my writing

Fool For Love, co-edited by Timothy J. Lambert andBecky Cochrane and published by Cleis Press in 2009.

In an age of hookups and cybersex, who has time for a little romance? For all those who think love’s gone the way of the 8-track tape comes a collection of new gay fiction designed to reignite their belief in love and romance. Follow the travails of a dog walker enchanted with his new client, a restaurant owner who catches the eye of his most loyal customer, a blind date fix-up, and other seekers of the lost flame as they stumble upon romance and a possible chance at love. Showcasing new work from some of today’s best-known gay writers, including Trebor Healey, Felice Picano, Joel Derfner, Andrew Holleran, and Greg Herren, the stories in Fool for Love are a funny, sweet, and sometimes wrenching reminder of the joy romance brings to the human heart.

Best Gay Erotica 2007, edited by Richard Labonte with guest editor Timothy J. Lambert. Selections from BGE 2007 were included in Best of the Best Gay Erotica 3 in 2010. Both anthologies were published by Cleis Press.

Timothy’s short story “The Last TIme” is included in this 2007 anthology from Carroll & Graf.

Timothy’s short stories “The End of the Show” and “The Dance” appear in 2005′s Best Gay Love Stories and 2006′s Best Gay Love Stories: New York City respectively. Both editions were published by Alyson Books. (Fun fact: Though he had no story in the collection Timothy’s bio appears in Alyson’s Best Gay Love Stories 2006.)

Three Fortunes in One Cookie, co-authored with Becky Cochrane as Cochrane Lambert in 2005 and published by Alyson Books.

Phillip Powell needs a stroke of good luck. He ditched college and fled his Mississippi Gulf Coast hometown to make a name for himself as a painter in New York. Now, five years later, empty canvases clutter the Hell’s Kitchen apartment he can no longer afford, and his latest lukewarm boyfriend dumps him for a poser named Stefan. Then a very special fortune cookie tells him: Everything is about to change.

An ultimatum—and a generous offer—from his imperious grandfather pulls Phillip back to Mississippi, where his beautiful, sweetly deranged mother hides out in the antebellum mansion where Phillip grew up. As he learns to make connections with his Bible-thumping aunt, a tenderhearted leather daddy, and a high school friend with a secret, Phillip rekindles the creative spark he was afraid he’d lost. He also reaches out to a not-so-lost lover who inspires Phillip to make some luck of his own.

The Deal, by Timothy J. Lambert and Becky Cochrane, published by Alyson Books in 2004.

New Year’s Eve, 1999. Millennium celebrations light up the sky from Sydney to Seattle. But in the Houston living room of Aaron Fisher, the fireworks have fizzled!

A gathering with his closest friends has devolved into a depressing deconstruction of the sad state of all of their love lives. Fed up with the moaning, Aaron comes up with The Deal: They all have until next New Year’s Eve to find true love or stop whining about it. The ensuing 12 months will answer many questions: Will Patrick, Aaron’s straight roommate, who has no sympathy for anyone’s relationship problems, be able to ride the waves as his girlfriend, Vivian, decides whether she is Betty Crocker or Betty Friedan? Having embraced her lesbianism (and turned her back on her trust fund,) will Miranda stop vampirically sucking the life out of every romance she encounters? Will Alexander stop dabbling with men’s hearts the way he dabbles in music and his parents’ bank account? And what about Aaron? How is he going to keep his end of the deal when the truth is, he’s happy with a life of bar buddies, gym buddies, and bed buddies even if his ex, Heath, keeps popping up to remind him that he’s almost 30 and has never known real love!

It’s a year of surprises for all of them, as they take on unfaithful husbands, vindictive rumormongers, well-intentioned stalkers, pixie drummers who write bad poetry, and marauding palmetto bugs. But most of all, they will discover much about themselves through the surprising, touching, and hilarious revelations produced by a year of exploring the nature of love.

When You Don’t See Me, written as Timothy James Beck with Becky Cochrane and Jim Carter. Published by Kensignton Books in 2007.

For nineteen years, he’s been “the one who disappears” to his disapproving, Midwestern family. And now in New York City, a metropolis of anonymity built on not making eye contact, he feels right at home. Walking the streets of the Village, sneaking into dive bars, cleaning apartments, and trying to co-exist in a cramped apartment with his three roommates, Nick’s trying to find his way without doing anything to put his wounded heart at risk, all the while wondering, “Does anything last”?

Someone Like You, written as Timothy James Beck with Becky Cochrane, Timothy Forry, and Jim Carter. Published by Kensington Books in 2006.

At the Mall of the Universe, you can get anything you want. Marc Jacobs shoes. Hugo Boss suits. Food. Drinks. Dry cleaning. A room at the five-star hotel or a lane at the bowling alley. Of course, some things are harder to come by. Just ask…

Vienna. She’s one beautiful sister who’s not going to be dependent on any man ever again, thanks to her cheating, should-be-dead ex. When she’s not selling overpriced mascara to rich snobs, Vienna’s checking out the scenery. Not that she wants another man. Much. Good thing she can tell it all to…
Davii. The top hairdresser at CosmicTology is fast with a wickedly funny quip and with his shears. Nobody puts one over on Davii. But what he really craves is a nice guy to come home to. A guy who makes him want to be a better person. A guy who looks an awful lot like…
Derek. He never planned to become a kept man, but it’s hard to give up Belgian waffles delivered by room service. But no more. It’s time for New Derek—new life, new friends, new job. And who better to help him take those baby steps toward independence than…
Christian. Cool and savvy, he’s cornered the market on charm. His sales skills have won him a fawning clientele. There’s nothing he can’t do, no point he can’t score, no woman he can’t woo. But there’s a first time for everything.

