Gabriel and the Devil is my first novella for Dreamspinner Press, but not my first book. Second-Story Man and The Outfielders came before and all three stories share some common themes. They are all contemporary romance stories. They all involve characters coming to terms with their sexuality. And they are all told from a first person point-of-view.
I really like first person stories because they sound so true. Someone seems to be telling me exactly what happened in his life. Best of all I learn what they learn at the same time—unless I’m paying close attention. People don’t always process all of the information that’s around them. I expect that there will be times when my readers are ahead of my narrator. Sometimes I lead my readers to a place that seems to be ahead of the narrator only to throw in twist.
I like to tease my readers. It’s fun to keep people guessing. It’s fun to add a bit of my own mischief to my characters. In fact, it’s that mischief that seems to resonate most with my readers. Readers like the playful fun and cleaver ideas that my “bad boys” bring to a story. That’s what makes gay romance so much fun for me too, because all of my men can’t help behaving like boys. We poor males never seem to fully grow up. That’s our curse and our charm.
Speaking of charms, you’ll find plenty in Gabriel and the Devil, just not the kind that you may expect. This is a contemporary romance, not a paranormal story. It’s also a story that takes some of the same New Age philosophy of Second-Story Man and pushes it to a much higher level.
Educating my readers is another thing that I like to do with my stories. My real job is as an art director for Universal Orlando, but I started my career with Disney. I always admired the way Walt Disney didn’t just tell stories; he liked to educate his audience too. Of course he used more than just a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down.
I try to do the same with a healthy dose of naughty fun. Don’t look at me for endless erotica—not that it’s completely missing. Look to me for a story that will stay with you and keep you thinking long after the final chapter. Just because the epilogue seems to wrap everything up in a nice happily ever after conclusion I expect your own imagination to wonder what happens next. If I can leave you wanting more I’ve done my job.
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Flirting with the devil can lead to a helluva good time.
Gabriel is a regular angel. The former altar boy plans to graduate from college, become an accountant, get a good job, find a wife, and live a faithful Catholic life.
But one Halloween night, the devil pops in out of nowhere, challenges everything he believes, and heats up Gabriel’s lonely life.
Marcello is full of the devil. He’s lusted after Gabriel forever, but what he really wants is Gabriel’s eternal soul. Still, his mischievous sense of humor, along with his tricks and jokes, leads to a misunderstanding that could condemn him to hell on Earth. Only the truth will let these souls find true love and happiness.
Robert P. Rowe has spent his entire career as a storyteller making an incredible leap from Disneyland ride operator to show-designer and art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Immersive storytelling presents a distinctive challenge unlike that of live theater, film, radio, or print media. He is currently on staff as an art director for Universal Orlando. His many other works can be found around the world, primarily in Disney and Universal Studios parks.
His “real” job takes up much of his time, but his active imagination can’t stop dreaming up new stories. Whenever time permits, he’s writing about new characters off on their own incredible journeys.
Additionally, his outside interests include all aspects of architecture, with a specific fascination for the theatrical design of homes from midcentury movies and television. He has a keen enthusiasm for midcentury science fiction.
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