Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thoughts with Scotty Cade

Gay for Pay

Hello Everyone. Scotty Cade here. I’m thrilled to kick “Thursday Thoughts” off today. I’m told today’s theme is “Dream.” With that said DSP asked us to have a portion of our posts include a dream sequence or a fantasy/dream of our own. Since I’m just meeting you for the first time, I'll think I stick to the dream sequence from one of my books. LOL!

This scene is from an upcoming novel of my called Acting Out, and has to do with a down on his luck recently discharged marine who get approached to enter the gay for pay industry and in desperate need of a job and money, he considers it.

I don’t think I could ever do anything like that was his last thought before he drifted off to sleep…

Eli was in his dress blues, sitting on a white leather couch, heart pumping frantically, and hands fidgeting in his lap. There were several cameras and bright lights pointing in his direction, and a flat-screen television was hanging on the wall right in front of him, starring a very large-chested woman going down on a Marine. On the table next to him was a bottle of lubricant and several neatly folded white towels. Someone yelled “Action!”
Eli stood, staring directly into the camera, and slid the release of his buckle to the left, pulling the woven cotton belt through the buckle until it was free. He slowly started to unbutton his coat, painstakingly, one brass button at a time. He let the coat slip off of his shoulders and tossed it onto the back of the couch before removing his white T-shirt and dropping it to the floor at his feet. He saw a flash out of the corner of his eye and turned to see his dog tags lying against his bare chest, reflecting the bright studio lights on the small monitor facing him. He quickly looked away, unable to watch what was unfolding right in front of him.
He sat on the edge of the couch and leaned over to untie his black patent-leather shoes, again focusing only on the camera. He pulled his left shoe off and then toed off his right, kicking them to the side before hooking his forefinger into the back of his sock. He peeled one off, then the other, and dropped them on top of his T-shirt.
He took a deep breath and stood, unhooking his trousers and stepping out of them, adding the pants to the top of the slowly accumulating pile of clothing.
A voice behind the camera yelled, “Cut,” and a blurry face instructed him to sit back down, watch the video, stick his hand down his underwear, and start working on his erection.
The same voice yelled, “Action,” and Eli sat down, leaned against the back of the couch and slid his hand down his pants. He jumped to his feet in panic and disbelief when he realized his cock was gone.

What a nightmare huh? But when you say the word “Pornography,” most people I talk to either love it or hate it. It’s rare that I find someone that doesn’t have a strong opinion on the matter. But what I’m so intrigued by is the “Gay for Pay,” sector.

When I began researching my upcoming novel Acting Out, I spent hours upon hours doing research about the “Gay for Pay,” porn industry. I forced myself to watch a lot of hot guys getting it on. But…that’s a whole other story.

Sorry! I digress. Now where was I? Oh yeah. But – the more websites I stumbled upon, the more intrigued I became. I’ve never been a porn watcher, not because I’m too much of a prude, but simply because I never really got into it. But…with that said, I perused over two dozen sites, many “military type” sites and I watched snippets of the free videos available to “looky loo’s” like me and to be blatantly honest, it was pretty apparent to this novice that only a few held true to the myth of “straight” guys having sex with other “straight” guys.

After narrowing it down to a few porn sites, because they seemed legitimate and because the guys did pre and post video interviews, I bought trial memberships and settled in for a binge watch. What I saw amazed the hell out of me. They were actually real “straight” guys having gay sex with other “straight” guys. The thing that was so blatantly obvious was that these showed no emotion what so ever. They were going through the motions, doing any and everything, but there was no real lust or affection between them. No noticeable connection between them at all. And…that got the old wheels a turning.

So I started previewing the many videos each of these sites had to offer, but more importantly, I listened intently to the interviews where the guys talked about themselves and why they did what they did. I was amazed at the camaraderie between the men, all supporting one another and at the same time teasing one another mercifully. With each interview I learned more and more about what made these men tick. Much to my surprise, many of them were married with small children and many had girlfriends. It was clear that they were doing what they had to do to put food on the table.

After gravitating to a couple of guys in particular, I watched every video for each of them. Sometimes together, sometimes with other guys, but I instantly like these two men and were drawn to them and their story. Or…at least what I could piece together from watching their interviews and putting together all the little tidbits they dropped during each interview. Alone they were just tidbits, but linked together painted a pretty clear picture. They seemed open and honest and genuinely humble. These are the two men who inspired my main characters, Elijah Preston and Hamish Turner.

In my quests to get this story as accurate as possible, I decided to have Eli, who is down on his luck and just entering the world of “gay for pay” porn quiz Hamish, one of the “experienced” guys on why he does what he does.

