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LesFic Eclectic Volume Two: Coach Four on the Blog Train

The last Sunday before Christmas—are you all ready? Tomorrow is the day when I release LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. You can still claim your free copy of volume one, click here and be whisked away to BookFunnel to download whatever version works for you.

There are twenty authors between the sheets of this super anthology, including a few big names you’ll recognise, but mostly, as always, the focus of this project is to give a platform for new voices. On Coach Four, we’ve got the perfect balance of two established and two new authors for you with Jenn Matthews, E.V. Bancroft, Anna Larner, and Lee Haven.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Jenn Matthews: I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to write something, what with working full time for the NHS and writing too, but a short story sprang into my brain and encouraged me. I love werewolves and reckoned it was time to make original a fanfic idea from years ago.

E.V. Bancroft: I’m delighted to be involved in this project. I really enjoy the range of the writing, that it is genuinely eclectic, so there is something for everyone.

Anna Larner: I’m proud and excited to be involved in this project for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the thought that I might be able to help a new author by writing alongside them for this anthology is super cool.  Secondly, if in doing so, a reader discovers my writing for the first time and it makes them happy, then that’s a fab bonus. 

Lee Haven: I have the good fortune to be part of this project for the second time, and that doesn’t make me any less excited about it. It’s always equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking to share any part of your writing with readers.

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

Jenn Matthews: My story is about an evening in the house of a werewolf and her girlfriend. I guess it falls into both romance and sci-fi; the latter of which is something I haven’t written before.

E.V. Bancroft: My story is about what happens when the passion has fizzled out in a relationship…can it be reignited? The story includes volcanoes and hula. Need I say more? 

Anna Larner: My quirky short story, Worry-Free Windows, is a contemporary romance. It’s all about chance encounters and the chemistry and sparks of connection that can happen when strangers chat over the phone, as the story follows double glazing salesperson, Jo, nicknamed Worry-full windows, and bartender, Holly, nicknamed Hatch, as they discover not only a mutual rapport but love. It’s a story full of banter and fun.

Lee Haven: My story is called Unconditional Friendship. It’s about women and the unique bond of friendship they share, and it can probably be classed as general fiction.

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

Jenn Matthews: I usually write slow-burn contemporary romance, which includes characters not usually seen, often with a disability or characteristic rarely written about. I want to tell the stories of ‘invisible people’, those that don’t get heard all that often. I guess I write romance because I like cute, fluffy and sweetness!

E.V. Bancroft: I like to write the kind of fiction I like to read, namely somewhere in the sweet spot between literary fiction and lesfic. My mission is to write something I’m genuinely pleased with, that can be classed as literary fiction with women loving women being the main protagonists.

Anna Larner: I’ve written two novels, Highland Fling and Love’s Portrait. I like to write contemporary lesbian romance, with an historical twist that lends the story context and depth. Although my work in progress, Highland Whirl, a sequel to Highland Fling, is purely contemporary. I love writing stories about women falling in love, it feels natural for me to do, and I know how important it is to have lesbian love stories out there in the world for readers to identify with and find consolation in.

Lee Haven: I love to write romance with authentic characters and some real-life problems mixed in. I also like to dip my pen into things that intrigue me and will hold my attention for the duration of the writing process.

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

Jenn Matthews: I can pretty much make anything out of crocheted yarn. We’re running a virtual craft fayre on the unit I work on and yesterday I made a dinosaur with a Santa hat on, to hang on someone’s Christmas tree.

E.V. Bancroft: I started writing stories and plays as a child growing up in Zambia (there wasn’t much else to do), and I once appeared on a children’s TV show performing a puppet show I’d written.

Anna Larner: Readers of my novels might not already know that I also love to write poetry. They might want to check out this year’s Queer the Shelves festival on YouTube and the “Playing with Words” panel to find out more.

Lee Haven: I like to write on the S-Bahn going in and out of the city, especially when I have trouble getting something specific on the page, though others may say, when I have writer’s block. 😉

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

Jenn Matthews ~ Switch
After being told about Elly’s condition, or “idiosyncrasies” as Josie preferred to put it, and once she’d got used to the idea, Josie had decided Elly was perfect just as she was.

E.V. Bancroft ~ Pele
Now was not the time to damp down the fire, but brush away the ash of familiarity and blow on the embers.

Anna Larner ~ Worry-Free Windows
Make no mistake, this was in every way a late night hold up as she robbed me of my breath and wounded my heart with her smile.

Lee Haven ~ Unconditional Friendship
If you truly love, you don’t love someone for their body only or despite their body. You love the entire package: body, heart and soul.

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

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. How about that for a spectacular line up?

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part two

It’s day two of our little blog run in the week leading up to the release of our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic. In case you didn’t know, I’m Robyn Nyx, and I’ve been responsible for bringing this project together, including the editing and cover and production design.

So who do we have for your reading pleasure today? How about Jenn Matthews, plus new authors, E.V. Bancroft, and AJ Mason? Sounds good to me…

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

Jenn Matthews: I hadn’t written a short story recently and certainly not one I thought would be good enough to get published. I found one from a while ago, after Robyn asked, and tweaked it slightly, then sent it over!

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

E.V. Bancroft: Very excited. You hope you can write, you think you can write, but it’s great to have it affirmed. What a great project to be part of. I take my Trilby off to you for organising it.

AJ Mason: Excited and elated! I was so shocked to have my submission accepted. I know what an amazing opportunity it is for an unpublished writer like me to get a story published alongside such well known authors.

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

E.V. Bancroft: Bees is a short story about a singer who has fame and adulation, but who finds it hard to have that special connection. I guess it would fall into romance.

Jenn Matthews: It falls into contemporary romance but I’d subgenre it into “comfort/hurt” and “grief.” It’s about Jessie and Laura who, months after losing a baby, find a way to cope with it all one day. In my head it’s a sort of platonic threesome situation.

AJ Mason: It’s just a simple, sweet romantic tale about a woman driving hundreds of miles to spend time with her girlfriend. The catch is that her girlfriend is a genius who loves conspiracy theories, and the latest one is the most challenging yet.

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

E.V. Bancroft: I like to write literary fiction, for the very simple reason that is what I enjoy reading most. Who knows, I might be tempted to explore other genres.

Jenn Matthews: I like to write lesbian contemporary romance with the element of slow burn. But I have a particularly like writing about invisible people, those with who don’t have their stories told often.

AJ Mason: I write science fiction mostly. I read a lot of it, both classic and new. I love the way it challenges me to look at the world from a different angle and to reflect on the human condition while enjoying fantastical worlds and creatures. I’ve also dabbled in writing some horror, again because it challenges our perspective of reality.

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

E.V. Bancroft: I once took part in an off-road driving competition in the desert in Morocco. The first night we were caught in a thunderstorm that washed away the tracks and created new river beds. That made for interesting navigation.

Jenn Matthews: I just brought home a new puppy. I’m currently standing outside at 2.20am waiting for him to go to the look. I vlog on YouTube too – usually about my writing but also about the fur-kids!

AJ Mason: I shoot precision air pistol. It’s one of the Olympic disciplines and requires high levels of focus and discipline. I spend happy hours just trying to shoot the perfect shot at a card ten meters away. The challenge of it is what keeps me coming back.

 

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.

 

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