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Kaje Harper

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I live in Minnesota (where the two seasons are snow removal and road-repair, and the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it is so beautiful you can't breathe for gazing at it). I have been writing for longer than I care to admit, and currently am focused on writing m/m romance. I have an interview from Sept 2012 on Reviews by Jessewave for those who are interested.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. This was the first thing I had submitted anywhere and I was thrilled when it was accepted. There are now three free short stories, and three more novels in the Life Lessons series.

My free Smashwords book was the first thing that actually released - I put it up a month...more


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Kaje Harper I haven't had a lot of negative feedback for the M/M in my books, probably because they're fairly clearly positioned and tagged as gay, so they're not…moreI haven't had a lot of negative feedback for the M/M in my books, probably because they're fairly clearly positioned and tagged as gay, so they're not often read by someone homophobic. I did have a couple here and there - someone on Amazon said they couldn't get past the awful first page that had two men in bed together. (I think Mac and Tony kissed on page, before getting up.) And I've had a few emails or messages from people who hate all things LGBT. Those comments I usually set aside and don't dignify with an answer. You can't force a closed mind open, and anyone who would be influenced by those people's opinions is not likely to enjoy my books anyway.

Occasionally I've responded in some discussion context, with a statement of my belief that any kind of mature, mutual love in the world makes it a better place for all of us. But arguing with strangers about beliefs is seldom useful. I instead appreciate the readers I've had who say one of my stories was their first M/M but won't be the last. Every person who does come to appreciate a love story that isn't between a straight man and a straight woman adds to the LGBT allies and the expanding pool of acceptance.

The other thing I sometimes get, related to the M/M content, is people who think something about the way I've written a gay couple is unrealistic. Sometimes that's just one person's opinion. (I've had two different gay men express exactly opposite opinions for the same thing they thought was "unrealistic".) Sometimes I do have it wrong, or at least not right, and I try to do better next time.

I used to get very flustered and mad at myself with that kind of criticism. I'm aware that I'm expropriating an experience and culture that is not my own. I try to do it in a plausible way, since realism is one of my writing goals, and I hate when I don't get it right. But now I am aware that sometimes the commenter, even if it is a gay man, is expressing his own experience and not always a universal truth. And if in fact I screwed something up, I'm trying to let myself be fallible and vow not to mess the same thing up again. (There are, after all, an infinite number of new mistakes waiting for me to make them.)

I've actually been amazingly fortunate in the majority of my reviewers, who focus on the positives in the stories, and make publishing them fun.(less)
Kaje Harper How don't I get inspired, is more like it. I swear, show me a picture, give me the line of a song, ask for a romance between a bee-keeper and a…moreHow don't I get inspired, is more like it. I swear, show me a picture, give me the line of a song, ask for a romance between a bee-keeper and a hot-air balloonist, and a story pops to mind. Maybe not a great story, but something. Way, way too many ideas and too little time.

Now, if you ask how I get inspired to edit what I've already written, that's a trickier question. I'd say lots of chocolate, hot tea, an editor with a nice long whip, and reading my bad reviews... and it still gets put off as much as I can get away with. Like, right now, I'm supposed to be editing, but am I?? (less)
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This weekend I've been preparing to attend the Gay Rom Lit retreat at the end of next week. This now-annual event brings together writers and readers of gay romance to talk about and celebrate the stories and the genre. We have discussions, parties, book readings and more. I'll have an Author's Lounge event on Thursday at noon, and a Question and Answer session on Friday at 9 AM. I'm looking f... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: In <i>Life Lessons</i>, MPD detective Mac and high school teacher Tony decided that a relationship in the closet was worth the difficulties involved. Now they are briefly separated by Tony's trip home for the Christmas holidays. On the Florida beach, Tony contemplates the joys and stresses of a hidden relationship, while in the snows of Minnesota Mac tackles a murder case that hits close to home. And in the evening, over the phone, they try to touch each other with words.
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“That's part of being gay, you know. It's not just who you want in bed. It's who your emotional relationships are with the other twenty-three hours of the day, whose arms you want around you when life hands you shit.”
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“I know you're not looking for a relationship, or even a fuck buddy, but...are you looking for anything that I can be?”
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“Sometimes when you live with one man for more than half your life, you stop really seeing him. Not stop loving him. That center-of-my-heart kind of love doesn't go away. But really paying attention gets submerged in the stupid details of day to day life.”
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BeCullen Hey Kaje, I have recently read you Life Lessons series and absolutely love Mac/Tony. I don't know what your future plans are for writing, but I would like to ask/beg/bribe? lol for more of these two. Seriously, though, love your writing and these characters. Great job.


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Kaje Harper Miȿђƴʝѻ wrote: "I'm your 1000th fan. WOOT!"

That's excellent :) It's kind of unbelievable, but thank you for pushing me over the mark!


MiʂħүJѻ (Cory's Forever) I'm your 1000th fan. WOOT!


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Kaje Harper OMG, fun. You can just tell the cat is saying, "I'll put up with this for a few minutes, because it is the Fourth, but then this bow tie is toast..."


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Anna  Matsuyama


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Kaje Harper Aw, that is so sweet :) Thanks for the dose of cuteness!


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Janice Thanks for accepting. Thanks for Tony & Mac. And a rather belated, but sincere thank you for the great conversations at GRL.


MiʂħүJѻ (Cory's Forever) Thanks! I look forward to hanging out more on GR.


