The Mind of Matt

Since 1961

Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day, the annual commemoration of the 1973 March on Washington. So I’m coming out… as a writer, that is.

My newest novel, Love at Second Sight, is now available. This is my first 100% gay-themed story, and a radical departure from my previous works, all set in Louisiana during the 1970s. I wanted to write about a civilized place for a change. This story is a re-imagination of a concept I originally came up with about thirty years ago, a short story I posted to a gay Bulletin Board System (BBS) in 1991, around the time I met my best friend and roommate Jim..

This story takes place in the Twin Cities closer to the present day, beginning on June 26, 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality.

Not everybody is happy about the ruling, and no one is more acutely aware of this than Adam Weiser, because he knows what people really think. He’s a telepath. But one local church, a local version of Westboro Baptist, is mad enough to kill. Three young members, the grandsons of the pastor, attack Adam and a new-found friend on Pride Sunday night. His friend is killed, and Adam is beaten within inches of his life. Steve, a dedicated gay police sergeant, volunteers to take the case, because he’s always had a crush on Adam. Working together in search of justice, their feelings for each other deepen. But only Adam knows this, and if it’s going to happen, he’s going to have to tell the sergeant his deep dark secret.

Because of its local setting, I’ve made several references to our local Pride celebration, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and The Saloon throughout the text. The book is dedicated to them. They’ve been my support through my years battling cancer. I’m here to tell this story because of them.

To celebrate the book’s release, I’m making the Kindle™ version available for free on October 11th. Download it here. If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download reader software for your computer or mobile device here. If you want a copy you’ll still be able to read after the downfall of technology, you can buy it in paperback, too.

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