Interview: I Heart Reading

Here is an interview I did with the blog I Heart Reading, and I decided to share it on my blog because I don’t really believe it’s going to make it on their blog.  I got kinda ranty and I stated some things that a lot of people wouldn’t agree with. But I like some of the answers I gave in regards to A Time of Darkness, so I want to share them here.

Also, these are my opinions on a book (the Witcher) which I am allowed to haveand because I don’t feel like arguing about my opinions (this is not a forum, sorry) I am turning comments off on this entry.

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Walla Walla Ding Dong

Two points if you can guess what that title is a reference to.

So Qorth is going to be free tomorrow for five days! Woot!

These will be my last rantings before I take a nice vacation.

I still plan to check my email occasionally, though. Rest assured. Also, if you are from the paranormal club on Goodreads and wanted to promote me for your chance at the draw, your best bet is to send me a private message and I will get back to you. Same applies to anyone who wants an ARC.

All that being said, I’mma share a secret with you.

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Self-Inserts and I

So I been thinking about this since yesterday, when I came across a very disgusting, hateful conversation about female writers. Some of the merry misogynists accused female writers of always self-inserting and focusing on themselves (because god forbid a woman should fantasize or dream).

I mean, it’s not as if men didn’t use fictional characters to fantasize about themselves in fantasy settings — Batman, Superman, Geralt the Witcher is just Sapkowski, Bilbo Baggins is obviously Tolkien, Tim Burton lives vicariously through Johnny Deep, and every fucking video game character protagonist ever is there so men can insert themselves in juvenile fantasies where they are powerful and handsome and all the womenz want them. These men are focusing — gasp! — on themselves entirely, and these are just a few examples.

Men do it too. There’s nothing wrong with a writer fantasizing and self-inserting so long as it’s done well. Of course, there’s no reasoning with misogynists. Their hatred of women will lead them to believe that women can do nothing right. It’s the same for racists and homophobes. Hatred is the same in all its ugly forms: it’s irrational and it’s taught. And it’s taught to uphold a status quo so that one group stays in power.

But anyway. The real point of my post is that I don’t have any self-inserts, though I’m sure people who read my books think otherwise.

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Categories . . . Sigh.

Today I noticed that my book Time’s Arrow got shoved in LGBT categories thanks to a few keywords I used. It also got shoved into romance, even though I don’t consider it a romance.

While the book does feature a queer protagonist, I really don’t like that it got shoved into that category. Neferre’s sexuality is not a focus of the story, anymore than a straight character’s sexuality is the focus of a story.

I realize these keyword categories exist to make it easier for queer people to find literature including them, but at the same time, these categories encourage people who are not queer to write them off as “queer fiction.” And you know what happens then? They miss out on really good stories because they’ve been instructed to believe that queer stories are only for queer people.

It’s the same deal with categories for race and categories for gender.

And yet, we don’t have a category called “white fiction” and we don’t have a category called “men’s fiction” and we don’t have a category called “straight fiction” and queer people are not balking at the idea of reading about straight people. Women are not rolling their eyes and throwing a tantrum at the idea of reading about men.

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