Roman Theodore Brandt

Biography

Roman is not my legal name, but it's the name I've chosen to call myself because it sounds much more interesting than my real name. I was born nearly thirty years ago in the Midwestern frontier. I am an indie author, which makes me part of a very large group of authors who write independently of traditional publication. I have a lot of respect for authors who are able to publish traditionally, because it's a difficult business to break into that way. It takes a great deal of talent and determination.
That being said, I believe that I am also among some of the most beautiful and innovative minds of my generation just by being an author, and especially by doing so independently. If you are an indie author, kudos to you. You are doing something most people assume is impossible.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think my primary motivation in becoming an indie author was a lack of books that I felt represented myself and people like myself. As a gay man, of course I am interested in gay fiction, but I noticed also that most indie fiction aimed at gay men is marketed as erotica and romance, or it deals with a life threatening disease such as AIDS. It almost always has a sexual or relationship aspect to it, which is fine, but I wanted more. I wanted a story with a conflict beyond getting to sleep with some hot guy or living with a fatal disease or being picked on. I wanted a story about gay men who are not only gay men, but have inner conflicts and emotions I can relate to.

I think that if I can relate to a character, the story that character inhabits is reaching not only myself, but many like me who feel largely under represented in gay fiction. What I mean when I say "like me" are gays who want stories about gay men and women leading ordinary lives with normal human interests beyond the bedroom.

It is this desire that led me to become an indie author. Indie authors also get the distinction of being a huge part of pop culture right now, but that's merely a perk.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me would have to be the knowledge that I have the unique opportunity to create worlds in which my readers live, if only for a few minutes. I write because I know that I am given the ability through writing to create characters and situations to which people can relate, and I would have it no other way.
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Books

Midnight at the Bowling Alley
By Roman Theodore Brandt
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Fiction
Midnight at the Bowling Alley is the story of Oscar, who attends his partner's mother's bizarre late night birthday party at a remote bowling alley and wants nothing more than to go home. But will he find that he's doomed to be stuck with Zeke's family forever? Is this possibly the last night on Earth? Was anything ever real?
Michael
By Roman Theodore Brandt
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
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Michael has always been there, waiting outside windows and watching from the mirror, pulling me out of my college mistakes. I spent whole years trying to figure out how to get rid of him. Adults aren't supposed to have imaginary friends. Sometimes, though, I think he's the only thing that's real. We hurt one another, but in the end, the wounds are all mine.
Ghosts
By Roman Theodore Brandt
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
We came here to get away, and to be in love. What we found was a lonely home in the Midwest.That's life, they tell us. That's normal. Get up, eat, wash the dishes, go to bed. Live life in the living room. When you die, you'll be buried face down on top of your father and his father, each new arrival sending the last closer to hell. Suppose I don't want to live this way anymore?
Drive
By Roman Theodore Brandt
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Suppose that a single phone call is the only thing between you and the opportunity to start over? For a lonely man, that call comes in the middle of a heat wave, the phone ringing and overpowering the sounds of a dying air conditioner and thundering car stereos outside. The bags are packed, the house is empty. So what do you do next? You drive, of course.

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