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Steve Balderson Releases Sexually Charged & Passionate Memoir ‘Year of the Whore’

(Los Angeles, CA) Multi-award-winning gay film director, producer, and author Steve Balderson has released his first memoir chronicling his sexual awakening, “Year of the Whore,” and is slated to go into production on a feature film based on his book later this year.

"Year of the Whore” chronicles Steve Balderson's journey of going from a devastating, decade-long toxic relationship to embarking on a captivating journey. His provocative memoir details his sexual reawakening, intense love affairs, career milestones, and soul-stirring transformation. It all begins in his small hometown in Wamego, Kansas, then moves on to Italy with his big win at the Salento International Film Festival for "El Ganzo," and ultimately, he ends up in Hollywood. "Year of the Whore” is vulnerable and candid, navigates love and the human condition, and weaves together magic and the allure of the cosmos.

“I’m excited for the world to be able to read this memoir—it is like nothing you’ve ever read. You will be amazed at what takes place in the 119 pages of the book. There have been many sexual awakening books, but very few with a gay protagonist that almost everyone can relate to,” says Steve Balderson.

“Year of the Whore” is available in the US on Amazon as an audiobook and paperback amazon.com/dp/1735456993. The book is also available on Amazon in the UK, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Australia, and Japan.

Starting June 1st, an Indigogo campaign will kick off to celebrate Pride Month and raise funding for the feature film of the book, “Love, Venezia,” which will star mainstream and adult actors.

To interview Steve Balderson for your site, publication, or show, contact Erika Icon of The Rub PR at erika@therubpr.com.


Film director, producer, and author Steve Balderson has an impressive catalog of work. His first film PEP SQUAD premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and became a 90s cult classic. Roger Ebert gave Steve’s film “Firecracker,” starring Karen Black and Mike Patton, a Special Jury Award on his annual Best Films of the Year list. The U.S. Library of Congress selected his award-winning film “The Casserole Club,” starring Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, for its permanent collection. Steve’s latest multi-award-winning film is “Alchemy of the Spirit”—a supernatural love story starring Xander Berkeley, Sarah Clarke, and Mink Stole. Steve ranks #47 on the IMDb's Top 100 Gay and Lesbian directors working today.

Steve has penned five books. His first book, "Filmmaking Confidential," debuted as an Amazon and Audible best-seller. In 2022, Steve's book "How to Find Investors" was published by Dikenga Books. And in 2023, hehe's released his most introspective and personal book to date, "Year of the Whore," a memoir of his journey to sexual reawakening, which will be released in 2024 as a feature film. He contributes to The Advocate and MovieMaker magazines and has been a guest lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Steve narrates audiobooks for Audible and interviews notable guests for the “Filmmaking Confidential” podcast. In 2020, Steve produced a radio play of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Theatre World Award winner Jennifer Grace as Hedda.

For more information, visit his official website SteveBalderson.com and DIKENGA.com for more on his films, books, audio, and podcasts. Follow him on social media in Instagram @dikenga, Twitter @sbalderson, TikTok @sbalderson, and Facebook facebook.com/stevebaldersondirector. Get all his links in one place at linktr.ee/balderson.


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