SA Collins

Biography

I am a gay male author living in the SF Bay Area in northern California. Happily (and legally) married to a wonderful man (celebrating our 20th anniversary this year)! Our house is filled to the brim with two exotic cats, a daughter and a hurricane of a granddaughter. This is a house filled with laughter, with voices that carry through the walls, and a whole lot of love in between.

In a nutshell, I write to keep the voice of actual gay men strong within our own community.

I specialize in character studies. It is important for me that you walk away with my work not so much with a sense of what happened, but why my main character makes the choices he (or she) makes. My work is often unapologetic, gritty, unfair and dark. Doesn't mean that there won't be one hell of a love story or some hot and heavy action going on – but it's not a given. There's not an automatic HEA (happily ever after) at the end. Because life is often like that for us. Anything else is puff pastry with rose colored glasses. Not that there's anything wrong with pastry, mind you. I just don't have the wherewithal to write it.

I pull no punches with my work.

John Rechy and Gordon Merrick are my virtual literary mentors. Their work from the late 70's onward molded my life, gave it definition when a young 16 year old didn't have anyone else to turn to so he could figure out what was going on inside. These literary giants saved me. In so many ways that I could not begin to express. It is to them, to the likes of Paul Monette, Larry Kramer, EM Forster, Oscar Wilde and others that I aspire to write and carry their torch forward. It is a high mark to strive for but I can't help but think that having that mark will make me better at my craft. These men, these brilliant gay men and their complex lives have enriched my own. I am the man I am today because they gave me the food that my soul craved to say I was all right. I was going to be okay.

While I am all for LGBTQI characters (told by any author who chooses to take up such a cause) in literature, media and the digital bytes and bits, I do not want it to be at the expense of those who actually live those lives. It is our house, and it is about time we, as LGBTQAIP authors, tended to it.

I also co-host a brilliant podcast where we talk to guest authors about queer literature and the craft of writing. I invite you to join us in the discussion - http://www.wrotepodcast.com

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are many that I've loved throughout time. I guess my first two books that I loved as a boy were The Mystery of the Crimson Ghost by Phyllis A. Whitney. Then there was a book called Bryn that was about a dog - though the plot to that book is somewhat murky with the passage of time (it's been over 40 years). I love the books by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles), Christopher Rice and EM Forster. Then in my teen age years when I began to realize who I was sexually I no longer had the desire to translate works to my own budding desires in life. I was no longer satisfied with the typical m/f relationship questions. I required more. While on a trip to the mall with my family I broke away as I often did and perused the bookstore. Only this day was going to be a game changer. Amongst the books on literature, I found a work by John Rechy called "The Sexual Outlaw." Reading the blurb on the book cover I was intrigued that this was a man like myself. I devoured that book and anything else I could find by him. This invariably led me to discover another prominent gay author Gordon Merrick. These men saved my young gay boy life at a time when there was precious little to tell me I was good and normal and more importantly, that I was going to be okay. I carried those books in my backpack every damned day in high school. They were my bibles. Merrick and Rechy were literary gods to me. It really hasn't changed with the passage of time. Next up with marriage to my husband, and a burgeoning family, I took up Harry Potter and became enchanted with it. Suddenly reading was cool and sexy again. We all owe JK Rowling a big high-five for that singular point alone. Lastly, on the eve of my wanting to finally sit down and write my own works, I happened upon TJ Klune's Into This River I Drown. This book nearly more than any other (save for Rechy's Sexual Outlaw), transformed how I looked at storytelling. I enjoy reading from a number of authors but the works by gay men are often at the top of my list. I craved their voices as a confused 16 year old boy and it really hasn't abated since.
What do you read for pleasure?
Gay literature and Sci-Fi (sometimes both at the same time if I can get it) - oh, and graphic novels and comics (I never really grew out of them like most people do).
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Books

Angels of Mercy - Diary of a Quarterback - Part II: Prince of Mistakes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 235,080. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Told from Angel of Mercy's Marco Sforza, this is the second part of a two-part prequel series detailing the events leading up to the main Angels of Mercy series by SA Collins.
Angels of Mercy - Diary of a Quarterback - Part I: King of Imperfections
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 250,210. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
Told from Angels of Mercy's Marco Sforza, this book is the first of a two-part prequel to the main Angels of Mercy series by SA Collins.
Angels of Mercy - Diary of a Quarterback - The Boxed Set
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 485,060. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
Told from Marco Sforza's point of view, these two books pre-date the main Angels of Mercy series by SA Collins. They detail Marco's coming of age to understand that in being your own man, you just might have to question what you think you know about yourself. Courage on the football field for a jock like Marco, that's something that comes naturally to him. Sorting who he is? Not so much.
HO'M,O - Henry O'Malley, Omega
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,670. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hank O'Malley is about to have his idyllic West Virginian life turned upside-down. It's 1956 and Hank leads a quiet, boring life of a senior at Cavanagh Gap Regional High School. On the cusp of his 18th birthday the pack of bad boys at school have told him, "It's time..." - just what that means for unassuming Hank, he can't begin to imagine. With a new threat on the horizon, he might not have to.

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