Paul Douglas Lovell


Raised by my father, the youngest of five, I spent many hours ‘Playing Out’. My school years were disruptive. Seen as an inconvenience standing in-between my freedom and the big wide world. Uneducated and somewhat troubled I went to London.

I spent twelve years working as a rent-boy (a male prostitute) I did some travelling and met some interesting people.

In 2000, whilst in Ibiza I found a husband (civil partner) and a new chapter in my life began.

After the death of my father I plucked up the courage to tell my tale. My lifetime ambition to become an author, realised in ‘Paulyanna International Rent-Boy’.

Gone are the pressures of Big City Life nowadays, I enjoy the small pleasures in life.
I live in a detached property set in the foothills of the Jura mountains. I am surrounded on all sides by hills and trees, a small stream runs through the centre of the village. My own piece of paradise, one that inspires me to try my hand at writing haiku poetry. I also enjoy geo-caching, gardening, reading, designing graphics and listening to music.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as a person.
As a writer: I am a relative newbie and have just begun to find my voice. My confidence is growing yet I still lack the self-belief required to fully release my tongue.
Some fellow authors do encourage me to believe in my abilities with favourable reviews and by inviting me into their literary circles. Unfortunately, the person tapping these keys continues to suffer with what is typically a writer’s quandary: nagging doubts that make me question whether my stories are worth telling, worth reading or even worth occupying a single pixel. These misgivings stem from me as a person: I am unsure, always unsure (I think). This partly comes from knowing I am not an academic, and although I have a passion for words, I have been known to apply words that mean the opposite of their intent. ‘Frequent’, for instance. Buying shampoo marked ‘for frequent use’ because I only washed my hair once a week. I made that mistake for years. There are many other examples but, luckily, I now employ the services of an editor.

Some people proudly label themselves working class. I’m not one of them. I wish I were. Tragically, being raised by an unemployed father without a mother, meant we could only aspire to reach those dizzy heights. My childhood was authentic underclass. Not like these nouveau-poor with their electronic gadgets and Adidas gear. We were proper poor. I possessed nothing but my imagination and a crap education. On the upside, I was given a large helping of freedom.

My personality default setting is carefree, cheeky and I must confess, lazy. I cry for happy, not sad, and I am a proficient daydreamer who is easily distracted. That’s why I have never held a driver’s licence.

Strangers generally view me with suspicion, so much so that when culprits are sought I automatically glow red. I do, however, normally win people over with my honesty.

I fully admit to presenting the better side of myself. It is only those closest who get to experience the complex weave of my psyche. My negative traits lean towards egotism and infantile stubbornness.
What is your main reason for writing?
It has been my only ambition for so long. I like the idea of people reading my words, even after I’m gone. I want to leave a legacy to prove I existed and live on through my work.
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Playing Out: Swings and Roundabouts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,490. Language: British English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
If Paul was a pigeon his dad would probably wring his neck. The runt of the litter, the youngest of five, he grasps at life. Children struggle with different and Paul is unique. He’s being raised by his dad on social welfare… It’s the 1970s, toys are crap and money is short.
Paulyanna: International Rent-boy
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 141,300. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
Paulyanna: International Rent-boy is a honest and frank portrayal of a working-class male prostitute’s life. Early abandonment, poverty, lack of education and sexual abuse delivered Paul onto the streets. But, ever optimistic, he does not dwell too much on the past. Without added glamour or grit, Paul shares the raw accounts of his life as a rent-boy in the 90s, from London to Los Angeles.

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1970s    1990s    childhood    childhood adventures    gay    london    love    memoir    optimism    poverty    romance    selfdiscovery    travel