Meet Our Author: Cameron Van Sant

My name is Cameron Van Sant and I live in Sacramento, California, which according to one Wikipedia page, is the sixth gayest city in America, and easily the gayest American city you’ve never heard of.

When I was a kid watching Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus was my butch ideal. I shipped her and Sailor Neptune long before I knew what shipping was. Since I later figured out I am a man, it cracks me up that my childhood hero worship was turned up to 11 for androgynous women like Sailor Uranus rather than male characters…

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Meet Our Author: Aila Boyd

My name is Aila Alvina Boyd and I live in a quaint town in Virginia in the U.S.

My absolute favourite television character is Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder. When I watched the show when it first premiered, I was immediately blown away by how determined she was. She always seems to go all in with whatever it is she’s doing and that really makes for an interesting character, in my opinion. The other thing that drew me in was the fact that she’s so complex. She’s like an onion: so many layers. Also, Viola Davis does a great job at playing the character.

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Meet Our Author: Pascal J. Ellen

Pascal ChillsI 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. Oh well, what do parents know about the gender of their kids anyway, huh 😉

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Meet Our Author: Andrew L. Huerta

My name is Andrew L. Huerta and I live in Tucson, Arizona.

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 and sit in the back room which is dedicated to DeGrazia’s paintings of the Bullfight. The quiet gallery and the brilliance of the paintings always rejuvenates me and helps me find some peace in my often hectic world.

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Meet Our Author: Xan West

I write under the name Xan West, and I live in Oakland, California.

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 about which characters I might want to be friends with. I have always thought that I might be a good bosom friend for Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery). I thought we could have a lot of fun making up stories together. I also really wanted to be friends with Jess and Ruth from Stone Butch Blues. The end of that book feels so hopeful, and I wanted to be part of that kind of trans community.

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