Atlanta’s LGBT Authors

AtlantaMost of you know I’m from Atlanta, though I don’t come out of my hidey-hole often. There are many very talented LGBT authors in Atlanta and the surrounding area, and this is just a handful. If you know of an author not listed, please leave their name in the comments so readers can check them out. ~ B.

Listed in no particular order. [Read more…]

Jane’s World: The Journey from Comic to Novel

The exploration of lgbt comics is a growing interest of mine. Because of that, I asked Paige Braddock to stop by and give us a little insight as she transitions her series from comic to novel. I think you’ll find her post as interesting as I did. ~b.

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credit: Inks by Paige Braddock / Color by Brian Miller

POV (point of view) is something I don’t think much about when I write comics. Basically, you just draw a circle around the words that a character speaks and then point to the person talking. POV is clear and easy to follow in comics. Or at least it should be. As I began the process of transitioning my “Jane’s World” comic to an actual novel, I realized POV was a bit more complicated. This is just one of the many things I’ve been getting my head around as I prepare the manuscript for Jane’s World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride, due out in June 2016 by Bold Strokes Books. [Read more…]

Spotlight on Lesbian Romance – Everything

“An epic, monumental and enthralling read.”

everythingBlurb:

Jolán Edmunds, an accomplished and well-respected classical violinist, dies suddenly and Myla, her daughter, is convinced she had killed her because she had wished her dead.

Fiery and charismatic Jolán has many guarded secrets, particularly Rachel Cole, her lost true love. Rachel unexpectedly crosses Jolán’s path and turns her life upside down as they rekindle their romance. Rachel tries to convince Myla she didn’t cause Jolán’s death but Myla doesn’t believe her and wants to know everything. With Rachel’s help, Myla pieces together her mother’s startling past, all of which leads to the most devastating secret of all—herself.

What are readers and reviewers saying?

“Ms Wolf’s writing is outstanding. It flows off the page and wraps around your senses…” – Curve Magazine

Gritty and Gorgeous, a Tour de Force You Can’t Put Down!

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Author Bio:

Carole Wolf is originally from Allentown, PA and now lives in Columbus GA. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Columbus State University, and her works include Bone Cave, Monasco (an epic trilogy in progress), and she is also working on a fictional account of her own life story. She loves World Music and has a very very extensive collection of Middle Eastern, Turkish, African, and Asian folk music. Connect with Carole on her website.

invisible – Short LGBT Film

Because love knows no gender.

 

Hidden Gems and Other Bookish Treasures

gemsI thought we’d do something a bit different on the blog this year. Last year, we had authors talking about the books they wrote and why one in particular was their favorite. Every author has a fav and I’ve always found their reasons fascinating.

This year, I’m flipping that upside down. We’re scouring the interwebs looking for hidden gems. Books that have made ‘must read’ lists but, for one reason or another, never got much attention. I’ll be contacting the authors and inviting them to the blog so you can learn about them too. I already have a full lineup on the way with some great books and fantastic authors. If you know of such a book, let me know. I may profile it here on the blog.

One of the other new themes on the blog this year will be LGBT science fiction and fantasy. I have been a huge fan of both genres since I was a kid and thought it was about time we brought the genre more exposure. Watch for the posts, and again, if you have a nominee you’d like us to take a look at, let me know.

A Treasure Hunt with 165 FREE LGBT Books

Rainbow Award FinalistThat’s right. You read it correctly. Elisa is celebrating and she has brought 165 Rainbow Award Finalists along for the hunt. Every day during the month of November she is offering you SIX chances to win.

Both Afflicted (Book1) and Cold are in her mix, so you have a chance to win them, and many more great LGBT themed books.

Learn more and keep up with the Treasure Hunt on Elisa Reviews.

Situational crossdressing and the LGBTQ audience

Welcome author Shira Glassman as she discusses situational crossdressing by cisgender heterosexual characters, as viewed critically by an LGBTQ+ audience. 

 

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credit: Rachel Matz and Jane Dominguez

I’m bisexual; I lean gay. Whenever there was ever any hint of same-sex romance in the fiction I was exposed to while growing up, I eagerly fixated upon it. Books, movies, live theater–I vividly remember the moment in high school when I was so inspired by the idea that one could think about Holmes and Watson as a couple that I stayed up all night writing songs about them. (And this was way before the internet made slash easily accessible to young people!)

However, sometimes heterosexual fiction likes to play with us, and evoke us to titillate without ever actually giving us representation. Specifically, I’d like to address the trope of situational crossdressing.

By situational crossdressing, I mean the plot device in which a cisgender, heterosexual character is crossdressing not for the sake of their own gender expression or even for fun, but because of something like “if I dress as a man, I will be able to find employment in a traditionally male field” (which is probably the most common.) Examples of this trope are Mulan from Disney (and Chinese legend), Eowyn from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Yentl from Singer’s Yentl the Yeshiva Boy. Cisgender heterosexual women can also crossdress for other non-gender-expressive reasons, as does Leonore in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Her disguise gets her a job in the prison where her husband is being unjustly held for political reasons, and she winds up saving his life. [Read more…]

Taking Risks in Lesbian Fiction

Welcome friend and fellow author, Deanna DiLorenzo, to the blog with this special guest post about writing lesbian fiction. 

Tell Me When I first wrote my novel, Tell Me, I knew it took some risks. There is a certain formula that’s followed in lesbian fiction and it goes something like this:

  • Girl meets girl
  • Girl struggles briefly with inner turmoil
  • Girl two patiently waits
  • Life-changing sex scene happens by page 40
  • Happily ever after is achieved by page 50

My numbers may be off a little but anyone who has read enough lesbian fiction knows this is the basic formula we’ve come to expect, whether we actively seek it out or not.

But what happens when someone shakes up the formula a little? What happens when characters don’t fall into line and do what’s expected of them? Well, that’s when you end up with a book like Tell Me. [Read more…]

My Favorite Book – LGBT Author Suzie Carr

suzie-carr-noh8I was so honored to be asked by Brandon to contribute to this special blog series on LGBT writers. Brandon asked me of the six novels I’ve written, which is my favorite and why? Hands down, one of my favorite books I’ve written is The Muse, a lesbian romance novel that deals with the tough subject of bullying. I released it in December 2012 and have received some really inspiring feedback from readers.

The book is about how a provoking set of tweets from a beautiful girl (Eva) challenges an insecure girl’s (Jane) sense of identity. At twenty-nine, my character, Jane Knoll, is convinced that she will never experience her first kiss. Bullied as a teenager, she lives life under a veil of insecurity and loneliness. Her social life consists of television reruns and a weekly laundry night with her neighbor, Larry. Then, hope rises when Jane starts following her beautiful, magnetic co-worker Eva on Twitter. [Read more…]

This LGBT novel could be free for future generations with your help

Young lesbian coming-out novel will come out as a free e-book 

 (if the crowd-funding campaign succeeds by January 30, 2013)

Nancy Rawles explains why she wants to make her novel free forever:

 Love Like GumboEbooks ought to be like cell phones – giving people access who would otherwise have no service. If a young lesbian of color struggling to come out to her family wants to read a book about a young lesbian of color struggling to come out to her family, she should have it available free as an ebook rather than having to hide a hard copy between the covers. Unglue.it is the PBS of publishing, premiums and all. I miss a lot of great shows because I don’t have HBO, but I’ve seen every Downton Abbey a few times over. I’m eager for Love Like Gumbo to be unglued.”

About the book: [Read more…]