I had a chat with Vanessa Clark (a.k.a V.C.) in my latest episode of LGBTr (formerly The Read). They are the intersex, gender non-conforming, androgynous, pansexual author of erotic short stories and novel, The Man on Top of the World. This was their first video interview, and I was happy to have them on the show. They were my first gender non-conforming guest, and this experience really confirmed to me just how easy it is to switch up my usual language in order to be respectful. There are a lot of people who don’t respect those who live outside of binary gender norms. My advice to them: take the few seconds necessary to re-wire your brain and remember that we are all deserving of respect. Not everything is black and white.
Some of the most interesting moments in the interview were when we started to talk about dealing with book query rejections from publishers/agents and Clark’s response to some of the negative reviews of their book. Jump to 6:43 in the video below for the rejection letter discussion, and to 14:26 for thoughts on the negative reviews.
All in all, I believe that our conversation was enlightening. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this author in the future. Take a look at the full interview below.
#LGBTr: Vanessa Clark
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