Yaoi Books by KB Forrest

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About KB Forrest

Kb Forrest is a historian and folklorist, who has traveled the world in the pursuit of tales. He was raised in New York City, but from childhood was attracted to the simple country life. After receiving a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, he worked for some time as a professor. The long hours of research gave birth to the desire to bring the tales of the world to readers. Sometimes he imagined situations set in these wild and wonderful stories of the past. Kb became convinced that a career in writing was one that would be fulfilling and allow him to farm as well. Finally settling in Mississippi on a large farm, he writes and farms the land. He raises Brahman cattle because they are interesting as an ancient breed. Images of this kind of cattle, also called Zebu, were found on Indus Valley clay seals dating from 2500 BCE. Their long, fleshy dewlaps and pendulous ears, which act to dissipate the heat, allow them to live in hot areas. Dharmaraj, better known as Vinnie, is the herd alpha bull. He was allowed to retain his horns, making him look quite like his ancestors of long ago. Kb raises many exotic birds. Proud peacocks strut around the barnyard, as envious Chinese golden pheasants pace in their spacious runs. Swans dip their long necks into the water of the two large ponds on the property, which is also a wildlife refuge. The farm is home to deer, quail, wild turkeys, wild hogs, coyotes, owls, blue herons, and too many other creatures to mention. A hundred acres is carefully cultivated to provide a home for these many creatures, while the balance is farmed. Kb finds the peaceful farm to be a wonderful source of inspiration and peace.

Vinnie

Read my tribute to my first dog friends: A Tribute to Tigran and Pompom

What is Yaoi?

Yaoi is a genre of fiction originating in Japan. It had its beginnings in manga, Japanese comics, and in anime, but now many authors are expanding it to full-fledged novel-sized works. It is very difficult to explain what Yaoi really is, and perhaps only its fans can appreciate it. Yaoi stories are much like traditional romance, with the exception that it is love between two males; in short, gay love. It explores the beauty of these relationships and their development. It is important to point out; however, that Yaoi is very different from the m x m genre of writing. Many are surprised to find that Yaoi is written mainly for women, and most Yaoi authors are women. This is not always the case; as you will see, for KB Forrest is quite gay, and quite taken by everything Yaoi.

Getting back to the question of why women like Yaoi, I think that aside from the fact that the men are extremely romantic and cute, Yaoi stories exemplify the notion that male homosexual relations are of a higher order than are heterosexual relations. Women enjoy it for many reasons. One of these reasons may be that two societal taboos intersect in Yaoi: homosexuality, and women's freedom of sexual expression. Another reason is that it offers a fantasy-type release from the sometimes onerous heterosexual male. If one considers it, heterosexual relationships are fraught with male x female hierarchical difficulties. Females bear the burden of inequalities inherent in heterosexual relationships. Women would like to imagine a world where men feel emotions similar to what women feel. When a male in a Yaoi story feels tender love for his incredibly sexy and cute lover, and his lover returns that love; then it makes for a beautiful romance. Many women have a weakness for these characters because they are tough, yet sweet. They are all incredibly cute, and they feel true love untainted by distaste for the lover's different body. Yaoi is fantasy, but it can include occult, adventure, romance - there are no limitations; however, the love between the main characters is essential and is the force that moves the story.

My Yaoi

I love Yaoi, but most of it appears in manga, Japanese comics. This means that they are short and thus, without much substance. Although I love them, find I need more! A few Yaoi novels have appeared, but many of them have shallow plots and are also quite short. My Yaoi novels are longer. I have tried to incorporate exotic and well-researched details to please the educated and curious, with sex taken to levels that will titillate and excite even the jaded reader. You will read scenes containing explicit sex, yet it is sweet, not raunchy. My characters are monogamous and they do nothing illegal, such as loli-shota, under-age relationships, or heavy S&M. Use our forum to discuss Yaoi manga and novels. Let us know what you would like to read, and maybe we can make your dreams come true! KB

Interview with KB Forrest

Editor: "Where do you get your ideas?"

KB: "I am interested in all kinds of cultures and myths. I research my material well, because readers like authentic stories. Several of my themes have to do with these old myths. My intense love of Japanese manga and anime allowed me to examine just how many old myths come into modern Japanese entertainment. Knowing these myths adds to one's pleasure when reading work so steeped in old culture and traditions. I was also intrigued by the Samurai culture, where older men took young men under their care to instruct them in the art of fighting. They were also most often lovers, as we find in the case of the Greeks. The thing I find very refreshing about the way Japanese people deal with sex is that they bind less moral implications on it. In the case of Yaoi, the love between two men or boys is often very pure and sweet. Although it would be unrealistic to say that the Japanese are accepting of homosexuality, they view it in a very different manner; that is, it doesn't hold so much of the social stigma we find in American society. It is strange that Americans are perceived by much of the world to have very loose morals, yet in some ways, the underlying Christian fundamentalism in our country makes us the most prudish people on the planet. This makes it difficult for gays and lesbians, who endure so much prejudice and injustice."

Editor: "You mention your Native American storytelling heritage. Can you tell us more about that?"

KB: "I am part of the Taino tribe, which has its base in Puerto Rico. My great aunt was a witch, and several members of my family have the ability to "see" visions and dreams. More important is storytelling, an ancient art in my family. I have told stories for my entire life, and this is why I was attracted to the study of myth and folklore."

Editor: "What advice do you have for aspiring authors?"

KB: "Write, write, write. It is the only way to improve."

Editor: "Will you expand your genres?"

KB: "Yes. I am writing standard romance, fantasy, and thrillers."

Editor: "Tell me about your dog, Rappy. You mentioned that she is your familiar."

KB: "Indeed. She is very special. I believe we have been together for many lifetimes."

Editor: "Thank you for your time."

KB: "You are quite welcome."

You can contact KB Forrest through out "Ask Dr. Forrest" page, or personally at kb@yaoi-books.com.
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