Friday, August 24, 2012

What Writing LGBTQ Means to Me


For the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop, I’ve been asked to write about what writing GLBTQ literature means to me… and I had to think really hard about that. I write because I love writing, but what about writing in this genre makes that special? 

For this blog hop, I will be giving away a winner’s choice of either a copy of my just released M/M fantasy novella, Sorcerer’s Knot, or a copy of M/F romance novel Captive Heart, or a $10 Amazon gift card. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing. All it takes to enter is to follow this blog and leave a comment at the bottom of this post with an email address so I can contact you if you win. Commenting also enters you for the Grand Prize offered by Rainbow Book Reviews. Visit here to find all the wonderful blogs you can visit. 

As for why I write M/M fantasy…

I yearn to explore worlds that embrace all gender identities and exclude none.
I love building stories around strong, sexy gay characters for which the first word used to describe them isn’t a reference to their gender preference.

I strive to write characters who grapple with important issues that challenge their gender identity and come to terms with these issues: having strong devotion to a religion that’s hostile to their orientation, for example, or wanting to please a parent who disapproves, or being seen as somehow flawed and imperfect by others. I want to show characters finding ways to integrate all parts of who they are.

I believe in writing rounded, complex heroes who strive to be noble and fight fiercely for the people and values they love—worthy love interests for any romance. I want to show them having passionate lives.

I love giving gay males adventures, histories, challenges, and intense plot lines that exist outside of their sexual orientation or relationship. They are full participants in the stories that surround them.

I use the creative flexibility of fantasy to build societies in which gay unions are not only possible but considered positive, recognized openly, and afford benefits to their societies and those around them.

I have the opportunity to celebrate all the ways a person might desire to befriend, have sex with, love, adore, despise, or revile a person of any gender or identity. My characters’ options are wide open. They’re not locked into the tug of war that accompanies traditional representations of male and female sexuality.

So there you have it!

Remember to join this blog, and leave a comment and an email for the prize. Or leave a comment without an email if you just want to say hi! 

67 comments:

  1. I agree with your words "My characters’ options are wide open. They’re not locked into the tug of war that accompanies traditional representations of male and female sexuality." =)

    thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! It's so great to be in such a wonderful and welcoming community. :)

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  2. Thanks for being part of the blog hop. I’m finding a lot of new-to-me authors and it’s interesting reading what their writing and characters mean to them.

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  3. I always love these blogs hops, getting to know new-to-me authors and a deeper understanding of my favorites :)

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm also finding so many new writers. It's bad for my budget but wonderful for my inspiration reading.

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  4. i do like how your characters can be flexible in their relationships. its so refreshing

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Characters often surprise me with what they want. Not always what I first thought, either! :)

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  5. The LGBT stories I've read have shown such a nuanced and varied experience of humanity in general, not just sexuality.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Sexuality is just part of who we are, and generally not the most important part. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Just discovered you through the blog hop. Your writing sounds amazing. =)

    stashlab at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Natasha! I hope you still think so after you read it. ;-)

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  7. Hi, Tali. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your latest release, and I love your header image. :-)
    madisonparklove@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Madison. I stopped by to visit you, too. :) The header was done by Jennifer LaBelle. She's done a few banners for me.

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  8. I love to read - so thank you for writing what I love to read! I am looking forward to reading your latest release.
    cinders1964@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I have news of another release, too, but spent the weekend drafting fantasy football players. Developed a plot bunny about two rivals locking horns during a fantasy season...

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  9. thanks for joining the blog hop! =)

    lohahmooi(@)hotmail(.)com

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  10. You know how I SO SO love all of your stories :)

    naughtycouture@yahoo.com

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    1. That's why you get a hug from a woman wearing a Marshall Faulk jersey... :D

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  11. I'm a new LGBTQ author participating in the hop. Just wanted to stop by. Good post!

