Category: asexual

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

Hello
all!

Once
again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post
calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind
of a reminder:

ASEXUAL
ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m
always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all
kinds of artists are welcome.

This
is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are
welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t
matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or
established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re
all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL
ARTISTS:
Self-explanatory,
any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching,
drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory
category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any
and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors,
cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features,
documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE
ARTS:

actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you
can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque,
belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments,
composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice
is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can
think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All
levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just
starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer
and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If
you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance
it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me
at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If
you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address
(laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This
site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run
out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as
there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank
you, everybody.


Hey everyone! Still open for interviews. And I just
want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been
interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem
like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so
many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received
numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces
still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 🙂
So please, keep those interview requests coming!


All ages, races,
religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I
would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are
welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a
dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice
is important.

So please, keep
those interview requests coming 😀 <3

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edenartfactory:

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It doesn’t matter how you identify, everyone likes to feel good! And you can make funny sassy comments like these.

Of course I look my best in fuzzy boots, dress shirts with bowties, and my happy denim jacket!

Remember, There is more happy stuff at my patreon!

Next update is Friday with A new character and a character sheet!

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edenartfactory: (Ace Face) It doesn’t matter h…

edenartfactory:

(Ace Face)

It doesn’t matter how you identify, everyone likes to feel good! And you can make funny sassy comments like these.

Of course I look my best in fuzzy boots, dress shirts with bowties, and my happy denim jacket!

Remember, There is more happy stuff at my patreon!

Next update is Friday with A new character and a character sheet!

https://www.patreon.com/edenartfactory

Mwahaha

Interview: Orlagh

Today we’re joined by Orlagh. Orlagh is a phenomenal young photographer who specializes in nature photography. Though young, Orlagh plans to continue pursuing art. His work captures the beauty of nature, filled with vivid colors and capturing plants and animals native to Wales. It’s clear he’s a dedicated and passionate artist with a bright future ahead of him, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I have been taking photos for around 4-5 years, and have
been drawing for much longer than that. Mainly my photos are of plants and
animals native to my area, and my other works are of anything and everything!
Currently I am pursuing a GCSE qualification in art, and am working on my theme
of highlands.

What inspires you?

I have grown up in a house with a big garden, quite
overgrown and sprawling with wildlife. I have found a lot of comfort in
spending time there because of the privacy it provides, and that has given me a
real appreciation of nature. I also have family living in a rural area, and the
frequent visits throughout my childhood involved a lot of hiking!

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

My dad has a subscription to National Geographic magazine,
which is filled with detailed photographs. I never read the articles, but would
look through the images accompanying them. It was always quite clear in my mind
that I wanted to go somewhere with my art, be it the drawings or the photos,
but I have never been certain what that would be.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Sometimes I wish I did! I can admire someone who puts so
much time into making their work unique in such a subtle way.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I would say that, no matter how unhappy you are with
something you have made or done, you will have finished a better artist than
before you started.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual, plain and simple!

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have not had any significant experiences, but there are
always uneducated people in my classes who will pick on any minority. I have
found a group of LGBT+ people who I can spend time with in these classes, and I
think being in a group helps a lot.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

I think, because I’m quite introverted, people assumed my
identity is caused by a lack of interaction with other people – which is very
frustrating.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You are allowed to be uncomfortable with any references to
or sexual actions, especially in TV shows or books. It is not a problem that
you don’t enjoy watching the things other people do. Try to find more
representation online of asexual people instead, for example the webcomic Under the Aegis by vimeddiee.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have sparsely filled a National Geographic’s Your Shot
account: Orlagh
Williams
. Other than that I don’t have anything…

Thank you, Orlagh, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Elin

Today we’re joined by Elin. Elin is a phenomenal writer from Sweden who currently specializes in fanfiction. She hopes to publish original work in the future. Aside from writing, Elin went to drama school and acted for a time, but found that writing is where her heart is at. It’s clear she’s a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I express my art form through writing. While I mainly focus
on fanfiction, I’m also currently writing three longer original works, which I
hope will be published one day, if I’m very lucky. In the past I have also had
a major interest in theatre and acting, and actually went to various acting
schools for some fifteen years, starting when I was five, but I’ve recently
moved on from that to pursue a different education.

