Why do I write LGBTQA fiction?

So, let’s talk for a minute about how … instead of writing my book … I’m going to write this blog post instead. #procrastination

I just wanted to talk about how / why I write for the LGBTQ community… and what I think some of the assumptions about my writing might be when people discover this.

First of all, I am part of the LGBTQ community. As both a trans male and an identifying pansexual, I have grown accustomed to both having to defend my identity and explaining it to those who are not familiar with my lifestyle. This is one reason that many of the characters (I think it’s safe to say… a good 96%) are either gay or bisexual, to boil it down to the simplest of terms. As the series continues and the characters evolve, a few of them have become more and more gender ambiguous as well. I also think this is important. Who wants cisgendered heterosexual characters ALL of the time?

I write for characters that are gay, bisexual, gender queer, gender fluid, asexual, transgendered, etc because I am ready for these characters to STOP becoming a novelty. They are not plot twists, they are not overbearing stereotypes, they do not exist as taboos. I’m tired of reading books where openly gay characters are flamboyant and lisping, almost always elves, almost always some sort of minstrel or assassin. Fantasy characters, just like people in real life, come in all shapes, sizes, colors, professions, and personalities. That is why Shrukian, the tall, broad, masculine soldier, exists alongside his slender, foppish, snarky brother Pharun. They both have very similar sexualities (Pharun has a preference towards men, but can enjoy a powerful woman. And Shrukian is the opposite). (Oh, by the way, maybe a spoiler alert). But guess what? Their sexuality is not the focal point of the books. That leads into my next point …

I want to see LGBTQ characters become more mainstream, and I want them to be as normal in fantasy as hetero cisgenders. As a teenager I would have loved to read the books that I am writing now. I wanted more characters with flexible sexualities and gender performances. Even in a frighteningly misogynistic society like Dragoloth, men are not looked down upon for bathing and wearing perfume. Meanwhile, I want to also include more pro-female societies. But while I am on my way to accomplishing this, I am  quickly inserting more powerful female characters into the Age of Waking Death series (see Nerissa as my prime example, I love her to death).

People might assume that because I write gay fiction I might just have a lot of poorly written sex and romance scenes. But honestly, a lot of my sex happens off-camera, because I am much more interested in the political intrigue and family dynamics. My work is based on how people interact with each other and how societies can be changed when a single head falls.

I don’t write these books to be shocking or different, I write them because they are a reflection of my soul and my journey, and I always hope that there is someone out there who will be able to read between the lines and relate.

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Too much yaoi fandom for Cy

I’ve decided that I would love to collaborate with an artist on a Yaoi style project tying back to the Age of Waking Death series. I used to think maybe I could scrape together the talent within myself to illustrate it all on my own … but alas, I have come to the conclusion that I am just not good enough for that. So if there are any artists out there interested in a joint project, let me know, I’d love to see what could happen when we put our heads together!

It’s about time I got some writing done. I finally sat down and finished out a whole new chapter of “the Bitch King”. It is not a lot of progress, but it is some progress nonetheless. I have not exhausted my inspiration but I am forcing myself to take a break so I don’t squeeze myself dry, forcing myself into another two week hiatus.

I did re-vamp the covers of the series… again. I SWEAR THIS IS THE LAST TIME. I also updated the look of the website, and all of that good stuff. My roommate calls updating book covers my “hobby”. Maybe if I get good enough at it I can do them for other people instead of constantly tearing down and building up my own.

Anyway, here is a picture of the new lineup! I might have some more sneak previews of the Bitch King coming up soon, and don’t forget that a copy of The Dragon’s Disciples is still up for grabs! The June giveaway will end soon. And I have a cool idea for a July contest that I think will be fun. More details on that later!

And thanks to everyone who replied to my last post about advertising. It’s still a struggle, but I think I’m going to be able to see it through. Just have to keep researching and communicating with other writers!

If you haven’t already, stop by my Facebook page ( facebook.com/cnfaust ) and give it a “like”, and feel free to send me a friend request as well (Cyrus N Bonham) . Also be sure to like and share the June giveaway with all of your nerdy fantasy reading friends!

And as promised, here is the new cover line-up. So lovely, imho. 😮

Quotes that Defined My Childhood

1. I am Egypt! I am the morning and the evening star. If I say day is night then it shall be written. 

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2. Now you shall deal with me, o’ prince, and all the powers of Hell. 

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3. Oo-de-la-lee, fortune tellers! FORTUNE FORECASTS, LUCKY CHARMS! What’s the dope with your horoscope? 

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4. I had a little trouble with the fireplace. 

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5. Ooh, leaf. OOH, MIGHT ATTACK ME. Ooh, it’s a SCARY tree. I’m afraid! (also, everything else Kuzco ever said). 

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6. Hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny! 

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7. I’d rather be smart than be an actor! 

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8. “Let your sword do the talking!” “I will and it shall be loquacious to a fault!” 

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9. Everything ever uttered by Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder. 

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