Work in Progress: Writing Sigyn, Post Three – Call for interviewees

As I’ve already mentioned on here, the story I’m working on at the moment, Sigyn, is a YA fantasy retelling of Norse myths. It’s involved a lot more research than anything I’ve written so far – on the myths themselves, on Viking life (my fictional society is Viking-ish rather than actual Viking, but I still want there to be some historically accurate points), and, most recently, on wolves (well, wolves-ish).

However, there’s still one important aspect of the book where I need to learn a lot more before I can write it properly. One of my major characters is genderfluid – and as I’m not, I know there’s a very real chance that I could end up writing a bad and clumsy portrayal of a genderfluid character.

I’m reading around gender fluidity, but I would really appreciate asking some specific questions about being genderfluid, and genderfluid characters in a fantasy/magical context. If you’d be interested in talking to me about this, please drop me an email (details here).

I would also be very grateful to speak to any genderqueer and non-binary people who are willing to answer similar questions. While I know that being genderfluid and genderqueer or NB is not the same thing, the character in question has genders other than man or woman, and so I don’t want to misrepresent their other genders.

Please share, and if you’d be interested in answering some questions, get in touch!

 

Alice’s books are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Her webcomics, co-created and illustrated by Emily Brady, can be found at the Footloose website. Ally rambles about writing, feminism, and odd questions that cross her mind on Twitter and Facebook.

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About Alice Nuttall

Alice Nuttall is a caffeine-guzzling knitter who divides her time between Oxford and the various worlds in her head. She is the author of a YA fantasy novel, Spider Circus, and three webcomics, Footloose, Cherry, and Black Market Magic, as well as several short stories.
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