Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop!

on August 24, 2012 in Inspiration, Process with 25 comments by

I am privileged to be a part of the Rainbow Book Reviews blog hop this weekend.

I’m also going to a water park this weekend, but that’s not really as relevant.*

The theme of this blog hop is “What Writing GLBTQ Literature Means to Me.”

Writing fiction with queer characters is very important to me. I believe in visibility. I believe in the power of being seen, not just being seen with a big rainbow sticker on but being seen as doing the dishes, driving a minivan, fucking and falling in love. In other words, being just like everyone else.

I write fiction with queer characters because queer people exist. We’re not hiding in dark alleyways waiting to jump out on to unsuspecting straight folk. We’re here. We’re friends of yours, we’re parents at your kids’ schools. We’re not really any different from anyone else.

Do you guys remember when Joss Whedon answered that now-famous question: “Why do you write these strong, female characters?” (He gave this glorious speech, which you should go watch.) His answer, well one of his answers, is simply “because you’re still asking me that question.” That is what writing queer characters means to me. Why are you even asking me that? I write queer characters, kinky characters, characters who are pirates, characters who have tattoos, characters who are very tall or short. I write about people, people who interest me or entertain me. I write stories that I like to write. Sometimes, the people in them are gay. Sometimes demons live in the back of their neck. Stuff like that.

When I first came out as bisexual to friends and family, the reaction was mixed. What I often sense, even now, is an undertone of “who cares? You’re married to a man.” There is still a lot of invisibility attached to being queer, and inside that invisibility is a “disappearing” that makes queer people seem mysterious. “Othered.” Strange.

I am so happy that there are so many people, of all walks of life, who are enjoying reading fiction with queer characters (whether it be the dirty dirty kind that I write, or any other kind). I love to know that for them, a love story is a love story no matter the genders or whatnot involved.

I guess the answer to the question of what it means to me to write about queer folk is: Nothing. And everything. It means I write what I know and I write what turns me on and I write what I want to read. I’m so glad that others write that same way too.

Now for the giveaway. If you leave a comment here, I’ll pick one at random and offer a story from my backlist. You’ll find gay, straight, completely pansexual, pirate, ghost, deadly virus, treasure hunts and kinky dealings in there. I’d love to see which one appeals to you!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of the blog hop, via this link: http://rainbowbookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-is-here/. I know I will.

 

*I don’t do sun. I burn. I’m a writer for heaven’s sake, we don’t go outside! I’m currently trying to figure out how I can carry a giant beach umbrella with me the whole time.

 

25 comments

  1. posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM  |  

    I always love these blogs hops, getting to know new-to-me authors and a deeper understanding of my favorites :)

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  2. Trix
    posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM  |  

    I think LGBT literature is so important to opening everyone’s eyes to the full spectrum of human experience.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  3. posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM  |  

    Thanks for sharing! I love meeting new authors and hearing them talk about their work. :-)
    madisonparklove@gmail.com

  4. Cindy
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM  |  

    What appeals to me? Would the wrong answer be all of the above? I look for a good story- kinky,sci-fi, gay, lesbian, straight, romance or life story. As long as the author has put some feeling into it – I love to read it!! Thanks for writing what I love to read!

  5. Cindy
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM  |  

    What appeals to me? Would the wrong answer be all of the above? I look for a good story- kinky,sci-fi, gay, lesbian, straight, romance or life story. As long as the author has put some feeling into it – I love to read it.

  6. Stacey aka Coffey Brown
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 2:16 AM  |  

    I’m a new LGBTQ author participating in the hop. Just wanted to stop by. I read almost anything but when I write LGBTQ fiction appears. LOL! Good post!

    Stacey aka Coffey Brown

  7. posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM  |  

    I thought of that Joss Whedon quote while reading one of the other hop posts. It’s really so true. Fiction is all about categorizing (mystery, science ficition, fantasy, romance) so I don’t think there will be a point where GLBTQ books will ever just become “fiction”, but it would be nice if there’s a point where it stops being a niche.

    shawnyjeann @ gmail.com
    cupoporn.net

  8. posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM  |  

    Oooh, is The Ruby a part of your backlist? That sounds like a book I’d really enjoy ^.^

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

    • posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM  |  

      It is :D

  9. Sue
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM  |  

    I’d never been to your blog before, Amelia June. TBH I haven’t heard of you before, but I’m so glad you’re here.
    Your books sound so varied there truly is something for everyone :)

    Please add me to the list,
    Sue
    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

  10. posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM  |  

    Do you guys remember when Joss Whedon answered that now-famous question: “Why do you write these strong, female characters?” (He gave this glorious speech, which you should go watch.) His answer, well one of his answers, is simply “because you’re still asking me that question.” That is what writing queer characters means to me. Why are you even asking me that? I write queer characters, kinky characters, characters who are pirates, characters who have tattoos, characters who are very tall or short. I write about people, people who interest me or entertain me. I write stories that I like to write. Sometimes, the people in them are gay. Sometimes demons live in the back of their neck. Stuff like that.

    THIS. YES. And thank you for reminding me to go back and watch Whedon’s commentary again, because TRUE GEM. Sorry, your post brought out the CAPSLOCK in me. :-)

  11. Tracey D
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM  |  

    Hi, Amelia.

    I enjoyed your post; it was a great read. I look forward in reading your works.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  12. posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM  |  

    I love Joss Whedon and that speech! Very glad to read your thoughts on what writing in the genre means to you. Thank you for sharing.

    kelly.wyre at gmail dot com

  13. posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM  |  

    You’re fun!

    I remember when Joss Whedon said that, and my reaction was DUH! because come on – it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it. But it’s also just about the pure joy of it, and that’s what I love best. As for demons in the back of the neck – that explains a lot. Mine is always up to no good.

  14. Giselle
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 8:47 PM  |  

    Loved your post. Thanks for participating in the Hop.

    gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Kaylyn D
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM  |  

    I love Joss Whedon! I’m going to be honest, I had to look up pansexuality. lol I learned something new today so thank you. Your backlist holds something for everyone which is extremely awesome! Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

    • posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM  |  

      THE MORE YOU KNOW :D

  16. Yvette
    posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM  |  

    Thank you for sharing your post. I love meeting new authors.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  17. Lilly
    posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 4:04 AM  |  

    I think that it is true that visibility is greatly important to equal rights. It is much harder to hate something/someone when you know them. I think when people realize how many people they like and respect are gay or lesbian or bi or queer or whatever the amount of hate in the world will greatly deminish :)

    Lilly
    lillywriting@gmail.com

  18. posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM  |  

    I love that! I too am “queer” – Bi married to man, feel like a gay guy trapped in a woman’s body … so pleased that I can peek out of the closet and wave to you too. Maybe that is another reason I love writing what I do. Thanks for expressing something I might not have wanted to brandish so openly on my own blog. xxx

    • posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM  |  

      Thanks for peeking out with us!!

  19. SusieQ
    posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM  |  

    Enjoying the hop and finding so many wonderful authors!
    seritzko AT verizon DOT net

  20. Christine Eagles
    posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM  |  

    Hi. Great post. Thanks for being on The Blog Hop.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

  21. bn100
    posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:26 AM  |  

    Very nice post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. Emily W.
    posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 4:24 AM  |  

    Thanks for participating and sharing!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com