Our mission: more LGBTQ+ characters
Our mission is simple: We want to see more LGBTQ+ characters in books. That’s why we started writing them ourselves! Because we believe it’s important to have someone to look up to, someone you relate to.
“They’re not just their sexuality or gender. They’re main characters.”
But we don’t want someone’s sexuality or gender identity to be their only character trait. That’s why we create diverse novels without the characters’ sexuality being the main theme. We want you to say: “The princess is a lesbian, but she’s also struggling to prove herself to her Kingdom.”
Hello! I’m Cindy Paul, the author of EverAfterPrint. I’ve always loved books, but writing has definitely become a passion. The “I know I have to get up early, but I really want to finish this scene” kind.
At first, I mostly wrote short stories because I didn’t believe I could finish a full-blown novel. And look where we are now! I really wanted to see more books with LGBTQ+ rep, so I eventually took the leap. And I’m so glad I did.
I want to write stories with amazing, relatable, and diverse characters. AND give them happy endings, because I feel like there are enough sad books out there. Don’t get me wrong: they are good too (The Song of Achilles? I was bawling). But writing sad endings doesn’t make me happy. Ah, did I spoil all of my books now?
Hi! I am Renée Zonneveld, the illustrator of EverAfterPrint. A few years ago, I would’ve never dreamed of doing MORE with my art. My initial plan? Get my PhD and draw as a hobby.
But then two things happened. First, my friend wrote a book, and illustrating it made me take my art seriously for the first time. And second: my professors told me that as an academic, I couldn’t spend as much time on art. While there are lots of people in academics that manage both, his words still made me realize how important my art is to me. I didn’t want to give it up. I wanted art to be my career, so here we are!
My goal is to create art that makes you pick up a piece of media you wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Specifically for our books. The books we publish at EverAfterPrint contain a message that I want to support, spread, and promote!