The Greek Boy was published in Bosie Magazine in 2018. It chronicles the last years of Lord Byron’s life, and his love for his pageboy.
While many find Byron repellant, I find him fascinating. To say he was a complex man would be an understatement. He is so much more than just a misogynist, philanderer, poet, lover, abused child, and member of the aristocracy.
When I wrote this story, it was a love song, in a sense. I addressed Byron as “you” and used second person to peel back his surface layers, the layers people become mired in and judge him for. Second person was a way to escape that, and show Byron as the human being he was. It was also my way to speak to him.
Interestingly enough, I wrote this story having thrown my back out working at Wal-Mart. I spent three glorious weeks convalescing. I was in incredible pain at times, but it was glorious because I got to spend it writing about Lord Byron. And at the end, I completed a short story. It was the happiest I had been in probably a year.