Queer Romance Month 2015

TO MARRY A PRINCE

Not just a Nice Idea by Jenny Haddon

When I first read The Charioteer people told me I was too young to understand. It was certainly true that I knew nothing about Greek philosophy, literary genres or the politics of sexual orientation. Nor, beyond a few anecdotes from my...

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The Rules of M/M Romance by Kate Sherwood

I was surprised by some of the reaction to my latest book. There was a scene in it that I thought was powerful and important, and that I knew would be upsetting to some readers. After all, it was upsetting to me as I wrote it, even though I...

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Visibility Matters, by JL Merrow

Why have a Queer Romance Month at all? Because visibility matters. There are a lot of charities out there to help LGBTQ people. They do valuable—essential—work helping adults and young people who’ve been disadvantaged just because of whom...

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Talking Awkwardly about Queer Romance

We are so, so excited that QRM begins officially tomorrow. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to half the world: to KJ Charles, Julio Alexi Genao, Audra North and Vanessa North for organising this, to Kaetrin, Karen, Pam and Kat for helping...

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Ambiguous Genre Identity

Definitions are slippery things. Language is, by its nature, flexible and the real world is much less easy to categorise than we would perhaps like it to be. Of course, ninety nine percent of the time this isn’t really an issue: we all go...

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Love is not a subgenre by KJ Charles

The thing about romance is, it’s a huge genre. 17% of the US publishing market is romance. And, being huge, it’s naturally divided into subgenres. There’s all sorts. Historical romance, paranormal romance, SFF romance, inspirational...