Writing #GLBTQ Literature

 

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What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to us? We’re a married couple writing erotic romance together under our pen name, Adriana Kraft. We’re also proud parents of a gay son, members of our local PFLAG chapter, and social activists who’ve supported causes we believe in across more decades than we necessarily want to count.

Nearly three and a half years ago, we stood with other supporters on the steps of our local county Courthouse on an April afternoon awaiting word on the Iowa Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. We were prepared to stand for our values whichever way the decision went – and we were thrilled with the outcome (and blogged about it, HERE). I don’t think we can say it better than one of us told a reporter that afternoon: “Love is love, and every couple deserves a happy ending.”

So that’s one major reason we write what we write: to celebrate love wherever it can be found, and to share with the world our belief that all persons, whatever their sexual orientation, deserve equality under the law when they form a love relationship.

There’s more of course – we do write erotic romance, after all, and our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. There are so many varieties and combinations under the rainbow banner. We’re especially partial to scenes and stories that feature two women together, whether lesbian or bisexual. Our short stories and novels explore what’s possible for women (well, and the occasional man) who can’t fit themselves neatly into the box labeled “straight.” Sometimes their foray into same sex relationships turns out to be a small part of coming into their own sexually, as in Mistress of Purgatory Point. More often, same sex erotic encounters become more central for them, and they find a range of solutions for ongoing expression of their entire spectrum of sexuality. We write a world where three- and even four-way committed relationships are not only possible but welcomed.

We hope you’ll leave us a comment on why GLBTQ literature matters to you, and what your favorite pairings are. We’ll pull a winner by random number Monday morning, August 27. Good luck!

 

21 Responses to “Writing #GLBTQ Literature”

  1. I knew most of this about the two of you, but I love stopping by your blog anyway! Keep writing.

     
    • Thanks, Kissa – and the same to you!

      Adriana

       
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  2. I write and read LGBT fiction because all love should be celebrated.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

     
    • Thanks, Kimberly – couldn’t have said it better!

      Adriana

       
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  3. I love pairing of two (or more!) strong men. Like reading about the love and tenderness between them.
    Loved your post. Thanks for participating in the Hop.

     
    • Gigi
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    • mmm, agree, Gigi, love tenderness between men, too!

       
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  4. Great post, Adriana. Thank you for sharing. I look forward in reading your works.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

     
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    • Thanks, Tracey – hope you enjoy them!

       
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  5. We’re still waiting for marriage rights in Colorado. It’s ridiculous and maddening, but slowly and surely it’s happening and someday the country will be on the right side of things.

     
    • I agree, Ryal – demographics are on our side. The younger part of the population is in favor, so I’m hoping it won’t be very long now. We’re barely hanging on in Iowa.

       
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  6. Wonderful post Adriana, I love reading m/m romance books!

     
    • emiliana
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Emiliana – I love m/m too. In fact I love everything under the rainbow!

       
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  7. I love M/M and the tenderness that each character can bring.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

     
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    • agree – tenderness is hot, whatever the gender(s).

       
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  8. I don’t think we can say it better than one of us told a reporter that afternoon: “Love is love, and every couple deserves a happy ending.”

    A great summation of a fundamental truth!

    Loved reading about your combined efforts to bring a variety of options to readers–I was really intrigued by this line: Our short stories and novels explore what’s possible for women (well, and the occasional man) who can’t fit themselves neatly into the box labeled “straight.”

    Now you’ve got me thinking! 🙂

     
    • Thanks Sarah – always glad to get someone thinking! There’s lots of room outside the box…

       
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  9. I love acceptance and happy ever afters no matter the form, and I love m/m (or m/m/more pairings especially.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

     
    • Emily W.
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    • Thanks, Emily – acceptance is key, isn’t it?

       
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  10. Very nice post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

     
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    • Thanks!

       
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  11. Congratulations, Sarah – the random number generator chose you, for a free download of your choice from our back-list! Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by and commenting!

     
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