Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme sharing your thoughts and happenings. You just grab a button and create your post. Sure I guess I write it differently from most but moving on....
1. I have all sorts of stuff going on:
A) More in Getting Personal
B) Freelance work is ongoing. Thank God.
2. Anticipating the arrival of Glass Sword. It was mailed in advance of the release date so hopefully it will reach me this week. Fingers Crossed.
3. Still have to get the smell out of books that got wet after the grand bathroom flood. Plumber #2 finally fixed what was really going on. Bit me Plumber #1. From me and my books. Plus it was just luck both times I stayed up late writing. Of course the cracks that make the water seep into my room sucks ass but still...
4. Lots and lots of writing. YAY!!!? Get out of here question mark!
5. Tuesday is Deadpool. Boom.
Getting Personal: Out of the Writing Closet
You guessed it! I'm closing my Roe pseudonym in favor of writing all my YA under my real name without separating my upcoming LGBT novels. Wait? That wasn't your guess? Um...okay.
When I had decided upon the pseudonym and the separation years ago there were various reasons.
I. I was still on the fence on some aspects of the lgbt community. While no longer on the path of just silently condemning all gays to hell I still was unsure about a lot of things. Where I live there is not much talk about the positive side of the non-heterosexual lifestyle. A straight girl like myself can only make so much decisions with limited information.
2. My family was a concern. I have chosen the shocking man-less lifestyle and not dropped any babies via the Virgin Mary Method (don't you dare God. I love and worship you but no, NO). While this has been thankfully accepted by my traditional life givers it was very doubtful seeing my name under a book written with anything homosexual or otherwise related would be acceptable.
3. There was so much talk about branding and writing only a particular type of book under one name. Worse there were claims that writing under too many genres with one name might turn off publishers and back then I was very interested in one day getting a traditional publisher.
4. Yada, Yada, Yada.
So what changed you must be wondering?
Maybe a little like that. So early last week I went looking at a publishing site to see if they were doing anymore special submissions. Just to realize they had stopped doing those. Oh well. So I went trolling around the site looking at a bunch of their published stuff then noticed something. There were nearly no males, especially with the fantasy which was just a female looking a man even when it had nothing to do with the story. Seriously? Shoe-horned romance is not cool. I decided then that I would come up with something to wow these people.
Because after multiple delays of my self published works I am clearly the shit. First one is coming by June 2016 folks.
After much percolating I decided to post my idea to Twitter where all the unique people dwell and not drowning on Facebook. By then it had become a sort of fantasy/magical realism novel idea. The MC was a merman, he was gay living where that was not allowed, he would flee to our land world where he won't be forced into an arranged marriage. That was the start. To my surprise this quickly got several likes and even retweeted. It was like #Arrow had just mike dropped outside Wednesday night (I do top notch work with those live tweets). So I started then by Friday I took out everything and wrote one new sentence.
Sunday I decided to share that sentence on Twitter and I swear my mind exploded. First I got two likes very popular LGBT Twitter Accounts. Nice. Then I got five new followers in quick succession along with a bunch of other stuff. For one tweet in my life that is mind blowing. So happy. #TornMerman.
Then I got to thinking about my writing and my mind honestly went to the fact that we don't have nearly enough mainstream LGBT fiction out there. Not at the forefront anyway. Times are changing but it's still hard to really find lgbt fiction that gets top billing outside LGBTQA websites and book recommendations and interviews. Sorry but what drives a fanbase to the top is the ground movement from fans like with Harry Potter, Red Queen, and so on. Plus great marketing. Sadly a lot of lgbt works gets a temporary buzz, a pat on the back and only the medium fanbase left still talking about it months later. Notice how many lgbt books topping book recommendation lists? Award nominations for books in the mainstream? Not many and there are a really good amount of LGBT books out there not getting nearly enough due.
That was when I realized I was part of the problem.
By having a separate name for just my LGBT YA books while keeping mine for others I was stating that something was somehow wrong or different with those books. The realization was quite jarring. I came to the quick decision to close my Roe accounts. I'll be doing one last post on Roe is Writing for a blogfest then I'm done. I will leave the blog up, get rid of the barely used Facebook writing account and find new use for the Twitter one.
I will be keeping my adult LGBTQA pseudonym Royme. In that case I feel that the true freedom to write adult novels of varying degrees is best served with the pseudonym to avoid any publisher I might work with in the future getting concerned about my real name being on books about fierce pirates, sexual rebels or *gasp* human trafficking on an alien planet. I know, I know. The controversy.
Okay that girl with the brush is kind of scary. Okay. Really Scary.
There. I feel much better now.
So I write anything I want under my real name now. Except for some hard core naughty bits. Though I kind of hit that by transferring my upcoming first NA novel from Roe. Horror here I come. Better yet Huntress the star of book one is now black and has an Afro. Eat your heart out readers. No seriously she is a flesh eater and hunts humans. She would really eat your heart. So yeah I only publish the tame things under my real name. Riiiiiight.
Breaking News: Literally today (Monday) 12: 17 a.m. while finishing this up for post I checked my Twitter and realized I got a new follower just four minutes ago. A writer of lgbt fiction. The support is real!!
With all that how can I not be completely true to my writing life and throw all doubt out the window?
Thank you all who stopped by and read this whole thing. The title for my merman novel in progress is The Torn Merman and I will be featuring a preview in March on Wattpad. It was so nice of you to read along as I shared my feelings and thoughts. May the writing world continue to expand and bring us more books about all types of people.
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