Queer Stories Versus Queer Characters

When I’m describing what I write, I prefer to say that I write speculative fiction with LGBTQ+ characters.  There is at least one queer character in everything I write (including my short fiction–check your perceived defaults, people), but the story does not focus on the character’s queerness.  I do not write queer romance, coming out stories, internal discovery stories, or transition stories, though my stories may involve those things.

I write horror stories, or fantasy stories, or science fiction stories, where the characters just happen to be queer.  And as with any writing, who the characters are informs the fiction.  But the stories are not about the fact that they are queer.  We’re just people navigating life like anyone else.  And so are my characters.

This distinction is very important to me.