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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On Comparisons: Writing Trans Characters in Same-Gender Romance by Austin Chant

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. Let me start with an understatement: when you’re trans, it’s hard not to compare yourself to cis people. I’m a queer man; I go through life every day as a dude who likes other dudes. I’m about as excited as a person can be for that Dream Daddy game. But I’ve never quite felt like a “real” queer man, whatever that…

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Writing Your Way Out by Heidi Cullinan

Writers are often encouraged to write what they know, and this generally elicits passionate response, sometimes in defense of the maxim, sometimes against. I’ve always come down in the middle, writing from my experience most definitely, but always with a twist, because being direct too often results in something slightly misshapen, or dough too hot to touch. I’ll parse myself across seven or eight characters, giving one this memory, the other that odd tic, the next that professor from college. I always say the character most like me is a…

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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: 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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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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How Do You Write With Kids? by Genevieve Turner

It’s a question that all writers with small kids get: “How do you write with kids?” Since I have three little ones myself and I’ve been writing for six years now (back when I only had one and was pregnant with the second) I get this question a lot. As soon as I admit my kids’ ages (8, 5, and 3), this question pretty much immediately falls from the other person’s mouth, without fail. And then comes my answer, which hasn’t changed much since my third was born: “I don’t…

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