Thanks much, Jack! I so appreciate your comment, but mostly I appreciate that my characters lived through your reading.

I write a lot of fiction, but this novel is special to me. Every character is someone I once knew well.

Some of them would be shocked at the situations I put them in, though — particularly Alonzo and Esteban, who in reality are very nice people who work hard to make a living in the restaurant business.

The idea for the novel came to me as I remembered one night at Cucina when Howie, Jill, and I were drinking too much Sambuco, and teasing Raph about his slutty, ambidextrous ways.

Alonzo overheard us and did more than tease his young cousin. He really let him have it. A homophobic diatribe.

Over the next few years, I saw Alonzo soften a lot, even to the point where he would “camp it up” a little with some of the restaurant’s regulars.

So, one day I got to daydreaming about the Colombian family, just letting my imagination run wild.

This novel is what came of that.

By the way, while I feel the ending is appropriate, especially given my themes, I always hate it when authors end stories abruptly.

So, I have an epilogue coming in a couple days, set in both the story’s past and its future.

Just to tie up loose ends and let everybody know how it all wraps up.


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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