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Even a Little is a Lot: Asexual Representation in YA

Asexuality in YA Series: Day #5 Previous Posts: Representing the Asexual Experience by Tabitha O'Connell | My Kind of Normal by Kelly Murashige | What’s So Important About Ace Representation? by Kazul Wolf | Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit by Dill Werner | Introduction: Asexuality in YA Series by Vee S. The future always seemed bright, but [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Author Guest Blog, New Releases, Publishing People, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Even a Little is a Lot: Asexual Representation in YA

The Hero’s Journey in Trans YA

by Vee S. Introduction Last year I wrote a post about the “Acceptance” Narrative in Trans YA. That post detailed my thoughts on three problematic books that feature cis characters lamenting how hard it is to know someone who is trans. Today, I want to talk about another issue of representation in trans YA, and [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|1 Comment

How the Fox Became

Trans Awareness Week: Day #4  Previous Posts: Interview: Alex Gino, The Room Where it Happens by Parrish Turner, Trans Stories Are Human Stories by April Daniels, Center Trans Voices: Introduction to Trans Awareness Week Series by Vee S.) by Fox Benwell  I talk a lot, both as a transmasculine guy and as a writer, about the importance of words. [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on How the Fox Became

Interview: Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When The Moon Was Ours

When I (Vee) was at BEA this Summer, I had the marvelous opportunity to meet and interview Anna-Marie McLemore. We had been chatting about trans & queer YA for a few months on Twitter, so it was LOVELY to be able to meet her in person. Her book When the Moon Was Ours (which [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, Book Club, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Interview: Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When The Moon Was Ours

Interview: C.B. Lee & Rachel Davidson Leigh

Bisexual Awareness Week Series Day #3 – Previous Posts: Introduction -- Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers -- Let's Push For More Nuanced Bi+ Representation Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee & Hold by Rachel Davidson Leigh are both ALL THE WAY UP on our TBRs! Today, we're so excited to have BOTH of these authors [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Author Interview, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Interview: C.B. Lee & Rachel Davidson Leigh

Let’s Push For More Nuanced Bi+ Representation

Bisexual Awareness Week Series Day #2 – Previous Posts: Introduction -- Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers by Angélique Gravely I didn't start actively reading LGBTQ+ YA until I was almost a college graduate. By that time, I had more or less accepted my bisexual attractions and my desire to be a YA writer so I [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Let’s Push For More Nuanced Bi+ Representation

Interview: Liz Kessler, author of Read Me Like a Book

I got the chance to interview Liz Kessler, author of the YA novel Read Me Like A Book, and the two middle-grade series Emily Windsnap and, Phillipa's Fairy Godsister. Read Me Like A Book is, in Liz's words, about "a girl going from her last boyfriend to her first girlfriend via a major crush on [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Interview: Liz Kessler, author of Read Me Like a Book

On the Queer Trans Experience: Because Sometimes Just One Letter Ain’t Enough

by Meredith Russo  One of the things most often praised about my book If I Was Your Girl isn’t the book itself, but the author’s note at the end (or the beginning, depending on if you’re reading the ARC or the final print) where I lay out my hope that cis people won’t take Amanda’s [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on On the Queer Trans Experience: Because Sometimes Just One Letter Ain’t Enough

Interview: Eleanor Herman, author of the Blood of Gods and Royals series

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. Meanwhile, [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, Blogathon 2016, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Interview: Eleanor Herman, author of the Blood of Gods and Royals series

What My Queer YA Means To Me

by Erin Bow  I will be honest. I didn’t set out to write a book in which girls kiss each other. As a novelist, I’m not much of a planner. Even the few things I do have planned don’t always work out, and that was certainly the case with my 2015 book, The Scorpion Rules. [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on What My Queer YA Means To Me