The Story of the Bad Ugly Monster by May Peterson

Gender in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of some of the top voices in queer fiction. Read more from the series here.   I learned early that I was bad. This wasn’t taught to me directly, like the ABCs. Of course the adults around me wanted me to be good and to believe I could be good. It wasn’t that I wasn’t loved, or that I didn’t try to behave. It was more like the way I learned that an oven could burn your hand,…

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The Stories We Tell by Kris Ripper

Let’s chat for a minute about taking storytelling risks. The Queer and the Restless features violence against queer people. I’m a little nervous about this. For a long time the only queer stories that were permitted to be told were stories in which queer folks lived tragic lives, or stories in which queer folks were villains as a result of their innate wrongness. In Queers of La Vista, the majority of the recurring characters are queer. Some are grumpy, some are kind, some are obsessive, some are driven, or sweet,…

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Heart Rippers, Tear Jerkers and Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger by Suki Fleet

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? —Kafka I’m not a masochist (well, not too much of one anyway), but sometimes I need to be broken by a book. Sometimes it’s only by being broken, then remade (I’m a romance reader after all), that life takes on new perspectives. So, yes, to what Kafka is saying. Even though if those were…

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My Horizon is Romantic and Queer by Santino Hassell

For those who don’t know me, my writing career (not publishing career. That one is only a year or so old) has been anything but linear. I started out in fandom, transitioned to original slash fiction (fandom word for M/M) where I launched into an epic journey with my friend Ais. Together, we co-wrote a long dystopian queer series set in the near future—In the Company of Shadows. It was gritty, violent, and frightening, but was ultimately a love story. Out of the ashes of the world we created and…

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