As I write, as I develop stories about queer characters and characters of color in historical settings that might not be entirely hospitable to them, I’ve decided to keep positive representation on the forefront of mind too. Because I know what I like to read, and it’s not sad stories where bad things happen to people like me or stories that casually drop microaggression with no awareness whatsoever.

If I wouldn’t feel comfortable or happy reading something, why on earth am I dedicating my time to writing it?

Inspiration File – Guilt, Representation, and Redirection

Author: Zeenah

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.