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!

Why We Need to Address White Assumption in Books

Why We Need to Address White Assumption in Books

Book Culture

If this were a book and I opened it up by describing a “slim heroine with bright brown eyes, thick long hair, and a dimpled smile” what, or who would you picture? It’s natural for us as readers to assign a look to a character, sometimes even influenced by someone we know or a celebrity that we feel fits the description. But the fact of the matter is that many of you who read that description, without even thinking about it, automatically pictured this heroine as a white woman. And that, dear readers, is what it means to see whiteness …