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Click on the graphic to see the go to the blog hop page. There you'll find a list of blogs taking part in the hop. Each author is blogging on the theme 'what writing GLBTQ literature means to me'. To be in to win the prize being offered, leave a comment on an author's blog post, and don't forget to leave your email address so they can contact you.

I'm giving away an ebook copy of my new release (hot off the 'press' next Tuesday) Magic's Muse.



The simple answer to this question is that I want to be able to write what I want to read, and those are the characters who 'show up' and want their stories told. I work in a library, and when I'm shelving and I find an interesting book or a new author, I find myself flipping through the book looking for a m/m relationship or at least the hope of one.

I'm more than often disappointed.

It is important to me to be able to be true to myself as a writer. In the same way I write stories about people who work together to overcome obstacles to be able to live their lives so they can be true to themselves.

The easy way out would be to write mainstream stories which would be 'acceptable' to a wider range of readers. Just as these guys have the option to hide who they are and to live the lives that are expected of them.

I don't want to do that, anymore than they do. Why should I? Why should they?

I'm not a fan of stereotypes. People are individuals, and as such shouldn't have to conform to a so called highly over-rated 'norm'. Who has the right to decide what is normal or not anyway?

Unfortunately there are those out there who react negatively to anyone who is different to they are, and forget that perhaps to those people, they are the ones who are different.

I want to be able to tell stories about people living their lives, and loving and being with who they want, working together to achieve whatever, whether it's a happy ending, a struggle against the powers that be, or against a 'big bad'. This is one of things I love about SF and fantasy – I can write about a world that is populated by people who do not have the hang ups that exist in this one. While in some of my stories, marrying another man can be an issue, it's not the gender of their chosen partner that is the problem, but the continuation of bloodlines or someone of royalty marrying a commoner, hurdles that characters in a heterosexual romance often have to overcome as well.

In other genres, sadly, a man marrying or even holding hands with another man can often lead to imprisonment and death. In 'Echoes', the historical series I'm writing set in WW2, this is in the forefront of the minds of the characters each time they act on their feelings for each other, whether it be making love, kissing, or even hugging. They're still people with flaws and strengths struggling to make their world a better place. They fight, are injured, and put themselves in harms' way for what they hope is the greater good just as others around them do. Why should wanting to be with the person the love be different for them? Where is the fairness in that?

There isn't any. But in showing them to be individuals, and allowing their characters to grow, and at least in my stories get their happy ending, perhaps I can make a difference, not just for them, but give hope to someone else reading about them that a happy ending is possible.

In summary, I'm going to give the final words to Kristopher and Michel from 'Shadowboxing', two men who love each other and are trying to survive a war. Realistically though, they know any chance of a happy ending in which they are together is going to be bittersweet, as they will have to spend the remainder of their lives hiding who they truly are, and what they mean to each other, from the rest of the world.

"According to the teachings I was raised with, wanting another man in that way is wrong." Kristopher shook his head and sighed. "I can't see how the love you and I feel for each other can be. It's beautiful and feels so good."

Michel's reply says it all:

"You can't help who you fall in love with."

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Andrea Grendahl
Aug. 24th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I'm finding some new-to-me authors and it's interesting to see what their writing means to them.
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, and nice to 'meet you'.
probodie
Aug. 24th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued and looking forward to finding new authors of m/m fiction, which makes me happy.
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. I like that about these blog hops too.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
thank you
I agree with you on " in a library, and when I'm shelving and I find an interesting book or a new author, I find myself flipping through the book looking for a m/m relationship or at least the hope of one." Sometimes I just hope that prejudice that matter for book lovers...

But I do agree with this quote from your book

"You can't help who you fall in love with." that's the story of all LGBT and it doesnt matter the gender when it comes to love.

thank you for your giveaway

jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you
Thanks for the comment. I thought Michel put it a lot better than I could :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
blog hop
i do agree with you that you can't help whom you fall in love with. and also with me the BEST books that i have ever written have been found off the beaten path!

laurie

parisfan_ca@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: blog hop
Thanks for commenting. I've found a lot of my now favourite authors by chance and not because I was 'looking for them'.
kimberlyfdr
Aug. 24th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
I always love these blogs hops, getting to know new-to-me authors and a deeper understanding of my favorites :)

kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Love your icon!

Thanks for commenting. I love that about these blog hops too.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
I do think m/m has made me more sympathetic toward men as a whole, because it presents a more nuanced and varied spectrum of men than het romance's borderline-rapist control freak alpha males. I got into m/m because I love men, but the menage and transgender storylines I've read have been really enlightening, too.

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
One of the things I like about m/m is the lack of gender stereotypes. I like reading about people, not the misconceptions of how they 'should' act. Should is an evil word.

Thanks for commenting. :)
cw63
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think that the whole LGBTQ genre fits me, because if you ask my hubby, my standard answer to why did I do that is "why by normal". Most peoples normal is not where or what I want to be. You love someone, because of what is inside, not the package it is in. Atleast that is how I feel. So thanks for writing stories out of the 'norm' for those of us who are unable to write what we want to read.
cinders1964@hotmail.com
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
That's it exactly. Loving someone is a connection with much more than the physical, and love is love. So called 'normality' is vastly overrated. Give me people who dare to be individuals anyday.

Thanks for commenting :)
Lou Sylvre
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Great blog hop post!
Thanks for saying these things so well, Anne. I've read Kristopher and Michel's first installment, and they definitely have a hard row to hoe, so their happy ending is priceless. Keep up the good words.

Lou
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Great blog hop post!
Thanks, Lou. Kristopher and Michel do have a difficult road ahead but I keep hanging onto the fact they'll still have each other at the end of it.
Talismania1
Aug. 24th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thought-provoking
You've nailed the greatest attraction (for me) of LGBTQ fiction, which is that the characters live fully portrayed lives. This is particularly true about male characters. M/M fiction men more resemble the men I actually know and love and laugh with. Thanks!
anne_barwell
Aug. 28th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought-provoking
One thing I like about writing these kinds of blog posts is it makes me sit down and put what I feel and think into words.

Thanks for commenting. :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hop
Thanks for participating in the HOP. Very interesting post.

gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
Re: Hop
Thank you :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 25th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
LGBTQ fiction
I'm a new LGBTQ author participating in the hop. I wanted to read as many blog as I can. Good post!

Stacey aka Coffey Brown
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: LGBTQ fiction
Thank you :)
sjmarv
Aug. 25th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Blog Hop notice and for sharing you're thoughts.
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting :)
moniqee
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Bravo to your thoughts!!

" You can't help who you fall in love with" just apply to everyone including the alchoholics, druggies, workholics, gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender in the midst of the screwup world.

It's tough to write what in mind but maybe your stories could give readers what life and love can be. Look forward to the sequel.

Thank you for being part of the Hop and giving us an insight thoughts on the theme.
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
lohahmooi15
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
thank you for participating in this blog hop. it's been an interesting journey hopping around reading author's POV on their passion for writting GLBTQ.

lohahmooi(@)hotmail(.)com
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
"You can't help who you fall in love with." <3
Thanks for sharing, I'm enjoying meeting new authors and hope to add new books to me read shelf.
Thanks
Amanda
peanutty222@hotmail.com
anne_barwell
Aug. 29th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)
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