The Fear of Being Labeled Wrong by Anna Zabo

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 this series here.   Gender is such a strange thing. I’m non-binary, so I don’t fit into the man or the woman box neatly. I feel tied to both and excluded from both. Sometimes I feel utterly myself and whole, but sometimes I feel adrift and lost. I crushed on men and women growing up, but not just sexually. I can point out which people I…

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So…what now? by Jenn Burke

In early 2014, I got the news I had been waiting to hear my whole life: I was going to be published. My first novel had been accepted by Entangled Publishing for their Covet imprint. Then, in July 2014, I got even better news: the proposal for a five-book male/male sci-fi romance series my BFF Kelly Jensen and I had submitted to Carina Press was accepted too! To say I was over the moon would be an understatement. Her Sexy Sentinel was published in January 2015. Chaos Station, the first…

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Elysium by Nora Sakavic

When people ask me what I’m writing these days, it’s generally easiest to just say “Nothing”. It’s the truth—and yet somehow also as far from the truth as possible. Coming out of The King’s Men, the only thing I knew for sure was I didn’t want to work on another trilogy yet. I wanted something shorter, something compact, a standalone I could start and finish and set aside. Finding something suitable, however, has proven to be a monumental challenge. The Foxhole Court was a personal project, and it took seventeen…

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For Bowie by Francesca Lia Block

“Mom, David Bowie died,” my daughter says. It’s seven in the morning on January 11, 2016 and she’s supposed to be getting ready for school, not on her phone, but I’m too tired to argue with her. I’d been up since six staring at the computer screen, trying to write bad erotic romance e-books to pay the bills until I can shake myself out of a year-long creative slump in an almost thirty year career as an author. The wing of black liner that she sweeps expertly above the deep…

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Only Words by Emma Barry

My pen scritches on the page like Mr. McGregor’s garden hoe in the Peter Rabbit book I’ve read out loud five times today. But I have no vegetables to show for my efforts, only words. I’m wedged on the couch between my five-year-old twins. They’re absorbed in WordGirl; I’m trying to draft chapter twenty. I steal ten minutes before putting down my pen. I woke at 4 a.m. to get in a good hour or two. I lost a decent chunk to Nate Silver-induced polling anxiety. I’ll take more time…

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Baby Steps, Talk to My Characters Again by Rebecca Grace Allen

My characters aren’t speaking to me right now. It’s not very nice when they do that, although in the past I’ve been happy for the break. They would pipe up with lines of dialog when I was driving. Full-on scenes appeared in my head when I was working out. They’ve woken me up in the middle of the night with their stories screaming to be told. Now, they’re quiet. To be fair, that happens to a lot of writers. Your muse takes a day off and the words won’t come….

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Other Girls by Vanessa North

Growing up in Blandford, Massachusetts, my favorite cartoon was Voltron—I loved the Lion Force and the Vehicle Force equally, and have many fond memories of sprawling out on the living room floor, chin in my hands, to watch them defend the universe. I was always utterly captivated. One thing that didn’t seem odd or unusual to me at the time was that each team only had one female character. Though my sister and I would fight over who got to be Princess Allura when we’d pretend play that we were…

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That’s About the Size of It: The Makings of a Short Story by Jordan Castillo Price

Yesterday I saw someone reading Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and thought, wow, that’s quite a classic. Then I noted on the cover it’s been around for 75 years! I have always loved that sort of pulpy magazine as a way to get my genre fix. So how long is a short story? The wordcount list I see referred to most often is the one Science Fiction Writers of America use in their Nebula Awards categories. Novel – over 40,000 words Novella – 17,500 to 40,000 words Novelette – 7,500 to…

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