Our eighth author for Pride 2021 is Blair Watson!
Represent Publishing decided to do a quick interview with Blair to get to know them better and learn more about their release.
Question and Answer:
Name and Genre:
Blair Watson, queer fiction, essay
What are some fun facts about you?
My favorite books are The Outsiders and Catch-22. I collect Hotwheels, especially station wagons. I’m from Kentucky and live in Vermont now. I didn’t figure out my queerness until my mid-thirties.
Tell me about your recent release:
Take It On Faith is my independently published debut novel. I released it in September 2020. It’s about a young transwoman trying to start a new life and running into old emotional obstacles about family and religion that she can’t seem to escape. In a tragic turn of events, she gets publicly outed in a moment that forces all of the characters to decide whether they are on the side of love or bigotry. The story ends reassuringly as Jexe finds her place, chosen family, and identity.
How did you publish, and why did you choose to publish that way?
I published with Amazon KDP because I quickly grew tired of begging publishers and agents for attention. Plus, I enjoy having total control of my content. The themes I’m writing about, gender fluidity and atheism, are not mainstream or commercial. I’d rather produce my art my way than have to soften it for broad appeal and sales.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
First, read On Writing by Stephen King. Then read Elements of Style by Strunk and White. And then stop thinking and start writing. Focus on your characters and telling their stories, and don’t worry about writing a bestseller, i.e., don’t try to write to appeal to imaginary audiences. Just write your story.
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