It’s tough being a writer these days, especially a lesbian writer so I’d like to give a shout out to two authors whose work I hope you read if you haven’t already. One is a new discovery for me, and someone who embodies all of the creativity, verve, and spirit of the modern writer making and sharing her art on her own terms. And the second is one whose career I’ve followed from the start and whose mid-career transition to novelist and evolving style continues to impress me.
First up: Sarah Diemer who describes herself as a YA author who “writes novels about girls who love girls, who kick ass and take names, finding the courage to fight for what they believe in, and experiencing a little magic and monsters along the way.” Who could possibly not like that?
I just finished reading The Dark Wife, her re-telling of the Persephone myth with a lesbian twist and while I didn’t love it—the ending left me wanting and I admit to skimming pages once the basic premise was established—I did love and admire how unique, inventive, and richly imagined the world she created was.
Check out the audiobook of The Dark Wife which is available for free download here.
Her new book, The Bone Girl, is coming out shortly on Sept 25, but she has an abundance of paranormal, sci fi, and fantasy novels and short stories to choose from on her website. And, she and her wife have just launched an ambitious short story project on their blog to put out, twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays), free YA stories with lesbian heroines.
Their can-do spirit is infectious, and seriously, she and her wife couldn’t be cuter.
Next: Malinda Lo. The author of Ash and Huntress has just released a new and very different book, Adaptation. I had been hoping for more in the Ash/Huntress vein of YA fantasy but I appreciate an author who continues to grow and change and push their boundaries, in this case into science fiction. I am sure this will be a reading group pick in the near future and if anyone’s read already, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Check out this Autostraddle interview where she talks about the new book and publishing books with gay characters.
She’ll be in NYC over the next few days (Brooklyn Book Festival!) so check her out if you can. For more events, look here.
Sept. 22, 2012 at 12 p.m. – New York Out of This World Teen Fiction — A signing with Jessica Shirvington (Entice), Wesley King (The Vindico), Karsten Knight (Embers & Echoes) and Sarah Beth Durst (Vessel) Books of Wonder 18 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011
Sept. 23, 2012 at 5 p.m. – Brooklyn Brooklyn Book Festival — “Ghosts, Goddesses, and Wolves”: A panel with Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood) and Andrea Cremer (Nightshade), moderated by Jessica Shirvington (Entice) Location: Youth Stoop (Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park) 209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY
And if you haven’t seen her it gets better video with her partner Amy, talk about another cute couple.
And there must be something in the air. Check out Autostraddle’s reasons to read Santa Olivia immediately. It is definitely climbing up my list.
Happy reading and writing.