Guest blog by Kellie Doherty
Hi everyone! My name is Kellie Doherty. My pronouns are she/her. I’m a queer science fiction and fantasy author from the Land of the Midnight Sun—Alaska! Eagle River, specifically. Living in Alaska gives me an appreciation for snow, a hankering for a good cup of tea, and numerous dark winter nights that allow me to cozy up with my creativity.
All of my work—poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and novels—revolves around the speculative fiction realms because I am incredibly geeky like that. I’m a browncoat and a Trekkie. I’d love to step through the Stargate and walk through the halls of Hogwarts. I’d live in Red London and join the crew of the Wayfarer in a heartbeat. Suffice it to say, I love science fiction and fantasy, and I’m constantly inspired by it everyday. So it was no shock to anyone that I decided to write SFF as well.
My work also features queer main characters. Queer female main characters to be precise. Why? Because there wasn’t enough in the stories that I read or watched and I wanted to change that. Put a positive spin on the queer representation and tell stories about characters who became the heroines of their stories but also just happened to be queer. A facet of their personalities, not the whole reason for their stories. I wanted to see myself in the stories I loved, so I decided to write them myself.
What are some other things about me, you ask? Hmm, well, I have two fluffy cats that follow me around like shadows. I’m an office assistant and have been for the last three years. I have a master’s in book publishing from Portland State University. (Best two years, let me tell you; it was so much fun!) I’m freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction work, and a regular contributor for Fantasy Faction. I play a tiefling-turned-drow cleric in Dungeons & Dragons, and I’m obsessed with Critical Role.
Oh! And I got my start by writing fanfiction! It was the perfect outlet for my geeky teenage soul and a great way to hone my writing skills. I still write fanfic to this day; mostly fluff pieces when I want to dive into those familiar worlds again.
Okay, enough about me! If you want to know more, connect with me on social media. I’d love to continue the conversation!
Kellie Doherty is a queer science fiction and fantasy author who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. When she noticed that there wasn’t much positive queer representation in the science fiction and fantasy realms, she decided to create her own!
Kellie’s work has been published in Sanctuary, Innovation, ImageOutWrite 2019, and Life (as it) Happens, among others. Her adult sci-fi duology—Finding Hekate and Losing Hold—came out in April 2016 and April 2017 from Desert Palm Press. She’s currently working on a five-book fantasy series.
The first book Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties (March 2019, Desert Palm Press) won a 2019 Rainbow Award. An excerpt from the second book Curling Vines & Crimson Trades (November 2020, Desert Palm Press) won first place in a 2020 Alaska Writers Guild Fiction contest. Website here.
She will be part of the The Trope Cake panel (Panel A1) – Check the full schedule HERE!