Matthew (Matty) Are you thinking of doing any Sole Support sequels? That was one of my favorite books I read last year.


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Elci  Woo Hoo!! Congrats in winning Best Free Story in the MM Romance Awards.


Matthew (Matty) I recommended your Life Lessons series to a friend :)


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Anna  Matsuyama Happy New Year!




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Anna  Matsuyama Merry Xmas!




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Kaje Harper Nila wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friend request. May there be many more awesome figure skaters in our futures."

Indeed. My daughter doesn't skate much now, but she still tracks down good new people for me to watch. I'll have to find her recent favorites...

Ah yes, Mayo Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu


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Nila Thanks for accepting the friend request. May there be many more awesome figure skaters in our futures.


Dillon  Clay  Asher Kaje, thanx for accepting my friend request :)


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Fraulyn I wish you have a facebook.


message 57: by Susan

Susan Kaje! I must've had my head buried in the sand! I just noticed you'll be at GRL...as an AUTHOR!!!! Gah! YES! So glad. Looking forward to meeting you there! :)


message 56: by Andrew

Andrew I think I'm going to very much enjoy the picture prompt part! Be assured that I'm going to go through all of the stuff in the group. Thanks again XD


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Andrew Thank you Kaje for helping! You are the best :D


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Andrew Hello! Does the group have a Love is Write kinda section??


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Andrew An octopus...wow. Have you read it? Is it in the weird department of m/m romance? LOL


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Andrew Wow. You'd be the first! An underwater shape- shifter romance! Although I'm having a hard time imagining it.


message 51: by Andrew

Andrew How could I not accept the invite with that awesome answer? LOL


Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Thanks for the cake Kaje, :D


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Lolita thank you for accepting my friendship:)


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StellaR Kaje wrote: "StellaR wrote: "Hi Kaje, I thank you for accepting ;) love your Mac and Tony ❤ Home Work is all I got left, hope there's more :p"

Thanks :) Book 4 is in editing."


Am so excited! :)) yay


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Kaje Harper StellaR wrote: "Hi Kaje, I thank you for accepting ;) love your Mac and Tony ❤ Home Work is all I got left, hope there's more :p"

Thanks :) Book 4 is in editing.


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StellaR Hi Kaje, I thank you for accepting ;) love your Mac and Tony ❤ Home Work is all I got left, hope there's more :p


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Anna  Matsuyama Thanks for accepting FR.
Happy Easter, Kaje! :)


Michelle Thank you for the add. I have really enjoyed discovering your books. Tony and Mac's story is wonderful and I can't wait to keep reading.


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Susan Thanks! I joined the group because of all your posts! :) Looking forward to reading the shorts!


message 42: by BJ

BJ I just re-read the present you gave me for Christmas last year <3 Still gets me... Thank you again... I'm REALLY looking forward to meeting you irl :)


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Kaje Harper Anthony wrote: "Congrats on your 1,000th rating on Breaking Cover and soon, The Rebuilding Year. Just read about it! xx"

Thank-you!! It is so freaking cool that people like the books and continue to read them a year after the release :)


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Anthony Paull Congrats on your 1,000th rating on Breaking Cover and soon, The Rebuilding Year. Just read about it! xx


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Sara Thank you for the accept Kaje! :D


Aleksandr Voinov Hi Kaje - I can't believe we weren't. :)


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Kaje Harper Tina wrote: "Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to the comments on your post over at C&D!"

It was cool that people stopped by. I appreciated the opportunity.


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Tina Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to the comments on your post over at C&D!


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Kaje Harper Shahreen wrote: "Thanks for the add!! Can't wait for Life Lessons 3 btw :D"

I sent the proofed ms in today *crosses fingers* should get a release date very soon.


Shahreen Thanks for the add!! Can't wait for Life Lessons 3 btw :D


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Kaje Harper My daughter sent me a link to this picture, and it made me think of books with kids in them, and then I started reading Keeping Promise Rock, again, and now my whole day has been spent with Crick and Deacon, and little Parry Angel, and I'm not sorry.

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Kaje Harper Thanks! My editor is a busy lady, but I'm hoping we'll get there soon.


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Bogusia Hi Kaje, thanks for adding me to your friends list.I can't wait until Life Lessons 3 is out. Looking forward to it :)


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Torsten Thanks for the add :)


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Kaje Harper jeayci wrote: "Thanks for the invite! I rarely ask authors because I'm afraid of being a pushy reader :)"

Yeah, I've had that with other folks; neither of us wants to look pushy and it takes about six months before one of us says, "Why the hell aren't we "friends" yet?"


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Jess Candela Thanks for the invite! I rarely ask authors because I'm afraid of being a pushy reader :)


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Dani Alexander Kaje wrote: "Ah, that's good (probably was my own insecurities talking.)"

LOL I'm not sure how people like us ever have anyone to talk to, which is odd, since we both seem to be talkers(typers?).

Kaje wrote: "Kindles - could be profitable"

Unless you have a thick skull *grin*


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Kaje Harper Dani wrote: "LOL I hope I said I always accept =D not reject. omg I don't think i could reject anyone ever. Even the ones who wanted to throw my book at my head =D. (maybe the ones that wanted to throw their Ki..."

Ah, that's good (probably was my own insecurities talking.) I haven't had people shower me with Kindles - could be profitable, that. Thanks for accepting :)


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