357. Aro and Ace Representation in Romance: An Interview with Amanda Jean

June 28, 2019

Today I’m speaking with editor, writer, and podcaster Amanda Jean about aro and ace-spectrum romance, and the expectations of romance from aro and ace-spectrum readers. She discusses acquiring titles for a romance press that foster and include good representation. And she discusses the structure of romance fiction, too: What does a romantic story and a happily ever after look like or feel like when representing aro- or ace-spectrum people?

We also discuss:

The challenges of reaching readers in print markets

The importance of representation of varied sexual identities for readers

And we also talk about the various ways we learn to recognize pieces of ourselves, and the powerful relief that comes with understanding who and how you are.Podcast

And we have SO MANY RECOMMENDATIONS if you’re looking for aro/ace romance stories. OH, so many. I’m sorry in advance to your wallet and your TBR.

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And heads up for resources – Amanda Jean sent many brilliant links for aroace spectrum recommendations:

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This Episode’s Music

The music this week was provided by Sassy Outwater. This is called “Forgotten” and it’s by Jason Hemmens.

Forgotten is on sale as an mp3 at Amazon, or you can buy the album, Welcome to Reality, at Amazon, or at ITunes.

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