Why do I write about homophobia and hate crimes?

These are two social subjects that sadden me and hurt me deeply whenever I hear or read about them.

I’m not a young man anymore. I don’t consider myself old either, even though I’m 67 years old, I am active and exercise. When I was growing up, being gay was basically hush, hush, at least where I grew up, and I’m certain other places too.

Being laughed at, ostracized, and bullied was something I lived through most of my middle school years. To keep the evil tongues at bay and stop the name-calling and laughter, I started dating a girl in high school. We’d go dancing every Friday night at the community center, so as long as I was dating someone the opposite sex, the teasing ceased.

I was bullied, intimidated, and laughed at well into my late twenties, it deeply scarred me. I eventually met some wonderful gay friends, and my life began to make sense.

Fast forward twenty years, and you know, as much I would hope from generation to generation humanity would be more accepting of difference in people, I see much of what I went through still present today. Why haven’t we evolved in acceptance? Why is being different such a stigma for people in today’s society?

Is it because some generations held on to past intolerance and passed it on to their immediate entourage, and these intolerances flourish from family to family?  I think it’s important to talk about this to educate people about what hate and bullying do to people, young and old. This is a reason why I decided to write stories about homophobia and hate crimes. It’s close to my heart, and if my stories touch people and see how much someone suffers when they’re bullied, laughed at and ostracized, and If I can have bullies and homophobic become more tolerant and acceptant, that would be a step forward in a loving and accepting society.

Kristian Daniels

Stolen Heart

Hello all,

just a quick hello to let you know I’ll be sharing a new story soon. I’ve been busy but I haven’t forgotten you guys. Also, I’m so excited, I’ve just approved the last proofread from my editor of my book Stolen Heart. It should be available late next month. I will keep everyone posted on this site. Hey, stay safe and remember Love is Love no matter who you love.

Kristian D

What my next book is about

Today I’m going to tell you about the next book I’m writing. I’m doing some final editing on my first book, which I suspect should be published May-June time frame. If you’ve read “Stolen Heart” book story’s synopsis, which I posted on my website and other social media, the next book that I’m working on is a similar genre.

This next book story revolves around four individuals in different cities living similar situations. All four guys have to deal with family, religion and tolerance. Two of them meet through work, Trevor is single, and Neil lives with a woman. Neil and Amanda have been together for three years and have lived together for one of those years.  Trevor moved away from home after having had a dispute with his folks. Trevor is gay, and Neil has been covering up his true self behind Amanda, but he will come into his own through Trevor.

In Cardston’s lives, two eighteen years old who discover who they are after having dated several girls. Greg is the captain of his High School football team and is raised by a strict Catholic father and a compassionate mother. Tyler comes from a Baptist family with strict family values. The two of them met at a hockey game even though they attend the same school. After this initial encounter, they bump into each other, and from there, they see each other more frequently. But the poor guys are caught having sex by schoolmates on a school trip to a camp. Their lives suddenly become a living nightmare, especially with their religious parents.

All four of them will live a roller coaster of emotions and torments. Their life will be surrounded with hate, rejection, hurt and disapproval. They will need to be strong to survive this.

I like to write the kind of story involving situations the LGBTQ community have lived through, what I’ve lived through, and what gay young and older men have suffered through just because of who they were. I’m hoping that my books opened people’s eyes to what hate and discrimination do and the scars it leaves.  

Thanks for reading my blog

KD

When and why I decided to write stories

Welcome back guys, hope you’re having a wonderful day. I said in my last blog that I was going to talk about my favourite movies and actors, and I will a little later on in this blog.

I’ve been asked recently, in light of my upcoming book, when, how and why I decided to write stories now. Let’s start with the “when” I decided to write stories. I began to write stories when I was a teen. I was and still am an introvert. I like spending time alone, this is when I am most creative. Not having many friends growing up, I spent my time watching movies, television and writing. The stuff I wrote then were short stories, plays and I even wrote a movie script and dialogue that I wanted to shoot with my father’s Bell and Howell video camera.

My first complete story happened two years ago, and this is my upcoming book, “Stolen Heart.” This brings me to the “why.” Well, before this book, I kept thinking, “I didn’t have time, or I was too busy.” The real reason was I didn’t make time, I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough to say, and I thought, who’s going to read my stories anyway. What changed my mind?

When I started putting words and thoughts on a page, I saw the beginning of a story as I wrote more words. After four months, I had written the first draft of my first book. Now I am writing my second story. I love telling stories, and if my stories make one person feel good, that will make me happy.

As I mentioned at the beginning, my favourite movies are, The Harry Potter series, Matrix and I love musicals. The latest musical I watched was Prom with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. I loved it. As far as actors/actresses, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hataway and Julia Roberts, for the actors Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman. These are just a few of my favourites. Thanks again for reading my blog. Stay tuned for more.

Good News/Bonne Nouvelle

For all my francophone friends and fans, my upcoming novel “Stolen Heart” will be translated in French. I’ve been asked if the book would eventually be translated, YES it will be. I have no time frame at this time but I will start working on it as soon as possible. Keep checking my site and blog. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and remember “Love is love no matter who you love.” Cheers eveyone.

A tous mes amis et admirateurs francophones, mon livre “Stolen Heart” qui sortira bientôt, sera traduit en français. J’ai eu beaucoup de demande et c’est avec plaisir que je vais le traduire. Je n’ai pas de date car la traduction n’est pas encore commencé alors verifié mon blogue et mon site web pour d’autres information concernant la sortie en francais. Je vous souhaite a tous un bon weekend et souvenez-vous que “L’amour est toujours l’amour peut importe qui on aime.” Salut a tous.

Typical Day and Writing Inspiration

Hey guys, welcome to my blog. Hope you’re well. Someone asked me what a typical day was for me. I don’t have typical days. Each day may start as a regular day, but as the day unfolds, all kinds of things happen, which is okay because It makes an exciting day.  Not all days are exciting, mind you. My elderly father lives with me in his little apartment in my house, so my hearing became sharper over the years. I hear every little sound around the house, so when a mishap happens to my father, I’m down in his apartment in a flash.

I work part-time, two days per week, managing a project and do errands for my father. As you can see, each day is different but motivating. One thing, though, is typical for me, exercising. Walking or jogging on the treadmill helps me with my writing. When I’m stuck on a chapter or a scene direction, I get inspired when I’m on the treadmill. While I exercise, I go over the scene in my head, and without fail, the idea comes to me. It’s incredible, and it surprises me every time.

Life also inspires my writing. Growing up in a small town, being laughed at, intimidated and bullied, I know how it feels. Through my stories, I want to immerse the readers through my characters what it feels like to live through this. Love is also a big part of my stories. Finding the love of your life, loving every fibre of their being and the joy it brings you. Those are some of the things that inspire my writing and stories.

In my next blog, I’ll let you know my favourite shows, films, and actors. Stay tuned and let me know if you have any questions.

KD