OPEN INK PERSPECTIVES

Nonconforming Gender Expectations by Anna Zabo

I don’t like gender boxes. Maybe it’s because I’m non-binary and personally dislike having to act one way or another, but I don’t think so. I tend to see people as wholes, as totalities. Whatever gender they are, that shouldn’t affect how they act or dress or behave. It can, because we do live in a world where gender is coded by behavior and dress, but it shouldn’t. People are far more complex than anything binary. Pink is for boys and blue is for girls. Or is it the other…

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Dialect in Dialogue by Jude Sierra

When I was writing my third novel, Idlewild, I spent a lot of time pondering (agonizing) over speech patterns in dialogue for my characters. This story takes place in downtown Detroit; in it we have Tyler, a young, genderqueer black man coming out of college and into adulthood who grew up in the city. We also have Asher, a sort-of middle aged (I am struggling to reconcile 33 as middle aged, if only so I can avoid being called so myself, ha!) Jewish man from the suburbs who has become…

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Tempted by the Plot of Another by Nicole Kimberling

For those of you who do not know me, I am an editor. Traditionally, I am that person who reads your manuscript and then complains about the number of times you use the word, “look,” when you could have used a stronger verb. For a while, I thought policing vocabulary was enough. Sure, some parts of some manuscripts disturbed me, some characters seemed really dumb but I didn’t think much of it. Then I began to see a sinister pattern of abuse emerging within the great flood of fiction. Time…

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Catch the Follow Me Into Darkness Reboot Tour + Exclusive Posts and Giveaway!

If you loved last year’s Mardi Gras release, Follow Me Into Darkness, you’ll love it EVEN MORE this Mardi Gras with a fun reboot tour featuring all new posts and audio from Santino Hassell, J.R. Gray, Roan Parrish, J.C. Lillis, and Kris Ripper + a big giveaway, and a little something more from 2/26 – 3/5 only… Site Post Type When Just Love Reviews Exclusive Audio Excerpt from Touched, read by Roan Parrish + Giveaway 2/25 Booknista Exclusive Excerpt Teaser from If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis + Giveaway…

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Men in Romance: What’s In a Name? by TJ Klune

  Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here.   Back in the spring of 2011, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, completely unaware of what being published actually meant. I had submitted my first book to a publisher—with the odd title of Bear, Otter, and the Kid—and it had been accepted. I was in a state of shock, unsure of how it had happened, a majority of me convinced that it was…

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Men in Romance: Mountaineers in Love by Jeff Mann

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here.   I’m both flattered and bemused by the opportunity to write a post for Men in Romance.  When I try to imagine a typical romance writer, I envision the hysterically funny Matt Lucas on Little Britain portraying Dame Sally Markham, a character based on Dame Barbara Cartland.  Dame Sally—an obese elderly woman with a silvery hairdo, dressed in pearls and an elegant pink gown—sprawls…

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Men in Romance: Wary of the Uncanny Man by Steve Berman

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here. We must remember one of the oldest adages: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Writers must be obsessive with details, of course. We must hone our imagination as much as we hone our skill with words. And we must hone our eye for details. Yet, too often I happen upon the most un-detailed of men. Where? Not in my bed, not in…

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Men in Romance: M in a W M4M World by Edmond Manning

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here. I’ve been avoiding writing this guest blog post for weeks, though almost daily, I’ve been ruminating.  It takes a lot of effort to ruminate. Big Author Word. In some ways, this seems like a no-win topic. Whenever a gay man discusses being a writer in a woman-dominated genre, discussion often intensifies into a “who belongs here” argument. Let’s skip to its resolution: women belong…

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