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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 Authors have come and gone, and the project nearly didn’t get off the ground at all, but there were a number of unpublished writers that I really wanted to see reach the lesfic audience.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.

 

A little romance and music

I’m working on a new manuscript, and it’s quite a departure from my previous four novels. It’s a…wait for it…pure romance. There’ll be no skinning, no hate fucking, and no one gets beaten up. Like I said, quite the departure. The main character for this little tale originated in Change in Time, the second in the Extractor trilogy (Death in Time is released in May 2018, just in time for the amazing Bold Strokes Books UK Festival, where our regular UK authors will be joined by nearly thirty US authors, including the amazing Carsen Taite, VK Powell, and, drum roll please, the inimitable Radclyffe). I needed a bit part player for a Landry scene, and in popped Louie. Later in the book, Landry was in a gang-run bar, and Louie popped up again, moonlighting as entertainment for the patrons. She helps Landry out of a sticky situation. A few chapters on, and Louie made her final appearance, with Landry asking her about her dreams. Why was she stuck in Chicago? What was her ambition?

It turns out, she wants to move to Nashville to be a song writer. She’s scraping together every dollar she can, working two jobs, to make it happen. Landry makes it happen with one visit to the Bank of America, and Music City Dreamers was born. I’ve taken Louie Francis, pulled her back to modern day, and began to tell her story. She’s a gentle soul, burned by an ex-love, but she’s got the drive to change her future. See if she does late in 2018/early 2019:

Barista by day and hustler by night, Louie Francis wants out. She has a dream, but she’s never had a chance to follow it. Until, that is, a stranger’s generosity provides the means for her to head to Nashville to become a song writer. She grabs her stuff and doesn’t look back.

Heather King had dreams of being the next Country superstar. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people with the same dream, she became the beleaguered assistant to the label head of Rocky Top Country Music instead. She has an eye for discovering new talent, but her boss takes credit for all her hard work.

When the two women meet at the Bluebird Café, there’s an immediate attraction, but blinkered by self-doubts and ambition, they’re blind to their potential future with each other. Thrust together to work with Country royalty, they must find a way past their ambitions and their desire for each other, or their song will remain unfinished.

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