• 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,  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…

  • About Me,  LGBT+ YA,  News

    Sunshine Coast Pride Festival Wrap-up

      Sunshine Coast Pride Festival was a blast!  I just had to get that out of the way first up because it was an amazing day and I am SO exhausted because of it. In a good way, of course! It was my first time out and about in public meeting people and talking about my writing, so it was hard to know what to expect. It was also the first time the Festival had gone out on its own away from an established market day so it was a big unknown as to how that would translate into crowd numbers. There was no need to worry though because people poured…

  • 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…

  • LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    Crush paperback unboxing and pre-order

    When I was just starting out on my self-publishing and writing journey, I discovered an author who has become one of my all time favourites. When I was feeling down about my writing, watching his first unboxing video used to give me a great pick-me-up. I still watch every now and then to remind me how exciting this big adventure can be, and how far I have yet to go. (You can see Hugh Howey’s unboxing of Molly Fyde on youtube here.) Since Crush is my very first novel, I wanted to share the excitement of opening the box and seeing it in print for the first time. You can see…