John Genest

Biography

John Genest has taken two subcultures near and dear to his heart, bears (of the hairy homosexual variety) and witches (of the Wiccan variety), and began writing short stories, poetry, and a couple of novels about them.

Here at Smashwords.com, you can read Bearly a Witch, a novel about a Wiccan bear who casts a bottle spell to find himself a Daddybear and all the furry fun that follows. There's also A Midwinter Night's Dream, a magical story of two bears awkwardly sorting out a new relationship together, and John's latest novel, The Coven of Arcas, about an all-male coven of bear witches who invite a new member to join their circle.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’m a Connecticut native from Fairfield and New Haven counties, and this is where my characters are based as well. There’s a rich yet unfortunate history of witchcraft in Connecticut that predated Salem by about fifty years, but there’s also a thriving pagan community in which I played a part in the 90s. I used to sneak out of my house under cover of night down to a nearby river and have full moon rituals beneath the trees, and I loved the fact that right up the hill was modern society, sleeping away while I was casting spells and communing with nature.

I’m a strong believer in reaching back to pagan roots and bringing them forward to modern day. I think the Gods have evolved right along with us, and rather than searching for ancient ritual we should take the intent of the old holidays and festivals and ‘pay it forward’ in a way that connects us with the past. The characters in my second novel, The Coven of Arcas, strive to bring the festivals of Rome to suburban Connecticut in unique ways, such as honoring a goddess of the spring by going tubing down the Farmington River!
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was about fourteen. I’d always been an avid reader, appreciating a book’s ability to spark your imagination and transport you elsewhere. Having been weaned on Stephen King, Clive Barker, and other horror and fantasy writers, I tried my hand at some short fiction and poetry that seethed with teen angst and varied in quality, and there wasn’t much time for creative writing while pursuing a B.A. in English. My degree has held me in good stead as a career administrative assistant, and I was determined to read for enjoyment after college.

Having come out of the closet as a Bear (a hairy, masculine gay man who appreciates the same) and the ‘broom closet’ as a witch of the Wiccan variety in the early 90's, I named and contributed to a newsletter called Surrender Dorothy in the early 90’s, but my writing renaissance in being published for the first time occurred twenty years later in 2011.

I saw a call for submission for an anthology of supernatural fiction for bears, and as the old adage says, I wrote what I knew and crafted the tale of a young bear witch who cast a bottle spell to bring love into his life. Casting Call for a Daddybear was published for Halloween 2011 and grew into my first novel, Bearly a Witch. I've just published my second novel, The Coven of Arcas, here on Smashwords.com as well, and their sequels are presently in the works.
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Where to find John Genest online


Books

The Coven of Arcas
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,210. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
Abe didn't know how much his life would change when Professor Keller found him reading a mythology book in his office, rather than cleaning it. Their talks lead to Abe becoming a dedicant of the Coven of Arcas, an all-male Wiccan circle who identify as 'Bears'. Join Abe as he steps inside Arcadia and embraces a newfound freedom to explore the mysteries of witchcraft, his sexuality, and true self.
Bearly a Witch
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
On the first day of spring, three modern-day witches cast bottle spells into the sea to bring their hearts' desire. Eileen wants a baby; Sarah, a full-time job; and Jim, a Daddybear to call his own. Join Jim as he navigates the kinks and cuddles of an exciting new relationship with someone from his distant past and gathers with his crafty coven for spells, sabbats, and the season of the witch.
A Midwinter Night's Dream
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
In a penthouse apartment on a blustery winter's night, an ivory-bearded polar Bear anxiously awaits the arrival of his cubbish companion. Though they've known each other for ages, they've just begun to explore an exciting new relationship together. But will their temperaments, some cold comfort, and a game of hide and seek cut their precious time short? After all, they only have until dawn.

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