Interview: Emily Alter

Emily Alter is a queer author of LGBTQ+ romance who reads more than she should.

Your 6th book, Confidence (Demands, #3), came out on October, 5th. What was the inspiration for the story?

My Demands series follows a group of friends in or fresh out of college, trying to figure out life. They may or may not have been based on my experiences in college to one degree or another. Specifically, Confidence follows Alexis’ journey as the girl who’s always been out, and sure in her sexuality, but a mess when it came to flirting and actually approaching women, which… I could relate with, to an extent. And then she meets Sierra, who seems as self-assured as Alexis hopes to be one day, but she’s just guarded, hoping this way she can’t be hurt. And I guess I’ve also been there.

If you could be one of your characters – who would you be? and why?

Even though I can confidently (wink, wink) say I’m much more of a flirt than Alexis is, I will choose her, just because of her job. My favorite high school teacher taught History, and I guess she sparked a passion for it in me as well. Sure, I love social psychology, and sexology (what I’ve specialized in), but a part of me will always have that “what if?” stuck.

What is one book you could read over and over again?

Hm… This is tough. I don’t reread books, unless I’m forced for an assignment or something like that, and I don’t even do it then most of the time. I think the only book I’ve ever read twice, just for the sake of it, was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, but I’m not sure I’m answering your question.

What is your favorite genre to read, and why?

Queer romance, definitely. It’s funny because as a kid, I was a voracious reader, but all I read was mystery, thrillers, detective stuff… Then I started to read detective books with some romance in it, and now I need the plot to be at least 80% romance if it’s gonna keep my interest. (And, of course, it has to be queer).

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Do your research before jumping on the publishing train. Sure, it can be fixed -unpublishing is a thing- but you’ll save yourself a few headaches. Also, yes, you’re queer, and yes you’re everything you think you are, and this is only going to make your books better -at least, more genuine.

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