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Meet the actor from the Daddyhunt series

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I came across BJ Gruber watching his successful YouTube series called the Queens Project and the short film on YouTube called Daddyhunt: The Serial. BJ always plays a diverse range of characters and he is a man of many talents. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about his life on screen.

I found your web series on YouTube the Queens Project and from the first episode I was hooked. So I see that season three was funded on Indiegogo. Where would you like to see this series go?

My dream for the series is to have a syndicated television show. That’d make me pretty ecstatic. Season 3 is really amazing and it is set for release this summer. Ken, Ra-ey, and I edited it together.

I also found you on Daddyhunt: the Serial, which has over 2.5 million views on YouTube. You play a guy that just moved into an apartment and you think the hot daddy down the hall is the handyman. Then some heartache and romance happens. Are you dating anyone?

I am dating someone.

I had a look at your resume and wow, you have some skills in dance, ballet, tap and hip hop, and you speak German, know hand to hand and knife and sword. Where did you learn all of these?

School. I got a degree in Theatre & dance and used that time to learn new skills.

I see you are also a gamer. Can you tell us a little about who BJ Gruber is?

Sure! I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and went to James Madison University. I moved to New York City six years ago and have worked in theaters all over the nation. I also work in film, tv, commercial, and print pretty regularly. I’ve also been writing, filming, and editing my own content. Check out my YouTube channel! I’ll have some new films out soon.

What is next for you on the horizon?

Riley Thomas and I are looking at shooting a feature film this fall. Season 3 of The Queens Project and DaddyHunt 3 will be out this summer. I’m also writing, editing, and shooting some short films myself that are all about shared human experiences. So be on the lookout for those on my Instagram and YouTube channel!

Thank you for stopping by, be sure to catch BJ Gruber on Season 3 of the Queens Project and DaddyHunt 3 coming out this summer. Also, be sure to follow him on Instagram , subscribe to him on YouTube to find out the latest project he has been working on and you can always check out his website .

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Giving a voice to gay Arab men

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Samer Bo (image supplied)
Samer Bo (image supplied)

I caught up with author Samer Bo to talk about writing erotic gay fiction in Egypt.

What led you to start writing erotic gay fiction?

I was forgetting what was happening. I noticed that when someone asked me about what happened to me the previous week, I couldn’t remember the details.

I think forgetting was my defence-mechanism for all the pain and trouble.

So, I started by writing my diaries, which ended to be quite erotic sometimes. Then that moved to erotic fiction.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your stories?

Inspiration comes from my personal experiences and sometimes my friends’ experiences. Other times, I just meet a guy or watch a movie, and it inspires me to write a story.

Who are your target audience?

I write for myself before anyone else. I’d love all gay men to read and get aroused by my stories.

But I guess I do write for minorities — people who don’t usually get represented in media, porn, or erotic stories. I want people to see themselves represented in my novels.

What sort of feedback do you get from your readers?

I get a lot of positive feedback from people in the Middle East who finally find a voice speaking to them. Some see me as a role model — a type of Egyptian guy that they never see in the media.

Do your friends and family know that you write erotic gay fiction?

Only some close friends know. I’m not in touch with my family anyway. Samer is my real name, but I changed my last name to Bo.

Have you had any negative reactions to the gay erotic fiction that you write?

I only tell people about my writing if I know that they’re either gay or gay friendly. So I haven’t had negative reactions in that respect.

However, I have had multiple incidents of homophobia. I was arrested once.

Son of the President isn’t an erotic story, how did that story come to you?

That story is based on the real-life story of an older friend that I met a few years ago. I told him about my erotic stories, and he asked me to write an erotic story inspired by his experiences.

However, I felt that if I wrote it as erotica, it would take away from the essence of the story. So I left it as non-erotic story.

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What do you hope that people feel when reading your stories?

First of all, aroused from my erotic stories. Plus, I want people to feel represented.

Gay Arabs are not represented in any kind of media. We’re being suppressed and discriminated against. A lot of gay men in the Middle East feel that being gay is wrong, and that homosexuality is a sin.

This is my small way to help those men feel better about themselves.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the remainder of 2018?

More stories, maybe some non-erotic ones. I’m also helping a friend of mine to change his non-erotic short story into a play.

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