BEAT was my first M/M love story. My heroes Mateo de la Cruz and Sam Lee are very different guys, from very different backgrounds: Mateo is from a large, close-knit Filipino family east of L.A.; Sam grew up in the foster-care system until being adopted, as a teenager, by Chinese-American professionals in Berkeley.
They meet on Mateo’s birthday, at a club in West Hollywood where he’s been given a few too many birthday shots of Jagermeister, etc. Sam takes him home so he won’t get in trouble. After a peaceful day together, Mateo takes Sam out to dinner as a thank-you … and then asks if the day has to be over.
There are two songs on the BEAT playlist from the ‘Shrek’ soundtrack. That’s because Sam has some serious issues about how he looks. Most of the world thinks he looks great, but after four years on the MMA fight circuit, he’s a little beat up. Mateo sets out to prove that imperfection can be beautiful, too.
Sam and Mateo are seen in many of The L.A. Stories, because once they start dancing together they don’t stop. First it’s the Gay Games (DanceSport); then it’s working in the troupe for ‘Green Darkness’ (the show at the center of GREEN MAN WALKING). While they both keep their day jobs - so far - as an architectural draftsman (Mateo) and manager of a tux shop (Sam), they’re both highly motivated, as athletes, to keep moving. They are also responsible for spreading some cats around after rescuing a box of kittens from the alley behind their apartment.
Sam is a friend of Rory and Dana (STRIPPED), gives James (VINTAGE) some off-the-page style advice, and does a photo session with Andy (EXPOSURE). Mateo plays a homewrecker in the tango show ‘Gaucho’ that’s described in FACE THE MUSIC. His sister Kristine, introduced in BEAT, gets her own love story in the upcoming WHEN IT’S TIME.
BEAT is a M/M interracial love story. Available now at Amazon.com.