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Can I call you Uncle?

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My friend Coyote and I decided to write a story together. It was the first time that we’d worked collaboratively, so it was a bit of an experiment on all fronts.

The result is Can I Call You Uncle?

This is erotic gay fiction. It’s sexual fantasies about gay men who have sex with other gay men, so if that’s not your thing then this book probably isn’t for you.

If that is something that you might be interested in reading about, then Can I Call You Uncle? gives you the story of Brad and Blake.

With finances a bit tight, Brad and Blake decide to rent out their spare room and take in a lodger. Their lodger is Zach — a young guy just getting his life together. Having Zach in the house creates all sorts of temptations for Brad and Blake, and their relationship is tested in unexpected ways. The question is, will spicing things up with a younger guy bring them closer together, or will it drive them apart?

As you’d expect with a work of erotic gay fiction, there’s plenty of sex in this story. Lots of it. When you’re writing a sex scene for the first time with a new writing partner, there’s an initial hesitation — that uncertainty as to whether you’re going to be on the same page when it comes to describing sex between guys. Thankfully, Coyote and I quickly realised that we’ve got a fairly similar understanding and appreciation of the heat that happens when gay guys get it on.

“Dude, you should see the guys that I’m living with at the moment…” said Zach. “They’re my ultimate daddy dick dream team…”
“They’re a couple?” asked Steve. “That could be fun?”
“Yeah, but they’re monogamous…” explained Zach. “They’ve got some sort of agreement and they’re not allowed to have sex with anyone else.”
“Bummer…” acknowledged Steve.
“I know, right?” laughed Zach. “I’ve taken it as a bit of a personal challenge, to see if I can get them to break their rules. I just wear my underwear around the house, and I always make a point of bumping into them in the bathroom. But so far they’re giving me nothing.”
“Maybe they’re just not that into you?” suggested Steve.
“Are you fucking kidding me?” laughed Zach. “Touch all of this! How could anyone not be into what I’m serving? It’s driving me a bit crazy, to be honest. I’m so horned-up I’m ready to fuck pretty much anyone…”

The good news is that we’ve got more stories in the Coyote Tales series on the way.

In the meantime, we’re serialising this first story on Mainly Male:

Also, here’s the geo-specific links on how to get your hands on a copy of Can I Call You Uncle?

Photo by Coyote Studios

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Daddyhunt — the hunt continues

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Exploring the dynamics of inter-generational dating and relationships, web-series Daddyhunt is back with a new series.

I caught up with Casey Crawford — General Manager of Daddyhunt and an Executive Producer of the series — for a behind-the-scenes look at Season 3.

Are you surprised by the success of the Daddyhunt series?

Daddyhunt was wonderfully surprised by the positive reaction to Season 1 of Daddyhunt: The Serial, especially the incredible amount of requests for more episodes. We credit that success with the fact that the show deals with real-world issues and challenges. We continually try to portray the dynamics of inter-generational relationships and other topics in authentic ways, and I think that resonates with our viewers.

The BHOC — Building Healthy Online Communities — partnership began with the second series of Daddyhunt, what was the audience response like to the incorporation of health messages in the series?

The BHOC partnership grew out of conversations that our CEO, Carl Sandler, had with Dan Wohlfeiler of BHOC. Carl and Dan both realised that a public-private partnership could reach the people that Dan’s organisation was targeting with their public health messages.

The audience response has been overwhelming positive. On YouTube alone, the Season 2 episodes and public services announcements have been viewed more than 8.8 million times. We’ve also received countless messages on our social media channels thanking us for incorporating health messages into the show and educating people about these important topics.

Season 3 of the series includes a more diverse cast. What was the casting process?

Dan and I started talking about what a Season 3 might look like right after releasing Episode 1 of Season 2. We knew that we wanted to reach a more diverse audience, and that meant including greater diversity in the cast. Once we figured out the story-line, the casting fell into place.

For example, viewers that watched Seasons 1 and Season 2 will remember AJ’s relationship with the two Antonios. We knew for Season 3 that we wanted to show Antonio and Antonio on the screen, and so crafted a way for that to happen with the story-line.

You’re tackling slightly more complicated health messages in season 3 — is that difficult from a creative perspective?

Any time you’re tackling complicated topics, it creates challenges in the creative process. We wanted to keep the series light and authentic and not come across as preachy, but we also wanted to educate people about important health issues facing our community. I’d like to think that we got the balance right.

Is the series an effective way to attract more users to the Daddyhunt app?

The series does attract more brand awareness for Daddyhunt, and we do experience an uptick in downloads of the app or joins via the website. Inter-generational relationships are becoming more common, and when you do a good job of portraying those relationships in an authentic way, people take notice.

Daddyhunt is a community where we want everyone to feel welcome regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or HIV status — we make that clear with the issues that we tackle in the series. It’s an effective tool for introducing people to Daddyhunt and encouraging them want to join the Daddyhunt community.

What do you hope that people feel when watching the Daddyhunt series?

Our goal is for people to come away from the show with a sense of hope. We’re living in challenging times. In the series, we see that all relationships go through ups and downs, but it’s how you learn and grow from the low moments that will make the relationship stronger in the end. So, ultimately, if people see that inter-generational relationships can work, and that HIV-positive and HIV-negative people can be in a relationship, we’ve accomplished some of our goals.

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