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About J.M. Snyder

I've been writing all my life. After college, I began to actively pursue publication, but found it hard to break into print. At some point, I stumbled upon slash or M/M writing and discovered that not only did I enjoy writing gay fiction, people enjoyed reading my stories, as well. In 2002, I decided to self-publish my first novel, a gay sci-fi romance called Operation Starseed.

After several self-published books, I discovered the growing realm of electronic fiction. I wrote several short stories for an online journal called Ruthie's Club and began to make a name for myself on the web. In 2006, I was contacted by the editor of Aspen Mountain Press, who showed an interest in my work and introduced me to the e-book market.

In December of 2006, I began fleshing out an idea I had for a superhero short story. The anthology I originally wanted to send it to was closed to submissions, but ironically enough, a second anthology was still reading. However, the story sort of outgrew the guidelines ~ I overshot the 6k word limit by oh, 12,000 words. And decided to submit the story, entitled The Powers of Love, to the annual Heat Wave Contest sponsored by Amber Allure Press instead.

In the meantime, I hadn't yet told the story I wanted to tell. I had an image in mind of Vic Braunson staring down a gunman at a convenience store, and that didn't quite make it into the first story. So I wrote a second, entitled An Evening With the Rush Hour Hero. This story stayed within the anthology word count, but I never got to the showdown scene.

I decided to write out that scene in the store, and began work on The Bonds of Love, which is my longest Vic & Matt story to date. A month into the novel, I learned I was one of the winners of the 2007 Heat Wave Contest, and The Powers of Love was published in June 2007.

The rest, as they say, is history.

For more information on my writing, including free fiction, monthly contests, and excerpts and purchasing information on my other books, please visit my main website at I can be reached via e-mail at