I’ve written gay/lesbian/bi characters before, but this is mostly in short stories and poems that I don’t wholly expect to go anywhere.
But I had an idea for a new novel recently, and for a part of that novel the main character may be in a relationship with another woman.
It started with a writing prompt. Then suddenly these two women were spiraling into something that was a lot more than a friendship. WHOOPS. That just happened.
And I love it. I love the lessons the main character learns, how she grows in this brief relationship and also what it says about her culture and society (this is a fantasy novel, of course). I love the different sort of relationship it brings forward, so very different from those she’s had with men thus far. I also love how it allows her to deepen future relationships.
Is it going to complicate the storyline too much? Will readers try to stick my main character in a box (is she bi? I thought she was straight!)? Will I then have to explain “what” she is when I don’t think that is necessary at all? Might something like this make my book less likely to get published if I add this to the storyline? And if I do get published, what kind of response will I receive?
I mean, I’ve already decided that I’m going for it (haha). But thinking about this made me curious. Have you ever written about characters with “questionable” sexualities? What do you think about introducing this into a fantasy novel? If this something you would like to see? (p.s. this will be very new-adult)
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