Don Schecter


Don's first novel A COMPLEMENT OF LOVERS is the first of a series detailing the unusual romance of a couple in their 20s who make their own rules for living, but come up against the conventional thinking of the 1960s. It was published in 2013.

His latest published novel is THE ROAD TO FRANKFURT, the sequel to A COMPLEMENT OF LOVERS. The third volume in the series, not yet named, is a work in progress.

Don has degrees from Columbia University in both Arts and Engineering, and an arts degree from Loyola University. He enjoyed a career in communications with the National Security Agency in Maryland. Retired in San Antonio TX, he travels extensively and writes fiction. His work has appeared in magazines, an anthology, and on internet sites. Don is also the author of four volumes of short stories dealing with the gay experience. HEIGHTS OF PASSION (2009), OUT OF THE BOX (2010), DISCOVERY OF FIRE (2011) and LOVE WANTED, WILL TRAVEL (2012).

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write stories that deal realistically with the relations between older gay males and their lovers, old and young. Alyson Books told me ten years ago that there was no market for anything dealing with my age group because those men were decimated by AIDS. Perhaps they were right at that time. But men grow older each year, and the market for stories that involve more than romance on the beach between two twinks is now much larger. With Indie publishing, at last I could show my writing to an appreciative audience.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Preparing the text of a book, editing it, and getting it out there to so many ebook sellers is simplicity itself. Any errors I find, or improvements I want to make, are instantly available; no waiting for the publication of a second edition. I didn't know there were so many formats to cover, and writing for each would take time away from writing new material. Smashwords is "do-it-once" and all formats are automatically taken care of. Smashwords also directs readers to the sites where hard copies are sold. In the last few months, I have noticed an increase in the purchase of print copies.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Don Schecter online

Where to buy in print


The Road to Frankfurt
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,450. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
The Road to Frankfurt is the second episode in the series A Complement of Lovers. It's a path of discovery for two lovers who run up against the practical side of unbounded freedom in the 1960s.
A Complement of Lovers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,720. Language: American English. Published: May 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Before Masters&Johnson, each man had to figure out what normal was on his own. In this unusual love story set in the 1960s, a 25 yo questions his sexuality. He appears to enjoy a bevy of beautiful women, but his bravado masks a total lack of experience and a dogged adherence to an outmoded moral code.Then he meets a forward-thinking woman who holds all the answers, and everything changes for him.
Love Wanted, Will Travel
Series: Stories for Older Men & Their Younger Lovers, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,470. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Engaging, emotionally charged tales for mature readers. Meaningful capsules of the gay experience. Not the stereotypical male/male romances. Sex that has significance. Seven upbeat tales about gay men who surmount unique challenges in their daily lives.
Out of the Box
Series: Stories for Older Men & Their Younger Lovers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,410. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Each of these 16 stories is written in a different rhythm. Some are happy, some thought-provoking: all will hold your interest. OUT OF THE BOX presents the gay experience as exciting and memorable fiction.
Heights of Passion
Series: Stories for Older Men & Their Younger Lovers, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,730. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
15 well-crafted stories that bristle with excitement. From the eerie mystery of You’ve Got Male and the homicides of Happy Hour, to the rhythms of El Baile and the sophisticated glitter of Heights of Passion, each story is unique and designed to intrigue.
Discovery of Fire
Series: Stories for Older Men & Their Younger Lovers, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,760. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Seven well plotted stories dealing with the gay experience. This volume of Older Men and Younger Lovers is about gay men deciding what they want out of life. Men have choices; gay men have specifically gay choices.

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