Today, we’re joined by Eliza Steele. Eliza is an up and coming writer who works in the genres of psycho-thrillers, supernatural, and sci-fi. She’s passionate about ace characters so hopefully we’ll see a lot of work from her in the future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’ve always been interested in thinking up and writing stories ever since I was a young girl, and as I got older and discovered my sexuality (asexual) I wanted to write asexual characters into my story as I found that there are close to none openly asexual characters/authors. I enjoy writing themes such as psycho-thrillers and supernatural.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by my need and want to create stories that help me let out my emotions in a positive ways. I get inspired by knowing that by writing these stories that include asexual characters, it could influence a reader of any age into pursuing their passion and coming to realisation that their sexuality is valid and something proud of and should be accepted.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
In the early years of my teens I started reading books by Stephen King and China Mieville and was intrigued by the genre and got inspired to write by them. I’ve always wanted to be an artist.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not that I know of.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Just keep doing what you love. Don’t let what people think stop you from pursuing your dreams because at the end of the day you’ll be the one living with the decisions, not them.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Yes, there are only a handful of identified asexual characters. The way I handle is it by writing asexual characters into every story I write.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it only occurs in plants, not people. That every asexual person hates to be touched/kissed.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to take some time making up your mind and it’s okay to be confused. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to have sex, even though society might say there is. Asexuality is perfectly normal and is totally okay. Always surround yourself around people that accept and love you no matter what because that is what you deserve.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Sadly, I haven’t been able to be published as of yet, so the best way to read my stories is to contact me personally. I appreciate every reader.
Thank you so much, Eliza, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.