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Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop





I’m taking part in the Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop this week. Check out the other posts, the prize list, and the rafflecopter giveaway.

The theme for this blog hop is “your first experience in the LGBT community.”



Mine is reading and writing related, and began about ten years ago when I was reading fanfic online and discovered slash, and yaoi (both online and in hardcopy manga). I loved reading m/m, and realised this was what I’d been missing in my reading for all these years. But my experience got even better when a friend sent me published books – I had no idea they were out there, and devoured what she sent.

It’s still not that easy to find m/m to read locally but the library has some now—although it’s not always easy to find them on the catalogue—and with the event of places of sites like Book Depository with free international postage, and ebooks I haven’t looked back. Now there’s so much to choose from that I can’t keep up, which makes me happy.

But my story doesn’t finish there. I was looking for a home for my first novel, and had tried a couple of mainstream local publishers with no luck. I’d been exchanging emails with a m/m author whose work I enjoyed, and she suggested submitting to Dreamspinner Press. The rest is history, and I’m happy to be able to contribute to a community which has made me feel so very welcome.

I now have six titles out with Dreamspinner Press, and the seventh (Winter Duet) being published in September/October.

Question time, with a simple yes/no answer. Have I ever read yaoi manga?

To enter the giveaway visit the hop page and don’t forget to click on the links there to keep hopping.

Comments

( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Jul. 4th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
Great Post Anne!
anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic!
Thank you :)
Cornelia Simpkins
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Equal Rights Hop
Yes.
cvsimpkins@msn.com
anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Equal Rights Hop
Thanks for reading and entering :)
sarah_madison
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
I love it! I did a lot of theater in high school and college, and my friends were my theater friends, as opposed to gay or straight. But when I discovered slash, I felt for the very first time as though I'd discovered adult romantic fiction written just for me. :-)
anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That was pretty much how I felt too along with why didn't I know about this sooner.
Shirley Ann Speakman
Jul. 7th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop
No
Great post.

ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk
anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop
Thanks for reading, and entering.

I love reading yaoi manga.

Edited at 2014-07-22 10:06 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Equal Rights Blog Hop
No.

anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Equal Rights Blog Hop
Thanks for reading and entering.

I love reading yaoi manga.
queertownabbey
Jul. 12th, 2014 10:27 am (UTC)
Hi Anne,

I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in The Equal Rights Blog Hop. Thanks to you the Blog Hop was a great success.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe summer.

All the best,

Anders
Founder/Administrations Manager
Queer Town Abbey
anne_barwell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Anders and for the opportunity to take part. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to summer when it finally gets here but we're a few months off it yet sadly. Still in the middle of cold and wet with snow on the hills.
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