Tanya Chris writes feminist-friendly romance in a variety of sub-genres and pairings—most especially M/M. Born on the West Coast and raised on the East Coast, she’s fact-based but thirsty for justice, and her books often include an examination of a current social issue, even when they’re set in the past. As a lifelong genre-hopping reader herself, she admires character-driven work with a message, regardless of the form it takes.
Tanya is an avid rock climber, a long-distance runner, and a participant in her local community theater where she has tackled most roles, including playwright, actor, director, producer, and stage manager. Her travels, both for climbing trips and for cultural exploration, have brought her to places as fascinating as Egypt and as beautiful as the Dolomites, though there’s no place like home.
Tanya is best known to readers for having written Aftercare and to writers for the quote “Writer culture is researching what degree is needed to be a paleontologist so your shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica will be authentic.” Her website features dozens of free stories, including the aforementioned (and highly authentic) shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica.
A Promise to My Readers
As a romance reader, I don’t have a favorite genre. I grew up reading M/F, but these days I mostly read M/M. I like male submissives, whether the top is male or female, but I’ve read and enjoyed plenty of M/f too. I can get equally into a tender romance or a kinky BDSM story. What gets me going is interesting characters, hot sex, and good writing.
The genres I write match the genres I read. In other words, it might be anything. The advice usually given to authors who write in multiple genres is to separate them by pen name. That way you, the reader, know that Amy writes contemporary M/F feel-good stories and Barbara writes hardcore M/M BDSM, and your expectations in buying a book will be met.
If I only wrote in two sub-genres, I’d do that, but I’m all over the place. And it’s only going to get worse. I don’t even know what else might come out. So when someone picks up a Tanya Chris book, what can they expect?
These are my promises to you, the reader:
- My books will be feminist-friendly. Women will not be objectified or hurt. They will occupy positions of power and trust at least as often as men do. They will be free to enjoy sex, however they enjoy it, without judgement, and they’ll be treated respectfully by their partners
- I will not propagate hate toward any group. My books will encourage diversity and tolerance. They will be sex positive for all consensual sex acts
- My characters won’t abandon each other over misunderstandings or overblown jealousy. They’ll discuss what needs to be discussed and will be respectful of each other’s positions. I won’t ask my characters to fall in love with people who abuse them
- Most importantly, I will be clear in my descriptions, particularly with respect to story length and gender pairings. I’ll give content warnings for triggers that might not be obvious from the plot. I will choose transparency over cheap surprise or increased sales
Whether a book takes place today, two hundreds years ago, or two hundred years in the future, whether it deals with humans or shapeshifters or aliens, whether it’s M/F, M/M, or non-binary, monogamous or menage, I’ll stick to my principals, and I’ll give you enough information to decide whether to buy or to pass.
It’s OK to pass. We all have our preferences, and those are OK.
Bonus promise: There will be hot sex scenes. Because I love those.
Who Am I?
Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’m a musical geek, for one. And Les Mis is probably my all time favorite.
Frequent shake-ups in the LGBT romance publishing business leave readers uncertain about who they can trust, so authors sometimes feel the need to declare who they are for the sake of transparency. So, who am I?
I am, as my avatar and name would suggest, a woman. I don’t fall anywhere on the LGBT+ rainbow. That picture (and the one on T. M. Chris’s profile) is really me, but it’s me in the late 80s. You can probably tell that from my windswept hair and fabulous faux-leather jacket. The pictures were taken at one of those glamour photo boutiques that were in every mall back then and were a present for my boyfriend who returned them to me when we broke up. I occasionally post photos of myself on vacation or what-not on social media and those are also me and much more current.
Everything in my bio is true, but it’s not a very fleshed-out bio, I’ll admit. I share things about myself online, but I’m not trying to sell myself as a product. Much of what I share (most particularly on Twitter) is my snarky sense of humor.
I don’t think you need to know any more than that about me because the main thing you need to know about me is that I’m never going to ask you to a) support me financially in any way other than by acquiring my books through legal means, or b) attack someone on my behalf. Seriously, if another reader gives me a bad review, you can just let it go. I appreciate the good reviews (so much) and love hearing from readers, but let’s keep it about the books and not about what you can do for me other than to read them.
That’s about it for all-about-me. Feel free to leave a comment/question here or on Facebook or Twitter. I’m always glad to hear from a reader.