Guest Post: Amara Lynn on Queerness and Chronic Pain Rep

I’m Amara, and I’m a queer nonbinary indie author. My recent release, Tundras, Travelers, and Other Travesties is my second own voices story. My first one, Rom & Yuli, was released in July 2019.

Rom & Yuli is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novella that takes place on an earth that’s been ravaged by a war between demons and angels. The two main characters are a half demon and half angel who meet and have an instant connection. The story is heavily inspired by Romeo and Juliet, only with a hopeful ending where they don’t die. Yuli is nonbinary and uses they and them pronouns.

Tundras, Travelers, and Other Travesties released on February 22 2020 and is a novelette about Eis, who lives on a solar-powered outpost in a section of the earth that is in perpetual winter, due to climate change. Eis is nonbinary and agender and in the course of the story, decides to use ze and zir pronouns. Zir parents, who have passed away, were also a queer couple, one of which used they and them pronouns, and the other used ze and zir like Eis.

One of the things that was important to me about this story was portraying queerness as being something commonly accepted. When Eis saves Ignis and brings him back to the outpost, almost immediately in their conversation, Ignis asks Eis about zir pronouns. As a queer person, this is something I’d love to see more normalized in fiction, so that’s why it’s important to me to include it in my own work.

The story is also own voices for the chronic pain rep. When I first started writing it, I was looking for something to make the character more interesting, and was in the middle of my own spell of pain, and it just sort of happened. In a way, it was cathartic to add this in, since dealing with chronic pain is an ongoing thing for me, one which I don’t talk about much on social media.

Chronic pain is something that so many people struggle with, and many of us in silence. It’s different for everyone. I based Eis’ condition on mine, which involves chronic rib pain. I did give zir some reprieves in the form of natural remedies, such as hot baths and herbal teas. Unfortunately, chronic pain is something many people, including me, will struggle with all their life, and there’s no fixing it. It’s part of who we are, though, so it was important to me that I portrayed it as part of the character, rather than something that needed to be fixed.

My hope in writing this story is that people who need it find it, and that it helps them have hope. When you have chronic pain, sometimes it’s easy to become lost in your despair, because there’s no end in sight. But we’re here, and sometimes our pain isn’t going anywhere. What’s important is that we keep moving forward, and hold on to the strings of hope that we do have. Focus on what brings you joy, on those you love.

Book Info

Eis has lived on a solar powered outpost in a tundra covered land all zir life.

After zir parents passing, Eis is left to maintain the outpost alone, struggling to do so between chronic pain flare ups, waiting for the day a traveler might come in need of a warm bed and a meal. A day Eis thinks might never come, until a mysterious craft crashes into one of the solar panels.

Eis never expected a traveler to come out of the craft, or for him to be so captivating and beautiful. Everything Eis knows could change with the coming of this traveler, and yet the greatest travesty would be never knowing what else is out there, beyond the tundra, beyond the skies.

Tundras, Travelers, and Other Travesties is a 5800 word solarpunk post-apocalyptic sci-fi short with a queer protagonist.


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About the Author

Amara Lynn has always been a quiet daydreamer. Coming up with characters and worlds since childhood, Amara eventually found an outlet in writing. Amara loves anything to do with pirates, villains and superheroes, and angels and demons.

Amara is addicted to music and gets the most inspiration from moving songs and lyrics. When not writing, Amara usually reads, listens to podcasts, watches anime, plays a video game here and there (but mostly collects them), and takes way too many cat pictures.

Amara is non-binary/enby and queer and uses they/them pronouns. 

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