QSFer Melody Avant has a new LGBT (bi/poly/trans MTF) fantasy romance out: “Her True Form.”
Her True Form is the first in a series exploring the struggles and issues a trans woman can experience, through the lens of a fantasy world.
A transgender fantasy romance novel, it follows Yvette, a young transgender mage who is willing to face all manner of monsters and threats in order to gain her true form, with just her magic and her guardian, Gervas, to keep her safe.
“Now, I understand that you believe you’re a girl–”
“Am a girl,” she interrupted, glaring up at him.
“You are clearly not. I have been the one tending your wounds, I would know if you were or were not a girl. Now, as you are a journeyman I cannot force you to acquire treatment for your–” The man paused for a moment, before continuing. “– compulsion. But I–”
“Oh, I am planning to get treatment,” she muttered under her breath.
“I’m sorry? I didn’t quite catch that?”
“Nothing. Are you done? Because if you are, I would like to have my clothes and depart.”
The man sighed and shook his head. “Child, these clothes are not for you to wear. A young lad such as yourself–”
“NOT A LAD!” she yelled, sitting up. “I am a girl.”
“Hmph! Listen here, boy, if you weren’t–”
“A journeyman, you’d bully me into doing things your way? But I am, so you have no say in such matters. If you’d prefer, you may banish me from your lord’s castle.
Otherwise, I am a woman. I feel like a woman. I am comfortable as a woman. Even if things are not physically correct, I refuse to be a man.”
“Yes, your delusions of–”
“They are not delusions! This is my body, this is how it is!”
The man snorted dismissively. “Bah. You are clearly a boy. If your mind struggles with that fact, it is clearly a sign of a grave illness that should be controlled. It–”
“Or maybe I’m a girl. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a girl, and my body is wrong.”
Yvette felt her temper rising. “Maybe I want to be a girl because I AM a girl!”
“As I said, delusions. I have never, in all my years, ever had such drivel enter my mind.
‘Wanting to be a girl’. Such notions are the thoughts of a demented mi–”
“Do you want to be a toad?”
“Ex… excuse me?” he asked.
“Do you want to be a toad? Or maybe a canary,” she asked, her eyes narrowing.
“I… don’t understand.”
“My specialization. It’s transforming things, people, into other things, animals. So. Would you rather be a toad or a canary? Or maybe a little rat. Well?”
The color drained from the man’s face and he quickly got to his feet. “Ungrateful child…” he muttered before quickly racing from the room, closing it with a resounding slam.
Melody Avant has been writing since her early teens. As a trans-woman growing up in America she is very familiar with the barriers that can impede anyone attempting to find their true form and become the person they’ve always wanted to be.
Melody has always been enraptured by the wonder and excitement of fantasy worlds and so she hopes to impart that same feeling to those who read her works, as well as help support those who are still struggling on their journey.
Author Website: https://wordpress.com/view/melodyavant.home.blog