So, I’m writing a trilogy that revolves around three sisters. To make a long story short, it’s a story about the royal family of a post-apocalyptic America. The first book was from the perspective of the youngest sister, and the second book takes on the perspective of the eldest sister (Alexa). I’m still in the early drafting stages, but I’ve come to the realization that Alexa is definitely a lesbian. I didn’t plan it, but I feel like I have to stay true to the character I created.
Alexa’s Character Summary
Alexa is the eldest sister and heir to the high duchy of the First Region. Alexa has dedicated her entire life to protecting her younger sister, Isabella, from the manipulative court politics. She’s a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed young woman that looks like a damsel-in-distress, and, despite her best efforts, everyone tends to treat her that way. She’s strong and independent and extremely protective—often to the point of being self-deprecating.
I’ve already established she’s going to get a romantic interest, but I’m worried about cliches. To be completely honest, I rarely read LGBTQ+ books. Is there anything I should try to avoid (cliche-wise) or anything I should know?
I know I might sound silly, but I’m Ace so all of my experience with romance and sexual attraction is purely theoretical.