Eight movies that prove the ‘gender bending made you a killer’ shtick is played out

Hollywood has used the old “your-mom-made-you-crazy-by-making-you-the-wrong- gender” gimmick so many times it’s trite. Gender nonconformity makes you neither crazed nor a killer, and the multiple- and still-used troupe that it does is pernicious and just … dumb. Here’s proof: Psycho (1960) It’s your mom’s fault. Everything is your mom’s fault. Okay, it was 1960, and it…

Writing GLBTQ characters

In a guest post on the blog of author Adrian J. Smith, I share my thoughts on writing GLBTQ characters in fiction. I decided to focus on the power of representation. —Excerpt— The power of representation Whether I have one reader or 100,000 readers, I take the power of representation seriously. As authors, we have the…