Meeting for coffee, dishing over drinks, dealing with heinous bosses, scheming backstabbers, clueless customers, and the occasional object of desire, four new friends are about to discover the joys of shopping for love in a place where what you need most might just be where you least expect to find it.

I’m Your Man, written as Timothy James Beck with Becky Cochrane, Timothy Forry, and Jim Carter. Published by Kensington Books in 2004.

A wedding, a baby, a gossip columnist with an agenda, a glam-goth teenager, an executive assistant who looks like Jennifer Lopez, a massage therapist, a career change, a centuries-old rift between two New Age dowagers, and a mouthy parrot. What do these things have in common? They all complicate the lives of ad exec Blaine Dunhill and soap star Daniel Stephenson in Timothy James Beck’s third novel, I’M YOUR MAN. Can two nice Midwestern boys living in Manhattan accept that sometimes being in control means letting go?

He’s The One, written as Timothy James Beck with Becky Cochrane, Timothy Forry, and Jim Carter. Published by Kensington Books in 2002.

Something’s gotta give for Adam Wilson. The hunky, sweet Midwestern entrepreneur might have a dream job creating web sites for artists, a renovated Wisconsin farmhouse, and a mom who organizes bake sales for PFLAG, but his love life is anything but picture-perfect. The guys he dates usually turn out to have criminal records, bankruptcy histories, personality disorders, or wives. And for the first time in his life, Adam is ready to look for Mr. Right instead of Mr. Right-Out-the-Door. But where to look is more the question. It’s not like bucolic, sleepy Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is exactly crawling with adorable, uncloseted gay men. Taking a job in New York City is awfully tempting, and when a computer company makes Adam an offer he can’t refuse, he packs his flannel shirts and heads east in a hurry.

Like lots of driven, career-focused people before him (think Marlo; think Mary Richards; rethink the flannel shirts…) Adam tackles the big city with farm-fresh enthusiasm, taking in the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and tons of museums. But the most breathtaking sight of all is Jeremy, the blond, brown-eyed beauty Adam catches sight of in a Chelsea coffee shop. In addition to a buff bod and a to-die-for face, Jeremy’s got a few other attributes like a heart, a soul, and a conscience. Trouble is, he may also have an annoying boyfriend bent on turning the sexy TV actor into the yoga-practicing equivalent of Mother Teresa with better shoes. Now that Adam’s sure he’s met the love of his life, how can he get Jeremy to fall in love with him? Catching Jeremy is going to take more than Adam’s sweet-natured country enthusiasm.

While Adam chases Jeremy through New York’s finest restaurants and hottest nightclubs, the former Wisconsin jock has to admit he’s having the time of his life. Taking his own bite out of the Big Apple, Adam discovers a truth worth fighting for … that sometimes, getting Mr. Right isn’t about holding on, it’s about letting go and following wherever your heart leads you.

It Had To Be You, written as Timothy James Beck with Becky Cochrane, Timothy Forry, and Jim Carter. Published by Kensington Books in 2001.

Daniel Stephenson’s new Hell’s Kitchen apartment might be cramped and ancient by any self-respecting gay New Yorker’s standards, but the place has its share of amenities. Take the tiny patch of concrete just outside, which Daniel’s newly discovered green thumb has transformed into a blooming urban oasis. Take the proximity to the theater district, where Daniel’s two-timing ex-lover is starring in a revival of “Anything Goes.” And then there’s the view: a straight shot through the window of the most luscious male specimen to hit town since—well, since Daniel himself.

Peeping and pondering Mr. Perfect’s sexuality isn’t all that’s on Daniel’s mind these days. Until now, he’s been content strutting the stage of Club Chaos as his outrageous alter ego, Princess 2Di4. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he’s ready to leave behind the only thing he’s been able to depend on, shedding the sequins and retreating to his own personal Eden to repot his Japanese Maple, snip his spider plant, and contemplate his future.

Practically the moment Daniel turns in his tiara, he comes face to face with his unsuspecting new neighbor—and his new neighbor’s female live-in, who may or may not be Daniel’s rival. Coincidentally, the darkly handsome Blaine Dunhill and Sheila Meyers have just moved to New York from Daniel’s hometown of Eau Claire, WI. Even more coincidentally, Blaine happens to be looking for an administrative assistant just as Daniel happens to be looking for the kind of job that doesn’t require mascara and a manicure.

But is Blaine also looking for love? More importantly, is he looking for love with a woman…or with a man…or perhaps with a man who until now made a living impersonating a woman? Determined to conceal his risqué past while luring the object of his affection out of the closet and into his arms, Daniel launches the biggest masquerade of his life—as a nine-to-five commuter.

Set against the vivid backdrop of a pre-millennial Manhattan populated by beautiful boys and sassy drag queens, Daniel’s hilarious and often poignant journey transports the readers from Chelsea to Christopher Street to corporate cubicles, from bawdy bar rooms to backstage Broadway to bedrooms where anything can happen. Along the way, there are rollicking—and surprising—complications as Daniel attempts to get a life at last…and maybe share it with someone.