• Author Blog Hop Posts,  Writing

    Author Blog Hop – Writing My First Novel

    I am excited to be participating in a new blog hop initiated by author A.E. Radley, along with a host of other lesfic authors. I can’t wait to see what topics this blog hop throws up. The first one is Writing my first novel.  A great first topic to break the ice with. Plus, it really made me go back and think about what it was like writing my first novel, which one it actually was and how it all came about. My very first novel, written and published, was Crush, which became the first book in the Girls of Summer series. It didn’t start out as a novel though. It…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    The Invisibility Cloak of an LGBTIQ YA Author

    I’m preparing to give my very first author reading in a few weeks, which means I’ve been spitballing ideas on what to talk about that won’t bore the pants off people and maybe, hopefully, even convince them to buy a book or two. After asking for advice from friends, thinking about the books I write, and reading a good friends brand new blog, I settled on my theme for my pre-reading talk. Invisibility. Invisibility is a superpower for those of us who are introverts. It comes in particularly handy for those of us who write in tiny niches, which LGBTIQ YA stories certainly are. On the one hand, we wish…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA

    Queer fairytales to celebrate a fairytale wedding

    In case you’ve been living under a rock, Hollywood royalty married into British royalty over the weekend, and yes, although I am in favour of Australia becoming a republic, I stayed up to watch it. I do love a good wedding, to be totally honest, and who hasn’t ever dreamed of being swept off their feet by royalty? If that’s totally your bag, then I’ve got some books that might see you through to the next royal wedding, whenever that may be (and who knows, maybe we just may see one of the future royals making a huge break with tradition and marry someone of the same gender). Fairytales aren’t my…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  Self-Publishing

    Here’s how you can help people find queer fiction

    I was procrastinating  catching up on twitter news when I saw this tweet by Malinda Lo: It’s becoming ever more clear to me that many books with queer female characters are published with little to no marketing around queerness, especially when those books are genre fiction that don’t revolve around coming out. I want this to change. — Malinda Lo (@malindalo) May 4, 2018 There’s a whole thread and conversation going on over on twitter so if you’re so inclined, head over and check it out. It got me thinking, though, about how hard it still is to find teen fiction with queer main characters. It certainly doesn’t help when authors…

  • LGBT+ YA

    Crush made a list!

    I won’t lie. It’s awesome seeing my books out in the wild and I love nothing more than getting tagged in pics of readers reading my books, or blogs that feature them. That’s why it was so cool to see that Crush made a list of YA FF/ romance books to read for people who love the movie Love, Simon. I wasn’t tagged in this one, but I followed a link on a twitter post by Malinda Lo and was pleasantly surprised to see Crush featured. I may have sighed and swooned just a little that readers are still loving Tess and Maddie three years after the book was published. You…