Giving Thanks ~ Outside the Margins with Lisa Henry

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Of all the American holidays I wish we celebrated in Australia, I like the idea of Thanksgiving the most. Actually, I probably like the idea of Halloween the most, but that’s because I’m secretly nine years old. Thanksgiving, with that simple message of sharing a meal with the people we love and taking the time to remember what we’re thankful for, is definitely Halloween’s older, wiser relation.

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So even though we don’t have Thanksgiving here in Australia—I don’t imagine the Europeans who first landed here were feeling particularly thankful at all—here is a list of all the things I’m thankful for in the m/m community:

My awesome co-writers

To J.A. Rock, Heidi Belleau, and M. Caspian. Basically, thanks for dreaming up crazy ideas with me, and for keeping me motivated, and mostly for making me look good by putting my name next to yours on covers.

Readers

It’s probably not exactly true to say that without readers, I wouldn’t write. Because I always have written. Always. But without readers, I’d still be doing what I was when I was thirteen – typing furiously away and shoving shoeboxes full of pages in the bottom of my closet where nobody ever saw them. I mean, I could always go back to that, but it’s much more satisfying to actually have a book to show for it, and readers who read those books.

Social Media

This one is a bit of a double-edged sword. My experiences as an author on social media have been largely positive, but not always. If the recent brouhaha in the Goodreads MM Romance Group has taught me anything, it’s that sometimes it would be easier not to share an opinion on an issue when I know it’s going to be unpopular. But sometimes silence is not an option. Because if I do feel strongly about a topic, I don’t believe in staying quiet about it just so I don’t make waves. I do think that the m/m community is strong enough to weather a few storms every now and then, and I hope that everyone can still stay friends despite our differences. In the end though, if we can’t, then at least I’ve stood up for what I think is right and I can sleep at night.

Negativity aside, social media is a boon for authors. Not only can we interact with readers and fans online, but those interactions can and do result in real friendships. There’s an awesome rubbery tentacle and a KrakenBitch cup on my refrigerator to attest to that. M/m is a relatively small genre, which means that we don’t have to draw a line between authors and readers. After all, we’re all here because we love the same things. And if, like me, you’re from a relatively small city and your friends don’t read m/m romance, then social media is where you’ll meet a whole bunch of new friends who love that world as much as you.

So wherever you’re from, and whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, you don’t need to sacrifice a turkey in order to take a minute to think about the things, and the people, in your life that matter. You can do it every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Lisa Henry

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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2 thoughts on “Giving Thanks ~ Outside the Margins with Lisa Henry

  1. That is a beautiful message. I also live in a place where we dont celebrate thanksgiving, but i think that even in the worst situation we can be living in any particular time, we always have something to be thankful of, either can be a family we love, a friend, a job, the possibility of have someone in our lives that we loved and lost, being alive or even just have the possibility of doing things that makes us happy like writting or reading, and learn to appreciate it is not always an easy thing to do, specialy when we feeling down, but its possible and it’s on our own hands to start looking things differently and start appreciating all the blessings we have in our lives.

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