Eli turned to Hamish. “Now can I ask you something?”
Hamish nodded.
“Are you gay?”
Hamish chuckled.
“Not that I care what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom,” Eli clarified.
“No. I’m not gay.”
“Then how do you do it?” Eli asked, meeting Hamish’s eyes.
Hamish broke the gaze and turned to look out over the water. “There’s not really a short answer to that question,” he said. “But the gist of it is that all us guys feel like we are in this together. We do what we have to do to support ourselves and our families. And we try to support one another.”
“But to have sex with another guy,” Eli said.
“Listen,” Hamish added. “A blowjob is a blowjob, and a warm hole is a warm hole. Once you get over the taboo of having sex with another man, realize that sex is sex and it’s all the same, you’re home free.”
“Its really hard to wrap my head around, but I’ll take your word for it,” Eli said.
Hamish looked back at Eli. “Seriously, I felt the same way you did when Royce propositioned me. But once you get here and get to know the guys, it almost becomes like a club you want to be part of. Almost like the feeling of being a marine, like being a part of something bigger than you. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s how it was for me and for most of the other guys as well.”
This time Eli turned away and stared out over the water as if he might find the answers out there.
Hamish continued, “Most guys are here because they can’t find work and are doing what they have to do to support themselves and/or their families. I don’t know about you, but I have to admire that dedication.”
Eli thought about what Hamish said and decided he agreed. “I do too,” he said.
“The guys here feel like we are all in this together, and it makes it easier on each and every one of us. In the end, we’re all doing the same things for mostly the same reasons. You know.” Hamish said. “We have this unspoken agreement among us that no one should feel isolated and ashamed for doing what they have to do to take care of themselves or the people they love.”
Eli glanced at Hamish again and their eyes met. “You get where I’m coming from?” Hamish asked.
“I do,” Eli admitted. “I just don’t know if I can do it.”
“Of course you can,” Hamish assured him. “If you want to. The biggest hurdle we all had to face was simply believing that having sex with another man doesn’t define you as gay.”
Hamish paused, then spoke again. “As I said before, I’m not gay, I hate labels and I’ve always strived to live and let live. But up until I joined this elite group of men I hadn’t even considered having sex with another man.”
“And now?” Eli asked.
“It took me a couple of months to get comfortable with everything,” Hamish said, looking up at the stars, “but if I was forced to stick a label on my back, I would now categorize myself as a bisexual.”
“Does that mean you enjoy sex with men?” Eli asked.
“Sometimes,” Hamish admitted. “It’s like a regular job. Some days you enjoy your work some days you don’t, and sometimes you get along better with one coworker versus another. It’s really no different. There are guys I enjoy being with more than others, but it’s a job and you can’t pick and choose. I mean, if I refused to do a scene with a certain guy, no one would make me. But again, it’s our unspoken code of ethics that keeps us all together.”
“Wow!” Eli said, shaking his head. “I didn’t see that coming.”

So, as you can see Eli is struggling with if he can really pull any of this off and actually have sex with another man.

Here are few links that interested me.

This topic continues to intrigue me long after the book has been put to bed, no pun intended, but not for the reasons you may think. I’m mostly amazed at the camaraderie between the guys. They respect and support one another and never judge and in the end, again with puns, isn’t that what we all want???

Be sure to look for Acting Out, available in September 2014 from Dreamspinner Press.

Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy the Lambert’s Cove Inn, Farm & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of seventeen years.   He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but only a few years ago for publication.  When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side.  Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, most of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there.  He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

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  1. HI Scotty, Great post, Gay for Pay is a world I really know nothing about. When will your latest book Acting Out be available for Pre-order?

    1. Good Morning Ardent eReader. Acting Out will be available for pre-order in early September. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by. XXOO Scotty

  2. Aloha Scotty. Wow. What an interesting blog. I had no idea. I was also struck by the support and the doing what they had to do for their families. Given that I wrote yesterday about we women loving gay porn. It's adds another dimension to it all.

    Thanks so much for the blog. And I enjoyed your writing style too. You've got an easy reading style and sharp dialogue. I'd love to read some of your books too. I'm a HEA and committed loving relationship writer and reader too.

    Loved it. Thanks and aloha Meg. :-)

    1. You two are all kinds of thought provoking this week! Thanks for classing up our little blog!

    2. Lol. Ohh thanks Shawny. :-). Thanks for having me in here. I've loved it. :-).

      Aloha Meg. :-)

    3. Aloha Meg, As I said in the post. It took me totally by surprise. I could see the mutual respect the guys had for one another and for what they were committed to doing. And thank you so much for the kind words about my work. I love creating stories about adult men, who act like me (most of the time). XXOO Scotty

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I love your books.

    1. Thank you Anonymous. Please drop me an e,mail at and let me know what you think after you;ve read it and thanks fort you continued support. XXOO Scotty

  4. What a great and thought provoking post. Love the post for this week, lots of food for thought.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you will pick up a copy of Acting Out and if you do, please let me know what you think about it. XXOO Scotty