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LesFic Eclectic Volume Two: Coach Two on the Blog Train

Happy Friday, wonderful readers! It’s the weekend, and there are just three days before I release volume two of the anthology, LesFic Eclectic, absolutely free of charge. It’ll be available to download from BookFunnel on the 21st December.

There are twenty authors between the sheets of this super anthology, a few names you’ll recognise, but mostly, as always, the focus of this project is to give a platform for new voices.

On Coach Two, we have a full house of new and emerging authors in Eliza Hale, Emma Wallis, Lily Morris, and Serena J Bishop.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Eliza Hale: So excited! It’s a real honour to have my story included alongside those from such well-known and highly regarded lesfic authors, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

Emma Wallis: I’m really excited to be involved in this project. Getting to work with so many great people in the writing community is so validating. Writers, both new and established, all suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time but being included in a project like this means so much.

Lily Morris: Knowing some of the amazing authors that are being published in the anthology I am beyond excited to see my words along with their talent. 

Serena J Bishop: I’m very excited and grateful to be included in LEV2. I look for any opportunity to share my stories with the world. When I found out I was accepted I made a “yip” sound which scared my chihuahua. Ironic, I know. 

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

Eliza Hale: I would say my story falls into the genre of romantic lesfic. It’s not a romance per-se as the two main characters are already together, but it’s still sweet and romantic! My story follows Leah as she battles to overcome her fears in order to fully trust and commit to her girlfriend, Nima. 

Emma Wallis: Writing a short story for an anthology gave me a little more leeway to explore in a genre that traditionally doesn’t sell as well as the more profitable romances and thrillers. This is a historical short story, but not your usual Victorian or Western lesfic. Here, I’ll be whisking you all the way back to Saxon Britain for a glimpse into the lives of three women.

Lily Morris: Casey is lonely and frustrated, loving Jade with all her heart whilst at the same time confused and angry at her unwillingness to explore the darker side of life. Hidden fantasies are brought to life with the aid of a good friend, but will it be enough for her? I suppose The Feast will fall somewhat into the romance genre as I am truly a softie at heart. But it also slots neatly into erotica, as I have a wonderful naughty streak— just ask the wife. 

Serena J Bishop: Back to School is a wlw romance about a son who wants to set up his single mother with his teacher. What he doesn’t know is that the two women already have a past.

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

Eliza Hale: I started off writing erotica and have gradually moved over to romance, where I still like to ramp up the heat levels! I’m fascinated by human connection and relationships, and enjoy writing about same-sex love in what has historically been a straight-dominated genre. I also enjoy creating characters that I wish could find more of in the stories I read, such as bi characters and those with invisible illnesses, as I’m a big believer in the power of representation.

Emma Wallis: I like to write stories that surprise people, that aren’t what you expect. In fact that’s a pretty fitting motto for me in my everyday life — I like to subvert the norm, and try to have fun doing it!

Lily Morris: I’m just at the beginning of my journey into the exploration of fiction writing and have therefore had little opportunity to explore the genres, but what I have written is romance stories with a dark side involving strong, dominant women. I’m a submissive by nature and love a woman who commands attention and who must be obeyed. It thrills and grounds me. I’ve always loved the escapism one can reach in fantasy, and I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy story involving magic and dragons bringing my dreams to life. Maybe that’s the genre of my next story…

Serena J Bishop: I like to write wlw romances and science-fi with a little speculative fiction thrown in. I enjoy writing in these genres because I’m a romantic and I love science. I especially find fringe science fascinating and like to pull ideas from research areas that seem impossible.

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

Eliza Hale: Just before the pandemic hit I got into axe-throwing as a hobby, and am hoping to pick this up again once circumstances allow.

Emma Wallis: I don’t have a romantic bone in my body, perhaps that’s why I steer clear of writing traditional romances.

Lily Morris: Within four walls I am out of my depth a lot of the time and would choose to be alone with a good book, however, get me into the fresh air with walking boots or my mountain bike and I’m a wind up toy ready primed (as long as I’m kept fed!). 

Serena J Bishop: For my novels, I create a vision board. I have images of people who look like characters, maps, quotes, story themes, anything that helps remind me of the larger picture of the story.

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

Eliza Hale ~ The Wedding Invitation
As I rested my head on her chest and listened to her heartbeat, my anxiety started to fade and the comforting, just-right feeling of her body in my arms turned my mind to simpler, more physical matters.

Emma Wallis ~ Triquetra
They had fallen asleep that night huddled together to keep out the chill: the three nanny goats, two lovers, and a widow.

Lily Morris ~ The Feast
The butler touched the headset mic on her ear. “The main course has arrived. I’m bringing her up now.”

Serena J Bishop ~ Back to School Night
The quasi-Salvador Dali themed hallway decorations changed into Edgar Allen Poe-inspired art. She hoped the macabre and ominous tone wasn’t foreshadowing her evening. 

Thanks for joining us on day two of our five day countdown to the big release day. Catch up on LesFic Eclectic Volume One here.

And to whet your appetites, here’s a full list of the authors featured in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two:

Helena Harte, Margaux Fox, Emma Nichols, AJ Mason, Eliza Hale, Emma Wallis, Lily Morris, Serena J Bishop, Anne Shade, S Derkins, Sam Skyborne, Katie Margaret Hall, Jenn Matthews, E.V. Bancroft, Anna Larner, Lee Haven, Carla David, Robyn Nyx, Brey Willows, and Valden Bush.

Now that’s what you call a great line up!

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part five. Release Day!

Today is the day! In just two hours, there’ll be another blog with the link to download our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic from my website. Some authors also have the link on their websites if you want to grab your copy from them.

