Tag Archives: fictional characters

Portrait in jasmine and grapevines

For I am unworthy, and she is lost these many years. She said I am heartless, and thus, unworthy. King Jahandar and his childhood sweetheart, driven away in fear of the responsibility of being his moral center. Who is she? … Continue reading

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“Kiss me so I’ll be able to feel it when we’re apart.”

The wizard Isaac is leaving on a royal spy mission, leaving behind his warrior captain wife Rivka for a few days. It’s my birthday today, so I’m posting pure self-indulgence. Characters from The Second Mango and Climbing the Date Palm, drawn by Erika … Continue reading

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Eshvat: polyamorous, aromantic, and successful businesswoman

There’s a prevailing belief out there that bisexuality is incompatible with monogamy. I wanted to challenge this idea in my writing, by depicting not one but two bisexual characters who don’t get into more than one committed relationship at a … Continue reading

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My guest post about why the romantic lead in Climbing the Date Palm is fat

Click here to read my full post, about why I chose to make Farzin from my new novel Climbing the Date Palm a fat gay nerd. Farzin is, in many ways, what I find attractive in a man. He’s an intellectual and … Continue reading

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There’s a world of difference to me between showing a masculine-presenting woman with an interest exclusively in men in a universe with no canonical queerness and showing a masculine-presenting woman with an interest exclusively in men in a universe where … Continue reading

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“I believe in you.”

Isaac, the Ashkenazi wizard from The Second Mango. He likes rugalach, warrior women, and feeling smarter than people. If you like your fictional men older, bulkier, and mysterious, give him and Rivka a try! Drawn by Tumblr user angelwhoisinlovewithyou.

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I will never get tired of durian humor

Perach’s prosperity comes from tropical agriculture. Here, Queen Shulamit shows the other characters from The Second Mango… …an incredibly stinky fruit called durian. Often called the king of fruit, it tastes  good–well, maybe–but smells so bad that there are signs … Continue reading

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