Archive for May, 2016

It’s (Not) Complicated

Posted: May 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

It’s been awhile.

Largely because I’ve been abroad, to the depths of a wi-fi free desert, and now I’m in the middle of a house move and won’t have internet access back for blogging and other nice stuff for another week. And work might ask questions if I’m logging onto their internet to blog about packers and pronouns.

I have my pick of things to talk about today — like being trans abroad, like being trans and moving house, like the rude cow from British Gas who said, “You’re Mr. Metzger?” in the most sceptical voice I’ve ever heard.

But instead, I’m going to talk about my book.

On 30 April, my first transgender novel came out, Spy Stuff. It’s about first relationships when you’re transgender, and the terror of telling your new boyfriend that you’re not exactly what he thinks you are.

And a couple of responses got to me.

Not because they were bad — in fact, the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive — but because of some of the things being said.

One review said I was ‘gentle’ with my readers. Another said it was simple and straightforward. Another author PM’d me on Facebook to say how she loved that it wasn’t preachy or a massive info dump about transgender issues.

And that’s…

Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing. And I love those responses. But they also make me┬ápause because if it’s worth saying, then that’s not actually a good thing. If it’s worth saying ‘oh, this trans book is so straightforward!’ then the implication is either that other trans books aren’t (problem) or trans people aren’t (bigger problem).

But…we are. And the books should be.

This is not huge, scary stuff. Our stories are not epic monologues of angst, with some histrionics thrown in for good measure. We’re not difficult. If we can figure it out, when we’re usually too young to understand the concepts and too scared to come at it from a rational viewpoint, then what’s so hard for the rest of you?

An hour or two on Google will tell you all you need to know about the physical side of things, and another hour or two on blogs and forums will tell you all you need to know about the emotional side of things. And the plot side of things?

At its core, Spy Stuff is just a boy working out what to do with these things called boyfriends.

And that’s not a trans thing.

(back to regular posting when Le Interwebs is restored at my new house!)