Today we’re joined by debut author Cynthia So, whose short story “The Phoenix’s Fault” is included in LGBTQ+ young adult anthology PROUD, published in the UK this month. In her guest post, Cynthia explores the magic of seeing yourself represented in fan fiction and why that inspired her to write her own stories that represent her identity.
This month’s Author Takeover comes from Robin Talley, whose new YA novel, PULP, examines how the power of storytelling can connect two young women learning about their sexuality and the world around them across the generations. In her Author Takeover, Robin was keen to examine Crimes of Grindelwald and the pitfalls that have befallen the Potterverse in making sure LGBTQ+ people are visible in the wizarding world.
This month’s Author Takeover comes from a “Harry Potter” superfan, author Annabel Pitcher. Her new teen novella, “The Last Days of Archie Maxwell”, explores the aftermath of secrets revealed. Published by dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke, Archie’s story is a heartfelt and accessible story exploring the boundaries of love – particularly upon realizing a parental figure may not be all that they seem.
Get ready to feel super with the supremely fun “Not Your Sidekick”, the kick-ass story of high-school-student-turned-supervillain-intern Jess Tran and her crush, Abby Jones. This is the perfect book for people who love “Ms. Marvel”, “Supergirl”, or anyone who has ever taken a “what’s your superpower?” quiz.
From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film “Pride”, the “Potter” cast has shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, purple symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag. Charlie recommends ten books that celebrate diversity and include LGBTQ* main characters.
Iphigenia ‘Gene’ Laurus is the heiress of a noble family, bound by corsets and her Mother’s rich ideals. Micah Grey is a runaway, taking refuge in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, the greatest circus in Ellada. With a head for heights, the beckoning call of the aerialists is too tempting to resist, and a new life is forged in the heart of the tumbling circus life where anything seems possible. But not all is as it first appears, and identity is given the sleight of hand.