Category Archives: Guest Author

[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: J. V. Speyer

I really really really hope you’re out there – you plural – you anyone, you everyone – are out there reading these posts, because there’s so much heart in them, and so many important things. Today’s post is more of the wonderful same. We have another first time guest, J. V. Speyer, and a very warm welcome, J.V.!

On Pride, Drunken Monkeys, and Labels

MidnightI’m sitting here at my computer and I’m trying to think of what I want to write. I’ve started this post three times. Everything looks pretentious, and I keep refreshing my social media timelines like a drunken monkey because that’s going to make this easier.

“Write about drunken monkeys,” suggests one friend (Lydia Stevens, another author.) Continue reading

[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: Stella Samuel

Hi friends! Today we have another first time guest, the delightful Stella Samuel who really saved my bacon (numerous times!) with this post. Thank you, Stella, and welcome to ALBTALBS! <3 

Don’t Give Up

I’ve always been a writer. And I’ve always been a lesbian. Sure, there was that high school boyfriend that angered me when he broke my heart. And there was even that college boyfriend who fit me like Romeo fit Juliet. One day he set me on his kitchen counter as we were listening to my favorite new band, Indigo Girls, and we pondered of whether or not the girls were lesbians. They are, of course. But this was in late 1991 when technology wasn’t what it is today. So few celebrities were out, at least not outside the community. He looked at me and said to me, “I’d be devastated if you broke up with me. But I’d kill myself if you left me for a woman.” He broke up with me because I wanted to have children and being a father was never on his agenda. Continue reading

[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: E.J. Russell

Hi friends! I hope you’re reading along, and enjoying the wonderful diversity of our Pride posts. Today we have E.J. Russell visiting! Yes, another first time guest to ALBTALBS with more food for thought. <3 

Becoming Visible

A little over a year ago, Gay Romance Northwest (which is now Read with Pride Northwest) posted a call for submissions for a charity anthology to benefit their programs. The stories had to feature one of two pairings from the GRNW Meet-up’s “character type love-match” games—either soldier/tattoo artist or mage/cyborg. The sponsors wanted to feature stories from across the QUILTBAG spectrum, so when I started brainstorming my mage/cyborg story, I decided that the mage, Zal, would be asexual and my cyborg, Torian, would be gender-fluid.

Although I had met several people who identified as ace, I hadn’t done a lot of research about asexuality, so in the interests of the story, I started researching.

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[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: Chelsea M. Cameron

Hi friends! I really hope you’re enjoying the series of Pride posts we’ve got up this month. I am – I love the new “faces,” the different stories and perspectives … I know I’m all over the place but you know, that’s normal for me.

TODAY we have Chelsea M. Cameron – another first time guest, with a post I just loved. I wont say any more – just read it.

StyleOne week after National Coming Out Day (October 11, in case you were wondering) in 2015, I had what I call my “queerpiphany.” I had had a discussion with my mom somewhere along the lines of “if I met a girl and was attracted to her, I’d date her. But I’m totally not gay though.” I’d had similar conversations before, but this one was freaking me out. As I drove home, something hit me: WHAT IF, I was attracted to girls?

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[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: Carrie Pack

Hi friends! I’m so excited to welcome first time guest Carrie Pack to ALBTALBS. Not only is she a member of the LGBTQ community, she’s also a romance author – and ALSO ALSO – her newest book is out today! Yes!!! Today!!! Congratulations on your newest release, Carrie!

Finding yourself in fiction

Books we read as children and teens stay with us throughout our lives. That’s one of the reasons I chose to write young adult fiction. I wanted to write books that matter to young people. I wanted to give them experiences that I didn’t get to have but that maybe impact them in ways that will mean so much. Continue reading

[Smithsonian Heritage] Pride Month Guest: Elisabeth Staab

Hi friends! We’ve got our first Pride Month Guest! This month is going to be jam-packed and super crazy and hopefully all sorts of fun! Elisabeth is a first time ALBTALBS guest as well, so welcome!

Honey, You Can’t Run in High Heels

Elisabeth Staab

So. Pride month used to make me think of oiled up beefcake dancing in combat boots and underwear. Now that I’ve had kids… Okay, I’m not dead. There’s no forgetting the beefcake. But more than that, Pride makes me think of my sons. My middle child most of all. Continue reading

Birthday Bash Guest: Author Christine Ashworth + A Giveaway

Hi friends! Yes! We’re in to June! Summer is almost here up North, and … O_O winter is approaching in the South. [Way north, way south.] As you see we have another first time guest to ALBTALBS, Christine Ashworth!!!  She, like Nicole, was kind enough to volunteer to host a giveaway for all of you! (Thank you Christine!) She’s even got the question and everything, so I’ll leave her to it! <3

Birthday Thoughts – Past, Present, and Future Continue reading