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Alma, Gil and Jerry

A reader says, "Thank you for your positive portrayal of Alma, Gil and Jerry's relationship in Lost Things and subsequent books! It means so much to me, as a polyamorous person, to see myself and my loved ones represented in fiction. It's wonderful to see a portrayal that doesn't make us sluts and cheaters. Alma, Gil and Jerry are as beautiful as real life. Thank you so much."

You're very welcome. You have no idea how much your comment means to me. Representing bisexual people and poly relationships gets me a lot of hate mail and bad reviews. It's out there pushing the edges.

Which of course is where Melissa has always been. Now it's not such a big deal to write gay and lesbian characters, but it certainly was when she began in the mid 80s. In fact, the first positively portrayed poly relationship I ever read was Melissa's Five-Twelfths of Heaven with the three way marriage between Denis, Silence and Julie, originally published in 1985. She's a pioneer whose fiction blazed trails for me both as a writer and as a person.

I hope that Lost Things, and my other books, will help to break down the angry myths around bisexuality and polyamory the same way that her books have confronted prejudice against gay, lesbian and transgender people.

Comments

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marag
Mar. 14th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not polyamorous, but I still love seeing Alma, Gil, and Jerry! I really believe that love is love and we should never throw it away just because it's not a conventional arrangement.

I'm pretty sure it's Melissa Scott's fault I feel that way ;) Five-Twelfths of Heaven was a formative influence on me.
jo_graham
Mar. 14th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the relationship!

Five Twelfths was definitely a formative book for me. I can't even say how exciting it is to write with Melissa so many years later!
angelsallfire
Mar. 14th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
I would also like to second your reader's comment. The human heart is boundless in love, and I am glad to find that represented beautifully by Alma, Gil, and Jerry.
jo_graham
Mar. 14th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you think so!
selki
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've recommended your books to friends and strangers in general, but especially to polyamorous- and pagan-friendly folks. We even touched on the poly issue lightly in my book club discussion of Black Ships -- not just poly between people, but in relation to folks who have vocations (e.g., priestess dedication) and more human loves.
[Edit: fixed spelling mistake]

Edited at 2014-03-14 09:13 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Mar. 16th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate it so much when you rec my books. And I see how Gull's dedication is another kind of poly -- another consuming relationship, yes. As is Charmian's vocation, her dedication to her country and to her Queen.
hand2hand
Mar. 14th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
I too, love their relationship. Thank you.

And I was just able to order the paperback of Silver Bullet on amazon!

CANNOT WAIT.
jo_graham
Mar. 16th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you do. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy Silver Bullet! I can't wait to hear what you think!
selki
Mar. 27th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm 30 pages in so far:
1) That initial flying scene with the maildrop and catapult was CRAZY.
2) I'm cracking up over the 2 couples each fighting in their own ways over their differing reactions to Grand Hotel, a movie I have never seen (but had heard of, a little). Each reaction, so true to each person. Your books are the *best*.

Also, I recently read a mystery by Susan Wittig Albert because it had pilots in 1933 (including a couple of women pilots). A couple of interesting bits about the times, including local-color views of Roosevelt, but not at all the tide-me-over book I was hoping for. So glad yours arrived in the mail today!
jo_graham
Mar. 27th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
1. The flying scene was Melissa's. Boy did she rewrite and rewrite that to get it perfect! :)

2. The Grand Hotel scene is mine. I'm glad you like their various fights. Poor, dear Lewis. I want to hug him.

Oh thank you!
selki
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
So far I only see the Kindle edition on Amazon. I'm waiting for the book, as long as I can stand it.
selki
Mar. 17th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
(for a paper edition of the book, that is -- I more do Kindle for books on a whim, versus books I expect to want to keep/lend.
jo_graham
Mar. 18th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
And here it is! This is the link for the paper and the hardback (library edition) both. Sometimes it takes Amazon a little while to update the website, since it's so huge.
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