Join us as Posy Roberts goes Outside the Margins.
“Hi. I’m Posy Roberts.”
I used to only utter those words in very select company that already knew I wrote M/M Romance.
I have a pen name for many reasons, but the most significant is that I work as a teacher. I didn’t want students finding my books and connecting them with me. My work and writing lives would seem very dichotomous, which would not bode well for me in the classroom. At least not in my community with the population I teach.
So I’ve kept Posy hidden away, like a secret identity. She only comes out at writing workshops and conferences.
Then a funny thing happened. I took a leave of absence from my job and was flooded with a sense of freedom. I met readers and other M/M Romance authors who live in my area. I went to my local Pride where I could’ve easily been spotted by students or coworkers. I sat at my booth with my books spread out before me. I introduced myself as Posy Roberts. I saw students and even another teacher.
The world didn’t stop spinning.
As my newfound sense of freedom grew, I realized this reveal was so much bigger than me or my job. By hiding what I wrote, I was essentially saying it was shame-worthy, which is such an insult to anyone who reads, writes, or lives M/M Romance that I want to go back in time and slap myself silly.
My mother, husband, in-laws, friends, and even my 12-year-old daughter know I write about men falling in love with men. So if the most important people in my life know about and support my work, why should I care about people at my job? I could get fired. But that’s unlikely, unless I start pushing books on them.
I’m volunteering on the Pride committee for next year. They know me as Posy.
At my local NaNoWriMo meet and greet, I not only introduced myself as Posy, but I proudly told them what genre I write. My friend said eyes bugged out of a few heads.
The world kept spinning.
I know I’ll keep doing this, because I’m proud to be able to tell these stories of gay and bisexual men falling in love. I want people to know about this genre and to read it. They can learn about the struggles same-sex parents deal with everyday, the raw truth of bullied LGBTQ teens, and the beautiful strength inside every drag queen.
And if a reader is more empathetic after reading my books, that’s another ally to help fight for equal rights. We need all we can get. I want to help get M/M Romance into hands, into bookstores, into libraries, and out in mainstream literature.
How about telling someone in your world about this lovely genre? Suggest a few titles for them to read.
I’m Posy Roberts. I write about romantic male love.
~ Posy Roberts
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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