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Release Day! LesFic Eclectic Volume Two – Coach Five of the Blog Train

Christmas is here early! It’s release day for LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. You can now claim your free copy by clicking the link at the bottom of the page (come on, don’t skip through these last lovely authors in your haste). The link takes you to the external website, BookFunnel, to download whatever version works for you.

On our final coach, we’ve got the perfect balance of two established and two new authors for you with Carla David, Valden Bush, my wonderful wife, Brey Willows, and me!

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Carla David: I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share more of my work with your audience, especially as this is the first story I’ve submitted that’s written from the POV of a person with autism (and I loved writing it!)

Robyn Nyx: I love sharing stories, and I love getting new voices out there for everyone to enjoy. A big part of my work nowadays is helping writers turn their dreams into their reality, and I love it. I love the collaboration, and the creativity, and the inspiration. Every writer has a unique perspective on the world, and it’s such a rewarding thing to be involved in their writing journey. I’ve made this anthology into an annual project, because I believe so strongly in the power of words and their ability to strengthen us as people and as communities.

Brey Willows: I love being part of anthologies celebrating different types of lesbian fiction. It’s great to be included and to give people a taste of what you write. And I think putting short stories together keeps your writing fresh, too, because they’re challenging and force you to hone your skills so you write without waffle.

Valden Bush: The challenge of writing a story and getting it accepted is powerful stuff for a new author. With the help of Robyn and Victoria at Global Wordsmiths and their retreats, I’ve been learning about the craft of writing and I know I’m still developing (will I ever stop?). Writing short stories gives you a place to try things out and to find out how your words can work. Wonderful!

What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?

Carla David: It’s kinky erotica from a different point of view than you normally read. I’d been wanting to write a sensual story from the perspective of someone with autism and a sensory processing disorder for a long time and finally took the plunge with this. As well as being gay and kinky, they’re also non-binary and polyamorous. It’s definitely queer fiction.

Robyn Nyx: The Prophecy of Irisnah is an adult fantasy bedtime story about dragons and goddesses and recreants, and the triumph of good over evil. I spoke briefly about the idea I’d had to write a full length novel from an omniscient story-telling point of view at Jenn Matthew’s recent event, Weston Super LesFic, and it got me thinking. Later that week, I wrote this, and I’m already plotting the whole book!

Brey Willows: I went with something that’s been on my mind—what happened to the people left behind after the Chosen left? What legacy did Karissa and Devin leave behind? How would society evolve on a dying planet? So my story follows two young women who have been living in Subtrop, a region established in Karissa and Devin’s time…but it’s a hundred years later, and all they’ve ever known is life underground. They take a chance to see what’s out there now… It falls under dystopian fiction, and I think it will eventually turn into a novel.

Valden Bush: My story is a tender love story between two women, how they met and memories of that love after it is over. 

What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?

Carla David: I’m enjoying experimenting with queer romance, showing that there’s more than one way to love and to get that happy ending. I got frustrated by the lack of positive stories out there I could relate to, so decided to write the kind of stories I’d love to read. My own experiences give me insights that I can share by writing from an own voices perspective, and I want to do more of that e.g. writing neurodiverse and non-binary characters. I finished writing my first full-length lesfic novel this year and hope to have it ready for publication next year.

Robyn Nyx: All sorts. I love a good story, and sometimes that’s adventure, sci-fi, or a thriller, but there’s always a strong romance threaded throughout. There’s so much power in story-telling, and people can get so much from reading about people both like them and not like them. I like to write strong women who get to kick ass and kiss the girl.

Brey Willows: I’m a spec-fic writer, all the way. I like to create new worlds and adventures and see where that takes my characters. I like the idea that magic surrounds us, that we can survive if we pull together, that life on other planets would have life forms that would be spectacular. I like that I can also play with deeper themes within spec-fic, like climate change, social inequality, and religion, but in a way that’s fun.

Valden Bush: My current WIP is a science fiction romance. My stories seem to come from within. Something in the world sparks something inside of me that needs to come out, and before I know it, I have a story in mind. I already have more than a few sparks for my next book which will be an adventure story.

Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.

Carla David: I once appeared in the Evening Standard, photographed dressed in a clown suit being dragged off the road by a couple of policemen during a protest. It was nearly twenty years ago and I’m still proud.

Robyn Nyx: I collect Zippos and have a collection of around fifty from all over the world. The oldest one I have belonged to a Vietnam vet. Since we got together, Brey buys me one every time I publish a new novel and has it engraved with the title and date of publication.

Brey Willows: EVERY time I get in the ocean to swim, it tries to kill me. I’ve been caught in riptides and flipped head over ass in sand more times than I can count. I stay out of it now, because it’s after me.

Valden Bush: I’m an indoor cyclist and cycle on Zwift several times a week racing for an Australian team. I started a year ago, and since then I have cycled 4190 km and climbed 43100m.

What’s your favourite line from your story in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two?

Robyn Nyx ~ The Prophecy of Irisnah: A Bedtime Story for Adults
“I will never fall to you.” Defiance burned across Irisnah’s eyes, the amber flashing like a wildfire.
“That, my sweet Irisnah, it what every single goddess before you has vowed.”

