J.T. Evergreen


OCCUPATION - Retired from the grind. Reflecting on successes, failures, and regrets. Exploring new aspects of self, writing that book which will get me an Oscar, staying out of trouble - well, small amounts of trouble are ok. Bringing joy into people's lives with random acts of kindness - the ones who aren't expecting it are the best. Cheering up check-out clerks at WalMart - God Almighty, what a crappy job.
ABOUT ME - Alone in blessed singleness. Wicked sense of humor, enjoy my own company, glad I'm not young any longer. I do miss the intimacy of being in love. Enjoy the possibilities of every moment, an imagination that won't quite, a master weaver - give away everything I make, excellent portrait painter, a national treasure - though no one agrees with me, a good listener, intuitive, a good conversationalist, avoid boredom and boring people at all costs - that's a career all by itself.
INTERESTS - Intelligent conversation: hard to come by these days, metaphysics, mysticism, my pups - Charlie, Max, and Bailey, seeing the funny side of life, going to Macy's at Christmas time - kicking Santa and punching an Elf. If I had a singing voice, which I don't, I would sing all of the time, wherever I was - even in WalMart. Wouldn't that be enchanting? When I receive the Oscar for the book I'm writing, I will have some baritone sing On A Clear Day, and I will lip sync his voice. It will wow the audience.
PUBLICATIONS – Alone at the Beach 25 short stories to keep you company, Home Alone 8 Great Stories to keep you company, Born in the Twilight, Injun Summer, This’nThat, Short Stories for a Summer’s Day. Holiday Short Stories, With All My Love, Father Frederick Monahan, Shangri la, Stepping Stones to God, I’m Gay Mother – Get Over it, The Olde Book Shoppe, Naked Before God, The Italian Call Boy, The Silence of Healing, Death of a Pope, The Best Short Stories Ever, and My Love Affair with Father Tomas McTavish, working on a new character, Father Gibbon with Sister Mary Magda. I get choked up when I re-read some of my sentimental stories. I’m told that’s a sign of being a good writer.
LOVES - Color and lots of it, strawberry jam, hiking up Yosemite Falls, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, sourdough bread, only made in San Francisco. Hearst Castle, Big Sur, sea air, Adams peanut butter, chocolate milk, rainy days, canaries singing, chocolate chip cookies my mother made, Greek yogurt with honey - oh, yum. Laughter. I make it a point of doing this many times a day.
HATES - Stupidity, insensitivity, bad table manners - come on, how difficult is it to hold a fork properly - it's not a shovel for God's sake. Snow, ice, slush, freeway traffic, lima beans - what was God thinking, sleepless nights, people who are late, texting - it's a cop-out, alcohol, red meat,
FAVORITE BOOKS - The Spiritual Journey of Joel S. Goldsmith, How to Win Friends and Influence People - I collect this book and give them to people I hate - there's a waiting list.
FAVORITE MUSIC – Joplin’s Peachrine, Ahmad Jamal - Country Tour - the absolute best jazz - never tire of it. Someone Waits for You – Carly Simons, Helen Kane singing Button Up Your Overcoat and I Want to Be Bad – I relate to the lyrics. And the Tenor who sang Springtime for Hitler in the Zero Mostel version of The Producers. No one seems to know who he is. What a voice.
FAVORITE FILMS – The Celluloid Closet, Witness for the Prosecution, It Could Happen to You, Maltese Falcon, Inherit the Wind, 12 Angry Men, Harold and Maude, Murder on the Orient Express, Hope and Glory, Sorry Wrong Number, Speed, Practical Magic, Apollo 13, Where the Red Fern Grows, The original Producers - touch me, hold me - Estelle was terrific, and Zero - what can I say.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS - I don't watch TV any more, but when I did . . . 2-1/2 men - when it was good. Everybody loves Raymond - some great writers; best sight gags
FAVORITE QUOTES – The poetry in writing is the illusion it creates: by me. Lord Chesterfield: “Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.” The saddest words of tongue or pen are these - It might have been - indeed they are. If you want to make a success out of old age, you better start now: my mother when I was 15. On a clear day, you really can see forever - you just have to look. I may be rancid butter, but I'm on your side of the bread. Inherit the Wind.
