Vel is a transgender writer based in New Zealand, who makes a habit of challenging gender stereotypes and bringing queer lives to the forefront of his writing. Outside of his work, Vel is studying to be a dog trainer, and on the weekends fights his cat for keyboard rights.
Vel was an invited speaker at London Eroticon in 2017, joined eight creatives on a retreat at The Cabins later the same year, and in 2018 he interned for Global Hobo and spent a month in Bali. He was also invited to but could not attend the Seattle Erotic Arts festival in 2017.
One of my dearest friends and an author I admire in every respect, great integrity and indomitable talent. Vel's writings always have my heart at war between arousal, melancholy and pure rapture. Vel is also one of those rare, kind souls who if he sees another author struggling will do everything in his power to nudge them across that finish line. Competition has no place with him, just compassion.
Emotional. That’s Vel’s writing in a single word, but that really doesn’t do it justice. I’ve wept, I’ve grinned, and I’ve been so struck by the beauty of his prose that I’ve reread some pieces three or four times in a row. Each story I’ve had the pleasure of reading is built on a foundation of raw honesty; there’s pieces of him, and his experiences throughout everything he writes. Sometimes his writing is heartbreaking, sometimes it’s charming, but all the time it’s thought-provoking and achingly genuine.
Whether it is transformative works or original works, Vel’s voice and style come through loud and clear. The characters do not speak like robots or hooligans at a soccer meet. They speak like anyone you would chance on the street and could sit down to tea with to while away an afternoon. You will be swept away. You will laugh and cry, rage and curse. You will feel. And you will be eager to do it all over again.