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my (our) books

Fool for Love When You Don't See Me

Someone Like You I'm Your Man

He's The One It Had To Be You

The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica Best Gay Erotica 2007

Best Gay Love Stories: New York City Best Gay Love Stories 2005

Three Fortunes In One Cookie The Deal


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Feb. 19th, 2007

dare to be stupid (

"Drayden's almost seems like a real store. It's not, is it?" - Marc, Topeka, KS.

The above question comes up every now and then in our mailbox, so I thought I'd address it here. I love that people who read the Timothy James Beck books can imagine finding Drayden's in their hometown mall. You won't, of course, because Drayden's is a product of our collective imaginations. Though we mentioned the store in previous TJB books, Drayden's didn't fully come to life until SOMEONE LIKE YOU. When the idea of setting a book entirely inside a fictitious super mall was in its infancy, we decided to make Drayden's one of the Mall of the Universe's anchor stores. To amuse myself and my cowriters I wrote an entire history of Drayden's. This was mainly a spoof of experiences from when I worked at Barneys New York and Nordstrom. Both stores required their employees to learn the history of each retail company's founding families, the Pressman and Nordstrom families respectively, and both followed up with quizes that drove home certain trivia factoids that often come up in their press releases. Because I'm from Maine, and because my family is from the Midwest, I thought, I wonder what Drayden's history is? What if I melded Barneys, Nordstrom, and L.L. Bean into one store that would cater to the midwestern farmer and his daughter? The Swedish Nordstroms inspired the Swedish Lvandssons in name and nationality only. All other likeness ends there. The Lvandssons are fictitious and hopefully bear no likeness to any Nordstrom, Pressman, or Bean family members. Barney Pressman pawned his wife's engagement ring to fund the original Barneys store. In SLY, Bjornn Henry Lvandsson's wife Greta pawned her loom. The L.L. Bean "Bean Boot" inspired the Lvandsson's "Cattle Cozy" livestock blanket that started it all. Highlights from Drayden's history were pulled for Chapter One of SLY when Derek is in training on his first day at work and meets Vienna.

Aug. 15th, 2006

let me call you sweetheart

Hal Campbell is not only a sweetheart, but has excellent timing.

Aug. 13th, 2006

give me one reason

Since Becky made reference to it in my last entry's comments, our publisher recently sent us a photocopy of a review for SOMEONE LIKE YOU that has me baffled. I'm not going to name the reviewer, or the publication in which it was published, because I don't think either deserves the attention.

First, the reviewer blatantly accuses us of writing SLY so it would be turned into a movie, or a television show. Oh, sure. Because that angle worked so well with our first three books, not to mention the other two Becky and I wrote together. And my short stories are being adapted by Oliver Stone! Because Hollywood was banging down our door, we spent a year of our lives writing and editing SLY just so it could be made into a movie. I understand that our "beach reads" have to be reviewed with a snarky attitude, because they are fluffy lighthearted entertainment. But if a reviewer feels he or she has to do this, please feel free to put us in our place by reminding us that we aren't Andrew Holleran. Compare our books and characters to his. Or Felice Picano. Or John Weir. They are brilliant writers, and I will humbly and gladly lick their boots like the hack that I am. That would be putting us in our place. Why, oh why, must we be compared to Will & Grace? That was a television show. If we published a script, I could understand. But we didn't. Maybe the reviewer doesn't understand the difference between a script and a novel.

Next, is this puzzling quote:
"Young Derek has trouble in his sugar-daddy relationship with an older (gasp, he's 27!) hotel heir, Hunter, so he takes a job at a department store where he meets Vienna, who is black for no apparent reason, and more than she seems."

Um... Can somebody explain to me what "black for no apparent reason" means? I wasn't aware that there are specific reasons for characters in a book to be black, or any other race. I'm surprised Meg wasn't "Korean for no apparent reason." For that matter, I wonder why the reviewer didn't feel it necessary to mention that Derek is white? Probably because we OBVIOUSLY only wrote the book so it would be made into a television show, and what main character on Friends or Will & Grace were black? If they were, I'm sure there would've been a darned good reason.

Maybe we should write Faizah into a chapter of TJB5 and put an Aunt Jemima 'do-rag on her head and make sure she serves fried chicken and tells a few colorful pearls of wisdom before she cleans the kitchen. You know, so there'll be an apparent reason for her to be in the book.

Aug. 1st, 2006

kind words (and a real good heart)

In Books to Watch Out For, Richard Labonte says of SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

"... the setting - the Mall of the Universe - is so darned unique. Like all of Beck’s books - rather seamlessly assembled by a quartet of writers, quite marvellously so - this one is about a quirky circle of friends, gay and straight...[SLY has] a cocked-eyebrow take on the gay mainstream that is so very refreshing in genre fiction."

May. 9th, 2006


Steve of The Queer Bibliophile read SOMEONE LIKE YOU and blogged about it. Woohoo!

Mar. 21st, 2006


Steve at The Queer Bibliofile has ordered his copy of Timothy James Beck's SOMEONE LIKE YOU.

Have you?

Mar. 17th, 2006


Hares & Hyenas, a queer bookshop in Australia, mentioned SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Timothy James Beck on the main page of their site.

"Just to tip the scales a bit for lovers of gay fiction, this month we get the fourth installment of romance from the many handed Timothy James Beck, Someone Like You."

"the many handed Timothy James Beck"...Bah hahahahaha! I love it!

Jan. 7th, 2006

I've been waiting

SOMEONE LIKE YOU is available for pre-order on, as well as on Barnes and Noble's site. Neither site has a cover image yet.

Oct. 22nd, 2005

coma? i hardly know her.

I feel like a zombie today. Or, a dog. Like River, I've done nothing today but slip in and out of consciousness and go to the bathroom. In between I've been reading the galleys for SOMEONE LIKE YOU, doing my part to copyedit. When I'm done, I think I'll have to do it all over again, just to be on the safe side, because I'm sure in my Stomach From Hell induced fog I'm probably missing a lot of errors.

Regardless, I'm enjoying the story, which is nice.

May. 22nd, 2005


I just finished looking over the copyedits for SOMEONE LIKE YOU. As I'd heard, there weren't many major edits, just tons of nit-picking by the copyeditor, who was very thorough. Which is a good thing, but also frustrating. I'm very picky when it comes to changing dialogue, and our copyeditor kept changing sentence structure within dialogue, making our characters sound like English professors. I hate that. People don't always speak grammatically correct. Hell, a lot of us don't even write that way.

Now I feel like I accomplished something today. And I didn't even have to leave the house.

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