International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and many of your favorite M/M authors will be celebrating by sharing awareness and words of support and love at the Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia blogspot. This day was created to coordinate efforts to aid in the awareness of LGBT rights and events worldwide. To participate in today’s event, I’d like to share how I started my passion.

I’m a reader, a voracious reader that can sometimes devour several books in a week. My love for reading started when I was a child but it didn’t become my passion until high school when I was introduced to a book that would change my view of the world: The Scarlet Letter. It was in the pages of this novel that I learned about ostracism, the world was no longer a safe place for everyone, and it. Blew. My. Mind.

Other classics followed this one and occasionally, I read classics to ‘cleanse my pallet’, even earning a minor in Literature to learn more. I didn’t read my first romance until about ten years ago and even more doors opened for me. Prior to that book, I would poke fun of women (I didn’t know men were reading them, too!) who would read this type of literature. I didn’t understand the need for fantasization or a happy ending.

Then, my boss handed me a copy of a M/M romance novel that she had purchased on accident. She said that it was something that I would enjoy…and truer words were never spoken. I consumed that book and read it several times. Then, I read everything else ever written by the same author, followed by a never ending stream of M/M romance novels. I could never get enough. I still can’t!

During this time, I had started my own novel and was in a rut. A writer’s block that was painful because I didn’t like my main character. In an epiphany, I changed my character from a female to a male and the writing flowed like a raging river. Dialogue flowed, the plot blossomed, and I fell in love with my men. I found out later that writing is the easiest part about creating a novel.

It’s important to me that I write in this genre. I have a political family and we’re involved in LGBTQ rights and activities because we want to and not because we have to. (Okay, we have to because equal social rights is fundamental.) It tears my heart when I hear of families ripped apart because of differences and here’s why those happy endings are so special to me. There’s enough hate and anger in the world and our children, friends, families…should never be pushed away because of fear.

I’d like to offer a giveaway of my eBook to those who participate and comment below. A winner will be selected by random.org on the 28th to allow everyone a chance or you can pick up your own copy of Athan’s Kiss. Just return back on the 28th to see if you’ve won. Enjoy the blog hop and end every day with a kiss.

Update (5/28): Ray has been randomly selected as the winner to receive my ebook Athan’s Kiss for participation in the HAHAT blog hop. Thanks to everyone for hopping for awareness and I hope to see you again. Much love!

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22 responses to “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

  1. Pingback: Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia | ScuttlebuttReviews

    • Good morning, Ray!

      You have been chosen as the winner for my HAHAT giveaway! Please message me back with your email address and I can send it to you.

      Thanks for your participation!

      • Ooh, if you ever want any recommendations, please let me know. I’m also running a 25 for 25 challenge to get M/M and F/F authors reading “across the aisle,” so to speak. Let me know if you’re interested. And KT’s Lesfic appreciation event in January is a great place to find authors.

  2. Who was the author of the M/M romance that your boss gave you?

    What’s the hardest part? – “I found out later that writing is the easiest part about creating a novel.”

    Thanks for taking part in the hop! I love finding new authors to read. Fingers crossed to win.

    Have a great weekend!

    skeeterlee63 @ gmail.com

    • Those are great questions!

      The author was KA Mitchell and the book was Collision Course. I fell in love with Joey on page one. I had a chance to meet KA at GayRomLit in Atlanta last year and told her the story. She was so happy to have been a major part of my writing and we had a wonderful time at the conference.

      The hardest parts of writing are creating the blurb (synopsis of the story that you typically read on the back cover), the dedication (it’s difficult to include everyone who helped make the story a success), and finally the submission/rejection/acceptance of the manuscript. Every rejection hurts and the acceptance is so sweet. The good or bad reviews aren’t as bad, I can’t please everyone and as long as one person likes my stories, then all is good. By far, I think the rejections are the hardest part.

      Thanks for asking and enjoy the hop. 🙂

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