Pride Month Author Workshop: Writing Queer Characters

Pride Month Author Workshop: Writing Queer Characters

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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!

Highlighting Novels from Transgender and Nonbinary Authors

Highlighting Novels from Transgender and Nonbinary Authors

When you’re reading a novel, you don’t often think of the experience of the person behind the words. What is their heritage? What experiences have molded their lives, and therefore their work? How much of them is sprinkled into their characters? The particular experience we’ll be highlighting today is that of non-binary and transgender authors. Sometimes, the life of these individuals is chalked up to not having the bathroom that matches their under identity, but the real numbers are much more grim. Data and statistics from the Human Right’s Campaign on the trans experience revealed 29% of trans adults living in …

Pure Gold: Jonathan Van Ness’ Children’s Book Debut

Pure Gold: Jonathan Van Ness’ Children’s Book Debut

Jonathan Van Ness, the author of Over the Top and star of Queer Eye, has stepped out of his comfort zone. Bringing his signature humor and positivity, Van Ness has written a Children’s Book to inspire kids to celebrate everything that makes them special. Image Via Amazon Looking back on his childhood, Van Ness never understood why he was more over the top than the rest of the children. It came to a point when he realized that there was little to no solace in books to make him feel as though his uniqueness was what made him special. This …