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What's a Jo Graham book?

I was doing a grant application recently and one of the questions stumped me. "What makes it a _____ book? How would a reader know your work out of all the books in the library?" So I put that question to you: What is a Jo Graham book? What makes it different? How would you guess a book was mine?


Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
For me, the most striking things are the queer characters and relationships. So much of fiction is heteronormative with straight characters (or horrible cliche LGBT ones). Honestly, reading your books, where I may find a character who is like me, is so refreshing. I honestly don't have the patience for new stories without queer characters anymore. Old stories I love that don't, okay, but new ones, gimme bi women and poly relationships, etc...

But also your stories are about being citizens of the world and responsibility in life, owning what one does.

Your characters actually act like adults instead of acting like spoiled entitled children.

For me, a Jo Graham book is a book I wanna wrap myself around in like a comforting blanket against the cold.
Sep. 26th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I try to write adult characters who take adult responsibility, who aren't forty year olds who act like teenagers.

One of the reasons I write is because I want stories about people like me. There aren't a lot of them, as you say. But I am a Jo Graham character, and I want stories that speak to my experience.