Meet Our Queer Pack Author: M. Hollis

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I’m M. Hollis and I live in the south of Brazil.   #2 Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with? From movies I can say Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You was a character I always identified with. I tend to be grumpy all the time and people say that I look like I want to murder someone all the time, but it’s just my face! And I’m also extremely passionate about the things I believe in. More recently,…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Pascal J. Ellen

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I live in Offenbach, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. My pen name for this anthology is Pascal J. Ellen. I sometimes write things under my real name too, but this is my first fictional work so I thought I’d come up with a name especially for this. Pascal is the name my mother always told me she would have named me if I was a boy. But oh well, what do parents know about the gender of their kids anyway, huh 😉   #2 Who is a character from a…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Andrew L. Huerta

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? My name is Andrew L. Huerta and I live in Tucson, Arizona.   #2 Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations? Tucson is home to the DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun, which houses the extensive work of famous Southwest artist, Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. Whenever I have some free time, I like to visit the gallery. In 2012 I completed my doctoral work in Education, and when I needed to get away from my research and writing, I would go…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Xan West

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I write under the name Xan West, and I live in Oakland, California.   #2 Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with? I find pieces of myself in various characters, but rarely come close to seeing my whole self in a character. Which is one of the reasons I write what I do, to write folks like me into the story. One thing I often do when I read, instead of thinking about what character is like me, is to think…

Meet Our Queer Pack Author: Eden S. French

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? It’s a messy situation. My first two novels were published as Sophia French, which is my legal name, and my third as Eden S. French, which is my preferred name. But I’ve recently gotten engaged to my girlfriend, the artist Wren Fay, and will be taking her name—so my future work will be published as Eden Sophia Fay. A publicist’s nightmare, I’m sure. I live in Hobart. That’s a messy situation too, but only because we keep leaving our clothes on the floor.   #2 Who is a character from…

Meet our Queer Pack author: A.P. Raymond

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I’m A.P. Raymond. Call me Alex. My pronouns are they/he – I like both. I’m from the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Chocolate, easily. But a good rich milk chocolate. Most American-produced milk chocolates are mediocre compared to the Canadian/international versions I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive – and why? Robin Hood has been my hero since I was seven years old. We had just gotten a VCR when I came down…

Meet our Queer Pack author: E H Timms

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? My name is E H Timms and I live in the south west corner of the UK, in a tiny village near Swindon.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Sometimes I like to curl up in a nest of blankets with a plate of finger food and reread a familiar book even though I have a stack of new books staring resentfully at me.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive – and why? I’ve never really connected with traditional superheroes. The closest I come is Discworld’s…

Meet our Queer Pack author: Carolyn Gage

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? Carolyn Gage and I live on a small island in Maine, in Southwest Harbor.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Playing hooky from work by going hiking.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive –  and why? I toured in a one-woman show about a lesbian Joan of Arc for twenty-two years, so I would have to say Joan.   #4 What’s your favorite book? Often my favorite book is the one I am currently reading… and right now that would be Jane Crow: The Life of…

Meet our Queer Pack author: Evelyn Deshane

#1 What’s your (pen) name and where do you live? I’m Evelyn Deshane and I live in a small university town in Ontario, Canada.   #2 What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? Truthfully, I don’t like to associate guilt with pleasure. So instead I’ll just say that I really enjoy trashy true crime books and trashy crime shows, like Law & Order: SVU. I also may have a questionable interest in alien-abduction stories.   #3 Who’s your favorite superhero, dead or alive – and why? This is quite tough because I adore comic books and frequently change my mind about what…

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…