I am back again with another author interview! I told you there were more exciting things headed this way :D This time I’m interviewing I.W. Gregorio, author of the fabulous None of the Above (you can read my review here if it so pleases you). I absolutely adored None of the Above, so it was incredible to be able to chat with the author!
interview with i.w. gregorio
1) What inspired/inspires you to write LGBTQIA+ fiction?
I always like to say that the first gay person I ever met was in a book, and I’ll be forever grateful to Mercedes Lackey for singlehandedly destroying the latent homophobia that the very conservative town that I grew up in instilled in me.
Specifically, though, None of the Above was inspired by a patient I treated during residency, as you can read in this essay I wrote for Bookpage.
2) What is a favourite quote from one of your books? Why is it a favourite?
I’ll always love the “I heart my gonads” quote because a person’s reaction to the statement says so much about their comfort level with basic human biology. It’s also subversive quote because people don’t realize that women can have gonads too.
3) When it comes to representation in LGBTQIA+ fiction what do you think is the most important aspect?
That there is diversity in diversity. Particularly in regards to intersex, which is an umbrella term for a number of different syndromes and conditions, there is no single story. Everyone’s intersex experience will be different, which is why it’s so important for there to be many stories out there!
4) If you were to speak on a literary panel about LGBTQIA+ fiction what topic would you talk about and why?
I would think about the importance of #OwnVoices, because I think that there’s an authenticity and honesty that only a member of the community can bring to a story.
5) What is one LGBTQIA+ book that you recommend?
I’m a huge fan of a number of books that were published recently, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Tim Federele’s Better Nate than Ever series, because it’s so very funny, and because the MG audience needs more representation!
6) Silly question time – if you could be any animal for a day what would it be and why?
I would be a bird, say a falcon, for sure! My bio mentions that I used to play ice hockey (at a very low level) for many years in college and afterward. Mostly I was drawn to skating because it was very much like flying.
I know I said it before, but it was awesome hosting this interview! I love being able to see into an author’s mind, if only on a few topics.
I loved that I.W. Gregorio mentioned diversity in diversity and the #ownvoices movement, because I think these two aspects of diverse books are incredibly important. And now another person has recommended Better Nate Than Never, which means I really need to read that book ASAP. Especially since it’s diverse middle grade fiction, which seems to be quite rare. Being a bird for a day would be pretty amazing. Flying with wings rather than in a plane would be an unforgettable thing!
Now, to celebrate this interview, and to give you the opportunity to read the wonderful novel that is None of the Above, I’m giving you the chance to win a copy! This giveaway is open internationally, and subject to my giveaway policy.
I hope you loved reading this interview as much as I did! And good luck in the giveaway! Tata for now,