Key Dyson

Biography

Key Dyson lives in Virginia by the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two cats and a wonderful partner, and enjoys summer, hot chocolate, and singing harmony. They have been writing for more than twenty years, as well as co-writing with several excellent friends.
Key is usually either writing or thinking about their writing, and has a number of creative projects in the works, including several other stories in the Michigan Fleet series and one in the same world as Binding a Page.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh god. Yes, I do.
It was a derivative, melodramatic fantasy styled vaguely after Mercedes Lackey. It featured a Special Noble Boy who was exquisitely beautiful, firey, and prone to getting kidnapped and chained up and so on. It was... not subtle. But then, I was seventeen.
When did you first start writing?
I was seventeen when I got bitten by my first plot bunny. I started writing it out longhand on a legal pad, and then my parents suggested I put it on the computer to make editing easier. I spent so much time typing that summer that I hurt my wrists. My writing setup was not exactly ergonomic.
The story was full of cliches and melodrama, but it was also unashamedly built around everything I was into at the time - a beautiful, misused boy getting rescued by a badass warrior girl, lots of sexual tension, everyone being queer and having crushes on everyone else. I've ditched the cliches and melodrama, but recently I've been striving to recapture that same lack of shame in my writing, that ability to channel my id raw onto the page. That's what fuels my creativity, so it's a pity that I spent so much time in the past telling myself that listening to it and being self-indulgent in what I wrote was unacceptable. I've learned now that when I indulge myself, often I'm also indulging my readers, writing exactly what they want to read.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Key Dyson online

Twitter: @FiveCredWord

Books

The Taste of New York
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,860. Language: American English. Published: September 10, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Science Fiction, Fiction » Erotica » Gay
(5.00 from 12 reviews)
Solace King, a powerful New York City patrician, encounters the strangest tourist he's ever met: Rich Merrill, a huge, friendly supersoldier gene-mod from a remote commune on Lake Michigan. Sol disdains tourists, but finds himself giving this one a whirlwind tour of the best Manhattan has to offer; her art, her culture, and her native son—if he can just keep up with Rich’s super-sized stamina!
Cross My Heart
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,130. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.87 from 15 reviews)
Security Officer Michigan Ford could've died on duty tonight, and his best friend Basil would never have known Mitch's true feelings for him. Taking sex drugs and turning up at Basil's door wasn't Mitch’s best idea, but it does get him in bed with his crush... and Basil's crush, Rich Merrill. Now Mitch has to navigate love, the terrible vulnerability of honesty, and a dick that won't quit.
Learning the Ropes
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,100. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Rich Merrill is sure he's well past beginner sex, but when he stumbles into the sex game of a much more adventurous friend, it turns out he has a few things left to learn (including sexy piracy).
The Art of Boytoy Maintenance
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,380. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.88 from 17 reviews)
Rich Merrill, supersoldier genemod and AI technician for the Michigan Fleet, is still getting used to crewing a ship that leaves him enough time to enjoy himself, even during storm seasons. But when his friend Liam offers to be his personal sex toy for a day, Rich is more than happy to learn some new games.
Once Cursed, Twice Shy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,660. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Red has no friends, no allies, and nothing to look forward to, when a dragon named Mack stumbles into his fae forest. Mack is fun and attractive with an instinct for trouble, and he’s fascinated by Red. But Red isn’t the only fae intrigued by Mack, and fae aren’t gentle with their toys. And if that’s not enough, the last time Red fell for a mortal, he ended up cursed...
Athena Merrill and the Midnight Chicken
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,120. Language: American English. Published: December 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
A secret midnight expedition goes wrong, leaving Rich Merrill and an innocent chicken stranded in the middle of Lake Michigan. Fortunately for Rich, the chicken, and everyone involved, his little sister Athena is almost ten. And she's more than ready to step up and be the hero they need. Written by Key Dyson, Raymond Roach and Hannah Birchwood.
After the Storm
Series: Stories From The Michigan Fleet. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 194,290. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Erotica » Gay
(4.97 from 38 reviews)
After four years of hell serving aboard the Sympatico, a dysfunctional ship with a deadly crew, all Rich wants is to prove himself worthy of an unexpected second chance. Get some sun, make some friends, maybe hook up with a cute guy and even learn to relax. But old scars, bad habits, and an insane AI aren’t going to make it easy...
Binding A Page
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,330. Language: American English. Published: September 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay
(5.00 from 15 reviews)
Chris is a high school drop-out from West Virginia, trying to find his feet in vampire high society after being turned into one of their Rulers by accident. Gabe is a disgraced Page, left starving and alone in Chris's guest bed by a man who wishes neither of them well. Now they're drawn together against a world they long to escape... and find in one another a chance for true freedom.