With fewer of the big publishing houses making a concerted effort to produce new gay fiction, I’m happy to see Seventh Window Publications, founded by Ken Harrison, focusing on that market. Authors such as Drake Braxton, Eric Arvin, Jeffrey Ballam, Xavier Axelson and G.L. Roberts , among others, have found a home at Seventh Window, and the imprint has many titles in the pipeline. Ken Harrison graciously sat down with me recently to talk about the state of publishing, gay books, and some of Seventh Window’s upcoming titles.
Ken, I appreciate your taking the time to chat! First, how did Seventh Window Publications come to be?
I started out as a writer, and Seventh Window began when I realized that I didn’t want to write. That’s a strange realization, mostly because even as a child, I had always wanted to be a writer. But once I started to get published, I realized that I had to be out there, front and center, seen and heard. Which is was not what I wanted. But I could not leave the work that I love, so I began Seventh Window, which allows me to pursue my passion in a way which fits me personally.
How do you see Seventh Window fitting into the larger publishing landscape? What role do you see Seventh Window playing?
Some of the most exciting fiction comes from the small press. A small press will take chances, mostly because a small press is usually working for the sheer love of publishing. When a small press finds a book they like, it doesn’t try to fit it into a mold, but embraces it for what it is.
What kind of work appeals to you?
Myself, I like dark romance. You know, stories about people falling in love that you wouldn’t normally think of as typical romance. Because of this I’ve published authors such as Xavier Axelson, Drake Braxton, and GL Roberts. These authors created stories about people who have been hurt by life and somehow still find a reason to love, which I find inspiring. There’s something about an author who is willing to show a character with very few—if any—positive influences in their lives, yet finding the positive, finding love.
Are you yourself a romantic?