M. Arbon


M. Arbon writes stories, mostly queer, often sexy, about people who try hard not to be jerks. M. lives and works in Toronto, Canada. M.'s stories have appeared in the anthologies His Seed and Best Gay Stories 2017, as well as being published as stand-alone volumes.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's fun! I enjoy the thrill of finding out what happens, and also finding the right words and shape for the story in my head.
What is your writing process?
Notice a thing. Make a note about the fact that it exists. Notice another thing. Read more about the things. Ignore them for a while in favour of other things. Have new ideas relating to the things at inconvenient times. Ask myself, But what if Thing 3? Wait for the things to blossom in my brain as an entirely new and different Story Thing. Walk around thinking about the Story Thing all day for weeks. Convert the Story Thing into an actual story 200-500 words at a time on evenings and weekends. Read story over ten thousand times and tweak it until I can tweak no more. Send it out into the world with pride and trepidation. Repeat forever.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find M. Arbon online

Website: http://marbonwrites.com
Twitter: @m_arbon


An Unexpected Stay In Highbridge Town
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A short story about probability, friendship, magic, sex, and tea. -It's literally a travelling circus -Is something weird happening? -Magic made them do it -Something weird is definitely happening This 5,000-word story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang Bang.
A Beginner's Guide to Stealing Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
-Arthur Wu is a knitting nerd whose family thinks he works in tech support -his kinda sorta boyfriend Colin is a total slacker, man -it's a summer fling -Arthur's awesome grandmother is awesome -so are his sisters -there's a whole lot of knitting This 10,000-word story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang*Bang.
I Am the One Who Has You Now
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Struggling with the "long-term" part of "long-term relationship," Cai attends a party where he evades his partner, bitches to his best friend, makes the same resolution for the dozenth time, and has an intimate encounter with someone who may or may not be a mysterious stranger. Contents include: LTR ennui, Christmas lights, and the best holiday party you've ever been to.
A Chain of Beads
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Goodman Stone fled tragedy at home to build a new life doing odd jobs at a school in Frael. When one of the students does something unthinkable, Stone comes to his aid. He is helped by schoolmaster Caerel, and as the relationship between the two men deepens, Stone contemplates a decision that will once again reshape the life he's strung together.
Cup of Tea
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"I'm not being mysterious on purpose," Russell said apologetically. "It's just, it's a somewhat...special collection." Arriving at Russell's house to assess a collection of Victorian photographs, Allan finds a cozy welcome, an unexpected rapport—and some very interesting subject matter. This 6,000-word short story was previously published in Shousetsu Bang*Bang.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Introverted Lewis needs to increase his Social score for a shot at his dream job. So he hires Cam to pose his boyfriend. Lewis isn't interested in a real relationship, and he takes steps to ensure that the liaison remains purely for show. Cam can't touch Lewis, but that doesn't mean he can't have opinions about the situation...

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