A Southern transplant who has retained none of his accent but all of his charm, DC Juris is an out and proud bisexual transgender man who moved to New York State in 2001 for a real-life romance. By day he is a mild-mannered office manager (well maybe not too mild!), by night a passionate writer of all types of romance, with an emphasis on m/m and transgender pairings. He lives in Upstate New York with his husband, four dogs, two cats, and a menagerie of Halloween props just creepy enough to keep people guessing about his sanity. Which is just the way he likes it.
DC, let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself.
Well, my bio pretty much sums it up. I’m originally from Florida, but live in Upstate NY. I’m a transgender male, married to the most amazing man on the planet, and still searching for my Mrs. Juris. I’ve got four dogs and two cats.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I never know how to answer this question, because I don’t think there’s anything all that surprising about me. I suppose people might be surprised to learn that I’m a big, giant pussy when it comes to unwelcomed pain. I can take a good ass-smacking, but going to the dentist gives me fits of panic and I’m in pain for a week!
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I’ve always been a writer. It’s always been something I just felt I was supposed to be doing.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
It’s definitely been everything I thought it would be. I never approached the industry as a means to become a millionaire. I just wanted to get my work out there, to give validity to my characters. So yes, I’ve been thrilled with the journey so far.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
I bawled my eyes out. For me, it was the culmination of a life-long dream which no one had supported. It was validation.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
I love all of it. From the initial sketching of ideas, to the furious hands-can’t-keep-up-with-brain part, to the editing, to the deadlines. All of it.
Out of your books so far, do you have a personal favorite?
That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child, you know that, right? LOL. My favorite changes with my mood, but overall it’s probably “Betrayed,” just because the characters have been with me for so long.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
Sadly I don’t get as much time for reading for pleasure as I’d like. I won’t go into my favorite m/m books, but I enjoy “The Island of Doctor Moreau” by HG Wells – I’ve literally read it 100 times. I’m also fond of Richard Knaak’s work, as well as RA Salvatore.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I’d love to write a sweeping historical, but it’s just not going to happen. I don’t like research that much.
Please tell us a little about your current release.
My latest release is a fantasy m/m called “Betrayed”. It’s a re-write of the very first story I ever wrote. It’s dark and brooding and full of quasi-BDSM and some non-con, but it’s a really wonderful story and I’m so proud of it!
What can we look forward in the future from you?
Well, right now I’ve got 24 WIPs going. I’ve just submitted a sequel to “Finding Sanctuary”, and I’m working now on a zombie apocalypse story with new characters. I’ve got some transgender stories in the works, a story with Jack and Alan (from the Torquere Press books), and fans of Vance/Andrew/Raine will finally get the story they’ve been asking for – how the sexy threesome got together in the first place.
Anything you want to say to your readers?
Just a heartfelt and humble thank you to everyone who reads my work and supports me.
“Orion’s Way”: Orion is a vampire with a tragic past. After running away from abusive parents at the tender age of sixteen, he was turned by a ruthless elder vampire and forced to torture and sexually abuse human feeders and submissive vampires. Though that's all behind him now, he still lives in the shadow of what he was, and it has cost him the loyalty of Xavier, the human feeder he loves. Malagan is Orion's closest friend--the vampire who saved him from brutality all those years ago. Malagan knows the dominant side of Orion--the side Xavier needs--is still there, lurking below the surface. But if Orion's going to find his way back to who he ought to be, he'll need help. And Malagan is just the man for the job.
“Betrayed”: Two years after he lost his soul mate to the war, Faldor still pines for Meldrick. His world is turned upside down when Meldrick appears on his doorstep late one night, seemingly back from the dead. Finally escaped from a prison camp, Meldrick protects a dark secret—one that could rip their rekindled love apart if Faldor ever learned the truth. But the longer they're together, the more questions come up. What really happened two years ago? How did Meldrick escape the prison camp after so long? Is Meldrick still the man Faldor fell in love with? Can Meldrick reconcile who he is with who he was and move beyond his treachery, or will betrayal win?
“What the Lady Wants”: When Keenan's lover, Naro, reveals the deep, dark secret of his past, Keenan must decide how strong their love really is. But Keenan has a secret of his own -- one that's right up Naro's alley.
Excerpt from What the Lady Wants:
Naro frowned as his hands encountered something soft and frilly, but the frown quickly turned to a gasp of wonder and a large, ex- cited grin. He held up a long sleeved dress made of shimmering forest green satin, embellished with delicate velvet roses, and trimmed at its collar and cuffs with white lace. Tucked into it was a note also written in Keenan’s handwriting. You never know unless you try.
Naro stood and carried the dress into the washroom, to the floor length mirror that hung on the wall beside the pedestal sink. He held it up to himself, gasping at his reflection, and the swell of pride and happiness that soared through him. Eyes tearing up, he hung the dress on a hook by the door, keeping watch on it—though he wasn’t sure why, it wasn’t like anyone was going to steal it—as he drew himself a bath.
He washed quickly, barely able to contain his nervous excitement, not wanting to delay the moment of truth any longer. Naro stepped from the tub and dried himself off, then moved to stand in front of the dress. He took a long, deep breath and reached for it. There were no buttons or other fasteners, and he was glad for that, for he wasn’t sure how he’d get them closed without help anyhow. He pulled the dress on over his head, eyes closing at the shock of sheer pleasure that met him as the soft, silky material slid along his skin, leaving a trail of tingles.
Naro fluffed his hair, straightened the dress’s tight-fitting bodice—Keenan had gauged his size perfectly—and stepped over to the mirror. The air left his chest in a wheeze as his muscles constricted with joy and he began to cry in earnest. He’d never felt so right, so complete. So beautiful. “Oh...my...”
“Just as lovely as I’d imagined.”
Naro jumped at Keenan’s voice. Keenan stood in the doorway, shoulder propped against the jam, smiling. Naro smoothed his hands down along the dress, shivering. “Do you like it?”
Keenan leaned his head to the side and nodded. “I do. I didn’t know if I would or not, but I really do. You look very sweet. But, and forgive me for saying this, because I know it’s not what you want, you’re still very masculine.” Keenan moved to stand behind Naro at the mirror, slid his arms around Naro’s waist. “And I like the way we look together.”