    Stacey aka Coffey Brown

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  12. Have been a fan of yours since reading your stories on Literotica. Thanks for participating in the bloghop.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. That makes you one of the people responsible for making my happiness possible. Really. The support from readers has meant EVERYTHING! Thank you. :)

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  13. Hi Tali, I am so happy for all the success you have been enjoying lately with your published books. Please keep writing because you do it so well. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much! I haven't stopped writing since I was 10, so odds are good I'll be doing it until I kick. :D

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  14. Great post, I am looking forward to reading your stories.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  15. I'm a fan from Literotica and I wasn't aware you had a blogspot so I'm thrilled to have stumbled across your blog through Hop, I've joined your blog to keep up to date on posts! Just wanted to take a minute and congratulate you on your success ;) and let you know I'm looking forward to catching up on your work!

    kezia.rawr@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kezia! I'm so glad you were able to find me. It's a very big world out here, I'm finding out. It helps to have friends. :) I'll be making an announcement about the release date of The Prince of Winds tomorrow. Lots going on. :)

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  16. Hey Tali! Now what's this I hear about Prince of Winds coming soon???

    ~M

    nomoretears00@hotmail.com

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    1. I was just telling Kezia above about that. :) Can you tell I'm catching up after my fantasy football draft? And I believe you have Nighttime Dreams coming out soon?

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  17. Argh. I wrote a beautiful and detailed comment, congratulating you on your reasons for writing the stories that you do--and e-blogger ate it.

    Reader's Digest version: I believe in writing rounded, complex heroes who strive to be noble and fight fiercely for the people and values they love—worthy love interests for any romance. I want to show them having passionate lives.

    Yes! This!
    akasarahmadison at gmail dot com


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    1. Hi Sarah. It's a good thing we don't write our novels online, isn't it? I've been known to copy what I wrote before trying to submit, just because I don't trust forums and blogs. :/ Thanks for stopping by and sharing that sentiment, it's one I believe passionately. :)

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  18. Hi, Tali.

    You are a new author for me but not for long. I look forward in reading your works.

    I enjoyed your post; it was a great read.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Tracey. :) Thanks for stopping by to read my post.

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  19. Loved your post. Thanks for participating in the Hop.

    gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Gigi. I appreciate you stopping by and saying hello. :)

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  20. Thanks for the post and hop.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  21. I have read alot of m/m but I have never read a m/m fantasy. Your looks great. I agree that they our "your characters" and you write them as you see fit.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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    1. There are some excellent m/m fantasy books out there, so if you find you enjoy them, that opens up new reading territory. :) I love fantasy of all kinds, and m/m has some of the best. Thanks for stopping by, Kaylyn! :D

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  22. Hi
    I enjoyed reading your commets of why you write GLBTQ. I myself only read GLBTQ books. Please enter me for the Contest... Thank you

    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

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    1. You're in, ShirleyAnn. Thanks for coming by for a visit! :)

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  23. I am a big fan of M/M and look forward to reading your books.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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    1. Thanks Yvette. Are you a Rat Patrol fan, by chance? Just have to ask. :)

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  24. Thanks so much for participating in this hop! I love the way two men can find love in my favorite M/M books!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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    1. And they find love in different ways in every book. It's glorious and reaffirming. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  25. I love your writing and I love your blog! (I am already a member)

    Lilly :)
    Lillywriting@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Lilly! *waves* You're in. I'm glad to see you again, too. :)

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  26. I'm so excited about this hop it has some of my favorite authors.

    Christa.Brant@gmail.com

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    1. Mine, too. I've worshiped some of these writers for years and squee every time one of them talks to me. I just try not to do it so they can hear it! :)

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  27. Great post - same here. I love writing stories that "just happen" to include same gender sex and romance. It is the story that counts. Well done you - let's all break the formula-mould.

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  28. Great post! I'm looking forward to read your book it's on my tbr pile.

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Lyra. :) I hope you enjoy reading it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. Great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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    1. You're in, Vanessa. Thanks for dropping by to visit. :)

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  30. Count me in please, I love the sound of Sorcer's knot!

    elaynelost at yahoo dot de

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    1. Hi Ellie. It's a dark and moody little book. :) You're on the list.

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  31. I like reading m/m books and look forward to read yours!

    anzuazura at yahoo dot de

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lana. I'm hoping to win some books myself. :) Can't have too many good books.

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  32. Thanks for a wonderful post and joining the hop!
    seritzko AT verizon DOT net

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    1. Thanks, Susie. And thank you for coming to visit. :)

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  33. Hi. Great post. Thanks for being on The Blog Hop.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

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  34. Gorgeous website! I've had my eye on Sorcerer's Knot since you posted the cover ;-)

    ~Helen

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  35. Thanks for participating! I'm a GFC follower as Emily.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. The drawing is now closed and I will enter and draw the winner. Thanks all for stopping by and taking part in the Rainbow Book Review Blog Hop!

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