Career

Pushing against the pressure of being ‘pigeonholed’

How to stand up for yourself when stepping out of your lane

By Bri Lee

Career

How to stand up for yourself when stepping out of your lane

By Bri Lee

A couple of years ago when I started telling people that my next book was a novel, the responses were… mixed. It was not what they were expecting. There was a little suspicion or perhaps a touch of doubt. Who does she think she is?

When my debut memoir, Eggshell Skull, came out in 2018 it announced me to the world as a non-fiction author. I followed it up with Beauty and Who Gets to Be Smart, both of which are hard-hitting, issues-based investigations and personal, argumentative works. People were expecting more of that kind of thing. It had become my ‘lane’. By writing a novel—a sexy one about love and art—I was stepping out of that lane.

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