We round off our blog run with Emma Nichols, Carla David, and myself!

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

Robyn Nyx: It started with a little conversation and ended up something entirely different. Authors have come and gone, and the project nearly didn’t get off the ground at all, but there were a number of unpublished writers that I really wanted to see reach the lesfic audience. I also wanted to give a big thank you to the readers out there who are so supportive of what we do. So I took the project by the scruff of the neck, widened the search for talent and established authors, and here’s the result. I really hope you all like it.

Emma Nichols: Initially to support EllCon in the hope that it would continue. I also like the idea of doing something collaborative, in so far as hopefully some of my readers will read it and discover new authors they want to read, and of course that works both ways, too.

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

Carla David: I’m thrilled to be included, especially as it’s my first story in this genre that I’ve submitted for publication. I’ve strayed from usual lesfic conventions and it can be hard to get someone to take a chance on something (and someone) different.

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

Robyn Nyx: Heart Halfway Gone is a romance, pure and simple. Hot neighbour moves in, friendship begins, and my butch cop comes to the rescue.

Carla David: It’s a romance, but not what you might expect. It follows a relationship from the time the characters first meet as teenagers to their contemplation of what they are to each other twenty years later.

Emma Nichols: My story is titled The Fan. It’s based on a woman attending an event where a famous author is doing a reading of their latest work. It’s in the romance genre.

 

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

Robyn Nyx: I love to write all kinds of genres. Plots interest me most. The what if question. What would this kind of character do if she were placed in this kind of situation. I really like to pose those questions and then see where the characters take me. And I like to address the deeper and darker sides to humanity, our unceasing battle with ourselves and what society expects of us, and the idea that no one is beyond redemption.

Carla David: I enjoy exploring different genres with queer themes, as in my reading, but always with a focus on character. I find the internal world of the characters the most interesting part of any story. I write about people living outside our expected social norms, and I hope readers will connect with my work who, like me, struggle to relate to most stories currently out there.

Emma Nichols: I prefer to write romance with a twist or two, suspense, or something unexpected along the way. I want the stories I write to be interesting and engaging for readers, with deep characters, and a strong story line. I have written contemporary and historical romance and romcom. I also like to challenge myself with my writing. I figure if I’m challenged and do a good job, readers will enjoy it too!

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

Robyn Nyx: At sixteen, I was picked to play volleyball for the UK team but passed on the opportunity to concentrate on my studies.

Carla David: My first love was my cello, which got me through those difficult teenage years. I connected with others through music and performed with my orchestra in many wonderful venues including the Royal Albert Hall and random towns across Spain. I still hear an old teacher’s voice telling me off if I let my fingernails grow too long.

Emma Nichols: I’ve written poetry in the context of peak performance and death and dying! Yep. Odd, I know, but true.

 

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part four

Excitement abounds! Only one more day to wait until you can download our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic. In case you’re late to the party, I’m Robyn Nyx, and I’ve been responsible for bringing this project together, including the editing and cover and production design.

Who have I got for you today? Would you believe I have Jeannie Levig, Valden Bushand Lise Gold?

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

Jeannie Levig: 

First of all, I always enjoy doing what I can to help promote new authors just getting started, and I think a project like this is a wonderful way to do that. In addition, it gives something fun and free to the lesfic readers. A win-win all the way around.

Secondly, I have a lot of respect for Robyn Nyx, her writing, and the non-profit work through writing that she and Brey Willows do. I am happy to help with that whenever I can.

Lise Gold: It was great to meet so many lovely fellow authors at Ellcon last year, and when the idea of an anthology came to life, it seemed like a lot of fun to be involved. This anthology will give readers worldwide a chance to discover British authors who they might not usually read, and since it’s free, there’s no excuse not to!

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

Valden Bush: Hanging off the chandelier excited! Some of my writing heroes are in this anthology and to be able to write words alongside them is awesome.

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

Jeannie Levig: My story is called Turning Point, and it’s a work of general lesbian fiction. It’s about a woman who is at a turning point in her life and has to choose between living in the past or letting that go to take her life into a future with the woman she loves.

Valden Bush:My story is all about love against the odds both now and in the past. I’d classe it as general Lesfic.

Lise Gold: In one word, my story is about destiny, and the genre is romance. The backdrop is Dublin, where I wrote it last year, and it’s set in a bar where, by coincidence, two women meet. They discover the universe might have thrown them together for a reason.

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

Jeannie Levig: I’ve written several different kinds of fiction—general lesbian fiction, romance, romantic suspense, and erotica—and I’ve enjoyed them all. If I have to choose only one, though, I think I enjoy writing general fiction the most, because there’s a lot more freedom in writing it without any genre rules to follow.

Valden Bush: I’m learning to write with emotion, and I just love creating those feelings in other people with my words.

Lise Gold: I write romance as I’m a romantic at heart and a sucker for a happy ending. My books are always set in exotic places, and I like to start writing them on location so I can soak up the atmosphere, get inspired, and research the setting. It’s the best part of the process 🙂

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

Jeannie Levig: I’ve done volunteer work as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the foster care system. It involved visiting with the children on a weekly basis and getting to know them, being in communication with their teachers if they were school aged, and reporting to the judge on their behalf on a regular basis so more informed decisions could be made in their best interest by the court. It was challenging and extremely rewarding, and I’d like to write a book at some point with a main character that’s a CASA so more people can learn about it.

Valden Bush: I once showed Prince Charles around a toilet. It was…historical.

Lise Gold: I’m completely obsessed with travel and research, and I have a talent for finding the cheapest flights and the most wonderful affordable places all over the world.

 

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