If you're interested in books about bisexuality and the challenges of wanting to be seen, check out "Greedy: Notes From a Bisexual Who Wants too Much" by Jen Winston.
What was your inspiration behind your debut book "Greedy"?
Toni Morrison says, "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." I wrote "Greedy" because I needed it, and I couldn't find many books that were explicitly about bisexuality on shelves. I'm a voracious consumer of pop culture, yet I hadn't seen much content that spoke openly and directly about being bi, or the struggle to officially announce yourself as such. My own journey was loaded with impostor syndrome (I never thought I was “queer enough” because I didn't have enough experience to “prove it”), so I wanted to create something that documented those feelings and helped other bi people feel seen.
What does "Reading with Pride" mean to you?
To me, reading with pride means doing the work. It means seeking out stories from people of different identities, and really giving yourself over to those stories — listening to the truths they tell, then asking how those truths interact with your current worldview. Reading with Pride means reading with intersectionality in mind.
Why do you feel representation of bi people is so important?
There’s no feeling quite like feeling seen — whether that’s onscreen or in the pages of a book. Everyone should have that opportunity, and for bi people, it’s historically been a challenge. Often writers show bisexuality by having characters “behave” it (e.g. hooking up with multiple genders), but this reinforces the idea that bisexuality is a behavior, rather than a full identity all its own.
What do you think is most relatable for readers to your story?
I wrote this book as a series of personal essays because I wanted to make sure people knew it was only my story. While I hope that bi+ people feel seen by aspects of the book, I also hope that "Greedy" doesn’t get held up as the epitome of a bisexual life. I’m just one person and I have a lot of identity-based privileges, so there’s no way my book will tell a story that everyone can relate to. But if just one person relates to just one sentence and that helps them better understand themselves, then I feel like this book has accomplished its goal.
Is there a next book/project? What can readers expect?
I’m working on several projects at the moment! One is another personal essay collection about queer parenthood (which I’m at the veeeeery beginning of), and the other is a novel about queer people in relationships. Time will tell which one my procrastinating self will actually be able to finish and bring into the world.
What's up next for you in the bookish world?
A cocktail and a beach chair. Does that count?