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Friday, August 24, 2012

Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop!

Hey y'all!

A few weeks ago I signed up for the Rainbow Reviews Blog Hop. Check out the linky here!

The subject of this particular blog hop is What Writing GLBTQ Literature Means to Me

Okay, y'all, this is where I admit that if semantics makes me twitchy. I know, I know, literature in this instance is meant in a very general genre sort of way, but I'm not sure I qualify. It's a bit of a misnomer.

I write romance. I write all kinds, from het to menage to gay and lesbian. I'm best known for my m/m, which makes me happy, and that's where I'll delve into what writing the stuff I write means to me in a GLBTQ sort of way.

I write gay romance because I believe everyone should have a happy ending. I write it because I love love, and two men in a relationship appeals to me on a deep level. I write gay romance because I like the way it takes away my necessity of identifying with a female heroine.

But mostly I write gay romance because I'm a member of the LGBTQ community. I live with my partner of nine years, who is a woman. I have been part of a "B" relationship. I know how hard it is when you don't see yourself reflected in what you read.

When I started writing m/m, it wasn't well-accepted. In fact, it was downright vilified in many places. I still hear people at conventions who say they read or write menage, but the boys or girls, whichever there are more of, don't touch because it's "gross".

Love is love, y'all, and it's not gross, even if you wouldn't do it yourself.

That's why I write GLBTQ fiction, whether it qualifies as lit or not. And that's why I still have more stories to tell.

Thanks so much to the folks at the Rainbow Reviews Blog Hop for letting me regale y'all with my story.

Edited to add my contest! Shoot, y'all, I'm dumb. How about a 25.00 Torquere gift certificate! Comment to win!

If you want to read my books, check out my website at www.juliatalbot.com

You can also find my stories at www.torquerepress.com, www.changelingpress.com and my upcoming m/mf menage Fever for Three at www.ellorascave.com

XXOO

Julia

34 comments:

Zoe Ride said...

I love m/m fiction and am loving this blog hop, and discovering new, to me, authors. Thanks for including me in the draw :-)

Fierce Dolan said...

Well done! Good to be on this hop with you!

KimberlyFDR said...

I always love these blogs hops, getting to know new-to-me authors and a deeper understanding of my favorites :)

kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

Avalie said...

Loved all Thatchers and Pack Mentality. Very pleased to see you taking part in the hop.

avaliereads(at)aol(dot)com

kali_mar said...

"Love is love, y'all, and it's not gross, even if you wouldn't do it yourself.

That's why I write GLBTQ fiction, whether it qualifies as lit or not. And that's why I still have more stories to tell."


Someday the world will understand that love is the answer no matter who is asking the question.

I will definitely be reading all of these stories and am especially excited for Cereus: The Opening.

Lisa said...

I agree! Love is love. Everyone should be able to love who they want and they all deserve a happy ending. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

Katherine Halle said...

I identify with so much of this. love is love no matter what form it takes. And the writing if m/m so you don't have to worry abt identifying with the female heroine. Such a great blog hop :D

Anonymous said...

I prefer m/m because I love men. Not only are two (or more!) men better than one, there's a more appealing range of men presented in m/m romance than in het.

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

thank you for participating in this blog hop! it's been an interesting journey being on this hop reading author's POV on their passion for writting GLBTQ.

lohahmooi(@)hotmail(.)com

Anonymous said...

It's nice to be introduced to authors that are new to me in the Hop. Thanks for participating in the Hop and the giveaway.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

moniqee said...

Keep on writing Julia! Whether lit or Not, good stories goes around.

It's thanks to authors like you, I understand different sort of thinkings brings different style of writings and stories.

Thank you for being part of this Hop and hopefully these Hops and stories would lead the way to a better tomorrow.

monica

Sarah said...

I love that this blog hop is happening, I love that love in all its forms is getting a chance!

blackcat348@gmail.com

Madison Parker said...

Hi, Julia! Nice to meet you. :-)
madisonparklove@gmail.com

Rain said...

I don't know if it's just because what I like to read or what, but I find those menage-or-more books where there are people who won't touch each other in the same bed more implausible than menages where people love all the participants.

Sorry about the too long sentence, I hope that made some sense anyway. :D

(my email is in my profile)

rwoods said...

I love all your 'y'alls' you throw around! I do that myself, even though I have no southern cred. That's not true - my dad is southern. Anyway, so many people have been saying something akin to "I love love" and I think that's such a pure and purely simple reason for writing what we do. It doesn't have to be anymore complex than that!

Ryal
ryalwoods@gmail.com

booklover0226 said...

Great post, Julia; I enjoyed reading it.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love IS love, you are so right. The pairing or grouping should not make a bit of difference. Thanks for writing what I love to read.
Cinders1964@hotmail.com

Kaylyn D. said...

I love the menages where everyone touches. That is how I first read m/m. I read it all and love it all. My reasoning is that I love romance & love no matter if your gay or straight or whatever. Great Post! Thank you for sharing
kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

Juliana said...

My first MM was in a MMF book in a series and I never looked back! Thanks so much for participating in the hop!
OceanAkers @ aol.com

buttononthetop said...

You hit the nail on the head: "Love is love." I have never understood why that's such a hard concept for most people. :) Great response!
:o) buttononthetop at gmail dot com

wulf said...

I'm enjoying this blog hop and all the different answers everyone is giving to the same question. Thanks for participating :)

penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

Yvette said...

Wonderful post! Count me in please.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Julia, you're one of the first m/m authors I found, and still one of my favourites.
I particularly love Servant of the Seasons and The Care and Feeding of Demons.
Of course, it goes without saying that I approve of all you said in today's post ;)
If we keep reading and writing, change will happen, because people are interconnected and that is how enlightenment spreads.
Bye for now,
Sue

corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

sarah-madison said...

I write gay romance because I believe everyone should have a happy ending. I write it because I love love, and two men in a relationship appeals to me on a deep level. I write gay romance because I like the way it takes away my necessity of identifying with a female heroine.

I want to draw hearts all around this statement and marry it. That. and writing to represent yourself in the genre, to give others a voice and a character to relate to.

Thank you for sharing with us!

akasarahmadison at gmail dot com

ShirleyAnn said...

Hi Julia
Torquere was one of the very first places I found when I wanted to read M/M books which was about 2003. I've read all your M/M carry on the good work!!!

Please enter me for the Contest

ShirleyAnn@speakman40,freeserve.co.uk

JoAnna said...

Loved your post! I enjoy reading MM. Thanks for writing it so I have more to read.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing! I've read a few of your m/m books and loved them! Keep on writing your amazing stories!

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lilly Jones said...

That is a perfect quote, "love is not gross" I love it, and agree :)

Lilly
lillywriting@gmail.com

SusieQ_too said...

Wonderful post, Julia! Learning so much today about some of my favorite writers!
seritzko AT verizon DOT net

ceagles said...

Hi. Great post. Thanks for being on The Blog Hop.

Chris
ceagles48218@yahoo.com

K-lee Klein said...

I like your answer, Julia. I also write romance because I believe everyone should have their own happily-ever-after. :)
Hugs
K-lee

kleemoon66 at gmail dot com

Hop on by. :)
http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/2012/08/rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-august-24.html

bn100 said...

Very nice post.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julia said...

congratulations Sarah madison on winning the Torquere GC! I'll email you later today!

sarah-madison said...

EEEE! I'm so excited that I won! Thank you! :-)

Now that put a smile on my face when the morning had gotten off to the wrong foot...