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Okay, so as an author, I’ve been following a few authors’ blog tours and a disturbing theme keeps raising its ugly head – that GLBTQ literature isn’t worthy of being called literature or being taken seriously. So where do I start on this topic? How many books are out there in the so-called “normal” world (and I refer to the heterosexual book world) that I wouldn’t use as toilet paper? Yet they’ve been soaked up, drooled over, and made famous by absolutely millions —and yet they are the most slated books in the industry!

I work with an amazing publisher, a most wonderful and talented editor, a phenomenal EIC and assistant EIC who all take their work and our work extremely seriously. And that’s not to mention the other amazing authors that I work with. We have all put our hearts and souls into our work, and that deserves as much credit as any other author gets, irrespective of whether their books have straight themes, or otherwise.

So, I defy any haters or slaters to read one of our books and then let me know what you think. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And for the ladies out there – I write Homoerotic books – but guess what? – The majority of my readers and followers are females. So you really shouldn’t judge a book by its genre! It’s the quality of the writing, story, plots and characters that count…

To me, this is a form of slander that undermines the credibility of (best seller) books/films/TV series, etc. like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Queer as Folk” (just to mention a couple). Don’t you think there were great writers behind those ideas?

Just something to think about…

Kind regards to all, LJ

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  • I used to read about heterosexuals only. Until I stumbled on my first gay story. I was so in love with my guys in that book, so convinced that they are as normal as any straight person I knew, good nature, faithful, loving. I’m hooked. Nothing else for me. Just MM.

    • Olga, that is such a wonderful message to send out to people who have any doubts that GLBTQ literature isn’t credible and palatable for a straight audience. Thank you for taking the time to leave a post and voice your opinion. LJ

  • Nicely put Catherine and thank you for your comment. I think it’s a misconception that GLBTQ literature is all about sex – our main focus is always the story, plot, and characters. One thing I didn’t mention in the article, that I’m sure many people will be surprised about, is how many heterosexual females and males write books in the GLBTQ genre – another little shock for some people. Kind regards, LJ – and thank you for taking the time to comment – I really appreciate that.

  • Yes, that really annoys me. Just because the main characters are gay, why does that mean the story is unworthy and easily dismissed? Gay people are normal members of society. Another thing is, people always assume gay romances must have hot and heavy sex on every page. They don’t have to. There is the full range from sweet to S&M because that is life. I read a lovely pioneer gay romance by Dean Pace-Frech, which had no sex whatsoever and it was really good! A Place to Call Their Own, that was it.

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