Mychael Black is here with us today, and I am super stoked because Mychael is one of my favorite Changeling authors. Mychael has some cool insights about why she writes what she what she does. Take it away, Mychael!
Why I Write What I Do
I’ve had people in the past ask why I write gay romance. They look at me and think: straight white woman. Right?
I’m not straight, and while my body may look female, I am not. I started transitioning from female to male several years ago, but after about half a year or so on testosterone, I stopped. Why? I hit a plateau where I was happy about my identity–finally. At that point, I realized that I don’t care what gender someone perceives me as. All that matters is how I see myself. I happily embrace the label of ‘genderqueer,’ though I’d love to simply get rid of labels altogether. But society has a long way to go in that arena.
There are days when I feel more feminine and days when I feel more masculine. Then there are days when I simply don’t give a damn either way. But my heart, my mind, and my soul are all male. And I’ll be completely honest… there are times when the knowledge that the body doesn’t match is utterly painful. But I push beyond the pain and find solace in my writing.
Writing gay men gives me the chance to be who I want to be, to let the real voice inside speak and experience life the way HE wants. For me, writing gay romance is akin to therapy. A fun, exciting therapy that actually pays ME instead of me paying for it.
So that, my friends, is why I write what I do.
Call me Katherine or Mychael–I’ll answer to both. I’m a mother, partner, student, author by trade, and editor by compulsion. I’ve been in the publishing business for several years, namely as a writer but also as an editor on occasion. It never fails, though. I always end up editing eventually.
I’m a proud bibliophile, to which my poor sagging bookcases can attest. I read all the time, even if it’s one of my textbooks for class. I much prefer fantasy and romance, though. While pursuing my Bachelor’s in Game Art & Design is fun, I wouldn’t necessarily call a textbook on color theory or the fundamentals of design ‘leisure’ reading. Interesting? Yes. Pleasurable? Um. No.
When not writing or reading or editing, I…eat. Maybe sleep. Or watch Spongebob. Yes. I am a selfproclaimed, thirty-something year old Spongebob Squarepants addict. Much to my partner’s dismay. It’s fun.
If you’re curious about what I write (and who wouldn’t be?!), then you can find me below: