Marie Landry: Making it Work

Today I am proud to host Marie Landry talking about how she…

Today I am proud to host Marie Landry talking about how she keeps going, keeps writing despite difficult times, and how she personally makes it work when life sucks. Her LGBTQ+ book, Take Them by Storm, is a lesbian YA novel, third in a series that doesn’t need to be read in order.

 

Almost everyone I know can agree on one thing if nothing else: 2016 sucked. For me personally it was one of the most difficult years of my life, and then throw in what was happening around the world and my brain felt like a chaotic mess.

All of this affected my writing. I had so much going on in my life that was preventing me from writing, and then throw in depression and anxiety that was exacerbated by everything happening in the world, and I lost most of my motivation. I was easily distracted. For the first time in my life, I didn’t want to write. It wasn’t the refuge it had always been, a way to escape the real world. Instead I buried myself in other people’s writing, and I channeled my creativity into bookstagram.

Cover Reveal : City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an…

Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an amazing Quebecois author (and friend!) who writes super fun LGBTQ+ fantasy and sci-fi with way too many characters in them. Ahem, who said that. 😉 If you like sprawling networks of diverse characters with all manner of complex relationships, you will really like Claudie’s work.

But… onto the (long awaited) cover of City of Strife, the first in Claudie’s new series!

Announcing: Making it Work

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be…

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be doing here on this blog, called Making it Work. I’ll be speaking with writers and other creative types and asking them to share how their creative process works in the middle of all of life’s struggles. I’m specifically hoping to highlight the ways people with mental and physical health issues handle their creative work.

Interview with Kate Ledbetter: Author of Anagnorisis

Today I get to share with you an interview with Kate Ledbetter,…

Today I get to share with you an interview with Kate Ledbetter, author of Anagnorisis, an awesome horror novella I’ve helped edit and produce. It’s been a long time coming, but the book is finally out on Amazon! I hope you all will check it out, and get to know Kate and her work a little below.

Anagnorisis CoverSo, as a horror author I’m sure you get asked this a lot, but… Do you watch a lot of horror movies? What are some of your favorite horror books and movies?

I watch horror constantly. Aside from stand up comedy and some truly terrible reality tv (think Ghost Adventures and Finding Bigfoot less than Real Housewives) it’s almost all I watch anymore. That said, I’ve found that when you insist on seeing a glut of a certain genre, you’re bound to find more marginal and frankly bad movies than amazing ones. Especially when you’re also a part of that genre and are a bit more critical than most viewers.

Many popular horror movies, I just don’t find enjoyable. In particular, I’m really not fond of movies or books that rely on mental illness or someone else’s culture to provide the scary elements of the movie. If what’s supposed to be scary is that someone the audience thought was a reliable narrator was in fact suffering from a mental illness, to me that’s a bad movie and lazy writing. I’m also not into horror that depends too heavily on gore for the sake of gore rather than building suspense with a solid plot and compelling details.

Holiday Querying Blues

Guest post by S. L. Bynum Wait, it’s almost Christmas already? But…

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Guest post by S. L. Bynum

Wait, it’s almost Christmas already?

But I still have so much to do for my writing career! I have to edit my query letter, write a synopsis, research agents, e-mail my queries before literary agents take time off for the holidays…

This was me for the last seven years or so, because every time the end of the December comes, agents take a couple of weeks off and don’t respond to emails. It’s agonizing, desperately waiting for a reply about your future as an author and they aren’t even in their offices.

LGBT Speculative Fiction for the Holidays

QueerSciFi is running our first ever holiday blog hop. Our members will…

QueerSciFi is running our first ever holiday blog hop. Our members will be sharing a number of our great holiday-themed titles on their blogs – it’s a great way to find speculative-fiction themed LGBT holiday books! We’ve included buy links for each of the books below – books are listed in alphabetical order by title. Happy Holidays!

Christmas – Real Life (a Giftmas guest post by J. S. Watts)

Guest post by J. S. Watts As part of the Giftmas Blog…

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Guest post by J. S. Watts

As part of the Giftmas Blog Tour, I’m contributing two posts: one about my real life experiences of Christmas and the other about how the festive season features in my writing. This is real life Christmas, past and present.

I grew up in London in the United Kingdom. As a fairly typical (whatever that means) non-church-going family we celebrated Christmas, but as a festive holiday, rather than a religious festival. I had friends who saw Christmas as a religious event, first and foremost, and spent much of it in church and others who did not celebrate it at all for equally religious reasons. That was fine. North West London, as I experienced it, was a tolerant and accepting place.