Asexual Representation in YA: Part II
About a year ago, I wrote a Swoon blog post about asexual representation in YA. About how I wished I’d been able to see more asexual characters in the fiction I read growing up so I could’ve felt comfortable in my own skin sooner. About how I wanted to write asexual characters who are able to have their own, not-sex-dependent romantic relationships in my own books.
Now, I’m really happy to say that my biromantic asexual hot mess of a son, Erik, not only has his own point of view chapters in An Outcast and an Ally, but a romantic subplot! It’s a relationship I’ve been looking forward to writing for actual years. It took a lot of smoothing out wrinkles in edits, and trying to explain some things better, but with the help of my amazing editor Holly, I’m proud of how the relationship turned out.
I was finally able to write something I’ve always wanted—a relationship between two people who care about each other romantically and in which the non-ace partner is no less accepting or into the ace partner for his asexuality. It’s the kind of relationship I’ve always wanted and still have trouble believing I’ll ever find because so little affirmation exists (in media or otherwise) for aces. I hope I’m able to help that even just a little with my book.
To shift gears a tiny bit, inspired by the recent Rainbow of LGTBQIA+ YA Novels blog post, I wanted to give a shoutout to a somewhat rainbow-resembling collection of amazing books with asexual representation! I’m so happy to see more books with ace rep coming out in the last few years and I hope more and more people will check out these wonderful stories.