Earlier in the year I wrote this post after I had found out that a couple of extremely popular m/m romance and erotica authors writing as gay men were actually women.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I couldn’t give a flying fuck if the books I like are written by gay or straight, boys or girls, genderqueer, trans, etc because quality is all that matters to me.
However, if an author has been deliberately misleading, if not down right dishonest, about their gender and sexuality that’s when I call bullshit.
Today, I’m calling one particular author out. Oh, yeah. I. Am. Pissed.
Oh, don’t worry about me landing in the shit. I’m sticking with my policy of not naming names.
I’m just going to play them at their own make-believe game and talk about them as an hypothetical example.
I can’t possible get blamed if you all guess who the author in question is then, right?
What if an author creates an elaborate bio and life around their pseud/persona?
What if an author hires a gay model/actor to ‘play’ them online? Posting photos of ‘their’ so-called life?
What if an author gets this gay model/actor to go to a book signing event as ‘their’ persona?
What if an author even goes to the extent of writing articles for well-known GLBTQ and review sites about ‘their’ life as a gay man, ‘their’ coming out story, etc?
What if one of the people an author works with finds out the truth and calls ‘them’ on it?
What if an author justifies ‘their’ actions by saying it was marketing strategy in order for ‘them’ to appear more ‘legitimate’ to readers?
What if the person who works with an author cuts ties completely because of their outrage at this betrayal to and blatant exploitation of the GLBTQ communities?
What if the person never discusses what happened and despite the struggle it causes within because of their own family situation?
What if the person goes on to be successful in their own right?
What if an author appears to react to some of the suspicions now surrounding ‘them’ by entering into a working and life partnership with another author?
What if rumour mill begins to churn madly about the possibility that an author’s new partner is actually ‘them’ writing under another pseud?
What if an author gets jealous of the popularity of the person who used work with ‘them’?
What if an author accuses the person of using ‘them’ as a launch pad and tells the person they should be more grateful?
What if an author goes so far as to say the person is only interested in GLBTQ issues in order to look like an ally and thus make more money?
And, what if the person, who has a gay family member, is flabbergasted and hurt by this accusation?
It makes you think, doesn’t it.
It makes you think about how hard you would punch this fucking bitch author in the face and make her life a living hell.
Or maybe that’s just me.
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