Greetings from Silicon Valley

Guest blog by M.D. Neu

Hello Everyone, I’m author M.D. Neu, I’m an award-winning LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. I live in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California). I grew up around technology, watching the area I live in become the birthplace of all the cool gadgets we use and take for granted today. I’ve always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically I’m drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal movies, television, and novels. I get my inspiration from the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. I know, it’s an odd combination, but a combination that has influenced all my writing.

I currently have five books out and two short stories. With two more books on the way. In my writing I want to show our diverse queer community focusing on often forgotten or marginalized characters. You will see members from the queer community in all my books, they are front and center. However, being gay isn’t the focus of the story, the focus is the adventure. I want to show our community as the heroes. Everyday people who get caught up in some fantastic adventures. In my worlds being queer isn’t the issue, and it’s never hidden. Being queer is one more part of the character, similar to hair color or eye color.

Despite that, my books are for everyone, I write books that the whole family can enjoy. A majority of my fans come from the straight community, and surprisingly a large number of hetrosexual men enjoy my books, which I think is fantastic.

I write my stories like this because when I was growing up I always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who I am. My family is very accepting, so being gay wasn’t an issue (and I count myself very blessed for that). Still, growing up I was constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, and I decided I needed to change that. So, I took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflect our diverse world.

When I’m not writing, I work for a non-profit and travel with my biggest supporter and my harshest critic, Eric, my husband of twenty plus years. Well, there you have it, a little about me and my personal story.

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M.D. Neu (he/him) author photo of MD NeuWhen M.D. Neu and his husband aren’t off playing at Disney, Neu is an award winning inclusive queer author who writes epic Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal stories that reflect our diverse community. When not hanging with Mickey Mouse and the gang, Neu works for a non-profit trying to save the world one report at a time. Oh, and he also bakes!

Visit his Website here.

He will be reading during the sci-fi and fantasy hour (Reading A2). Check out the full IQARUS schedule HERE!