Which means we've had to describe just what's in the tin. But sometimes, describing what's on the tin can provide as much accurate information as it can inaccurate assumptions.
So here's the deal: Evergreen is an interracial, bisexual, polyamorous, Hollywood, holiday romance.
Try saying that five times fast.
The thing is, that sentence isn't enough. So now we're going to break it down for you.
First of all, that sentence doesn't give you the plot. Evergreen is about a man who goes home to New York City visit his parents for Christmas and is confronted by the ways in which his web of local relationships has changed since last he was there. When he seeks advice from other friends and lovers, they're -- sometimes literally -- tied up with their own pursuits.
Secondly, that one sentence blurb on Evergreen's diversity can be misleading. Because we don't mean interracial as it exists in a fetishized category in pornography. We mean the story contains several characters of color, some of whom are dating each other and some of whom are dating white people. Because Torquere Press is about "Romance for the Rest of Us" we want readers to know that our story contains characters who might look like them.
Next, the word bisexual is also tricky here. Again, we don't mean the fetishizing porn category. We mean our main protagonist is a bisexual man who is engaged to a woman. Who is also bisexual. And the story showcases their relationships with each other and with other people.
Which brings us to the polyamory. And this is where things get complicated. Yup, two bisexual people who are non-monogamous in relationships with each other and other people. Whenever Erin and I write things like this, there's often this sense of needing to defend it. Not all bisexual people are poly. Certainly, our bisexual characters aren't poly because they're bisexual, but simply because they are poly. They are doing what works for them, and in the larger series, we also have bisexual characters who are monogamous. Besides, Evergreen isn't all about bisexual characters. It's also got a lesbian, some gay men, and an asexual guy.
The reality is that when we talk about "Romance for the Rest of Us" some people are going to be monogamous and some people aren't. The dramas in our stories aren't always reflective of the people we know, but the diversity of orientations and relationship styles is. These characters aren't there for the sake of diversity, but for the sake of the story, and we just happen to think stories are easier to tell well when they contain characters with not only lots of shared experiences, but lots of different experiences too.
Now, back to breaking down that description. We're on to Hollywood. This is where things get hilarious. Because yes, this series is about Los Angeles, and our main character in Evergreen is a television star. But this story takes place in New York! We may make movies here, but it's very much not Hollywood. Who else is fascinated by how a place can become a genre?
Next to last, we've got holiday. We think that one is pretty clear. But Evergreen is less a story about the winter holidays and more a story that just happens to take place during them.
Finally, romance. This is a romance. This is about learning to love people the way they need to be loved. It's about communication. It's about recognizing what's been right there in front of you all along. And it's about taking what you can get and wanting your happiness to be shared.
We hope you'll enjoy this story we've shared with you.
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