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Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
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IndieReader: Nine Authors Who Break Boundaries with Indie Lit
By Joe Sutton
The publishing world is oft-criticized for being male-, hetero-, cis- and white-centric. But because the world of indie-publishing gives authors more freedom, previously marginalized writers are able to reach a wider audience"”and readers can be treated to a wealth of new perspectives and experiences than those most explored in the traditional realm of publishing.
Check out your favorite indie market and you'll find some great works by women of color, trans authors, homosexual romance and more. Here, we're putting the spotlight on some authors who don't fit into the cis-white-male mold"”all of whom got their start by going indie!
1. Dani Alexander
For first-rate and quirky gay (m/m) romance, look no further than the work of Dani Alexander. Alexander is all about high-suspense plot and fun characters, and his work is as goofy as it is heartbreaking. But we're not just treated to a cute romance"”Shattered Glass, for example, is fraught with intrigue, murder, prostitution and Russian gangsters. Because he's pretty kinky with the saucier scenes, Alexander's work isn't for the faint of heart"”but after reading Shattered Glass, you'll never look at bunny slippers the same way again.
Not So Innocent, Alexander's next book, is coming soon! You can find more about him on his website.
2. Pavarti Tyler
Pavarti Tyler is seriously productive. Tyler has a history in New York's theater scene, having studied dramaturgy and working on and off Broadway after graduating from Smith College. Tyler eventually moved on to the finance industry, and has since used her business know-how as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity.
Tyler is essentially the indie scene's Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics. A great entry point for getting into her stuff is The Sugar House Novellas, a smart erotica series that begins with the classic archetype of forbidden lovers. You can also check out her guest post for IndieReader AnaÃ¯s Nin: 50 Shades' Foreplay.
Shan is now under SBR Publications, but she got her start by self-publishing years ago, finally presenting to the world her lifelong writing hobby. SBR found Shan just one year after self-publishing her first book, Rozalyn"” an instant bestseller. Shan's novels are high-drama but emotional: Rozalyn, for example, follows a young woman abandoned by her mother and left with a neglectful father. The Rosalyn series (there are six books in all!) presents a life in struggle that will keep you turning pages.
Rozalyn received a second-edition publication with SBR, which is available on Amazon.
If you'd like to see more boundary-breaking authors, go to IndieReader.