a peek into my teenage psyche from Avery Duran Author of Matzo Ball part of Sexy to Go Gay Romance
I’m a voracious reader, growing up I could usually be found with my face in a book. What many didn’t know was that I wrote as well. Poetry, horror, romance – whatever inspired me at any given moment went on paper.

For a peek into my teenage psyche, here are a couple of Haiku poems I found in an old journal. I was probably listening to The Smiths and wearing a Benetton sweater while I wrote them.

The white of the snow
Melts to reveal the brown grass
No birds are chirping

My Sister the Tattletale
Walkman playing loud
Can’t hear my parents talking
Guess I’m in trouble

As life got busy, there was little time to write and it fell to the wayside. A few years ago I discovered M/M romance and was inspired me to pick up my pen again. I loved the character driven storylines, the freedom to write without judgement, the ability to smash stereotypes. Support from the online community encouraged me to put on my big girl panties and submit something for publication, and wouldn’t you know it – I got published!

Matzo Ball was released by a now defunct publisher in 2015. Although the closing of the company was disheartening, it enabled me to say I was a published author. As my first foray into publishing, it was an invaluable learning experience and helped me to make some new friends. Fortunately, this sweet and sexy story about two gay men finding love at a straight singles mixer was re-released on April 1st as part of the Sexy to Go Anthology.

Sexy to Go Gay Romance with Matzo Ball by Avery DuranWhen Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?

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