Originally Kevin Klehr was a self-published author, who released his first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes in May 2010. In October 2014 the book was re-released when Kevin Klehr joined Wilde City Press and was soon joined by its sequel, Drama Queens and Adult Scenes.
Both these novels explore the idea of the Afterlife, without the pearly gates! In fact, many of the significant events take place in the local pub 🙂 I am still reading the second book, but in the first I met one of my favourite characters, in any book EVER . . the guardian angel, Guy! A companion novella about him called Guy’s Romantic Life is available FREE on Smashwords.
My review for Drama Queens and Love Scenes can be found HERE!
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I am really excited that Kevin Klehr agreed to let me interview him for this Male Monday post . . I hope you enjoy it!
1) If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I was going to say watch my friends masturbate for entertainment, but that would be so wrong. Can you imagine it, though. Now that I’ve put that idea in your head, it won’t leave, will it?
2) What song always makes you dance?
At the moment, it’s Brenda Boykin teaming up with Club Des Belugas on the track ‘Some Like It Hot’. I sing along to it too as the words are so infectious.
3) Tell us about your WIP in 5 words.
Sci-fi about celebrity and loneliness.
4) Which is more important to you; characters or plot?
That’s a difficult one, because both are important. I create a blueprint chapter by chapter of what needs to happen, then when I write I’m allowed to let my imagination run free around the plot points.
But with the book I’m currently writing, I’ve found images of people that suit each character. They are sticky-taped in my writer’s notebook along with written personality traits. I’ve also written details about who they loved, what their views are, and who they’d like to sleep with.
Once these two important building blocks are established, then as a writer, I’m allowed to daydream with my keystrokes.
5) What is the reason behind your choice to write about the Afterlife in you first books?
As told in my novels, the Afterlife is the place you go to gain a second chance at what you didn’t achieve in life. In Drama Queens with Love Scenes, Allan avoided sharing his romantic feelings with his friend, Warwick. Here he can start again, as long as he can get around Warwick’s new love interest, Pedro, the talentless play-write.
In Drama Queens and Adult Themes, both my main characters are reincarnated and have their own issues, while the Afterlife is both lending a hand and interfering in their lives. Magic spells have been cast to create a mid-life crisis in both our leading males, now a couple, as they both find themselves drawn to a younger man.
So in the second book, Allan and Warwick are now Adam and Wade. And some other characters are different people. Both books also include theater (thus the ‘Drama Queens’ in the titles). On stage, actors wear different masks as they take on new roles, but through their performances as various characters, they grow as individuals.
The reincarnation aspect of the Afterlife in my novels go hand in hand with playing new people on stage. New masks, new challenges. As Maudi says in the first book, we may go around with certain personality traits, but underneath that are layers from the past, making us all walking contradictions.
6) Do you think the M/M genre is important in giving homosexual men a voice?
We’re starting to see novels with main gay characters, even away from the romance genre. It’s no longer necessarily about forbidden love, but just relationships with whoever. And they are being written by both men and women.
There’s even a play called ‘Cock’ by Mark Bartlett, where a guy whose been in a gay relationship for a number of years, falls for a woman.
It’s great that we’ve moved beyond writing in a way that looks for acceptance, or in a way that helps those in the closet know that they’re not alone, and we write books of all genres where an M/M love interest can be just part of the plot. Romance is fine. It shows we’ve come a long way. But facing issues that we can talk about amongst ourselves, in ways that we’ve experienced, is just as important in giving homosexual men a voice.
The Drama Queens and Adult Themes book trailer can be found HERE
About Kevin Klehr
Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.
From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.
Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.