This issue has my blog post, part one in a series of cool enby and bi indie authors! At the end, though, I have some awesome newsletter exclusives! Check it out!
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am non-binary and I am bi. I also am an indie author. I watched the cool people posting on #nbvember and wanted to specifically write a post about some awesome indie authors who shared my marginalizations. This list is not comprehensive, I sent out a tweet asking people to share their works from this year with me. If I missed you, please let me know and I would be happy to add you. So I present to you, in no particular order, a list of the wonderful works of indie authors who are bi and/or non-binary. I am dividing this up into two parts, because WOW there are a lot and that makes me so happy. Look for PART TWO SOON.
Melissa Jennings (they/them) is a bi and non-binary poet lives with their cat, Dora, in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. Melissa is currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. They are an avid reader and a writer of many genres - poetry is just the first step.
This year they released Afterlife, a collection of poetry about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution. Afterlife is a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again. They are also currently and chaotically working on their next poetry collections, Underworld and dear judas, both expected in 2018. You can find them on Twitter @thebookishpoet.
RoAnna Sylver writes unusually hopeful dystopian stories (and now vampire stories) about marginalized heroes actually surviving, triumphing, and rocking really hard. RoAnna is also a singer, blogger, voice actor and artist who lives with family and a small snorking dog, and probably spends too much time playing videogames. The next amazing adventure RoAnna would like is a nap in a pile of bunnies.
This year RoAnna released the second book in the Chameleon Moon series, The Lifeline Signal, a series about the people who are trapped on Parole, a city sealed off from the rest of the world, and their determination to survive a burning city.
RoAnna also released the first book in a series about queer vampires, Stake Sauce, centering a punk vampire who doesn’t drink blood, and his new roommate, a former first responder trying to heal.
B R Sanders (they/them) is a genderqueer writer with disabilities. They write about queer elves, mostly. They live and work in Denver, CO, with their family and two cats. Outside of writing, B has worked as a research psychologist, a labor organizer and a K-12 public education data specialist.
This year they released Extraction (A Tale of Rebellion Book 1), a story of lives shaped by hard choices and unforeseen consequences. In Extraction, a newly minted captain of a rebellion realizes that she is just a pawn in a larger game. When she tries to protect her soldiers, she is forced to decide the course of her future and the future of the elvish rebellion itself.
Shira Glassman (she/her) is a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels. She is a writer of contemporary and fantasy stories. She lives in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they’re too lazy to be bothered.
This year she released Knit One, Girl Two, an incredibly cute contemporary romance about a yarn dyer and an artist set in South Florida. There’s also the best cat in the world.
She also released Eitan’s Chord: a lesbian fairy trio for Chanukah, a short about some adorable Chanukah fairies— Latke, Dreidl, and Menorah— who decide to help an impoverished young couple in fulfilling their Chanukah wishes. As Shira says, this is “spicy” and not suitable for children.
You can find Shira on Twitter @ShiraGlassman
Dominique Cyprès is an amateur writer, amateur programmer, actual retail wage worker. Agender dad. Dominique Cyprès lives in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts with their two spouses, their child, and two cats. They published their first book of poetry in 2012.
This year they released Dead Monochrome Doggerel, a book of poems that occupy a space that borders on the personal and the political, Dead Monochrome Doggerel places the poet’s life, and the contemporary social moment, along the long, murky arc of history.
You can find Dominique on Twitter @lunasspecto
Sara writes erotic romance and dark contemporary fantasy. Her stories have been included in romance, erotica, and horror anthologies. When she’s not writing, she’s wrangling her two bouncing dogs, mainlining coffee, or working out. She lives in South Carolina with her husband.
This year Sara released Hold Me Down (Carolina Girls Book 1), as Sara describes it, “a standalone romance with a HEA. It contains graphic sexual situations, language, D/s elements (including Daddy play), as well as discussion (but no depiction) of self-harm.” She also released a short story following the events of Hold Me Down, Fall. Still has a Happily Ever After, do not fear!
You can find Sara on Twitter @sarataylorwoods.
E.M. is an award winning author of fantasy and sci fi, a chocoholic, unabashed geek, and a worshipper of caffeine in all its forms.
This year, as E.M. Hamill, she published All That Entails, a romantic historical short story, in NineStar Press’s Beneath the Layers LGBT Anthology, and Dalí - a full-length science fiction novel published also by Nine Star Press, a small press independent publisher. Dalí takes place in a dystopian future in which the titular character must save a ton of people while being fresh out of fucks.
You can find Elisabeth/E.M Hamill on Twitter @SongMagick
This post took longer than I expected it to, and it wasn’t ONLY because there were so many awesome people to include! I was asked by REDACTED to do a sensitivity read of REDACTED.
Corey Alexander (they/them) blogs about queerness, disability, kink, trauma, being trans, fat politics & writing. You can find their queer kink erotica & romance under their pen name, Xan West.
This year, Corey will be releasing a short piece, Building Something New in The Big Book of Submission, this piece is a kink piece centering a femme trans man & a trans butch. It will be available December 19, 2017.
You can find Corey Alexander on Twitter @TGStoneButch
This post took me a lot longer than I expected it to, and it was not just because there were so many awesome people. I was asked by REDACTED to do a sensitivity read for REDACTED. It was on a pretty tight deadline, and this is probably the biggest “name” that has ever approached me for these services. So I spent pretty much every moment that I was not working or sleeping reading this book. Dear reader, the book is amazing. I cannot wait for it to come out so I can recommend it to everyone I know.
I also go accepted into REDACTED’s writing workshop/retreat, REDACTED. Leaving this REDACTED for right now, but I will share which retreat here SOON, I PROMISE. It’s basically gonna be my birthday/christmas present to myself, and also my spouses birthday/christmas present to me, but OMG. So worth it. I can’t believe I was accepted. I was getting a HUGE migraine, and I usually get the worms or the single point of blur or the left half of my vision blur as the aura’s. But this one was this weird rippling one? It was like my vision was a lake and a pebble was dropped in it. So, of course, I denied it was an aura for a good hour. I got the email, could not quite read it because - well, do I need to explain why? - didn’t believe it could be real, swore I must have misread, and then cried, which made reading harder. ANYWAYS. Once I could see again, I read it, and yes, it said “happily accept.”
ALSO I JUST GOT BACK FROM STAR WARS AND NO SPOILERS BUT PLEASE GO SEE STAR WARS.
Until next time <3 Dax The Destroyer