I had a splendid time interviewing blog owner and reviewer M from Slashsessed. His blog features a combination of different subjects but mainly focuses on slash fanfiction and m/m. If you’re looking for a fresh and unique resource, I strongly suggest you check his blog. You’ll keep coming back for more!
Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?
Slashsessed is a blog that has something for everyone. Not only do I review and recommend m/m romance novels, but I also feature great slash fanfiction and yaoi manga (Japanese “boy love” comics).
What got you started as an m/m blogger or reviewer?
Two years ago I was invited to review slash fanfiction on another blog. I had a lot of fun, but I was also restricted to stories featuring one particular character. I read many slash pairings and felt bad that I couldn’t share all of those other great stories with fellow readers, so I branched off and started my own blog.
Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?
I love m/m books because of the various relationship levels portrayed. Readers can enjoy everything from fluffy romance to angst to BDSM that will push the hardest of limits. Of course you can find all of that in m/f books as well, but there’s just something so alluring in m/m fiction in my opinion.
Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs, but what makes yours unique compared to others.
I think my blog is unique because I try to encompass all things m/m: fanfiction, novels and manga. I’ve never been much of a comic book fan, but when I discovered yaoi manga, I was hooked. It does take a little time to get used to it since it’s written with a different culture in mind, but I’ve read some incredible manga, and am now a fan for life.
Define success as an m/m blogger and reviewer.
Success to many people can be defined as receiving the highest number of site hits possible. While that is definitely an indicator of popularity, I think true success is providing a service that will not only help others, but will also bring some enjoyment into their lives. I enjoy reading and reviewing stories and I hope that enjoyment translates to my blog.
What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?
Some of my favorite m/m books that I’ve read this year were (in no particular order):
In Another Life by C. Cardeno
That Day in Spring by B.J. Sheppard – I wrote the prompt that inspired this story. J
Indebted by A.R. Hawkins
London Calling (Flight of the Kiwi #1) by E.S. Skipper
My favorite yaoi manga this year were (in no particular order):
Love Stage!! by Eiki Eiki
Hybrid Child by Nakamura Shungiku – GORGEOUS story that actually made me cry!
Honto Yujuu by Yamamoto Kotetsuko
In These Words by Kichiku Neko & TogaQ – Not for the faint of heart, but an incredible story!
Otokogokoro by Kanda Neko
What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?
Wow! I’m fortunate that I’ve read a great mix of genres under the m/m umbrella, so there’s not much that I haven’t seen. I do enjoy seeing more male m/m writers emerging. Reading m/m romance from a man’s perspective is not only interesting, but refreshing.
What advice can you give aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?
My biggest piece of advice is to really enjoy what you do. Even though there is a lot ofentertainment involved, it is still a job; therefore you have to manage your time well so you can not only read, but also write your reviews. I’m always reading something. When it stops being fun, stop blogging.
Thanks for the opportunity to share a little of myself and my blog to your readers! J