Thursday, September 22, 2011
Totally Tyler Has Kissed Your Boyfriend!
Enter Totally Tyler. A super-popular gay blogger originally from Atlanta who went ahead and wrote Your Boyfriend & Other Guys I've Kissed: The Tails of Totally Tyler. Sound salacious? YOU BET!
AND it's non-fiction, so you know it's both steamy AND true! Which is the best kind of gay writing when you're in the mood for something to get you going.
I grabbed Totes for a few hot minutes to talk about his new hot read. Take a gander and then grab a copy of Your Boyfriend & Other Guys I've Kissed over at Amazon!
Your book is called "Your Boyfriend & Other Guys I've Kissed". Explain the title, and what readers can expect.
The title is cheeky and suggestive- I've had a lot of crazy dates and I've kissed a lot of boys. The book is a compilation of short stories about my dating experiences in Atlanta, with a few stories about my family thrown in, just because I didn't want to look like a complete slut and also because my family is adorably kooky and entertaining. I've changed names and certain details to protect the innocent but really, it was just something my publisher made me do to avoid getting sued.
What inspired you to write this book?
I'm always touched when people tell me that they enjoy my blog because they can relate- even chicks and straight guys. Everyone has gone on a bad date or had an embarrassing moment like farting during sex or calling out the wrong name. As corny as it sounds, I like the fact that people will read my book and know they aren't alone in their search for love. And, I'm told getting published will get me laid more often. Is this true?
Kiss and Tell! What's the worst hook-up you've ever had?
Oh God, there's so many. One guy stole my monthly transit card, another guy stole my pants. One guy fell asleep while driving me home. Another guy made out with a drag queen when he thought I was in the restroom.The worst, though, was a guy that wanted to put peas, carrots and roast beef in my ass like it was a crock pot or something.
And the best?
Despite the sexual shenanigans, I'm a romantic at heart. Recently, a meandering twilight stroll through Central Park, a simple candle light dinner and an attentive, charming generosity was all it took to get me. He didn't even need poppers.
How is Gay Atlanta different from Gay New York?
Interracial dating is more accepted in New York. There's a slower pace of life in Atlanta, which I sometimes miss. In New York, it seems everyone is rushing around, kissing with one eye open, looking to see if there's someone better around the corner. Men in New York cruise each other in the locker room while men in Atlanta cruise each other in line for the all-you-can buffet at the Golden Corral. Nothing is sexier than a sneeze guard.
Tell me about your blog, and how it connects with this book.
The blog was an accident. I had written a letter to a friend about a bad date. She suggested posting the letter on MySpace- this was back in 2005 when My Space was relevant and not owned by Justin Timberlake. I posted a series of bad date stories just as a way to stay in touch with close friends, and before I knew it, complete strangers were reading and I developed a following. The blog is about my life as a single gay man, but there's so much more to being single than dating. When I'm not writing about blow jobs, I also write about my job as an event planner, my friends and my family.
Who are some of your favorite authors, and why?
I love humor writing. David Sedaris always tickles me, and I just finished Chelsea Handler's latest. She's a riot. Right now, I'm in the middle of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, about teen bullying and as soon as this interview is finished, I'm grabbing Gully!
What's your secret to kissing someone else's boyfriend?
Vodka helps. So does a lack of morals.
This is marketed as your "first" book. What's coming next?
I plan to go on a mini-book tour. I'll definitely visit Atlanta to flirt with some ex-boyfriends and indulge in Chick-Fil-a. Beyond that, the next three books are already written. I've also began to outline a script for a television series. Of course, I'll continue blogging and perhaps dabble in vlogging if i don't eat too much Chick-Fil-a.
If you could have this adapted to TV, Film, or Theater, which would be best, and why?
I think a television series would be best- there are so many stories to tell and so many layers of character development to explore. Of course, it'd have to be on cable and Vin Diesel would play me, obviously.
- Justin Luke