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Another Lawyer, Another Gay Romance Writer

We wrote here not long ago about Scott D. Pomfret, an enforcement attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Boston who moonlights as an author and publisher of romance fiction (and erotica) for gay men through his company Romentics. Now from California comes word of another lawyer who has published a romance novel for gay men. Under the nom de plume G. Carlos Smith, lawyer Gregory C. Smith, a partner in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has written a novel that "considers the tragic effects of laws like Proposition 8 while offering new hope."

The Am Law Daily caught up with Smith for a brief interview about the book, titled A Matter of Choice. Asked whether the book, which features a lawyer as a central character, mined his own career, Smith replied:

It doesn't draw on my law firm experience a whole lot but most novels have some autobiographic element. We don't live in a vacuum. It is very easy to write about a profession you understand. Also, the book describes the effect of law on people's lives so I wanted one of the characters to have a good grasp of the law.

As for Proposition 8, Smith calls its passage "truly tragic" and says it "formalizes a second-class citizenry among gay and lesbian people." In September, he married his long-time partner. "We had just gotten comfortable with calling each other husband," he told the Am Law Daily. "Now, I don't know what we are."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 13, 2008 at 12:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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