Yes I’m a little tardy, but I'm here to celebrate Bisexual Awareness five days late and to shout out that we want, we want, we so very much want your books with bisexual characters.
We want the gamut of LGBTQIA+ people, and though I know you know what those letters stand for just in case I'll say it super-clear: we would love to see a novel from you with lesbian characters, gay, bisexual and trangender characters, we want your queer and intersex and asexual characters and yep, yes demi and pan and hetero, too.
We love publishing erotic and romantic stories and always, always we’re craving what we do not yet see enough of—a whole range of sexuality and so in the wake of last week’s focus on bisexual awareness I want to take a moment to say send us your stories.
Books With Bisexual Characters
In K. Caine's novella A Study in Velvet and Leather, Sherlock Holmes is a bisexual woman and about her Caine says "I think, for Sherlock, gender has never been much of a consideration.
“Sherlock’s interested in people who stimulate her intellectually, people who she finds intriguing, people who have depth, compassion, and empathy as well as, occasionally, people who fit the first two criteria and not the third. I imagine if one were to look at her romantic and sexual history, there would be more people who identify as woman than not – but she's far more likely to disregard someone for being uninteresting than she is to rule someone out as a prospect based on gender.
"I always conceptualised Sherlock as queer,” Caine added when I asked, "because I wanted to write in a world where both Irene Adler and John Watson were and are significant relationships for her. As a queer author, it's pretty rare that I conceptualise any of my characters as strictly one end of the spectrum.”
LGBTQIA+ Can Indeed Be a Spectrum
People change, so our characters can too. Someone may identify as queer today and bisexual a year from now, so why not in fiction?
I keep learning I have to listen to my characters. If I stop typing pell-mell, they so often pipe up to tell me who they are, including a Russian aristocrat I was writing who whispered to me he was demisexual (needing a strong bond with someone before he could be sexually attracted), and this opened up so many new ways for me to write about him falling in love.
I hope you had a happy bisexual awareness day.