FAMILY – A father who was emotionally absent, a mother who provided all the necessities of life and nothing more. An older brother who is a classic socio-psychopath and made my childhood a misery. I hide from everything just to survive. My right of passage came when I was 18 and joined the Naval Air Reserves. In boot camp I hide in the back row the first day, and guess whose name they called to be the Company Commander – me. But it was the best thing that could have happened and I bless that moment. I had to lead those 50 plus men and boys for 90 days. The night of graduation we drilled in front of the audience and it was perfect. The guys carried me from the hangar in triumph. I came out of the shadows that summer and never went back. I'm a louse when it comes to cleaning house, too many other more enjoyable things to do.
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Omar Khayyam

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Somehow I am able to step aside and let the character(s) take over. I don't hear words but the words are just there and I type them out. JK Rowling once said she didn't write Harry Potter, she took dictation. It's the ability to step away that permits the magic to happen. It's awful when it happens unintentionally and you don't have a keyboard in front of you. Trying to remember is impossible, making notes on anything you can get your hands on is crazy nuts; and writing on toilet paper definitely does not work.
What are you working on next?
Actually, I plan on expanding two projects I completed some time ago, i.e. STEPPING STONES TO GOD, a sequel to THE RAZOR'S EDGE by Maugham, and MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FATHER TOMAS McTAVISH, the sixty-year relationship between two men set against the turbulence and hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. But there is always time for any short story that pops into my head. When that happens, I drop everything else and let it unfold.
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Where to find J.T. Evergreen online

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The Barista
Price: Free! Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The father of Claudette's unborn twins is overwhelmed with fear of responsibilities and disappears. Two gay friends, one of them a priest, and two ghosts one of which takes on the form of a puppy, conspire to clear up misunderstandings and bring the couple back together for a happy ending.
The Devil And Mr. Jones A Love Story
You set the price! Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
I never thought of the Devil as being gay or straight. He was just the Devil who caused all sorts of trouble, like encouraging me to buy things I wanted, did not need, and could not afford. I didn’t actually see him but I knew he was there, watching me. The first time I became aware something else was going on was the night I woke with a start. I felt like someone was in bed with me.
The Tooth Fairy
Price: Free! Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
As the pink mist cleared, Randy could make out the figure of a little man sitting on the table top, legs dangling over the edge. He was wearing pink tights, matching ballet shoes, a pink tutu, wrinkled undershirt, and a clip-on halo. His fuzzy pink wings shed little stringy things each time he moved. Randy grew brave and stepped forward, “Who are you? What are you?”
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
I just kept looking at him, wondering what he was up to. I began counting to myself . . . one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi, three-Mississippi, four-Mississippi, five . . . he smiled and looked away. He should have, in my estimation, looked away at the end of two-Mississippi, but he didn’t . . . I wondered what was going through his mind during ‘three-Mississippi, four-Mississippi, five’.
The Golden Gate Miracle
Price: Free! Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Religious
She closed her eyes and clenched the rail of the bridge. "Please God, help Christopher and me." Footsteps brought her back from her prayer. Shadows of the evening grew. She must return to Saint Ann’s. "Don't go, Sister,” came a gentle voice from behind her. "What?" She turned and saw a priest standing in the shadows. She noticed the golden cross about his neck, embedded with green stones.
Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The illustration was of a young man astride a beautiful chestnut horse in a lovely stable setting. He appeared to be naked which I thought odd for an elegant old book. As I looked closely at the illustration, I thought I saw the horse’s tail flick. Then the horse’s leg made a movement. I watched in amazement as the young man dismounted the horse and stood by its side. He looked at me and smiled.
