• Melodie Bolt

Why Read Queer Authors When You Aren't Queer

Updated: Jul 3, 2018

It is a wonderful thing when a writer gets to see her novel published, and my friend, Martha J. Allard, has done just that with Black Light. But what's her novel about? And why read it?


First, here’s the summary:


Los Angeles, 1983.


Trace Dellon knows exactly what he wants: the white heat of the spotlight. When his band Black Light is offered a record deal, Trace grabs for it. He will do anything to make it.

Bass player Asia Heyes knows what he wants too. It’s not fame or the adoration of groupies. It’s Trace. It’s always been Trace. Though it’s been unspoken between them, Trace’s other lovers-his audience-push Asia aside.


With the record contract, Albrecht Christian comes into their lives. He has everything but what he needs to live: the energy that runs just under Trace’s skin.


When everything crashes with a bullet, they all learn the truth. Rock and roll, like magic, requires both love and sacrifice.



Sounds great, right? Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll, Unrequited Love and a Psychic Vampire! But many hetero readers will pass on a book like this by when they see the main characters aren't hetero too.


Well…you might be thinking to your straight self that perhaps male lovers aren’t your thing. And I get that, I do. But here’s why (regardless or your sexual orientation) that you should read this book.

  1. The writing is really, really lovely.

  2. The sex is tastefully done, and it isn’t the purpose of the book.

  3. Just because you’re not a gay man doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a book with gay characters.

  4. This story is about people, people who can’t have what they want and that makes for a great read.

Seriously, give this book a try. The writing is really, really lovely because Allard loves her characters and you will too.

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