Series: Under Ground
Published by Amazon on May 15th 2017
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
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Bullying is nothing new to Terrence Young. The teasing and harassment are constant. His family is less than understanding as well. To them, Terrence chose to be gay and complicate their lives. Their little rejections sting and cut him deeply.
But when the Deviance Act is passed, Terrence’s life takes a turn for the worse overnight. Under the new law, a mere look, a simple touch, or a small kiss in public could mean death. Terrence attempts to hide his orientation to survive. That is until a gang attacks him in a bar and Chase Martinez interferes.
Chase is gorgeous, kind-hearted, and he’s a rebel in the Underground—all qualities that attract Terrence so much there is no stopping the fall. Loving Chase might be dangerous, but Terrence is done living in fear and letting others dictate what is right for him.
*The author pledges to donate 100% of sales revenue from “Terrence: A Short Story” to The Ally Coalition
As I saw the cover for this short story I couldn’t help but wonder what sort of process the author followed when writing the series. Another thing that came to mind was – As an author, which she finds more rewarding writing gay romance or straight romance? Alice Rachel answers my question below – enjoy it.
That’s a really tough question because I actually don’t have a preference. 🙂
My entire series revolves around forbidden romance.
My straight couples usually aren’t allowed to be together because they are promised to someone other than the one they love.
My gay couples aren’t allowed to be together because being gay is illegal in that world. So whether straight or gay, my couples face many obstacles, and I am able to send messages through my books no matter the orientation of the couple in that specific story.
In general, I feel rewarded based on which character I am writing about rather than what kind of romance it is.
I love all the couples in the series, but I have two favorite ships, one of which is straight (Stephen and Willow) and the other gay (Terrence and Chase).
What’s interesting about these two couples is that they revolve around the same dynamics: me creating a sweet and pure character (Willow or Terrence) to help a character who is broken (Stephen or Chase).
As a reader, I also love both gay romance and straight romance.
However, I am against using people’s orientation as a way to make sales. One should write diverse characters because the world is diverse, not because diverse characters are suddenly popular to have in novels.
A person’s orientation is a reality; it’s not some new trend to be used for money.
It’s important to make the distinction between representing LGBT people fairly vs using them for personal gain. While I fully support the first concept, I will always condemn the second.
Authors have a responsibility to do research and represent people well because harmful stereotypes can hurt marginalized people in ways we cannot perceive. It is our job to destroy those stereotypes, and that can only be done through serious research, it cannot be done if the ultimate goal is popularity and money.
Therefore, the orientation of my characters doesn’t matter to me, and I enjoy writing both gay romance and straight romance equally. Writing Terrence’s story involved a lot more research than my straight romance though, and my series has been a real gift to me because my research has taught me so much.
With that being said, I found writing Terrence’s story one of the most rewarding experiences, only because Terrence is one of my favorite characters. He’s a really sweet person, a character who cheers me up and has brought so much happiness and comfort into my life. He is the one character I have created whom I really wish was real. He is gentle and kind, and he is an inspiration to me because I could only ever hope to be as kind and forgiving as he is. Spending time with Terrence is always a reward in and of itself. 🙂
Thank you for having me on your blog and for being part of the tour.
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series “Under Ground.”
Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.
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