• Fantasy,  Indie Authors,  LGBTQ,  WLW,  YA Lit

    Introducing: Amber and Ivy from The Willow Fae

    I’m working on a YA fantasy series called The Willow Fae, and I’m excited to introduce ya’ll to my girls. Meet Ivy, a scientist, scholar, and princess: As the daughter of the Fire Faerie Queen and a merman, Ivy knows what it’s like to grow up between worlds. She lives with her mother in the royal court of an enchanted forest, but she craves the solace of the stars and freedom of the sea. Meet Amber Everlee, a 14 year old human who’s curious above all things: Amber’s mother moved her family to a secluded island and disappeared without a trace. She left Amber with a single warning: stay away…

  • LGBTQ,  Video Games,  WLW

    Stop Freaking Burying Your Gays: A Rant™

    Hey lovely readers! Today I want to talk about writing better LGBTQ characters by understanding a major trope to avoid. It’s called “Burying your gays,” and it’s Real Bad. Let’s look at this trope in action so we can understand what not to do. Below are major spoilers for the game “Life is Strange” and for the shows “The 100” and “Buffy.” Let’s start by defining some quick terms, so we’re all on the same page: WLW – Women who Love Women. An umbrella term for lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual women.  Queer women – See above. Burying Your Gays – a horrible, overused trope where gay characters are killed off randomly, brutally,…