What inspires you?

With fanfiction it’s not that hard to guess: the works I’m
basing my creations on inspires me. I love to explore worlds and characters we,
the fans, only get to know a limited amount about, and I love to expand on the
already known universe. It’s a way of getting to know the characters I love
better, and a way to express this love for them.

For my original writing, a number of things inspire me. When
you grow up in Sweden you learn about the Nordic gods in elementary school. The
memory of these lessons have stuck with me, and inspired me to write about the
legacy of said gods in a modern time (hopefully not ripping of Neil Gaiman too
much, but I don’t think that will be a problem, seeing as how I’ve never read
or seen American Gods ).

All in all, my inspiration comes from things I see and hear;
things that give me ideas. It can be anything at all, really. Just anything
that makes a thought pop up in my head, like: Huh, I can build
something from this
.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

When I was little I loved to read. I read so much I knew all
the people working at the local library by name, and they knew me. The writing
didn’t start to become a thing until I discovered fanfiction at the age of fourteen.
That’s when I thought that maybe I could write something like that as well, and
that’s when my background with reading came in handy. I used the memory of the
books I’d read to see how a story was supposed to
be, but it did take me awhile to get there myself, and it wasn’t until senior
year of High School when I felt comfortable enough to write original pieces,
and create my own universes.

As for the acting classes and drama school, my mother signed
me up for the classes so I’d have an activity after school. She had a high
maintenance three year old at home and wanted the five year old out of the
house for a few hours a week. Frankly I don’t blame her, my sister is a lot of
work. I would have done the same. Anyway, I thought it was really fun to be on
stage with people my own age, so I stuck with it. We were playing around more
than actually acting, but it was really fun. It wasn’t until I was about
thirteen when I realized that there are people who act for a living, and that I
could be one of them. It sounded like a dream. As I said, I stuck to it for
fifteen years, starring in several small stage productions, until I went to
college. I’m kind of sad that I don’t act anymore, but I know that I can always
go back to it should I want to in the future.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really. I guess there are some things in my writing that
you could consider a pattern; certain things that I write in all my works,
particular phrases and words and such. I notice when I write that I sometimes
use a wording or a phrase one too many times. I probably use these phrases and
wordings in most of my works. Someone who reads them all could probably see the
pattern.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Take every step in your own time. Don’t rush yourself, or
let anyone else rush you. As in, don’t let the influence of anyone else affect
your creative process. You know what’s best for you. You know what you need to
do to move forward with your work. Just you, no one else. It doesn’t matter how
long it takes, or how much life gets in the way. Do things at a pace you’re
comfortable with. It’s never too late to start over, or even to start. Take a
deep breath. There’s no rush. You’ve got time. There’s no expiration date on
art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m definitely asexual and sex-repulsed- or at least when it
comes to my own involvement. I can read about it, or even see it sometimes, but
that thought of participating makes me shiver and feel a bit sick. It’s not
just sex that I don’t feel comfortable with, but also the acts leading up to
it, i.e. kissing and physical intimacy. As for the romantic part, I’m not sure.
I’ll call myself aromantic for now, but that might change, who knows.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

The first thing that comes to mind is one time when I was in
a play and I was supposed to kiss a guy on stage. This was before I identified
as ace, and was just incredibly uncomfortable with the thought of kissing
someone I didn’t like romantically in general. I told the director that I didn’t
want to do it. That I couldnt do it.
She said “Yes, you can” in an encouraging voice, like it would help if she
believed in me. I almost cried right there, the thought scared me so much, but
she still didn’t listen to me. Luckily the script changed and I didn’t have to
go through with it, but that is the most clear memory I have of my orientation
coming into play, and being ignored, in my creative outlet.

