Logan Vanderveer has a joke he’s been telling since college: he’s ninety-five percent straight. He did some experimenting in school, but none of the men he fooled around with inspired him to abandon “the plan”: meet a nice girl, get married, and settle down, just like his parents always said.
None of them except Ellis Floyd, who aroused desires and feelings that scared Logan. So much so that he abandoned their burgeoning relationship just as it might have become something. But four years later, Ellis is back, and Logan finds himself questioning his sexuality in a big way.
Ellis doesn’t fit into Logan’s plan. He’s happy being a starving artist, whereas Logan has sold his soul to corporate America. Ellis is ripped jeans, and Logan is tailored suits. And, most notably, Ellis is out. But seeing him again is dredging up memories—like how it feels to kiss Ellis, and that time they almost went all the way. With chemistry like theirs, Logan isn’t sure he can—or should—keep ignoring the other five percent.
Guest Post: Overcoming Prejudice
by Quinn Anderson
The Other Five Percent is primarily a romance and a comedy, but it also touches on some deeper, darker subject matters. I think it would have been remiss of me to write a story about a young man realizing he’s bisexual without exploring some of the prejudices and societal constraints that kept him in the closet for twenty-three years. And Logan isn’t the only one who has to do a lot of growing over the course of this book. Ellis has his fair share of learning to do, and the way they do it together is one of my favorite aspects of their romance.
Prejudice comes in a lot of different forms, and I wanted to explore those with deference and tact while still writing something fun. It was a struggle, but my good-natured leading men helped a lot. Logan, despite being raised by reasonably-tolerant parents, still has internalized homophobia he has to overcome. Sometimes the very people who say “I have no problem with gays” are carrying ideas that they don’t realize are harmful. But that doesn’t mean they’re being intentionally malicious! When Ellis points out to Logan that there’s a difference between being “fine with gay” and fine with being a gay person himself, it’s eye-opening for both of them.
As I said before though, our leading males are sweet, well-meaning young men who want to understand each other. They were friends once, and I think that made reconnecting and then transitioning into lovers much easier.
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Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching ’em all.