The Moon Was Blue
Price: Free! Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
I'm a tall, younger version of Woody Allen. I often wondered if Kismet would ever find a life partner for me. Then the New York Times arrived with the ad for a holiday gala at the Plaza. I filled out the raffle ticket form and sent it in. Little did I realize I was about to step onto an emotional merry-go-round that would end with me holding the gold ring.
Off Broadway
Price: Free! Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
He was so beautiful, I walked around and approached him again to get a better look. He was reading a book, or so I thought and seemed oblivious to everything around him including me. But then I noticed the book he was holding was upside down. I almost laughed when I wondered what he was up to.
When I Fall In Love
Price: Free! Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
I thought I had it all figured out . . . falling in love that is. When it finally happened, I was clueless – totally unprepared, and I proceeded to make a bigger fool out of myself than I thought possible.
Angel In The Shadows
Price: Free! Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
"There's someone hiding in an alcove." “Not to worry. He won’t answer. He’s quite harmless. Pay him no attention.” “Quite harmless, you say. I’m very glad to hear that. Who is he and what’s he doing up here … hiding?” “It’s an angel, and I’m not sure why he’s chosen this place to hide.” “An angel? You’re kidding?” “Oh, no, he’s an angel to be sure.
A Christmas Ghost Story
Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The howling outside began again as the wind whipped around the house causing the evergreens to scratch the downspouts. Kent screamed, “LOOK!” and pointed to the front window. A pair of eyes glowed in the reflection of the fire. Everyone sat up and stared. I yelled, "It looks like a . . . "
Michelangelo And David The Untold Love Story
Price: Free! Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
I held Michelangelo's diary to my breast. Tears of gratitude welled in my eyes along with my determination to see this vision of undying love as soon as possible. As I entered the Hall of Prisoners, I stopped in mid-step. I saw him at a great distance for the first time. I constrained myself to keep from running. This was David, the love of Michelangelo’s life.
A Flying Carpet Named Jack
Price: Free! Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
He felt a little foolish but decided to talk to the carpet, “Mr. Carpet. Would you please go into the living room and stay there.” He held his breath as the carpet quietly rolled itself up and floated into the living room. “Jesus H. Christ, what is going on?”
5135 Kensington Avenue
Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The reality that my legs were gone and would never return stepped out of the shadows and stood naked before me. I had not mourned their loss until that moment. I wept so bitterly I thought I would die. I was alone and scared. No one, not even my own mother, could share this misery with me. And then the Crenshaw’s and their Son, David, moved in next door at 5133 Kensington Avenue.
The Gigolo
Price: Free! Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
I choose a life of ill repute because I no longer gave a damn what anyone thought. My decision had to do with being poor and low self-esteem – mine. I was never a good student because – and it took me a long time to face that reality – I just wasn’t very smart. The day I left for New York, a friend gave me a copy of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, my guide for the next decade.
4 Yard Sales Where Dreams Come True
Price: Free! Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
This collection of four yard sale tales covers a wide range of experiences sure to bring enjoyment to all who embrace them; from lost love letters in an old trunk, the past revealed in a vintage doll, lingering love of days gone by and the promise of a new romance in a stolen Pendant, and finally, paranormal, and magic possibilities in the Magic Fairy Tale Book.
The Italian Call Boy
Price: Free! Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The Italian Call Boy is told by Charles DeLuca in his waning years as a high-priced call boy. Changes in fortune happen when Charles is approached by Patrick O’Hara, who wants to hire Charles to seduce Marc Benson, which fails miserably followed by Marc's attempted suicide, throwing Charles into a tailspin as his emotions become unglued. Was he falling in love with a client?
The Tale of Two Seahorses
Price: Free! Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
Crosswinds snapped the mast and left me helplessly adrift in Neptune's anger, making living the next moment doubtful. I was holding on for dear life when I heard a faint cry. I instinctively reached out into the blinding tempest and felt the arm of someone. I put a death grip on it as a swell washed over us, dragging us seaward. His other hand found my wrist and grabbed it, sinking his fingers in.
