Patricia Nell Warren
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Patricia Nell Warren has published eight novels, three under her own
Wildcat Press. The Front
runner, Harlan's Race and Billy's Boy are a landmark series following an
evolving family through twenty years of gay life. These books have
become essential gay literature for bookstores worldwide. Warren also
published two mainstream novels, The Last Centennial and One Is the Sun,
as well as four books of Ukrainian poetry. Warren's best known book, The
Front Runner, was first published by William Morrow in 1974 and became
the first gay novel to make The New York Time's Bestseller List.
Warren's newest novel, The Wild Man, chronicles the forbidden
relationship between a disillusioned Spanish bullfighter and a young
idealistic peasant, set against the fascist regime of Spain in the 60's,
where Warren lived during that time.
Saints & Sinners
Front Runner Series
Landmark series following an evolving family through
twenty years of gay life.
After his young athlete lover is assassinated on
the Olympic track in Montreal, coach Harlan Brown is forced to enter the
race of his life. To survive the hate and violence which threaten his
chosen family - Betsy, valiant lesbian mother, Vince, angry activist
seeking revenge, Chino, Vietnam vet with a wounded heart, and the secret
child of Billy Sive, The Front Runner.
The Front Runner
The first novel about gay love to become popular
with mainstream America and make the New York Times best seller
list, The Front Runner raced to international acclaim.
In 1975, coach Harlan Brown is hiding from his past at
an obscure New York college, after he was fired from Penn State
University on suspicion of being gay. A tough, lonely ex-Marine of 39,
Harlan has never allowed himself to love another man.
Then Billy Sive, a brilliant young runner, shows up on
his doorstep. He and his two comrades, Vince Matti and Jacques LaFont,
were just thrown off a major team for admitting they are gay. Harlan
knows that, with proper training, Billy could go to the '76 Olympics in
Montreal. He agrees to coach the three boys under strict conditions that
thwart Billy's growing attraction for his mature but compelling mentor.
The lean, graceful frontrunner with gold-rim glasses sees directly into
Harlan's heart. Billy's gentle and open acceptance of his sexuality
makes Harlan afraid to confront either the pain of his past, or the
challenges which lay in wait if their intimacy is exposed.
But when Coach Brown finds himself falling in
love with his most gifted athlete, he must combat his true feelings for
Billy or risk the outrage of the entire sports world - and their only
chance at Olympic gold.
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Front Runner movie project.
In time, a second chance at love comes. Vince Matti, 25,
a runner who was Billy's best friend, has harbored an unrequited passion
for his ex-Marine coach. Handsome, volatile, and passionate, Vince
challenges Harlan's stoic and lonely heart in unimagined ways. Harlan
must race with the shadow of the past - that memory of the brief idyll
with Billy - and reach a present where love is enduring and real.
Meanwhile, Harlan's ordeal with bias and bloodshed is
not over. Snipers often work in pairs, and the Montreal shooter
evidently had a cohort who escaped arrest. This mysterious stalker moves
implacably into Harlan's world. And yet another stalker is moving into
gay life - a disease that has no name. As events move to the climax,
Harlan runs the most desperate race of his life - risking everything to
win the victory torn from his hands at Montreal.
-- Winner, 1997
Lambda Literary Award's
Editor's Choice AwardBilly's Boy is a first person story, about a
teen's passionate search to know more about his dead gay father, his
lesbian mother's past...and his own sexual destiny.
John William, 14, describes himself as "the science geek
from hell." He loves astronomy, dreams of exploring the universe as a
NASA astronaut. But lately his attention is focused on Earth, his best
friend Shawn, and his own awakening body. New in L.A., he hangs out with
his straight girl buddy Ana and two Latino club kids, Teak and Elena,
that he just met. William is sure he's straight, and he is irritated by
Teak's effeminate attitude.
Three short novels that take place in a small Montana town during the
The Wild Man
Antonio, a handsome and disillusioned bullfighter,
secretly longs to release the wild bulls back to primordial freedom.
Juan, a lusty, gentle peasant youth, has a gift for healing and burning
passion to become the world's finest veterinarian. Together, these
unlikely companions nurture an ancient tract of Spanish land while
pursuing their fervent, radical dreams. When they discover their
forbidden feelings, a brutal clash erupts with family, church, and the
terrifying regime of Spain in the 60's. Only two people share their
perilous secret- Antonio's fearless twin sister and the beautiful
fiancée his family demands he marry. This new love story from the most
popular author of gay fiction is a searing, stunning chronicle of
turbulent Spain of the recent past, with a powerful message of the
One Is the Sun
Historical epic about a legendary woman chief of the Montana
Territory during the 1800’s.
The Last Centennial
The Beauty Queen
Ex-beauty queen Jeannie Colter is a born-again
politician who hates homosexuals, and wants to crush them. William Laird
is her devoted father - a wealthy financier who has kept a secret all
his life. He is gay. When his fervent daughter runs for Governor of New
York, and he has the money to get her elected, Bill Laird is trapped
between family and fanaticism. A riveting chronicle of politics,
religion and gay rights in the 70's.
The Fancy Dancer
(1976)Tom Meeker is a handsome rookie priest stranded in
a dying rural parish. Vidal Stump is a proud, gay half-breed with a
criminal record and unlawful desires. Father Meeker must choose between
his sacred vows and his secret attraction to this Fancy Dancer who lures
him into forbidden love.
Patricia has a menu of help articles, "Secrets of
Writing and Publishing," available
The Lavender Locker Room: 3,000 Years of Great Athletes Whose Orientation Was Different
Some are legendary – such as pilot Amelia Earhart and golf champion Babe
Didrikson. Others are less familiar – balloonist Alberto Santos-Dumont
and javelin thrower Ana Maria Sagi.
Some went public—NFL running back David Kopay and
downhill skier Erik Schinegger. Others, such as Wilhelm von Homburg,
were known only to sport insiders.
Some, like jockey John Damien, figured in milestone
Some, like jouster Joan of Arc and racehorse breeder
George Villiers, were historical figures. Others, like tennis player
Martina Navratilova and figure skater John Curry, competed in modern
But they have something in common: they were gay,
lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. And they stood out extraordinarily
in their chosen sport.
Their stories, carefully researched and movingly written
by landmark author Patricia Nell Warren for Outsports.com, create a
sweeping panorama and a heart-pounding literary experience.
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