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William Jack Sibley

The latest novel by fifth generation Texas rancher William Jack Sibley, published in September, is the story of an epic queer love triangle – a woman in love with a man, in love with another man, in love with the Woman is in love.

And there is a lot more going on in this fictional small town of Rita Blanco in Texas: dysfunctional families, arson, strange children singing show tunes, xenophobia, greed, lust, even more lust and a bit of religion. The book is hilarious and curious minds want to know how much of it Here we go Loop De Loop is autobiographical.

“Well, I’m not in a threesome,” says Sibley. In fact, the gay 69-year-old is not in a relationship at all right now. “I do a lot more with my life as a single,” he adds. “But that could change tomorrow. Every time I end up in a relationship, I think, ‘Where the hell is that from?’ ”

Sibley lives in a historic San Antonio home and works on the family ranch outside of town – one of three properties he and his siblings inherited from their father. And when he’s not turning pastures and feeding cattle, he’s been an award-winning writer, screenwriter, playwright, freelance journalist, secretary of the Texas Institute of Letters, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America.

“We grew up near ranches,” explains Sibley. “But when my mother remarried, we moved to upstate New York when I was in sixth grade.” While that was a culture shock, Sibley soon found his way by taking the train to New York City to study drama. He returned to Texas for a degree in film from UT and wrote his first play in Austin. Governor’s Mansion won the Southwest Regional Playwright’s Competition and was produced at Center Stage. From there, his work was produced off-Broadway and in Burbank, California. He sold a script in Hollywood and stayed there for ten years.

“I’ve spent my life explaining to Yankees to Texans and Texans to Yankees,” notes Sibley.

He later moved back to Texas to keep writing and breeding. Here we go Loop De Loop is his third novel to include all of the gay romances.

Booklife review Says about his latest article, “Sibley’s boisterous comic novel blends small-town satire and humanistic warmth as it unfolds its stories from isolated people learning to love.”

But it’s not really satire, says Sibley.

“I grew up lying on the linoleum tile under the kitchen table and listened to the adults [talk about] who shot whom and who is having an affair with whom, ”he says. When asked if the dysfunctional families in Rita Blanco are based on his own relatives, he laughs. “I will say yes.”

Much of the book will sound true to any Texan, especially those who have stayed in a small town in Texas. The characters are hilarious but also heartwarming and real. Marty, for example, inherits the ranch from her alcoholic father, who falls in love with her dead brother Chita’s husband, who is in love with Pettus, a rancher who loves Marty but is ready to try a threesome. It would be a damn good movie.

“Of course I thought of the film!” Says Sibley. “Tommy Lee Jones would be the drunk Mr. Pennebaker, Matthew McConaughey as Pettus and Gael Garcia Bernal as Chita. And Kate Winslet would be Marty. I know she is British but I love her and she is the perfect age. That would be my dream cast. “

Sibley has already started a fourth novel, but also takes time to travel. He is currently on a trip to Tunisia with a group of authors.

“When I was young and living with an abusive stepfather in a broken family, the dream of travel was what kept me alive,” he says. “I have every issue of National Geographic since 1968. “But he’s really a boy from Texas at heart.

Here we go Loop De Loop is available at williamjacksibley.com.

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