Today we’re joined by the Tah the Trickster. They’re a fantastic and versatile writer who writes poetry and prose. Their prose tends to be LGBTQ themed YA fiction. Tah is also a fanfiction writer and they have an awesome love of werewolves. It’s quite apparent that they’re passionate about their work, which is always wonderful to see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m an author of both poetry and prose! My prose consists mostly of LGBT-themed Young Adult fiction, though I also write a great deal of fanfiction, particularly in the RWBY and Skyrim fandoms (still heavily queer, though!). My poetry is an ugly sort of visceral writing, leaning heavily on themes of depression and rage, which seems to resonate with a lot of people. I write in a lot of different genres, but I have a heavy leaning towards urban/low fantasy, particularly with regards to werewolves. (I’m a big fan of ‘em.)
I currently have written one YA queer romance novel, a book of poetry, and have had some of my work featured in the zine Werewolves Versus! I’m also working off-and-on on an encyclopedia of werewolfery!
What inspires you?
Music is a big one; I love listening to hard rock and heavy metal and drawing words from the lyric material and feelings of the songs, and trying to capture those feelings.
I also take inspiration for fanworks from other fanartists. I have several friends within the fandoms I’m a part of, and we frequently swap ideas for material to work with.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’m not sure that I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve been writing for many years now. I was big on reading as a kid and young teenager, and most of my formative years were spent reading J. K. Rowling and Tamora Pierce and the like. I found pretty early on that reading so much at a young age made me prime writer material, and since the surprising success of my first novel Singer, I’ve been writing daily (or nearly) since then.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t really have any special secret to my work, but I suppose I’m unique in that I write almost exclusively in the first person. This does turn some people off, I’m afraid, but more often than not I get comments saying that I’ve made a handful of people change their minds about first person narratives. Which is, you know, a huge confidence booster for me.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Writers don’t just write; they read. If you can, try to read lots of things in the genre you want to write in. Learn the ins and outs of the genre. See which parts of those books work, and see what doesn’t work. Figure out why you like the parts you like. Learn to use them in your own work.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m an asexual enby (non-binary)! More often than not I’m agender as well, but sometimes I feel more masculine or feminine than I do other times.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
The most prejudice and ignorance I see is on the internet in general, not just in my specific field. I see a lot of people arguing that the A in LGBT is for asexuals, not allies, (which is true) but then see the same people labeling heteroromantic asexuals as “not really being queer,” which is kind of bizarre to me. More often than not I can ignore it (I’m not heteroromantic) but it does tend to rub me the wrong way.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common is probably that whole “just because you’re asexual doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy sex” spiel. That’s great for sex-positive asexuals, but for sex-repulsed asexuals, it can be a frightening and overwhelming experience that you’re still expected to go through with sex if you’re with an allosexual.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to be asexual. It’s okay to be asexual as a result of a religious upbringing. It’s okay to be asexual as a result of trauma. It’s okay to be asexual for no readily-apparent reason. Being asexual is not a bad thing.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can find out about my various projects and order my books on my website at http://tahthetrickster.com/!
If you want to read my original works, you can check them out on my FictionPress here: https://www.fictionpress.com/u/640126/
If you want to read my fanworks, you can read those on my AO3 account: http://archiveofourown.org/users/TahTheTrickster
Thank you, Tah the Trickster, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.