Trans Characters and Gendered Bathrooms Welcome back to Queering the Narrative! I’ve been gone for a little while because my partner was recovering from surgery (which went extremely well!). I’m finally back into the rhythm of writing, though, and I…
About Josie Kallo
Writing has been my favorite pastime since before I could actually write–the first story I ever “wrote” was a picture book done in squiggling crayon, and I remember promising my father I’d remember what it said (I don’t).
Since then, I’ve learned to actually make letters, and to string those letters into sentences, paragraphs, and whole novels. I love to craft unique worlds and populate them with interesting, engaging, and dynamic characters. Though I write in a variety of genres, I am most comfortable and interested in Speculative Fiction as a way to explore what our world is now, and what it could someday be. You can find a collection of my published short stories here.
As a bisexual trans woman, I have a passion for queer representation in media and literature — going so far as to consider myself an author of specifically Queer SFF. In addition, however, I strive to create equitable and diverse stories written and edited with an Anti-Racist lens in order to critically examine how the my internalized biases influence my fiction and my perspective on the world. I am continuously growing as an author and as a person, and welcome any and all constructive criticism as learning opportunities.
With my specific passion for queer fiction, I have quite a lot of opinions on how to write respectful and authentic queer characters. These opinions are lovingly cultivated and gathered on my writing blog, Queering the Narrative, where I discuss the nuances of writing various LGBTQIA+ identities for folx who may not necessarily hold those identities themselves. Queering the Narrative updates weekly on Fridays, and you can find it here.
In addition to all that, I sometimes write nonfiction articles for my local neighborhood Co-op, as well as some opinion pieces which can be found on my Medium profile. I also sometimes write content for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, which you can find on DMs Guild or on my author profile on Reddit. If you want to stay up to date on my latest projects — or just say hi — you can follow me on Twitter @JosieKallo. You can also join my mailing list here!