199: Transgender Characters in Literature – Interview with Dharma Kelleher
Hey there word nerds!
Today I have the pleasure of talking with Dharma Kelleher on the show!
Dharma Kelleher is the author of several gritty crime fiction novels from a transgender/queer perspective. She has worked as a radio news director and is a current member of Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Dharma traditionally published her first series, the Shea Stevens biker series, before deciding to go the indie route for her latest thriller.
Her new book, Chaser, is the first book in her Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series and is available now.
Listen in as we chat about this awesome book, and giving accurate voice to transgender communties in literature.
In this episode Dharma and I discuss:
- Crafting a multifaceted and realistic transgender character.
- The need for accuracy not sensitivity when portraying a marginalized community.
- Dharma’s two-pronged attack for avoiding the echo chamber of niche marketing.
- Marketing challenges in indie publishing vs. traditional publishing.
- How to build your following with an email newsletter.
Plus, Dharma’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/199