Not so much in my field when it comes to writing. At least
not yet. I suppose it might in the future. In my original works I hardly ever
write romantic plots, and when I do they are very much in the background.
Perhaps, if I get published one day, my popularity increases, I might have to
take some complaints about not writing romance, but the fact of the matter is I
don’t know how to write romance, or sex,
or anything like that. I just don’t think it’s important, so I don’t. If you do
see me writing romance, it’s because I’m experimenting and hoping for the best.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we don’t exist. I’ve heard this from people who’ve I’ve
just met, people I’ve talked to on social media, and a person I was in a
relationship with. They doubted that there was such a thing as asexuality or,
if they did believe it existed, they didn’t think it applied to me (because I
kissed him, and that meant he thought I would want to have sex with him. Don’t
worry, he didn’t force me, but I still feel like I dodged a bullet there).

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You don’t owe anything to anyone. You don’t owe anyone to
have sex with them, or to do anything else physically or relationship-wise, if
you don’t want to. You don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why that is. You
don’t owe it to anyone to come out if you don’t want to. I’m out to all my
friends. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a proud Ace. However, I’m not out to my
family. I don’t know why, it just never seems like the right time to talk about
it, and I don’t feel the need to do so.

My advice is the same as I gave about your art: don’t rush
it. Take your time, and think about things. What are you comfortable with? Do
you want to tell anyone? It might help if you talk to someone, but it’s up to
you. Express yourself in whatever way you’re comfortable with. Your sexuality,
like your art, isn’t going anywhere. You’re allowed to take some time and
figure things out, whatever those things may be.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My acting was only on small stages, so that’s a bust.
However, you can find my fanfiction on Archive of Our Own. My name there is KingsNeverDie100.
Frankly, I think it’s a pretty unsatisfactory name, but I’ve had it on most of
my accounts since I was about fifteen, and I can’t be bothered to change it 😛

Thank you, Elin, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Melissa Wilkinson

Today we’re joined by Melissa Wilkinson, who also goes by Art by Little Miss Luna. Melissa is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. She frequently draws cutesy characters. For the most part, she has been drawing anime stuff for artist alleys but has recently branched out and done some drawings of plants. It’s clear she’s a talented and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m an unabashed anime fan, so I tend to draw cutesy stuff.
I’m working on refining my style and branching out into other areas but I
always come back to cute because, ultimately, it’s what I like. I’ve learned I
don’t need to apologize for it. I’m a mostly digital artist but lately I’m
trying to learn watercolors!

What inspires you?

I draw a lot of fan art so I love taking inspiration from
cartoons, especially ones like “Steven Universe” that are mature beyond their
core audience. Outside of fiction I take a lot of my inspiration from food.
There’s so many colors and textures present in the edible!

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I took a graphic design class in eighth grade and I’ve liked
digital art ever since. I gave up on it to study hospitality when I went to
college, but ultimately I came back to it and got a degree in graphic design,
too. I didn’t always want to be an artist but I was always interested in
creative things like cooking and writing.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I used to have a silly little symbol I’d stamp in the corner
of all my drawings of a heart with bat wings. Now I just have a logo I use on
my business cards.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

The best advice I can give is when you’re working on
something and you’re starting to get frustrated, walk away. Take a break, take
a nap, breathe. You won’t produce any good work if you’re angry so come back to
it when you’re calm again. You can look at it with fresh eyes and try to figure
out what’s going wrong.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I used to identify as alloromantic but currently I’m going
by demisexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not from other artists, no, but from my family, certainly.
Most of what I hear is that I’m confused or I just haven’t figured myself out
yet. Ultimately, I just have to accept that not everyone in my life is going to
understand me and that’s ok. It doesn’t really matter if they don’t get it so
long as I feel comfortable with who I am.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That it’s just a phase and that the internet has poisoned my
mind and made me think I’m a “special snowflake.”

