My name is Alex Powell, and I'm bringing you a blog post to promote my story Love Rampage, which is being released with Less Than Three Press. This story is a contemporary urban fantasy story about a trans woman protagonist.
To tell you a little more about this story, I would like to go into Maíra's character, and the setting for this story.
Maíra, as you might imagine, is not an English name. I actually took this name from a girl I met from Brazil, who was working in Vancouver, Canada at the time. The character of Maíra the protagonist is not like the Maíra I met, but I do take names a lot from people I have met in real life.
The story takes place in Vancouver, Canada, which is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is not unusual to work with people from many different backgrounds, some of whom are in Vancouver on a visa, and are here as students, or for work. It is a place for global interaction, and many people speak two or more languages. One of the reasons I chose Vancouver as the setting was because of this multicultural setting.
Another reason I chose Vancouver was because of the prominent LGBTQ+ community. There is a vibrant queer community all over Vancouver, focused mainly in the West End. It is entirely possible that both Maíra, and her love interest Carol, were part of the community, and went to queer youth meetings. It is a generally accepting place, and also one of the only cities in Canada that have doctors that diagnose Gender Identity Disorder and can start a person on the road to transitioning.
Vancouver is also a beautiful place, surrounded by the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. North Vancouver, where Maíra lives, is on the slopes that give way to the North Shore Mountains. It is a place of mild temperatures, making it possible for all sorts of flowers, trees, and wildlife to live.
I wanted to give Maíra a beautiful place to live where the main source of her troubles was not worrying about people who might want to hurt her. She is mostly an ordinary teenager, whose main worry is whether or not she can get the attention of her love interest, which is a source of stress for a lot of teenagers, whatever their background and gender.
If you're interested in this short story about love and bravery, you can pick up an ebook copy of Love Rampage with Less Than Three Press, or a copy of Geek Out, which has all eight stories in either ebook or print.
Preorder the individual ebook [here] (http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=106_130&products_id=826)
Preorder the Geek Out anthology ebook [here] (http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=106_130&products_id=842)
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