Ace in the Hole
a Guest Post by Calista Lynne
Asexuals. The myths. The legends. Should we fear this lack of sexual attraction which has pervaded our society?
Well considering there’s more asexuals than Canadians in the world, I’d say not. You probably know one yourself.
On July 14, my novel, We Awaken, is coming out and it is currently available for pre-order. People seem excited when they hear the description until they come to learn that the two female protagonists are asexual. Then half my audience stands there in a state of either disappointment or confusion and the other half is beyond elated.
The confusion is understandable. Most people- or, at least, older people- have only ever heard the term asexual used in reference to plants and think this is some new liberal idea that will pass with time. Between Snapchat filters and Kardashians, people like this tend to see the downfall of humanity in many harmless things, so I wouldn’t be overly worried. Asexuality is very much real, though, and not a new phenomenon.
Allow me to explain it to you: asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction. Most people growing up begin looking at men or women or both and think ooh what a fine piece of person that is I want me some of that action.
It’s important to me that asexuals learn that this is not only a sexuality but a valid one because so many young people think they’re broken because neither gender does it for them. Sometimes asexuality is even confused with bisexuality just because the person doesn’t feel attracted to both genders equally.
In my novel- which has all the cheesiness one would hope for from a young adult fantasy- the main character begins the story thinking she is a lesbian, which comes with it’s own set of issues. One sexuality crisis is bad enough but coming to learn she’s asexual causes a total re-evaluation.
But there are happy endings. Asexual people love. They can (and do) have sex. They aren’t broken and this isn’t a disease.
And if you’re asexual and people are giving you shit about it, come to me and I’ll fight them for you.
Calista Lynne's book, We Awaken, will release from Harmony Press on July 14 2016.
Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
About the Author …
Calista Lynne is a perpetual runaway who grew up on the American East Coast and is currently studying theater in London. She is oftentimes seen screeching at Big Ben and pointing out the same landmarks on a daily basis, and is having difficulty adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas across the pond. She writes because it always seemed to make more sense than mathematics, and has superb parents who support more than just her latte addiction. If Calista Lynne could change one thing about her life, it’d probably be her lack of ability to play both of the ukuleles adorning her rainbow bookshelves.