Is Establishing Gender Important in Author Branding?

Vaginas and writing: Is it important to know a #writer is a woman?

This subject has hit home for me several times in my writing career. I’m often immediately confronted with “Do you write romance/erotica?” when I talk about my writing. And while my first book has a heavy romantic element, the rest of my work is just about as far from romance as one gets. I try to describe my work as either fantastic works (such as my paranormal mysteries or fantasy shorts and novel) or slice of life, general fiction (such as several shorts and my upcoming Feather in a Hurricane novella). The fact that my books contain sex or romantic relationships, however, seems to automatically place them in many people’s minds in the “romance” genre.

Don’t get me wrong. Romance writing is valid writing. I enjoy reading #romance books as well, when the mood strikes. And, while #genre definition can be tricky for authors, it is easy to see the character archetypes in a story and simply focus on the relationship aspects, giving way to romantic categorization. The injustice of doing this with all #books with heavy interpersonal character #relationships, instead of focusing on the character development or emotional journey of a story, is profound and a discredit to both the #author and #reader.

I suppose it’s like one of my favorite movie #quotes however: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.” (The Breakfast Club, 1985) Until women who write stand up and say, “I am a writer. I am not my gender; I am not my race; I am not my socioeconomic background,” we will be constantly defined by our #vaginas. #ebooks #amwriting

Original Article that sparked my rant: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-la-seur/the-most-important-thing-about-my-writing_b_5933192.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books

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BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having

committed almost every ‘bad deed’ in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.