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Once, during Thanksgiving break from college, I was hanging
out with my friends from high school. They all started talking about their
sexual experience from their first semester in college and I felt so utterly
uncomfortable that I kept sneaking off into the bathroom, hoping that when I
got back they would have moved on to something else. Eventually I left and went
home and cried in my mother’s lap. I had no idea why I felt such a disconnect,
why I felt so lost. A year later I read about asexuality on Tumblr and I
realized that there was a word for why I was the way I was, and that there were
other people like me. The internet is your friend. You are not alone. Arm
yourself with knowledge and know that you are perfectly normal and there are
people who will support you. I’m one of them. Shoot me a message on any of my
social media accounts and I’ll be happy to talk things over! Ace artists have
to look out for one another.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Lately I’ve been mostly using my Instagram (at artbylittlemissluna)
but I also upload things to my DeviantArt (Little-Miss-Luna) and my
Facebook (at artbylittlemissluna)
and Twitter (at art_by_LML). I
also have an Etsy store (at artbylittlemissluna)
if you want to see the products I make and sell with my art!

Thank you, Melissa, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Iranka

Today we’re joined by Iranka. Iranka is a phenomenal artist who does a bit of everything. While art is mainly a hobby, Iranka has a variety of talents that she enjoys using for her creative pursuits. She does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. She depicts a variety of subjects, both fanworks and original ones. When she’s not doing visual art, Iranka enjoys playing music or writing. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I do a little of a lot of things. Mainly, I paint and draw
fanart, original characters, or real life people or things such as flowers and
scenery. I’m also a pianist and flautist, and I also like to write –
particularly short stories or just creating characters/worlds.

What inspires you?

It could be anything really, often a film I have seen, other
artists, or nature.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you always
wanted to be an artist?

I can’t remember how I got interested in drawing actually, I
just know I’ve been drawing for fun since I can remember. As for music, I got
jealous when my sister was learning piano so I wanted to learn too. I haven’t
always wanted to be an artist, and I still am not quite sure what I want to do,
but I really enjoy doing it. I also really love the idea that something I
create could touch someone or make something happy, so that’s what I aspire to
do. I think that realisation hit me while watching some Studio Ghibli movies,
because they’re so beautiful and explore such amazing and important themes. So
yeah, although art has mostly just been a hobby to me, if I could do anything
it would be that.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

No, I don’t have one.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep trying! The more you do it, the better you will get, so
don’t give up! It’s okay if you get a block sometimes and can’t seem to create
anything; it will pass. Some of your art will be bad too, and that’s okay too,
because no one has to see the bad stuff, you just learn and improve from it. No
one is perfect on their first try.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am definitely asexual but I’m still not 100% certain. At
the moment I’d say I am pan/demi romantic asexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Personally I haven’t experienced any prejudice. I’ve had the
odd few people not believe me, or tell me I “just haven’t found the right guy
yet". One person said they thought I can’t be asexual because I “dress
like a girl.“ Yet to understand how that relates to my sexuality but yeah

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we are all prudes, all hate sex, that we just haven’t
found “the one”, or that asexuality means you just don’t want sex. Oh, and
that asexuals are just “special snowflakes on Tumblr" or something.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

It’s okay. There are lots of people either online or in real
life who could help you figure out your orientation or come to terms with it. I
found out I was asexual only after researching stuff online and finding other
asexual people’s stories that I could relate to a lot. Forums like AVEN can be
helpful. Also, know that you don’t HAVE to come out if you think doing so would
hurt you, like if you know your parents are against the LGBT+ community for
example.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I am at iranka on
Tumblr, and at iranka.art
on Instagram 🙂

Thank you, Iranka, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Xavier

Today we’re joined by Xavier. Xavier is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in digital and pixel art. More inclined toward pixel art, Xavier draws inspiration from various sources. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys creating, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

My work mainly consists of Pixel Art and occasional bursts
of Digital Art, but it’s not known to others online too much

What inspires you?

