Today LLP is talking with Devyn Morgan, author of Ace of Hearts.
In your recent LLP release, Ace of Hearts, you made the unusual choice of making one of the main characters in your romance asexual. What inspired this choice?
Ace of Hearts was inspired by a series of blog posts by an internet friend. She identifies as asexual and has faced discrimination from members of the LGBT community who believe that asexuals are “basically straight” and therefore unwelcome.
That sort of hurtful gatekeeping in a community that should be all about inclusion makes me so angry, and sad, that I felt like I should do something positive about it. Since writing happily-ever-after love stories is what I do, it just made sense to me to write one about an asexual character.
Was it difficult writing an asexual character?
In general, no, because my character Brendan, like many asexuals, still experiences romantic attraction. Because Brendan’s basic motivation is the same as any romance hero – to find a loving partner to spend the rest of their lives with – writing him was no different from writing any other love interest.
The tricky part was writing the main sex scene. It was important that Brendan’s asexual identity remain consistent, and not be “cured.” In fact, I wanted to make it very clear that there was nothing that needed to be cured. His orientation is a part of who he is, and the main character, Lucas, comes to love every part of him, including his asexuality.
I was surprised to read such a hot sex scene in an asexual romance.
In a way, this scene was more fun to write than a typical sex scene, since it inspired me to get creative about how to ensure Brendan and Lucas had a mutually satisfying experience.
I also don’t believe that scene was out of character. Brendan isn’t sex-averse, he just doesn’t experience sexual attraction, and he’d been willing to try sex before with less accommodating partners. He was lucky enough to find Lucas and figure out a way to fit their preferences together.
But I also try to emphasize in my author’s note that Brendan and Lucas are just one possible happily-ever-after asexual romance. What’s true of one asexual person isn’t necessary true of another, and the most important thing in a relationship is communication and respect.
Of course, that’s true of any relationship, no matter what the gender or sexual orientation of those involved.
So what’s next for Devyn Morgan? Any more asexual romances in the future?
None planned at the moment, although that may change later. I usually have three or four projects going at once to keep from getting stuck on any one in particular. I just released Bonaventure and Clyde, which features a romance between a cowboy and and ballet dancer, and my next release is college sports romance, titled The Rival Quarterback, which should be out on Amazon by mid-July.
Great! Looking forward to it. Thanks for joining us today.