"i loved ash, and it's one of the best books i've ever read. when i read it i interpreted ash as bi. but (as i learned today) your website says it's a lesbian retelling of cinderella, which would imply that ash and kaisa are...lesbians. are they? did i misread something?"
Hello! My name is Sam, and I'm a huge fan of your books. I'm also doing an article for school newspaper on diversity in books, and I would love to have a quote from you in the piece. Why do you believe diversity in books is so important? Thank you!
Every author has a set of questions that they’re asked repeatedly — questions like “Where do you get your ideas?” and “I wrote a book! Will you help me get published?” For me, the most common questions I get are a little different. They are: “What kind of resistance did you face when you tried to get published?” and “Have your books been banned anywhere?”
“I can’t help but feel that as I white girl that it’s hard for me to write from the POV of a person of color. I realize that’s probably completely and utterly ridiculous, but I was wondering what you thought? Is it insincere for white YA authors to write from the POV of a person of color?”
Sometimes I read reviews of books (I’m not talking about reviews of my own books, honest, because I don’t read those.) in which people criticize a book for having moments that feel explainy or educational around tough topics such as race, sexuality, politics. I agree that reading dialogue about these issues can sometimes feel didactic or after-school-special-like, but at the same time, these conversations happen in real life.
Lately I've been asked several times about the possibility of a Huntress sequel, and while I've answered that question before, I guess it's time for an update. So today, I present you with The Definitive Answer to the Question of Whether There Will Be a Sequel to Huntress: Probably not.
"I am writing a short story about a lesbian main character ... and almost had it finished when I had a panic attack. I was at a conference talking about my story when a lesbian told me she would never take it seriously because I wasn't a lesbian and I can't know what that feels like."
"Setting aside the tangled web of labels of low, dark, high, heroic, etc. fantasy (or speculative fiction) — do you consider yourself to write 'lesbian' books, or books that happen to be about lesbians?"
Today I thought I'd answer a question that I often get from readers and aspiring writers: How do you stop from getting discouraged or losing motivation while writing? Answering this question (I will note here that, as with all writing advice, take it if you like it, forget about it if you don't. Writing is different for everyone.) requires thinking about writing at various different levels:
Requests for a sequel are always very flattering — thank you! But the short answer is: No. I feel that Ash’s story is complete, and I’m pretty sure Ash has a fairly boring — though very happy — life after the end of the book. There really wouldn’t be much to write about.