The other people on social media, Anime and Cartoons I used
to watch, Comic Books I’ve read in my lifespan

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Ever since 4th grade, when I got into anime, I fell in love
with the various styles, and wanted to draw like that, however I wasn’t doing
it online until around 2016 when I was in 6th – 7th grade when I started
posting my art to Google+

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I make a small XH in the corners of the illustration

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

“Even though you may consider your art to be bad now, just
keep trying, try to find any inspirations, and use that as, something to get
better, and ask some people for tips, and maybe they’ll help you out, because
in the long run, it’ll pay off”

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual since I don’t have any feelings for
any given gender

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Since Asexuality is not having any attraction to any given,
I tend to ignore a lot of people around me as if they were possibilities for
relationships

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

I told people I was straight because I didn’t think that
they would understand the whole concept of being asexual, however there are a
few people that I share the same sexuality that are also asexual, so only a few
people truly understand

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

“Don’t let anyone out there get to you about being asexual,
you are yourself, and you don’t worry about the others because you’re not
living their lives, and it’s not like they’re gonna do anything about it
hurtfully if you don’t let it get to you”

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Twitter – Check out Jay at AdudecalledJay
Tumblr – adudecalledjay.tumblr.com
Google Plus – Xavier
Henry
.

Thank you, Xavier, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Signal Boost: A Shard of Sea and Bone

Hi all!

Today we’ve got a special signal boost. An author I interviewed some time ago,

L.J. Engelmeier, is releasing her first book soon (see her interview here:
Tumblr & WordPress). It sounds like a fascinating read and she’s also offering a giveaway.

Here’s the information:

This is it, Oliver thought. This is how the world ends. In
blood and darkness. To the call of a wolf.

In a world of unlimited dimensions, there are many dark
crevices for evil to fester and hide.

The Infinity. Sea of Seas. A multiverse teeming with life
and magic. Long have two species, humans and demons, subjugated one another
within it, all while living beneath the might of hierarchies designed to
protect them. Long have their masses worshipped elected deities—the
Guardians—who serve the dimensions as saints, mercenaries, and officers of the
law.

The Guardians are believed to be indomitable, but now, one
by one, they’re being murdered.

When three of them turn up dead—eyes and hearts ripped out,
seemingly by their own hands—seven very different people are thrust into the
mystery surrounding their deaths, a mystery that spans from the icy mountains
of Lutana all the way to the dunes of Khajal and to the slaughtered bay city of
Lindennacht.

Any hope of uncovering the culprit behind the Guardian
murders now rests with these seven people: a street-fighting princess, an
illiterate ex-slave, a libertine potioneer, a reluctant heir, a former royal
dancer, a clan’s queen, and a gunslinging spellcaster with nothing to lose.

Join the worlds of the Infinity in this 534-paged first
novel of the “Death of the
Multiverse Saga,” available May 30th on Amazon in paperback for $14.79
and on Kindle for $5.99. Preorder the eBook now, and enter
the giveaway here
!

L.J. Engelmeier, granddaughter of a mortician, grew
up in a household where death was dinner table conversation. She knows a hilarious
story about a homeless man’s head that lived in a bag in the funeral home’s
garage. A runner-up for the 2016 SIU Carbondale Literary & Art Award
in Poetry, a recipient of a Silver Honorable Mention in the L. Ron
Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and a shortlisted poet in the March 2017
Creative Writing Ink poetry contest, Engelmeier has published
in Grassroots, Schlock! Webzine, Aphotic Realm, Whatever Our
Souls, and is very excited to release her first novel “A Shard of Sea and Bone”! Follow her on Twitter (at LJEngelmeier) or check out her
website at ofrustandshadows.wordpress.com.

I just want to give a quick shout and say thank you to
everyone who has made and will make this book a success! It’s ten years in the
making. I had a great time writing it over the last year, making its cover, and
marketing it. It’s an adult dark fantasy inspired by writers like Clive Barker,
George R.R. Martin, and Leigh Bardugo and hosts an array of orientations and
POC. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!


It sounds like a fantastic read. So go out there and pick up a copy, leave a nice review, show Engelmeier some love.

Thanks, everyone!

Interview: Keam

Today we’re joined by Keam. Keam is a wonderful fanartist who is currently most active in the Doctor Who fandom. They write fanfictions, mostly one-shots, and also some long-running projects. When they’re not writing, Keam does a lot of visual art, including recolouring and photo edits. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

Well,
I write fanfiction and occasionally draw fanart, as well as making a wide
variety of picture edits, icons and recolouring black and white photos. I’m
mainly in the Doctor Who fandom at
the moment, but have been around in several other book and TV series fandoms
before. Most of my fanfics are one shots, but I also got a couple of long
running projects. My drawings are always hand drawn and coloured in with
ink/crayons/coloured markers or regular pencil.

