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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Other Than by J.R. Gray

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. I’ve always known I wasn’t Cis. It’s a feeling I’ve had since as early as I could remember. I was different, and different growing up in a fundamentalist Christian environment isn’t tolerated. Decades before I even had words for what I am, I realized I was at risk if I opened my mouth. If I spoke, or asked too many questions I…

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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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On Finding Myself (in Fiction) by Kris Ripper

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. When I was coming up in the world, there was no word for my gender. No descriptive terms. You were a boy, or a girl. You were becoming a woman, or a man. I tried really hard to be either. I always felt a little more like both, or neither. As a kid, it hardly mattered. I read a lot of books and…

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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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A Chance to Play by J.A. Rock

When I was a kid, I loved movies. I still love movies, but when I was younger I watched them obsessively. It was a discovery period—everything I watched seemed new and exciting; I wasn’t yet so jaded that every movie that came out felt like a rehash of something I’d just seen. And I could test my wannabe film-critic skills in the school paper, waxing snobby and pretending I was a critic for EW or the New York Times as I prattled on about cinematography and camera angles. I especially…

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Lessons Learned from Co-Writing: Getting Started by Joanna Chambers

I’ve just released my first co-written book, Enemies Like You, with Annika Martin so I thought I’d talk a little bit today about about some of the lessons learned from the co-writing process.   Prior to Enemies, I’d had no particular desire to co-write with anyone. Quite the opposite actually. I know what I’m like. I’m opinionated and controlling and I knew it would not be an easy thing for me. If I’m doing a team task (e.g. in my RL job) and someone in the team isn’t doing a…

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On Romance and Pre-Existing Conditions by Cat Sebastian

I know I’m not the only one watching in horror as millions of Americans stand to lose their healthcare. Pretty much everyone I know has some kind of pre-existing condition that could disqualify them from insurance coverage under the bill that recently passed the House. One of the unsettling aspects of this discussion is the term “pre-existing condition” because it presumes that there is such a thing as a human body that exists in a state of perpetual health, and that health care should only extend to those already-healthy bodies….

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