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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 volume two: Coach Three on the Blog Train

Happy Saturday, wonderful people. I hope you’re having a great day, no matter whether you’re relaxing or working. It’s only two days until I release LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. If you haven’t already grabbed your free copy of volume one, click here, and you’ll be taken 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 Three, we have a mix of new, emerging, and established authors for you with Anne Shade, S Derkins, Sam Skyborne, and Katie Margaret Hall.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Anne Shade: I’m very excited to be involved in this project, because it gives me a chance to share my writing with a wider audience.

S Derkins: I loved the idea of reaching new readers. I had a free website for over a decade but out of the blue the webspace provider just disappeared and my site was gone with no warning. My long time readers were from the days of Xena and few knew of me outside that genre. This is a wonderful way to step into lesbian fiction and say hello!

Sam Skyborne: I find writing a very solitary endeavour and as a result, I tend to remain cooped up in my own ideas and projects. An anthology like this gives me the opportunity to step outside of those confines, to try something new, and participate in something bigger. It helps me grow and broaden my horizons. It’s a great honour to have a story published alongside so many other great writers..and it’s fun!

Katie Margaret Hall: I am honoured to be included in Lesfic Eclectic volume 2, among a number of inspirational writing colleagues, for a publication that I hope will bring a lot of joy to its readers after such a gloomy year! The story I chose is an excerpt from a novel-in-progress and being selected for the anthology has also given me a much needed motivation boost to keep going with it.

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

Anne Shade: My story takes place during America’s post-civil war/reconstruction years and is about a woman who chooses to live as a man to be with the woman she loves and the difficulties and fear of living such a life in that time period. It falls into the historical romance genre.

S Derkins: Blue Moon is a light-hearted werewolf story. Big bad lesbian werewolf scents ‘the one’ on the breeze and tracks her down, discovering that her future mate is a female police officer. 

Sam Skyborne: It’s a letter from the narrator, in a future time when society has progressed and adapted to COVID as the new normal, who has written back to themselves in the current time, telling (warning) them about what is to come. Due to the time travel element, I guess it qualifies as science fiction, but I’d also argue it has a strong satirical element.

Katie Margaret Hall: Highland Fling is a story about getting back out there after heartbreak and the end of a significant relationship. It’s about rediscovery – of the self and of love. It’s definitely a romance piece!

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

Anne Shade: I love to write romance fiction. Whether it’s historical, contemporary, or fantasy, it’s my favorite subject to write about. To bring two characters to life on paper, weave a story about them connecting with each other on a deep emotional and physical level, throw some angst/drama into their story, and bring them back to find their Happily Ever After is therapeutic for me.

S Derkins: Quasi sci-fi and lesbian romance. If the idea is quirky then the Muse is interested.

Sam Skyborne: I like to write about people and topics that interest me. This might seem like stating the obvious, but it’s the easiest way to describe the commonality between the various books that I’ve written and the various projects I’m currently working on. They range from science fiction stories that question reality and our limitations, and often reflect on the human condition like Simulation, to intriguing, racy mysteries like Risk, to, more recently, The Sappho Romance, which effectively rewrites history by reinterpreting the mythology surrounding one of my heroes, Sappho.

Katie Margaret Hall: I write all sorts, not just fiction but poetry and creative non-fiction too. I can’t escape having a queer feminist lens on everything I write – it’s so ingrained in my DNA. I think I write a lot about relationships – not just romantic or sexual relationships, all kinds – and why relationships are important to us and shape our identities. 

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

Anne Shade: Writing wasn’t my first passion. I used to want to be a singer and actress, but after trying out for a singing group at fourteen years old and getting told I was good, but not good enough, I gave up on that dream.

S Derkins: That I’m old as dirt, project the stereotype grumpy-old-woman to the world, and love writing mushy romances. Shhh…

Sam Skyborne: Since my story is about COVID… my most recent lockdown challenge was learning the guitar, and as soon as the travel restrictions are finally over, I dream of touring the USA and Europe in a campervan.

Katie Margaret Hall: I wrote and created the UK’s first lesbian/bi/queer womxn’s web series, “She’s in London.” 

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

Anne Shade ~ For Her Love
“Well, you do make the fluffiest biscuits in the county, but your backside is a worthy sight as well, so that’s a tough one.”

S Derkins ~ Blue Moon
“You’re just humoring me until you can call the mental ward,” Kit said.

Sam Skyborne ~ Love in the Time of COVID
Video-calling had become the standard … reducing all the warmth and intimacy of friendship into those tiny squares on a flat screen.

Katie Margaret Hall ~ Highland Fling
Who could resist smouldering flames and single malt Scotch? The smoky smell of burning embers filled the room, and Carrie took in the relaxing ambiance.

Thanks for joining us on day three 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 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!

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