The Gay YA Guest Post: Ten Women Writers of LGBT YA

18th Nov 2014

The Gay YA Guest Post: Ten Women Writers of LGBT YA
My name is Vee, and I’m the admin of GayYA. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever written: there are so many amazing women authors of queer lit out there! If I had more space, I’m sure I could come up with 20 or 30 more of them. As it is, however, I tried to find a balance of hopefully some familiar names, and a couple that you may not have ever heard of...

GayYA is child-of-queer-book-love blog run by two teenagers. We formed in April of 2011 after Jessica Verday was asked to change her m/m story in the Wicked, Pretty Things anthology to an m/f pairing. The reaction from the YA community was incredible and made it clear to us that there were tons of fans who loved queer YA and they needed a place to talk about it and be heard.

We want to promote LGBTQIA+ Young Adult books, prove that there is a market for them, provide a resource to help people find representation, and create a place for everyone to open and participate in discussions about everything related to queer YA.

You can keep up with what we and the community are up to on Twitter: @thegayYA, Tumblr: thegayya.tumblr.com, or subscribe to our blog at GayYA.org. Here’s our list and if you want to know of more, I invite you to check out our website!

Rachel Gold

Rachel Gold is a small press author whose books are hidden treasures. Her newest book, Just Girls is lead by Ella, a trans girl and touches on feminism, gaming, romance, sexuality, abusive relationships, sexism, genderqueer-ness, and women going into science.

Tess Sharpe

A debut author of 2014, Tess Sharpe wrote perhaps the loveliest, saddest, tear-me-apart book, ever. Far From You features a bisexual girl named Sophie, who is well know for the fact that she actually says “I’m bisexual.” Sophie is also disabled and struggles with addiction.

Laura Lam

Laura wrote Pantomime and Shadowplay the first two books in the Micah Grey series, and is working on the third, Masquerade. The Micah Grey series features an intersex, non-binary, and bisexual protagonist, and has a lot of other diversity in it as well.

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya wrote the fabulous book The Summer Prince, and just came out with a new one, Love is the Drug. Both are mind-boggling science-fiction novels, lead by amazing female characters. They are unlike anything I’ve ever read, and are SO refreshing in their portrayal of women and queer characters.

Malinda Lo

One of the mothers of queer YA, Malinda Lo is one of the only names out there writing teen fantasy featuring queer girls. Check out Ash, her retelling of Cinderella. She also runs the website DiversityInYA, and produces invaluable statistics, posts, and other things surrounding diversity in YA.

Robin Talley

Another debut author of 2014, Robin Talley wrote Lies We Tell Ourselves, a novel set in the 60’s about the desegregation of schools, and how it affects the lives of two girls. It’s powerful and sweet and challenging and highly recommended.

Corinne Duyvis

Otherbound is Corinee Duyvis’ first book which rocked the world of queer YA and also explores themes of race and disability through its main characters. Corinne also co-runs the Disability in Kidlit tumblr which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already.

Melissa Marr

Best known for the Wicked Lovely series, an Urban Fantasy about Faeries and the Faery Courts, Melissa Marr has written two of my favorite bisexual characters (and her female characters rule). It is one of the most empowering series out there!

Katie Rain Hill

Katie is the author of a memoir, Rethinking Normalthat was just released in September of 2014. It’s about her journey of transitioning and the how she learned to live as a girl who was born with the body of a boy. This is so important, because there are so few trans women authors out there writing about their experiences for young people.

Sarah Diemer and Jennifer Diemer

Wife-and-wife authors, Sarah Diemer and Jennifer Diemer developed Project Unicorn, a “fiction project that seeks to address the near nonexistence of lesbian main characters in young adult fiction by giving them their own stories.” Sarah Diemer also wrote The Dark Wife, a lesbian retelling of the Persephone myth and Twixt, her second YA novel.



Who would be on your top ten queer YA list?

If we’ve introduced you to any new authors, who will be the first on your to-read list? Leave us a comment and let us know!