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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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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Growing and Cutting by May Peterson

One of the cornerstones of the fiction world is the relationship between authors and editors, symbolizing much about art itself: the balance between inspiration and control, generation and selection. A strong author-editor relationship is a rock solid foundation for the burgeoning of creative genius, artistic refinement, and a career’s worth of books that knock the socks off of millions of readers. Both sides of this equation are important, and many people only fill one role, author or editor. Why this is so seems simple: different people have different strengths, and…

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