J.C. Knudson – Living the Difference

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Living the Difference: an enlightening story revealed for people of all ages straight or gay

I am gay and live the difference, bringing my experiences to Memoir of Being Gay in America. I am an author on a mission to educate the world’s population about understanding and accepting people who are gay. Living the Difference is an important resource for young gay men living with fear, shame or self-loathing; or for anyone coming to terms with a friend or family member’s coming out. I told my story not to shock, offend or “convert” anyone, but simply to lay out a roadmap for acceptance.

The book lights a candle against the darkness of ignorance. Editorial reviews of my book call Living the Difference “a fascinating journey no gay author has been able to capture to date,” “conquering the final frontier of bigotry and ignorance,” and “filled with love, hate, joy, sorrow and much more.” Most recent review said my book is “remarkably under-sensationalized,” praising my honest storytelling style that leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. Living the Difference lifts the curtain on the so-called “gay lifestyle,” revealing a human portrait that resonates regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It’s a portrait of success, of meaning, and of hope.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was raised in South Dakota and Oklahoma. An entrepreneur and small businessman, I hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. I am the parent of two adopted sons with my ex-wife; today, I live with my partner in Oklahoma City. Living the Difference is the first in a planned series. I blog at http://www.thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com.

What inspired you to write this book?

My desire to help others (parents, gay children, gay adults, friends of gays, etc.), as well as assist in wiping out the ignorance on homosexuality in society today!

How did you choose the title?

Homosexuals are different and I am living proof you can live a great life being a homosexual!

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published?

Finding a publisher I could trust with my story.

How did you overcome them?

Persistence.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

After taking an English lit. class in college.

How did you get started?

With poetry (published on three different occasions) and then business writing as a CFO of different companies.

Do you have any writing rituals?

No, just when the juices flow!

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

It’s an autobiography, so that part was easy!

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?

Definitely.

What?

That the hardest part of the process comes after publication, with that part being the promotion!

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Start writing at an earlier age!

What types of books do you like to read?

Non-fiction.

Who are your favorite authors?

Ben Franklin & Other famous historians.

Are you working on your next book?

Yes.

What can you tell us about it?

It’s a sequel to this book.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Never give up!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Anyone wanting to know about homosexuality and the mus-conception in today’s society.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My author’s web page at http://www.outskirtspress.com/livingthedifference
Recent press release: http://www.prlog.org/10912636