What inspires you?

My
never ending mind. Due to having ADHD, I got a mind that never slows down. When
I get into it, I can be thinking about a show or book 24/7. It also means that
there’s always new ideas appearing, encouraging me to draw something new or
write a new story. It never ends, and I don’t want it to.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I
suppose I partly have it from my family. My mum is a self-published author
who’s currently written 5 books, and both my grandmothers are talented at
painting and drawing. I’ve never really intended to be an artist in any
professional manner, but as I’ve matured as a fanfic author the idea of writing
an original book seem more and more appealing.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I
don’t think I particularly have any special thing that represents my writing
like that. I am told I have a bit of a unique pattern in my writing, which I
think comes from not being native to the language and there for using a
vocabulary and word combinations you wouldn’t see used by a native writer.

Otherwise,
I always try to include a tall, blond haired person in my fanfics. That’s me by
the way. The author standing there and enjoying her own work. Just a little
symbol of my emotional investment in my own writing.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t
give up. It sounds so cheesy, but is there something I’ve learned it is that
it’s absolutely true. I’m not native to English, you see, and when I wrote my
first fanfic I still did not know how to string two words together. I was 13
and had five years of theoretically learning behind me.

I
had a dream in my head and with some help from my mother I managed to put it on
paper. It’s still published out there on the internet on fanfic site somewhere.
A horrific, self-indulgent drabble about pastel ponies.  But even if it was bad it taught me the joys
of writing.  Because after that, I kept
writing, one year after another, and now I’m five years down the line from when
I started. Today, I even spend more time writing than sleeping (it’s 10.30 PM
as I write this!). And for all that work, I really think I’ve gotten better,
too. Today I feel proud of myself. I read my fanfics and enjoy them and I get
good reviews.

Just
recently a work I’d done in collaboration with another friend actually got a
comment from the actress behind one of the characters we were writing about.
She loved it. Another of my fanfics  got
published in a fan letter/ezine for an American Fanclub in my fandom back in
February. I got a free PDF copy of the ezine as a thank you, and on the first
page was a content section with the title of my name proudly displayed.

All
this is a far cry from the pastel Pony drabble I wrote at age 13. And the
reasons I’m here, the reason I’m 18 and growing more and more professional,
getting more and more attention from people that you want attention from, is
because I kept going. Because I kept going, and I didn’t give up. Giving up is
the worst disadvantage you can give yourself, so please don’t!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m
a Bi/Quoiromantic Asexual who is partially sex repulsed.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Well,
as a part of the Doctor Who fandom,
Asexuality is always a hot topic. The show has 36 seasons, and during the
majority of the 26 first seasons the main character appears as though they are
asexual. A lot of people try to bypass this by referring to the character not
acting in such a way in the ten newest seasons after they rebooted the show.
There are a lot of fights over the fact that newer fans gladly write smut and
ship the character as of old with characters from the newer episodes,
completely ignoring the implied asexuality of the character back then, which is
hurtful. Mostly, I just ignore this and instead look up content creators that
treat the character fairly and knows to be aware of the characters implied
asexuality.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That
we’re incapable of having loving relationships, and that if you’re asexual it
means aromantic as well. Naturally, aro aces exist – I’m an aspec ace myself –
but it feels very ignorant and prejudiced to assume such things.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Relax.
Take it easy. It is fine to be uncertain. The Ace community is very open and
inclusive, and we’re ready to welcome everyone – even if you’re still
questioning or not quite comfortable yet. We’ll give you some friendly cuddles
and advice and it’ll be alright.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I
have several social media accounts!

My
Tumblr is at Gemvictorfromtheponyverse
My AO3 & Ff.net
is Pearlislove
My Instagram is at aesteticfandomdreams.

Thank you, Keam, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.