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We know what you're thinking. A FAQ page? Who do they think they are? It's not like they're Famous Author Rob Byrnes! Yeah, yeah yeah. You're absolutely right. We know who we are, and we know who we aren't. But some of you don't, judging by the email we get. IT HAD TO BE YOU was published in 2001. Since then, we've received a lot of email, and a lot of the same questions are asked over and over. This isn't to say we're trying to cut down on the email that we receive. On the contrary, keep 'em coming. We love to hear what you have to say, and we love to write back. We just thought it would be fun to compile a FAQ page and come up with some informative and witty answers. Plus, we're between books and we don't have a lot to do right now. Enjoy!

These questions from readers have been answered randomly by the TJB Authors. Links will open in a new window. Answers in window may appear larger than they actually are. Do not feed the TJB authors.

  • How did you meet?
  • No, seriously. How did you meet?
  • How do multiple authors write together when they live in different cities?
  • How old is Blaine Dunhill?
  • Are your books really fiction? Was one of you ever a female impersonator?
  • Does it bother you to be called a gay writer or to have your work referred to as gay fiction?
  • Are you single?
  • How did you get an agent/publisher?
  • The first three TJB novels center around the same group of characters. The fourth book is about new characters and is set outside New York. Why?
  • Have you ever thought about writing a Nick book? A Martin book? Will you write a book from Sheila's point of view?
  • Are you political?
  • Who are the people on your book covers?
  • Do you feel you're perpetuating a gay stereotype by describing many of your characters as handsome or as having great bodies?
  • How come your characters have great apartments in Manhattan even when they don't have a lot of money?
  • I have a story idea for you to use. (AKA, You should write about me.)
  • I wrote a story; will you read it and tell me what you think?
  • Why do you use a pseudonym?
  • Are there three TJB writers, or four?
  • One of the TJB writers is a straight woman. Why does she write fiction about gay men?
  • Does it bother you to be called "gay lite," "fluff," or "a beach read?"
  • Are there any plans to make a movie or TV series from your books?
  • What books do you like to read?
  • Do you have careers other than writing?
  • Are your books making you lots of money?
  • What makes them satisfying?
  • Why are I'M YOUR MAN and SOMEONE LIKE YOU available only in paperback?
  • What are some advantages to writing collaboratively? Disadvantages?
  • Do you consciously choose to show that your characters are having safer sex?
  • Does it bother you to be compared to Armisted Maupin?
  • How's Adam?
  • How can I get my novels signed by all four of you?

  • Snail Mail Timothy James Beck at P.O. Box 131845, Houston, TX. 77219.
    If you'd like your TJB novels signed, send them to this address with $3.00 shipping and handling.

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    Timothy James Beck is represented by Alison J. Picard, Literary Agent. email:


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