Joey Mills bares his Electric Soul – the porn-star shares his coming out story
Written by Taylor Saracen, the book is a coming-of-age novel that chronicles Joey’s life before he was famous.
I caught up with Joey Mills for a behind-the-scenes look at the book.
How did you feel when you were first approached about collaborating with Taylor Saracen to tell your coming-of-age story?
I was really surprised. I knew that 13 Red were starting to do a series of books on adult film stars, but I didn’t think I would be one of them. When I found out I was, I was more than ecstatic to do it. Well, kind of.
Did you have any apprehensions about sharing this side of yourself with the world?
Absolutely. I thought it could be damaging to my career. It really came down to should I lie or tell the true story? I told the truth because I knew people would enjoy that more.
Was the process of working on this book a form of therapy at all?
To an extent, it made me go back and reflect on my life and all the tiny factors. It was good to reflect on how I became the person I am today.
Is Electric Soul a how-to guide for young guys thinking about exploring a career in the porn industry?
Absolutely not. Electric Soul has nothing to do with porn. It’s my coming out story. It’s intended for young adult readers.
Who do you think will most engage with your story?
I think everyone who has struggled with their sexuality or some part of them that they weren’t sure they wanted to share with others will relate to it. I hope people in the LGBTQ community read it, especially teens who may be kind of lost – like I felt for a while.
What do you hope that people feel when reading Electric Soul?
Inspiration, to an extent. I want them to feel that they can be comfortable with who they are, make their mistakes, learn from them, and just come out a good person.