So, I’m writing the second draft of a long genre-bending, queer, coming-of-age, geopolitical thriller. Each chapter alternates character perspective in a third-person, close-up POV.

Every character has their own voice, and the voice of the narrator alters perceptively as perspective shifts. (Or at least it’s supposed to.)

That’s a fairly huge writerly challenge all in its own. Bigger challenge? One of the characters is a Black woman.

I don’t have any trouble thinking about voicing my other characters, even though some of the are gay, some straight, some Russian, some American, and some German.

But voicing Juliette? Hm. I have wondered. But this is a novel, and her character matters deeply, for all sorts of reasons.

I feel that the downside of NOT voicing her would be erasing her.

So, I try.

Here’s a chapter she’s featured in.

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James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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