A lot of writing is autobiographical. Usually the first novel is. Hero is not my first novel.
What parts are real?
In my mind, all of it.
What is real in the concrete world?
Venice. Yes I've been.
Venice. I have kissed on a bridge in Venice.
Venice. I have had great sex in Venice.
Venice. I have fallen in love in Venice.
What of the rest? The explicit sexual details between Hero and Leander?
Yes, I've lived a lot of that.
The taboo sex?
The darker world that lurks beneath the frivolity of intimacy?
I have glimpsed it.
The Passion that breathes in every page?
Oh yes. I wrote this from the dark sinuous of my being.
Hero was written as a romance for a man. Men can handle the darkness of sexual love, indeed they often seek it. Hero is about this. About a connection that is spiritually interrupted in the physical; where depth of desire is coupled with the purity of love.
Vanilla sex is only for those who dare not truly love.