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September 9, 2012

Blog Tour: The Book Of The Night ( Libyrinth #3) by Pearl North – Guest Post with G1veaway

Hello again most awesome readers!
Thanks for stopping by the blog for our tour stop for

  The Book Of The Night ( Libyrinth #3) by Pearl North

presented by Tor Teen!

We are so excited to have Pearl on the blog today to talk to all of you about writing LBGT characters in YA!
Also, be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the blog for a chance to win a copy of your very own!

First, a little about the third installment of the Libyrinth series,
The Book of the Night…

The world of the Libyrinth has experienced a series of wrenching changes. After the Libyrarians and their longtime foes the Singers discovered their common heritage, a young healer named Po found the Lion’s Bloom, an ancient and enormously powerful artifact capable of rewriting reality.

Behind the mysteries of their shrouded past has always been the legendary Book of the Night. Sought for generations, both feared and revered, it is the key to this world of wonders. When vain, grasping Queen Thela steals the Lion’s Bloom and imperils the very reality of the world, only the Book can heal what she has rent asunder. An epic journey through strange lands, a perilous encounter in a clockwork city, and the revelation of the truth beyond reality will lead those who find the Book to a moment when their world will either be saved…or cease to exist.

The Book Of The Night ( Libyrinth #3) by Pearl North
Publication Date:  September 4, 2012
Publisher:  Tor Teen

Thank you for having me on Chapter by Chapter today, Maryann!

One of my main characters in the trilogy, Clauda, is a lesbian. And she falls in love with another one of my main characters, Selene, who’s bisexual. In today’s post, I want to talk a little bit about writing LGBT characters in YA.

Traditionally there has been quite a bit of pressure on authors not to write gay characters, particularly as protagonists. I’m relieved that is starting to change because I think it is so important for young LGBT people to find themselves in the books they read. We all know the statistics on the suicide rate among gay teenagers. And the books we read, particularly when we’re growing up, can have such a big impact on our lives. Reading about a great gay character in a book, one who is a hero, could make a big difference for someone.

I can recall, years ago, discussing a potential project (not a YA) with an editor. It became clear in the context of our conversation that one of my characters was gay. He stopped me to point that out. I said, “Yes, he’s gay. Is that a problem?” He said, “Not as long as the story calls for it.”

It took me awhile to unpack that answer and when I did, I was pretty unhappy about it. Basically, what he was saying was that I could only write about an LGBT character if that character’s sexual orientation was a plot point in the novel. Why? Would you only write about a straight character if their heterosexuality was a plot point in the novel? Why can’t there be LGBT characters in books just because there are LGBT people in real life?

There are always LGBT characters in my books, often main characters, and unless it’s a romance, the story does not generally revolve around their sexuality. When I am writing in a world of my own creation, such as in the Libyrinth trilogy, I tend to devise societies in which being gay is a non-issue. I do that because I want to try on what that would feel like. And while I recognize the importance of exploring oppression through fiction, I also believe that in order to make something a reality, we must imagine it first.

Thanks for stopping by Pearl!  This was such a great post!

 

About the Author:

 

Pearl North is the author of a trilogy of YA science fiction novels: Libyrinth, The Boy From Ilysies (a Norton Award Finalist), and The Book of the Night. A firm believer in human decency, she loves writing and reading about characters that transcend the limits of who they think they are and what they think is possible. She mentors graduate students in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, and writes in other genres under different names. A native and life-long resident of the Detroit area, she has never lived more than two miles from Woodward Avenue in her life.

Connect with Pearl:

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11 Comments

  1. I admit that I haven’t read this series before, but it looks intriguing. My own library is starting to push us out of the house… I need a 30×50 room that I can install wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookcases on to house my growing collection. Yet I’m still buying, winning, and receiving books from many sources to enjoy and sometimes review.
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  2. Jenn
    9/9/2012

    I have heard about this series from friends but have yet to read it. It sounds really intriguing though; it’s definitely getting ,oved up in the to-read rankings.

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  3. Samantha D
    9/9/2012

    Awesome! XD I wonder if the author has ever taken a creative writing class?

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  4. Grace Lo
    9/9/2012

    I haven’t heard of the series before now, but I’m thinking of starting on this one now. I definitely agree with her acceptance of LGBT, and am glad of it. People somehow get uncomfortable reading gay or bisexual characters, but is that fair to readers whose gender is different from our own? Nope.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Totally agree with you

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  5. Shadow
    9/9/2012

    This sounds great!! Id love to read it! Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!
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  6. Pearl North
    9/9/2012

    Thank you for your comments everyone!

    Nora-Adrienne, I can sympathize with your bookshelf situation. I don’t know what I’d do if it weren’t for ebooks. They came along just as my own bookshelves were reaching capacity.

    And to answer your question, Samantha, I did take a creative writing class in high school once, but that was it. Which is kind of funny because I now teach writing in a university program. :)
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  7. Zara Alexis
    9/13/2012

    I love the end quote: ” I also believe that in order to make something a reality, we must imagine it first.” How true! Regardless of our sexual orientation! Thanks so much for this giveaway!
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  8. Maureen
    9/17/2012

    It is great that your characters can be whoever you want them to be with no one questioning them anymore.

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  9. Lindy Gomez
    9/19/2012

    This book sounds interesting. I like the idea of a loom that can rewrite history, a clockwork city, and epic journey! Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway!!!!

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  10. Primrose
    9/25/2012

    I love this series! So sad that this is only opened to US/Can.
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