About Alex Beecroft

 

Alex Beecroft, author of fantasy and historical fiction featuring gay characters

Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the English Peak District. She studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years.Now a stay-at-home mum and full time author, Alex lives with her husband and two children in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world.She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to operate a mobile phone.

Alex writes queer romance – that is, her main characters are typically gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual or asexual men. Best known for historicals, she also writes Fantasy/SF and contemporary romance.
She is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.

 

 

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I suspect that what unites my love for historical fiction with my love for fantasy and science fiction is a keen desire to escape into a different world from our own, once in a while. The worlds of historical and fantasy fiction may not be perfect, but they are strange and wondrous – it’s refreshing to be able to leave the mundane behind. When you come back, hopefully you realize that our world too is quite bizarre, and can enjoy it more for the holiday.

Speaking of bizarre – I’m a keen morris dancer with the Sutton Masque border morris side, and I’m a musician for the Coton Morris Men, having learned to play the pennywhistle in 2011. I’m also a member of the Regia Anglorum reenactment society, which portrays British history between 950-1080 AD. As a result of which, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I’ll be well placed to hole up on an island, make my own food, clothes, fire, shelter and entertainment, and defend myself with axe, spear and bow.

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You may be wondering “why is a straight woman writing gay romance?”  Well, to start off with, I am actually a non-binary asexual, so I suppose I can’t really answer that question with any confidence, because I am neither. In my case I write m/m romance because those have been the stories that have come into my head since I started writing at age 11. To not write them would be to stifle part of who I am.

However, if you’re interested in a more thorough debate on why women in general write m/m romance, there is a good starting point for your research here at my livejournal:

Why do women write m/m fiction?

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