The Family Way Book Trailer

I had some time off last week and tried my hand at creating a trailer for The Family Way. The book comes out in the US/internationally on September 1st, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do to mark its publication. I had a lot of fun making it (maybe I’ll cut one together for Pluto now, too).

What I decided to do was take a few of the endorsements I’ve received so far and set them to images and music. The hardest part was selecting which photos to use. At first, I tried searching for free images online, but there is a limit to what you can find when googling “gay friendships.” Instead, I went through my own digital stash and selected a bunch of personal photos taken over the years in Provincetown.

Like for my characters, Provincetown holds an important place in my life. I’ve been six or seven times over the years, and each time I’ve gone the experience has been transformative. The small seaside village has been the location of so many dinners and laughs and trysts and tears. Everything is heightened when you’re there, from the love and sex and desire to the drama and heartache and insobriety. It’s the perfect place to let your characters grow.

Thanks to my friend Peter for the use of some of these photos (and to other friends who appear in cameo). Here you’ll see photos of me and Leon in the waves, my partner Greg enjoying a slice of pizza outside of Spiritus, Wes and Greg walking arm in arm down Commercial, old friend Brent applying a smoky eye to Neil before a night out in the bars, and a pink sky outside of Tea Dance.

Of course, there are a few Montreal shots too, hence the snow. That’s Theo (my Malone) in the window of our home. And then there’s Greg heading out into the snow.