Thanks for joining me on my book tour! I’m Quinn Anderson, author of On Solid Ground and All of the Above. I’m here to share some inside information about Cam Boy, coming out on February 12th, my 28th birthday! Stay tuned to hear about the friend who inspired this novel, fun facts, and more about the characters. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About Cam Boy
Their chemistry is undeniable, but he knows better than to mix business with pleasure.
After years of making minimum wage, twenty-one-year-old Josh Clemmons may have found his salvation. Murmur Inc., a local adult entertainment company, is hosting auditions for new performers, and Josh has been invited to try out. If he can make it as a porn star, he can kiss his money troubles goodbye.
Mike Harwood is a loud-and-proud professional adult entertainer. In the past three years, he’s starred in dozens of films, and he’s very good at what he does. But as focused as he’s been on work, he’s neglected everything else, including his love life. He’s so used to faking attraction, he can no longer tell when something real is staring him in the face.
Josh gets the job, but when porn fails to live up to the fantasy, he quits to do cam work instead. But he can’t stop thinking about the one scene he filmed, and the captivating man he filmed it with. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Mike knows better than to mix business with pleasure. Then again, with true love on the line, this unorthodox office romance may need a second take.
About Murmur Inc.
Murmur Inc.—one of L.A.’s premier adult entertainment companies—prides itself on delivering sex that’s not only hot but high-quality. For decades, they’ve been delighting their rabid fanbase with porn with actual plots, rich fantasies, and stars that boast both good looks and business savvy. And above all else, they employ beautiful people of every shape, size, color, and orientation.
There’s no shortage of talent wandering Murmur Inc’s halls, and oddly enough, no shortage of romance simmering behind the scenes. Murmur Inc. takes mixing business with pleasure to new levels. Want an inside look at the personal lives of Murmur Inc’s hottest stars? No subscription necessary.
Cam Boy is an extremely light, funny, and fun novel, but it also deals with some major stigmas. Obviously, the entirety of the Murmur Inc. series has touched on discrimination faced by sex workers, both within the industry and elsewhere. But Cam Boy took that one step further by talking about one of the biggest taboos associated with sex work: Sexually Transmitted Infections.
In some places, I use the term STIs in my story instead of STDs because it’s more accurate. Not all STIs become diseases, or can be classified as such, so it’s a broader term that’s becoming more widely used. The difference is pretty simple: AIDS is an STD because it’s a disease, but HIV is an STI because it’s not.
In my research for this novel, two things became abundantly clear for me: one, there’s a lot people don’t know about STIs, and two, people sometimes like to pretend like they don’t exist, which doesn’t help anyone understand them better.
In my book, it was important for me to tackle this subject with realism but also without stigma. Obviously, in the fantasy context of my story, my characters could only contract an STI or STD if I wrote it, so there’s a level of safety there, but I wanted to include frank conversations about the risks that didn’t make it seem like STIs are an inevitable part of being a sex worker and/or being gay.
I also wanted to make it clear that medical science has come so far. It’s realistic to freak out when you think you might have encountered an STI, but they’re also not the death sentence they were back in the eighties. It was important for me to have my characters think to themselves, ‘Okay, so if I do have an STI, it’s not the end of the world. I can lead a healthy, long life, and this won’t mean no one will ever love me.’
Instrumental to this narrative were several friends of mine who are living with HIV, herpes, and other STIs. They helped me understand how ridiculous and outdated the stigma is, and how surprisingly often it appears. Even saying you’re “clean” instead of “negative” demonstrates a bias against people with STIs.
In short, I did my best to take a serious subject and unpack it in a fun and respectful way. When people read my books, I want them to be entertained, but I also want to impart something deeper. With this book, I think the social commentary works to add realism and show what sort of people my characters are, especially in terms of how they react to stress.
About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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