Why are Queer Books Important? 

 

It is important for people to feel seen in books, to know that their experiences are real and that they're not alone. Also, to read about and understand other people's experiences of life and support them. 

 

Although I write about fictional things - like vampires and superpowers - these people are still experiencing real emotions and being impacted by these happenings. I think on top of people feeling seen; it also helps people find the right words. 

 

Even as a kid, I had always known that I liked women, but I hadn't grown up in an environment where LGBTQIA+ terminology was used and explained. It wasn't until seeing Willow and Tara on Buffy The Vampire Slayer that I found the words to explain how I felt and saw that representation. 

 

I believe we do need that representation, especially for people who have maybe been purposely kept away from any LGBTQIA+ education or positive environment around our community, to prevent people feeling outcast around who they are.

 

Nothing pulls me in more than a supernatural thriller, with a sapphic romance subplot (or vice versa; sapphic romance with thriller subplot). 

 

I’m also a sucker for Urban Fantasy, Litfic, Messy Girl Lit, Sports Romance, Monster Romance and anything that aims to mess with your mind. 

 

 

Below are my 15 favourite sapphic books of all time - these are in no particular order, I don't think I am capable of ranking my favourite books and it'd likely change order depending on what day you asked me. 

 

  • Such Pretty Flowers by K. L. Cerra (THRILLER)

 

  • Threadbare by Elle E. Ire (SCI-FI THRILLER)

 

  • The Woman Who Made Me Feel Strange by Anna Ferrara (THRILLER)

 

  • Rise of the Gorgon by Tanai Walker (SCI-FI THRILLER)

 

  • Retrospect: The Hidden Life of Mac Scott by A.J. Forton (THRILLER)

 

  • Catch and Cradle by Katia Rose (SPORTS ROMANCE)

 

  • Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (also Mistakes Were Made if you’d like less of a slowburn!) (ROMANCE)

 

  • Rosewater by Liv Little (CONTEMPORARY)

 

  • We Do What We Do In The Dark by Michelle Hart (LITERARY)

 

  • They Never Learn by Layne Fargo (THRILLER)

 

  • The Orc and Her Bride by Lila Gwynn (FANTASY ROMANCE)

 

  • Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch (CONTEMPORARY)

 

  • Exquisite by Sarah Stovell (LITERARY)

 

  • Club Blood by Sarah James and Cassandra Celia (DARK URBAN FANTASY / VAMPIRE ROMANCE)

 

  • Glitch by Erin Zak and Jackie D (SCI-FI CONTEMPORARY)

 

  • In addition, I must mention Darva Green, who always seems to produce five star romances!

 

When I first started writing Allure, funnily enough, it was only meant to be a short story. It was supposed to end after the events of chapter three / mid chapter four, but then the ideas refused to stop expanding, until I ended up with a whole book. 

 

I remember storing a tiny notebook and pen, squished into my cargo shorts pockets, while I worked a warehouse job at the time, pulling it out to quickly scribble a new line or event every time they came into my head. 

 

“Living forever in darkness and drowning in my addiction – there could still be light, a flicker of happiness through the possibility of love. If we didn’t run into trouble, I had the opportunity to live the rest of my life with a beautiful woman who could make me happy” - Allure, CEON

 

Article written by Ceon, author of Allure.

 

 

Allure is available in paperback and eBook format.