Born in the Twilight
Price: Free! Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
Sexual orientation appears to be an attribute of the human condition. It is, however, an out-picturing of the spiritual condition of the soul each time it is reborn. Having arrived at a consensus that homosexuality is not a chosen life path, the next question that should have arisen, but has not, is why this phenomenon occurs in the first place.Acceptance without understanding is not enough.
Stepping Stones to God
Price: Free! Words: 42,510. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Larry Darrell will never be famous, and when his life, at last, comes to an end, he will leave no more trace of his sojourn than ripples on a quiet pond. And yet, his life may have a lingering influence over those touched by his presence, his grace, and especially his goodness. So, that long after his death, it will be realized there lived among us a very remarkable creature.
Death of a Pope Birth of Hope
Price: Free! Words: 14,100. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Religious
The disincarnate Father Frederick Monahan warns Pope Boniface. After the Pope is murdered, Father Freddie begins his influence in guiding young Father Marc to the Pontifical Throne. The murders meet their Karma, the intrigue of the Holy See is thwarted and Father Marc ascends the Throne.
Christmas Stories
Price: Free! Words: 16,640. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas is spread over a month by a secret pal and turns into a love story. A Christmas card arrives 40 years late, sparking an old romance. Sleigh Bells are heard in a magic fairy tale book. Coming out at a 1973 Christmas dinner exposes everyone to who they really are. The Christmas Carousel has paranormal overtones, and finally, the Last Christmas Tree is pure magic.
Injun Summer
Price: Free! Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Plucked from a desert siege by a mysterious priest who disappears after saving Warrior Mike Faraday has him wondering why. The priest appears again at the local Mall and directs Mike to a suicide bomber in the main hall. He thwarts the attempt. Revenge by the terrorists, a pretty waitress, and a bumbling undercover cop are drawn together as the tale climaxes and concludes around a campfire.
Tutti-Frutti Love
Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Rivka, a self-appointed matchmaker, dragged Stanley, a young stud-muffin detective into my waning years much to my chagrin and verbal objections. But I relented somewhat when he caught the rat who mugged me and took all my credit cards. I relented even further when I found out he liked Tutti-Frutti ice cream and knew where to buy it. When he mentioned Tutti-Frutti jellybeans, I was had.
May I Cut In?
Price: Free! Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Every once in a while something unexpected happens and life changes forever. I’m on the threshold of turning 30. So far, nothing unexpected has happened in my life. It’s been routine with moments of mind-numbing boredom. Then I went dancing with friends at the Aragon Ballroom. Marge and I were foxtrotting across the dance floor when Kismet taped me on the shoulder and asked, "May I Cut In?"
The Dinner Party
Price: Free! Words: 13,820. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
I'm not sure if it was love at first sight, Kismet, or Karma when I came across Robert Miller. His education far surpassed mine so, I walked away from him for fear of boring him to death. But, surprisingly, he pursued me. Eventually, we married and almost lost one another over that damned dinner party. But we survived it and our relationship thrived and lasted until he passed away too soon at 86.
My Love Affaire with Father Tomas McTavish
Price: Free! Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
I was an integral part of Tomas’ life for over sixty years. Aside from the intimacy of love, laughter, tears, joy, sorrows, and the day-to-day living with one another, there was always the subtle presence of the Infinite, that unnamable force which drove him, supported him, and nourished him – always standing between us, or so I foolishly thought.
Price: Free! Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
A rainstorm forced Annie McDougall into The Olde Book Shoppe where she encountered an old Magical Fairy Tale Book where she saw Cinderella running from the palace. She heard a voice calling for her to stay. When she left the bookshop she caught her heel in a grating and was rescued by the charming Marco from Cadiz, Spain. She bought lunch for him at the Lola Palooza Soup and Sandwich Bar. Kismet?

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