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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2016-07-17 01:52 am

"We won, we won, we won, WE WON"

ALEXIS HALL'S FOR REAL WON A RITA AWARD

AND THEN SARINA BOWEN AND ELLE KENNEDY'S HIM WON ANOTHER ONE

AND I MAY NEVER TURN MY CAPS LOCK OFF

RWA approved the creation of the Rainbow Chapter in 2009. 2009. It took them that long to openly acknowledge that queer romance is romance. And now, in 2016, TWO male/male romances, one of them written by a queer author and published by a queer publisher for a queer audience and one of them in a contemporary romance category, are winners of the organization's highest award.

The contemporary romance thing is key because queer romance is often assumed to be erotic, or treated as though it's erotic just because it has queer content. So winning both within and outside of the erotic romance category is a big deal. And the Ritas are voted on by RWA members, most of whom are straight women who have probably never read anything remotely like the glorious queer kinkiness of For Real.

Hall's editor, [livejournal.com profile] sarahf, gave a particular shout-out to #ownvoices authors, "queer and trans, black and brown". (Was that the first time anyone's ever said "trans" onstage at RWA? It might well have been.) And Sarah is a cancer survivor and a good friend of mine and so passionate about her work, and has put an incredible amount of effort and energy into making her small queer romance press succeed, and this is their first Rita, so yeah, I was sobbing.

Robyn Carr, who won this year's lifetime achievement award, gave an amazing inspiring speech about keeping your head down and doing the work. And last night I picked up my writing notebook for the first time in nearly two months and read a bit in The Plot Whisperer, and one particular bit in the section on story structure inspired me to fix the giant gaping hole in my novel outline. (I know what the characters' problems are and I know what the eventual solution is. So what makes that solution so incredibly difficult for the characters to accept and invest themselves in? What psychological cliff do they have to step over? OH HELLO EMOTIONAL CLIMAX scribble scribble scribble) What with that and Readercon and seeing a book that looks a little like my book win an actual goddamn Rita motherfucking Award, I am pretty fired up.

[identity profile] rose-lemberg.livejournal.com 2016-07-17 03:49 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG, I am so, so thrilled for Alexis Hall. Thank you for letting me know - I missed this.

[identity profile] arielstarshadow.livejournal.com 2016-07-17 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)
THIS IS INCREDIBLE, AMAZING NEWS!!!

I confess that I stopped being a member of the RWA years ago because it was obvious at that time that I simply could not devote the time needed to really work on my writing, so I've not really paid a lot of attention to their award winners since then.

I knew the annual convention was happening because I have a lot of romance author friends, but didn't know anything more than that.

I am so thrilled to see this news - I'm also thrilled to hear that it got you fired up. (Is the Plot Whisperer book the one by Martha Alderson?)

[identity profile] amaebi.livejournal.com 2016-07-19 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome news, public and private!