The Rainbow Book Reviews Blog is a fairly new blog dedicated to GLBTQ-related books, reviews and authors. And they've asked each participant to work with the following theme for their hop post:
"What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to me?"
I had some long convoluted answer to this question because as usual I was over-thinking things. I wanted to sound intelligent and like I was with the times and up on all the issues involved in the GLBTQ community. But in reality - and after trying for two days to write something that didn't make me sound shallow and brainless - I write because I love it and loving what I'm doing has the biggest meaning for me.
That's not to say that I don't think it's a valid question and it's not that I'm trying to trivialize it in any way, but it's not something I've really thought about before. I never set out to write m/m so I could make a difference but I do think the positivity of GLBTQ literature is a important way to showcase vital issues in the community. I'm a straight, married, forty-something woman who raised three kids and I've never experienced any of the issues that I generally give my characters but that doesn't mean I don't have empathy for those who have. I think empathy is important and being part of a community that strives to make a difference makes me proud so maybe that also adds some meaning to my writing and to my life.
I write because I love to write. I write because it makes me happy. I write because it keeps me sane (and my sanity definitely has meaning to me). I write m/m because I love the relationship between men and I believe everyone should have the right to love whoever they want in a non-judgmental way. I write in hopes I will have a positive impact on people who read my writing and I write because it gives me meaning in my own life. My answer is definitely not rocket science but it's mine. J
I'll be doing random draw for an ebook copy of one of my books - winner's choice of Countdown to Daddies or Lucius' Bite (Family of Misfits 1). Contest closes midnight Sunday, August 26.
Now click the Follow the Rainbow logo and hop on back to the main page of
the Rainbow Book Review Blog Hop and find another author to visit. Cheers.