Brey Willows ~ Into the Light
Sunlight slid over the wide plains in front of them. Trees heavy with fruit and reaching for the sky lined the long road leading toward their home. Thin, wispy clouds rested in sky a brighter blue than anything she’d ever seen. Far below, a wide river flowed languidly past giant birds on the bank. Before them was life; life they’d been told couldn’t exist above ground. 

Valden Bush ~ The Elephant Trees
“Mum says I mustn’t talk to strangers, but a dead old lady isn’t a stranger. I don’t think.” 

Thanks for reading, you lovely folk. And now for your early Christmas present. Click below to get your free copy of LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. Happy reading, and don’t forget to pop a review on Goodreads if you get chance – the authors sure do appreciate it.

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part one

Hey there, and welcome to our little blog run in the week leading up to the release of our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic. I’m Robyn Nyx, and I’ve been responsible for bringing this project together, including the editing and cover and production design. You’ll also find me between the electronic sheets of this lovely book with my story, Heart Halfway Gone. 

Shall we begin? Let’s kick off our first teaser of the week with Brey WillowsGill McKnight, and Kitty McIntosh.

1) Established authors only…What made you want to be involved in this project?

Brey Willows: I love writing short stories, and it’s a great way to showcase new work or stories you haven’t put out in the world yet. And I loved the idea of being in an anthology with such a great variety of established, new, and aspiring authors.

Gill McKnight: I’ve been a friend of Brey and Robyn for yonks, as so was very pleased to be asked to contribute. Unfortunately, I had no short story to hand, but they were gracious enough to take a slice of my WIP. Love working with you guys.

2) New authors only…How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Kitty McIntosh: I’m extremely excited to be involved in Lesfic Eclectic. It’s such a thrill to be published alongside some amazing established authors and other new authors. I can’t wait to read the other stories.

3) What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?

Brey Willows: This is a work in progress, and I might turn it into a novel at some point. I wanted to play with gothic tropes (scary house, fog, mysterious folks), and this was my first venture into it. So it’s a subtle, ghosty, romantic-ish story that probably wouldn’t fit anywhere but in this anthology!

Kitty McIntosh: My story is set at the Ellcon Conference in Bristol in 2018. Kerry has some major responsibilities at home making it difficult for her to ever get away. When her best friend steps in as a fairy godmother she is free to go, and finds more than just books and author talks there. It’s a contemporary romance and a sweet love story.

Gill McKnight: I suppose this is General Fiction, in that it’s a pseudo journal about life as a taverna owner in Greece, lesbian style. It depicts the quiet, gentle sway of the days here and then the fun, fast paced party nights.

4) What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?

Brey Willows: I like spec fic. I love otherworldly elements, where characters are pushed out of their comfort zones. That includes dystopian fiction, because those stories push characters out of their comfort zones too. And I like a bit of humor in with my work. Life is too serious as it is.

Kitty McIntosh: I enjoy writing short stories and am now branching into novellas and novels. I love writing romance, erotica, mystery and paranormal/fantasy. I read all of these genres and have been so inspired by some of the great books I’ve read. I want to write my own too.

Gill McKnight: I write whatever catches my imagination, but I am mostly known for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

5) Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know…

Brey Willows: There’s not much interesting about me…I’m incredibly clumsy and extremely accident prone. As my mother-in-law says, I could trip over the pattern in a carpet. Oh, and I once ate so much pineapple in Hawaii that I ended up allergic to it for years after.

Kitty McIntosh: I’m a total politics geek, and the famous psephologist Professor Sir John Curtice, who turns up regularly on TV analysing election statistics, was one of my professors at the University of Strathclyde. I am that person who stays up all night watching the results come in for every election!

Gill McKnight: While on holiday here I rescued a 7 week old puppy. I ended up adopting him only to realise my working life as an IT contractor did not fit around owning a dog. This made me reassess my life and I subsequently changed career so I could move into my holiday home in Eressos permanently and live there with Wally (the puppy). That’s how I became a full time writer and part of the Dirt Road Books collective, a dog made me do it.

 

DIVA Literary Festival, 2017

So you’ve probably read all about the inaugural DIVA Literary Festival that was held in Birmingham at the beginning of this month, and despite my best intentions, I’m late to the party for blogging about it. Ho hum.

I wanted to say a big thank you to DIVA for making this event happen. Brey and I run a small weekend event in Nottingham every year and that’s tough enough. Something on this scale—it needs a dedicated team, oodles of enthusiasm, and boundless energy…

The DIVA team had exactly that. And they pulled an awesome event off for a lot of grateful folk to enjoy.

My highlights:

1) This one is the same for me at every event—the readers. Meeting new readers is a pleasure, particularly ones that like crime, blood, and guts. Never Enough was a big hit, and that made me a happy author indeed.

2) The sense of safety and community: it’s always amazing to gather a whole host of “our people” in one place to see what happens—and it rarely disappoints. So many smiling faces simply enjoying the weekend and all it had to offer.

3) Stella Duffy’s acceptance speech— hilarious and full of expletives. It made me want to read (and re-read) every word she’s ever written.

4) Being on panels with colleague authors and getting to talk all about words with readers.

5) Getting my glad-rags on and dancing with my beautiful wife.

“Lowlights” (I’m an author,

I can make words up!)

1) It ended.

2) I have to wait another year to do it all again.

Thanks again to everyone I met—you make these events fabulous. And thanks hugely and muchly to Team DIVA! Here’s to next year!

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