When I handed the first draft of Gaysia to my poor publisher and editor Chris Feik, it was comically bloated and messy. From memory, it was over 100,000 words, which is roughly the size of a standard PhD thesis. I’ve never been a writer prone to “writer’s block”, but am pretty susceptible to what I like to call “writer’s diarrhoea”. What can I say? I go a little overboard.
|A picture from Ben's travels in India|
After months of paring-down, cutting-back, refining and amputating the beast, we finally have this yellow book with my mug plastered all over it, packed with odd stories you still couldn’t make up: transsexual women sent to the military; moneyboys in gay nudist records; lesbians sham-marrying gay men; and one Indian yogi who claims stretching can cure homosexuality. (Your tight hamstrings? They’re making you gay.) Welcome to Gaysia.
Gaysia is out now in print and ebook formats. Find out more on the Black Inc. website.