A quick & easy guide to all my bi characters

Since I’m bi, I tend to write a lot of characters who are bi as well. Like other minority demographics, we don’t always get satisfying or accurate representation. Tropes will call us flaky, selfish, hedonistic, or unreliable. That’s not to say we can’t be all of those things! But we are no more likely to have–or not have–any of those traits than straight, gay, or ace folks. Erin Jeffreys Hodges asked me for a list, and I realized the only one I’d done was in a Twitter thread (in which multiple people admirably brought up the joke “Fantastic Bi’s and Where to Find Them.”) So here goes.

The bi character who shows up the most in my books is Aviva, who starts out as the palace’s Second Cook and ends up as Queen Shulamit’s (wife or partner depending on which book; I switched it up) as well as her personal chef.

She has her own short story in the Tales from Perach collection, “Aviva and the Aliens”, where she escapes from alien abduction in time to get home for Pesach.

Aviva and the Aliens

Next comes Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of a neighboring city-state. He’s hard-working and big-hearted but a bit anxious. He falls for a labor activist who’s also a huge nerd in Climbing the Date Palm, and becomes part of Queen Shulamit’s extended household long distance.

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Aviva finds Prince Kaveh in the opening scene of Climbing the Date Palm

Chef Yael, the bi trans widow in The Olive Conspiracy, starts out the book by lodging a formal complaint with the queen about someone bothering her, and it ends up being a clue that leads to saving the whole country from economic and agricultural devastation. You can also read about her and her husband Aaron being cute together and the ups and downs of their restaurant life in the short story “No Whining” in the Tales, linked above.

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How do you work with the royal police when the police spy is literally a lizard?

Moving away from Mangoverse, both lonely grad student Adina and her vintage Hollywood actress crush Rose, who comes back as a ghost to give her a manicure and sexy cuddles, are bi in the short story “Wet Nails.”

wet-nails

Lauren Stern from Lioness in Blue, my m/f age-gap contemporary romance novelette about oboe players in a symphony orchestra, is also bi.

Lauren and Dan from Lioness

and last but not least — for now — is Martin Meyer from my anti-biphobia short “The Artist and the Devil”, who protagonist Noah crushes on from a distance while making all kinds of silly assumptions about him–starting from the premise that he’s literally Satan himself.

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Thank you for reading! Art credit for these pictures goes to Rebecca Schauer, Ceili Braidwood/Jane Dominguez, Becca again, then Agaricals, then Laya Rose, then Jane again.

Edited to add that Ronit, who appears as Micah’s girlfriend in the short story “Take Time to Stop and Eat the Roses” in Tales, is bi in my head because of what used to be my life, but there was never really a way to establish her bisexuality in the story so 1. she can be straight or pan if you’d rather and 2. it’s not on the page so it may not count for some people. Here’s Becca’s art of her, though.

micah-and-ronit

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About Shira

Queer Jewish feminist author
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4 Responses to A quick & easy guide to all my bi characters

  1. Love this!! The pics made me happy. 😄

  2. maefuller says:

    This is a happy happy lovely list – and I love the diversity of body shapes in your characters.

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