Asexual Author Talks About Writing Sexual Characters In New Blog
Submitted by: Narrow Path Publishing
Openly Asexual author Stephanie Silberstein explores writing from the point of view of sexual characters in her latest blog.
Raleigh, NC (OPENPRESS) December 28, 2010 -- Openly Asexual author Stephanie Silberstein has written a new Wordpress blog in which she addresses the dilemma of being asexual and writing a novel from the point of view of a sexual character. Shades of Gay, which just came out, addresses the protagonist's physical desires for another boy as well as the emotional difficulties he faces as a gay teenager.
In her blog, Silberstein explains how she was able to write certain scenes even though she has never experienced physical or sexual desires. "I just got into character and was able to write how it felt to be him — a sexual being whose body is hungry for physical contact with another boy," she writes.
Silberstein views sexuality as just one aspect of a character that she must imagine if she has not experienced it personally. She compares writing about sexuality to writing from the point of view of a differently gendered character and explores whether there is any difference between imagining a character's sexuality and imagining other aspects of a character's identity.
Although Shades of Gay contains some sexual content, Silberstein states in the blog that it is appropriate for teenage audiences. The novel features an asexual character in addition to the two main characters, who are gay and bisexual. Silberstein says that she will address asexual issues more fully in the novel's sequel, which will be written from the point of view of an asexual struggling with the question of whether to attempt dating her sexual peers.
Shades of Gay is available both in print and for the Amazon Kindle. Silberstein intends to release an audio edition of the book in early 2011.
For more information, please visit Silberstein's blog at http://meowingatthemoon.wordpress.com.
For more information about Shades of Gay, see http://www.facebook.com/shadesofgay or http://www.narrowpathpublishing.net/books.html