Meet our Queer Pack author: Nyri A. Bakkalian

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? My name is Nyri Bakkalian—that’s “Nyri”, rhyming with “fiery.” The greater Pittsburgh area has been my adopted home for nearly a decade.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Coffee snobbery. Turkish-ground Nicaraguan or Yirgachefe with a pinch of cardamom, please.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive – and why?   This might fall outside the usual realm of superheroes, but I’d say Master Chief John-117, from the Halo series. Inasmuch as he’s often simply seen as a genetically engineered super-soldier who can simply plow his way…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Teresa Theophano

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I’m Teresa Theophano and I live in Brooklyn, New York.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Gourmet doughnuts! So many cities have shops specializing in these and I can’t get enough of them. I joke that doughnuts are my kryptonite.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive – and why? Anyone standing up to fascism, past or present, is a superhero to me. We need them all. We always have.   #4 What’s your favorite TV show? I’m obsessed with the now-defunct TV show Parks and Recreation…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Kay C. Sulli

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? Howdy! I’m Kay C. Sulli and I currently live in southern California. However, I’m a bit of a rolling stone. I grew up and spent most of my life in Colorado in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, then gallivanted in Wyoming for about three years, briefly worked for the Mouse in Florida, and spent some time in some pretty iconic places of northern California.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? I’m not sure it’s so much of a guilty pleasure, but I honestly just love sitting by lakes…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Shira Glassman

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I’m Shira Glassman and I live in north central Florida. Florida is a huge state and not all of it is coconut palms, crowded beaches, and theme parks. If you go far enough north, you get to sprawling oak trees with scraggly gray Spanish moss dripping from their branches, and just about an hour into that area is where I live. Gainesville is a university town full of progressives, hippies, and sports fans. I grew up in the coconut palm area, though.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? I…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Sacha Lamb

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? Sacha Lamb, and I live in New England, USA. With occasional interludes in central Florida. #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? I try not to be guilty about taking pleasure in things, but some pleasures that nevertheless give me guilt once in a while are young adult fantasy novels about evil queens, and young adult contemporary novels about toxic friendships between ballerinas. (Eating disorders AND bullying? Even when they are not queer, they are relatable.) I also have a large collection of stuffed animals (mostly lambs) but, honestly, I feel…

Transgender Day of Visibility—Celebrating Diversity in Trans Identities

To the transgender community there are two important international days of recognition. The first, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20, is a day to remember and mourn the violence experienced by the transgender community. The second, the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), today on March 31, is all about making the trans community more visible in society. Transgender is a huge umbrella term to a lot of different people. For a long time, I considered transgender (trans) and non-binary (enby) as two very different identities. Now, however, my opinions on that have been changing. There is more diversity…

Trans voices in mainstream publishing—give us bread, but give us roses

We are facing serious upheaval and turbulent political times, and yet we can’t forget art. We can’t give up novels, poetry, paintings, music, and media, even in the most challenging of eras.  During the early years of the labor movements in the United States, circa 1911, suffragist Rose Schneiderman wrote: “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist—the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must…

Come Claim Your Prizes: Winners for the Queer Pack Giveaway Announced

Queer Pack’s first giveaway was a roaring success. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, shared, and got excited with us. We had a lot of fun reading about the types of stories you all want to read more of. It’s really exciting to see how many people are as keen as we are to see more diversity within their stories. So many comments included seeing more genderqueer (including trans and non-binary) and other sexualities (including ace and poly), and that’s just fantastic, as this is what Queer Pack is all about. We want to see all those under…

Queer Pack Giveaway: E-Books, T-Shirts, Bottle Openers, and Notebooks

Today is a really exciting day, because Queer Pack is doing its first giveaway! Are you excited? We are. We put our heads together and came up with a list of cool things for you to get your hands on. They range from e-books, to shirts, to bottle openers. And you won´t believe how easy it is for you to win some cool stuff. But first, the prizes. Up for grabs: 1 Queer Pack T-Shirt (straight cut different sizes) 1 Non-Binary Femme Shirt (we only have that in straight cut size L) 5 e-books of Ylva Publishing with queer or…

Welcome Eden S. French

Ylva Publishing’s new imprint, Queer Pack, is delighted to announce the signing of Australian author Eden S. French. In 2017, Queer Pack will republish Eden’s riveting, world-building, sci-fi novel, Reintegration, which she first self-published late last year. Reintegration follows streetwise cyborg Lexi Vale, who negotiates deals with crime lords in an anarchic city. Giving her the edge is a unique mind-reading implant—but now its creators want their technology back. Lexi finds refuge and an emotional connection with an unlikely group of rebels and outsiders. Queer Pack embraces characters and authors with identities beyond the usual gay or lesbian. Eden, who…