Angel Martinez – A World Where Heroes Just Happen to be LGBT

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Hi all! A big thank you to Charlie for having me over for tea. (Oolong is lovely, thank you.) Angel Martinez here—I’ve been writing Fantasy and Science Fiction for, oh, quite a while now, closing on ten years now as a published author. Over the years, several questions have come up repeatedly. Where do you get your ideas? (From the idea of the month service. Sometimes I end up with unusable ones but they’re such a pain to ship back.) Which one of your characters is your favorite? (The one I just wrote—really? Would you ask a mom to pick her favorite kid?) And because I write SFF: How does the genre affect how you deal with LGBT issues? (Or some variation thereof.)

Very often, I don’t.

Before anyone gets out the pitchforks and torches, there’s a good reason for this. I spent decades reading books, particularly fantasy but occasionally in science fiction, where LGBT characters got to play certain limited roles. A) They were evil and/or psychos, in many cases lusting after the hero. B) They were tragic figures that often died. C) They were tragic figures who could never be happy.

I know genre fiction is full of tropes. Sure. It’s part of the charm of genre fiction, to see what the author can do with the tropes. But these were tiresome, hurtful, and horrid. Gay men need to be heroes, too, not because they’re gay, but as heroes who just happen to be gay, and so on. I want a world where that’s normal. That’s what I write, because it makes sense to me that everyone should get to be heroes. Everyone should get a chance at real love. Everyone should be able to have that happy ending. Everyone should get role models in their fiction.

Lots of issues crop up in my stories. Addiction. The dangers of apathy. Institutionalized racism. Personal responsibility. Loss. Physical impairment. The heroes dealing with these issues just happen to be LGBT. Gravitational Attraction, just released at Dreamspinner this summer, is one of those stories. Heroes fighting for their lives, their loved ones, their place in the universe, and each other. They just happen to be gay.

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Gravitational Attraction
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A mysterious distress call draws the crew of the Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting ship. Empty, except for the gore-spattered corridors and one survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his responsibility, offering him kindness and warmth after the horror he experienced.

Turk longs for Isaac, a desperate, hopeless ache he’ll always carry with him.

But Turk’s brain harbors dangerous secrets, a military experiment gone wrong. When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac to convince Turk to become the weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the Hermes crew’s ingenuity, the enigmatic Drak’tar’s help, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.

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Angel Martinez, the unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for over twenty-five years) and gave birth to one amazing son (now in college.) While Angel has worked, in no particular order, as a state park employee, retail worker, medic, LPN, call center zombie, banker, and corporate drone, none of these occupations quite fit.

She now writes full time because she finally can, and has been happily astonished to have her work place consistently in the annual Rainbow Awards. Angel currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

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Website: http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amartinez2
Facebook Author Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495188947277007/
Twitter: @AngelMartinezrr
E-mail: ravenesperanza@yahoo.com

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Angel Martinez is offering one lucky winner an eBook copy of their choice from her backlist. Giveaway ends Friday, August 22nd at midnight. To enter just leave a comment below sharing your favorite science fiction or fantasy book, movie, or TV show.

18 Comments:

  1. My favorite sci-fi book since I was a kid Stranger in a Strange Land. My favorite movie Independence Day.
    Thanks for the chance!

    • Hi Stephanie! Oh, yes, Stranger was a real eye opener for me (if my mom knew what I was reading that early on, lol) And Independence Day was a lot of fun (Well, it was Will. How could it not be?)

  2. Hi Angel! Thank you so much for being a guest! The limited roles you mentioned for LGBT characters in the science fiction and fantasy books you read is also part of the reason I started writing historical gay romance. I’d read a lot of pulp fiction of the time, and gay characters ended up in those same roles and it was heartbreaking. Thank you so much for sharing! This sounds like such a good read!

    • Thank you for having me, Charlie! It was that way in “literary” fiction too – I guess it just felt like more of a betrayal in SFF where things were supposed to be more out of the normal boxes.

  3. LOTR, what else?

  4. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I grew up watching StarTrek and have enjoyed all the remake TV shows since andof course my favourite genre to read is Sci Fi.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  5. My favorite sci fi is from my childhood- A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’engle. TV shows would probably be BattleStar Galactica. I love the cover of Gravitational Attraction, I have your book and it is patiently waiting for me on my kindle…just have so many on my TBR list 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. The Hobbit is my favorite. Your book looks amazing. Hope to read it soon.

    • Hi Debra! When I was very young, there was a kid’s fiction magazine called Cricket (it might still be out there) and in this mag. they published the Riddles in the Dark chapter. I begged my parents for the book after that. (Come to think of it, my first sight of Anne McCaffrey might have been in Cricket also, a little later.) Thank you!

  7. I have a ton of favorite scifi movies. The Fifth Element and Bladerunner have to be the top ones. Dune is one of my all-time favorite books and the original movie was awesome as well.

    • Hi Jen! Oooo – I love both of those so, so much. And 13 Monkeys. I love the space opera, actiony SF movies, but the darker ones really stay with you longer, don’t they? Love Dune 🙂 I do wish David Lynch had had more time with the movie but many of the visuals were just amazing.

  8. I won’t be original here, but my favourite is definitely the whole Middle-Earth universe. I love both books and movies and wish I could be a part of this world. Tolkien had an amazing imagination and created something epic. Something that drains you physically and mentally, but leaves you with hope. And it’s easy to see that he put his whole heart into it.

    Also, thank you for the giveaway. And I’ll definitely read your book, because I also have enough of stories where being gay is something else. I have the same problem with movies. In Poland, we have one LGBTQ vod distributor and almost all movies are dedicated to problems of the LGBTQ community with heterosexual people. Don’t get me wrong, I know that there are problems, but also there is a normal life. And not everyone meets with pitchforks and torches. OK, and I think it’s enough of the rant

  9. A fantasy movie I liked a lot is Pan’s Labyrinth 😀

  10. I have to say I have so many scifi shows, movies and books i love … but one of my all time favorites is Odd Thomas movie … something about feel amazing from his telling his store about his gift of seeing dead and wanting to help them no matter the personal cost … truly breath taking movie I would recommend. 😉

  11. Sorry its not possible to name just a few, as I have grown up loving so many sci-fi/fantasy films and books and these are just a tiny number of those that have been part of my growing up to adult years: Stargate, Star Wars, Voyager, Stardust, Starman, I Robot, Independence Day, Battlestar Galactica, Brave New World, Blade Runner, Paycheck, Big Trouble in Little China, Wall-E, ET, Matrix, Black Hole….

    The works of Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer, Philip Pullman, Asimov, Philip K Dick (whose books/short stories are used for so many sci-fi films) and this just the tip of the iceberg…but one of those that had a profound affect on me was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and made me value the written word/books and how lost we would be without them.

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