Jae

Award-Winning Author of Slow-Burn Romances between Strong Women

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Character with a disability or mental illness (Sapphic Reading Challenge #7)

Category #7 of the Sapphic Reading Challenge features another group of people that is definitely underrepresented in WLW & lesbian fiction: characters who have a disability.

It can be a book about a character with a physical disability, a chronic illness, or a mental disorder. When you pick the book you’re going to read, don’t forget that some disabilities are invisible or less apparent, for example, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, and mental illnesses.

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Writing is rewriting

You’ve probably heard the old adage “writing is rewriting.“ Well, it’s true. Or at least it should be. While there are some people who unleash their rough first draft onto their unsuspecting audience, most writers know that careful rewriting and revising is where the magic really happens. For my newest romance novel, Just Physical, which has been published today, I spent almost as much time rewriting and revising as writing the first draft. Here’s a breakdown of the time I spent on Just Physical. Overall, I worked on Just Physical for 501 hours. That’s slightly less than the 549 hours I …

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