotions came off the screen and grabbed your heart."  —Five-star review of The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon) by Cassandra Law at Amazon.

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Whipster. Click the link for the novel's summary.

I'm sorry about the price for the customer price being a bit higher than I'd like. It's due to the vagaries of Amazon's royalty structure, as explained here, in an article I heartily recommend to other Kindle authors who submit their books via DTP.
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Michael has survived poverty, prostitution, and the loss of love, but not even his partner may be able to help him overcome the latest challenge.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

"You'll break his heart." "He's got no heart. That's the point. Have you ever seen him cry?"
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It is intended as the model pleasure house, the one that will transform the manner in which male prostitution is conducted in the kingdom of Vovim. But Michael's House is facing ruin – unless one of the partners falls back on old ways.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

It was when Michael's voice went flat and his face drained of expression that Janus would begin to worry.
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Cover for Whipster

Michael is an ex-prostitute, which means that nobody in polite society wants anything to do with him. He believes that the only way to help other male prostitutes is to make their working conditions bearable. His friend Janus is an upper-class gentleman who believes that his duty to the gods requires him to fight against sexual immorality. Now Michael wants Janus to help him run a house of prostitution.

Male friendship and gay love intertwine in this multicultural historical fantasy series based on the Edwardian Era, a time when society seemed as stable as ever, though it was about to be turned topsy-turvy.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

He could not recognize most of the items before him, which he instinctively knew was a bad sign.
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Cover for The New Boy

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't be releasing Whipster this year. As a compromise, here is the first part reposted; it can be read as a stand-alone novella. It's also available as a Kindle e-book.

Running a business seemed a simple enough matter: you learned what the patron wanted, and you forced an employee to satisfy his needs. Then along came the new boy.

Now the centuries-old system of male prostitution in the Kingdom of Vovim is in danger of being overturned in favor of a new way of doing business. But will the young man who is carrying out this revolution be able to keep himself from repeating history?

"We'll be hiring the finest craftsfolk in the city, giving them hours of training to perfect their much-demanded skills and allow them to perform their tasks to the peak of their mastery – and the peak of the satisfaction of those who buy our goods."

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