Tiptoeing through a minefield.

Even though I’m keenly interested in history, politics, and social justice, I try to keep that out of my erotic writing. My readers get enough of that from other sources and I want to give you a break.

On the other hand, I want my stories to feel like they’re happening in the real world. White supremacists and racial tensions are real things.

In the first five books in the Mountain Men series, protagonist Tom Prescott is on a voyage of self-discovery. By the end of Farewell To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 5) Tom has pretty well found himself.

With Return To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 6), I wanted to shift to action-adventure. So, I had Tom captured by homophobic queer white supremacists. I wasn’t trying to be topical when I wrote the book in February, but . . .

Now, I’ve published Captives Of The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 7). In this book, the queer Klansmen drag Tom into their dungeon for a gay BDSM livestream to other white supremacists. I wrote this in March. If I was writing it today, I might have done it differently. Or maybe not, since this version is more compelling than my earlier ideas.

The white supremacists in Captives Of The Mountain Men are definitely bad guys and I’ve worked hard on making them unsympathetic. Still, this is a sex fantasy, so I’ve made them a lot less evil than their real life counterparts would be. I save the truly hard-boiled sex and violence for gay private investigator Jack Hammer. Jack Hammer

I try not to be topical, but . . .

Sometimes, life catches up with you.

The Mountain Men series takes a sudden turn in Return To The Mountain Men (Mountain Men 6). Protagonist Tom Prescott is captured by white supremacists and kept as a sex slave, along with sexy black prisoner Washington Jeffries.

In order to publish a book a month, I write my books several months before they’re published. I wrote Return To The Mountain Men in February. Obviously, white supremacists and simmering racial tensions were a thing back then, but I didn’t expect the explosion of the past few days.

I try not to be topical or political in my writing, except for conveying the general message that self-awareness, individual liberty, and sexual liberation are good. Other than that, I’m trying to take readers away from our high-stress world.

I’m hoping the current troubles will push the United States closer to justice, but I’m not optimistic. At least in my fictional world, the white supremacists get it in the end, although that takes a few books.