Bryan Foreman


The gay scene of the 1990s—or the Gay Nineties, as I fondly refer to it—is a world and time period that I'm well-acquainted with. I went from a clueless twenty-something to a clueless thirty-something in the early nineties and most of my friends were gay, even though I'm hopelessly heterosexual. I lost a lot of those friends to the AIDS epidemic, sadly enough. They were an amazing group of people and I feel incredibly honored to tell their story. A native of Oklahoma City, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in professional writing. With a strong passion for storytelling and inspired by such literary giants as Mark Twain and Emily Brontë, I am currently at work on my fourth novel, another semi-autobiography spanning from my childhood to my late twenties and also focusing on LGBTQ issues, family relationships, love, and friendship.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your work?
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in professional writing, I went to work in the family construction business while writing novels on the side. My first book was a revenge tale/cat-and-mouse thriller titled “Killer Cain,” which was soon followed by the dark comedy “The Everyday Housewife: Murder, Drugs, and Ironing.” The latest novel, “Heaven Is a Gay Bar,” is my first semi-autobiography written in first person narrative. About eighty percent of it is true and most of the characters are based on real people. It’s by far the most challenging and rewarding book I’ve ever written, especially from an emotional standpoint.
What inspired you to write your latest book?
My main inspiration for writing “Heaven Is a Gay Bar” was Barbie—the love of my life—and our bizarre on-again, off-again relationship that lasted throughout the 1990s. Those were very trying times to say the least, yet I loved her madly through it all and was deeply heartbroken when her life came to a sudden and tragic end. Her death continued to haunt me for a number of years and was seriously interfering with my creativity ‘til I finally decided to vent all my anger and frustration in a Word document. I had no idea at the time that I had a 350-page novel on my hands. I thought I was writing a short story! The time period in which we met (the early 90s) was also a source of inspiration to me. Not only was it the decade of my rebirth, but there was a lot of great music that came out during that time- plus a lot of great bands: Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, the Cranberries, and Nine Inch Nails, just to name a few. Then there was the place where Barbie and I met—a very popular gay nightclub called Angles—and all the wonderful people there, many of which are no longer with us.
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Heaven Is a Gay Bar
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 105,600. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A bighearted, wildly funny, and deeply poignant story chronicling one man's journey to self-discovery inside the gay club scene of the 1990s. It's a story of love and friendship, filled with brilliant, colorful, and endlessly fascinating characters.

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