Science fiction isn’t all about science—or aliens, robots, alternate dimensions, spaceships, or any other speculative hallmark of the genre. Good science fiction, like all good literature, holds up a mirror to humanity to give us a better look at ourselves.
Author and journalist Abigail Pesta brought countless stories of abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar to light. Now she says it’s time to finally listen to girls the first time.
As the most colorful month of the year comes to an end, we must all remember that Pride should be a year-long celebration, and not a just monthly event. Everyone at Bookstr is dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA+ representation EVERYWHERE. But since we’re mostly about the love of books, this article will be dedicated to queer representation in fiction. You don’t have to be part of the LGBTQ+ community to write queer characters.
We have interviewed authors Carly Heath and Koakuma Gyaru (pen name: Nekohara Mimi) about their experiences in writing queer characters, and asked them to share some tips for straight authors who want to do the same in this special pride month author workshop!
New author Carly Heath gives her insight on how to write queer marginalized identities for our How To Write LGBTQIA+ Characters article series.