Back in 2003, two writers and critique partners were getting tired of being told there was absolutely no market for male/male romance. Publishers all over the country were turning these stories down, but Shawn Clements and Lorna Hinson had been writing for years, and loved the spicy-hot aspect of m/m fiction. They knew other people felt the same way, and on the impetus of an online chat, Torquere Press was born.
Torquere Press has always been about the readers of LGBT romance, providing those readers with great stories about men and women who truly care about each other. Whether novel-length or short story, whether steamy or sweet, Torquere provides readers with the fiction they crave. The catalog has grown from those first five books released in September 2003 to approximately eighteen hundred titles and nearly two hundred authors, including Sean Michael, Chris Owen, and Stormy Glenn.
In 2007, Shawn and Lorna launched the Prizm Young Adult line, a labor of love created in the name of giving back to the LGBT community, who has been so supportive of Torquere through the years. Prizm books focus on the experiences of gay teens and young adults. Torquere has also supported charity with a short story collection for the last three years, with authors donating their royalties, and Torquere matching those donations 100%.
Torquere's tagline has always been, "Romance for the Rest of Us"™ and a lot of people have asked what that means. It means that Torquere pushes the boundaries, providing romance for readers who like to color outside the lines and believe that everyone deserves a happy ending. It means that you can love traditional romance and also embrace differences in life and love. Anyone can enjoy a Torquere Press book as long as they bring an open mind to the bookshelf, and as long as they enjoy a traditional romance with non-traditional characters.
Together, Shawn and Lorna have over 30 years of experience in the book industry, from graphic design, editing and copy writing, to library and bookstore management. Both ladies are also authors, with Shawn writing as BA Tortuga, and Lorna writing as Julia Talbot. Both reside just outside of Austin, Texas, where they write, travel, and spoil two amazing basset hounds.
You can find the Torquere Bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com
The Prizm Young Adult line is at www.prizmbooks.com
Oh, and for everyone out there who wonders, it's pronounced "tore-care-ay"!
Interested in Writing for Us?
Torquere Press is always looking for new writers. Please see our submissions page for current calls and guidelines. More »
Torquere Press has authors planning to attend the following:
Olde City, New Blood is February 8-10 in St. Augustine, Florida
Swancon is March 29-April 1, Perth, Western Australia
Steampunk Symposium is April 26-28 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Romantic Times is May 1-5, Kansas City, Missouri
Gaylaxicon is May 3-5 in Atlanta, Georgia
RomCon is June 20-23 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Golden Crown is June 26-30 in Dallas, Texas
UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet is July 12-14 in Manchester, UK
Authors After Dark is August 15-18 in Savannah, Georgia
DragonCon is August 30-Sept 2 in Atlanta, Georgia
GayRomLit is October 16-20 in Atlanta, Georgia
Romance for the Rest of Us™