Tuesday, October 04, 2011
From January 2012, the UK government plans to raise the minimum age for claiming housing benefit for a one-bedroom flat, from 25 to 35. This means that many people with bipolar disorder, will suffer severe disruption to their lives.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
In an exclusive interview with Bipolar Bisexual, Rosen Trevithick tells us about her new novel, Straight Out of University.
Hello Rosen, the book title begins with the words "Straight Out", are we to assume that it's about sexuality?
Yes. Straight Out of University is about a bisexual woman, Sophie. It's about her journey as she goes from dating women she meets at university, into a relationship with a man after she finishes studying.
So Sophie is "Gay until graduation"?
Oh I hate that cliche. Sophie is bisexual to begin with, and she stays bisexual throughout the book. However, some of the other characters do not see it that way, and she faces a lot of prejudice.
Is homophobia a theme in the book?
Homophobia is touched upon, but much of the prejudice Sophie experiences relates to her opting for a heterosexual relationship after dating women for a considerable time. However, prejudices are just a small part of the book. The story focuses on Sophie's personal feelings and her relationships.
Are you writing from experience?
Everybody writes from experience to some extent. It's not autobiographical. I did a lot of research before I wrote the book. I collected accounts from bisexual women all over the world, and I combined those with my own observations, to create Sophie's story.
So, would you say that Sophie's tale is typical of a bisexual woman?
It's about one character's experience. Every bisexual woman has a different story to tell. For every woman who told me that she settled down with a man, there was another in a long-term lesbian relationship. Most women were quick to refute the stereotype that bisexual women are rubbish at monogamy, but a noticeable number reported that they did indeed enjoy simultaneous relationships with men and women.
What else can we expect from "Straight Out of University"?
Well, it's a romantic comedy so it will hopefully make you giggle. Sophie meets some pretty laughable characters. It's not just about sexuality but also the differences between university years, and later adult life, and between living in a city and living in the country.
Do you think the readers of Bipolar Bisexual will enjoy Straight Out of University?
I hope so! The book's aimed at people across the spectrum. However, I think it will strike a chord with many bisexual women, particularly anybody who's stumbled out of a new boyfriend's shower for the first time and thought, "right, now where does he keep his hair straighteners and lippy?"
Where can readers buy Straight Out of University and how much will it cost?
You can find out more about buying options at http://www.rosentrevithick.co.uk. The book costs £3.