With the Heaven Sent series, I delve into the wonderful world of yaoi. If you don’t know what yaoi is, I recommend visiting the Yaoicon website and reading up on this genre of homosexual fiction that was born through Japanese manga and has become a thriving industry. Yaoi is basically pretty boys doing pretty boys, and, man, did I have fun coming up with my boys. I’ve done my very best to pay tribute to and be honest to the genre that sparked this idea and I’m tickled that many yaoi fans have enjoyed the series.
Heaven Sent is a fictional rock group with originally four members: Johnnie Heaven, lead singer; Lucas Sloane, bass player; Brent Rose, lead guitar; and Darien Hughes, drummer. They are all quite gorgeous and quite wonderful and book one starts with Johnnie’s story. Johnnie, as it just so happens, is bisexual. Turns out that Luc and Brent are as well and Darien is happy to let everything think he is too. Each of the four main books in the series–Heaven, Purgatory, Hell and Faith–looks into the love life of each of the original four boys. Book 3 adds a fifth member, keyboardist Hell, to the band.
Genesis is about all four couples at once, taking place around a New Year’s eve concert. Trials occur, angst ensues, sex follows, endings are happy.
Revelations wasn’t a book I originally intended to write, but after all was said and done, Gretchen wanted a story. We argued, she and I, because, after all, she’s a girl and girls are a no-go in yaoi. She suggested perhaps she should get two men. Well, heck. After all she’s done to keep the boys in line, she deserved a story. Rest assured, however, that Archer and Owen are into each other as well… well, eventually.
I’ve had marvelous reaction to the boys. I attribute a lot of that to the absolutely gorgeous covers by the absurdly talented PL Nunn. If you have not seen the artwork or read the stories on her website and you like pretty boys having sex with pretty boys, GO NOW!
I’ve occasionally been asked about the titles. Did I have fun with them? Yes. There is nothing religious or evangelical about the books. Each one of the titles actually refers to a name. Heaven is Johnnie’s last name. Purgatory is the name of the club where the band got their start. Hell is the name of the new keyboardist who joins the band. Faith is the last name of the guy Darien eventually falls for. Genesis is the name of the ski resort at which they play. Revelations is the only non-tangible title, but it refers to Gretchen’s own revelations about life. See? Very simple.