Today I am so pleased to welcome Pezhmun D. Ghiassi to Joyfully Jay. Ghiassi has come to talk to us about his latest release, The Handsome Twist. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!
Ghiassi has written some questions and answers to share with us today.
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
I was 14 and my inspiration was a major battle between the forces of good and demons, I have always had a nick for fiction
Do you have a writing schedule, or do you just write when you can find the time?
No specific schedule, whenever I have time or it’s flowing
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
Considering The Handsome Twist series stories are based on reality and my own life experiences, in order to transform it to fiction mode I allow epiphanies to naturally come to me. In other words I never look for anything.
Where did the desire to write LGBT romance come from?
The desire to write a romantic tale in the LGBTQ area came from being a gay man who once fell hardly in love.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
I didn’t do any research because all the events in my story have been based on actual occurs in my life.
The Handsome Twist is a dark fairy tale inspired by the author’s actual life, being raised in Iran as a gay male, which for many who don’t know, is equivalent to the death penalty. Due to tackling topics such as perverse behavior, taboo lust, political oppression, maltreatment, rape and homicide, in high volume of vulgar language, this book is aimed for the mature audience.
Living his sweetest life in a cozy cottage, deep in the heart of a magical forest, a little boy by the name Pezhmun is cursed on his 10th birthday by the 1st royal subject of Hell, queen of lust, to live a life full of horrific trauma and tragedy.
In the rudest awakening he is stripped from his chakras as they take human form, helping him to truly comprehend the power of love, through self acceptance and courage, where only then he meets his soulmate, but hopefully in time to save the world from plunging into eternal darkness.
This story points to topics in which many of people who grow up LGBTQ, usually face throughout the journey of self discovery and self acceptance with a hope of inspiring all to be there true organic selves.
The Handsome Twist simple edition is written in a more comprehensive manner for all to read without difficulty in comparison to the sophisticated, prosaic and poetic original version.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Raised in Iran, Ghiassi is a renaissance in the field of art! At the age 10 after the separation of his parents he along with his father and sister moved to Iran. He soon began school in a Farsi language school and easily became adapted. In his teen years he discovered himself a dilatent in the field of art by sowing clothing, painting, dancing and high school plays. Ghiassi is a graduate with a BA in Persian literature. At the age 24 he returned to America, served as a US Marine reservist and soon found himself obsessed with writing and a brilliant outlet to manage his heavy luggage of trauma and pain. He currently now resides in Southern California, studying film and directing as an actors student in hopes to one day transform The Handsome into a full length feature.
Ghiassi has brought a copy of The Handsome Twist to give away to one lucky reader on the tour. Follow the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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