Archive | April, 2014

BSB UK 2014 Festival Line-UP

15 Apr

Exciting times! 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK

We’re getting proper excited about the 5th Annual BSB UK Event in Nottingham! BSB-triangle (2)

The number of attending authors grows every year, and this year is the biggest group yet. Confirmed attending are:

  • I. Beacham (Sanctuary & The Rarest Rose)
  • Andrea Bramhall (Ladyfish & Clean Slate)
  • Cari Hunter (Desolation Point & Tumbledown)
  • Rebecca Buck (Truths, The Locket & The Flintlock)
  • Crin Claxton (The Supernatural Detective)
  • Lesley Davis (Playing Passions Game & the Wings paranormal series)
  • Amy Dunne (Secret Lies)
  • Jane Fletcher (the Celaeno & Lyremouth series)
  • Michelle Grubb (Getting Lost, due out in 2015)
  • Eric Andrews-Katz (The Jesus Injection)
  • Gill McKnight (the Garoul series)
  • Idun Mars (Kryos)
  • Justine Saracen (Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright & Waiting for the Violins)
  • Stacia Seaman (editor)
  • Victoria Oldham (editor)

The 2014 event is your chance to hear a bit of the authors work, talk about the writing process, ask questions, and just generally get your Rainbow on!…

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News Roundup: BSB UK Fest Line-Up Revealed, Interviews with Pauline George & RJ Samuel, Blogs, Reviews, Events, & More!

11 Apr

News from UK lesfic. 🙂

UK Lesbian Fiction

rainbow-wedding-cake__full As gay wedding bells finally (legally!) chime across England and Wales, and lesbian couples break out the taffeta, pearls, triple-tiered cakes, and tuxedos, Tig and I would like to offer our congratulations to anyone who has already tied or is planning to tie the knot.

So how will LesFic respond to the new changes? What term will authors use for these newly married women? Do we stick with partner or move on to wife? ‘Er indoors? The old ball and chain? The missus? The better half? Only time will tell, but it’s lovely to have all the choices at our disposal.

Anyway I digress, where was I? Oh, aye, let’s get on with the news…

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bold books logoFirst this week, I can reveal the line-up of authors who will be putting on their best game face for the Bold Strokes Books UK Festival. The weekend-long free-for-all (in pretty much every sense of…

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Ten things not to say to a suicidal person

9 Apr

Incredibly honest and thought provoking.

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In July 2011 I wrote a post entitled, “Ten things not to say to a depressed person.” It was the first piece on this blog to attract a large audience and I own much of my blogging success to that post and its companion piece, “Ten supportive things I’m glad somebody said to me.”

I’ve decided the time is right for a similar piece on dealing with suicidal people (although I’m definitely not expecting the same number of readers for this post!). Suicidal thoughts have been a problem for me since around Christmas and the wide variety of responses I’ve received to my blogs and tweets, along with training to be a Mental Health Instructor, have given me cause to think about how people respond to individuals they know to be suicidal. A common response is feeling that they must throw some logic at the problem. What people don’t…

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Blog Tour Monday

7 Apr

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My friend Giselle Leeb who also happens to be a very talented writer has nominated me to continue with the Blog Tour Monday. Check out Giselle’s answers from last week here: http://giselleleeb.cielo.net/2014/03/blog-tour-monday/ 

What am I working on?

I’m working on two very different stories at the moment. Season’s Meetings is a lesbian romance with a festive setting. I’m shortly going to start editing it. It’s due out in December 2014 by Bold Strokes Books.

The Renegade: Book One of the Rapture Series is speculative fiction. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where only a few survivors remain. This is tentatively due for release in Spring 2015. I’m in the process of writing it at the moment.

Both stories are set in the UK and star lesbian protagonists.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My debut novel Secret Lies was published by Bold Stokes Books in December 2013. It’s a young adult novel. This novel differs form others in the genre because it’s set in the UK and deals with dark/gritty themes such as self-harm and abuse. I wanted to give an honest portrayal of what life can be like for some LGBTQ youth and not shy away from the issues that really affect them. There is also the exploration of first love. Many YA books often don’t discuss sex and I felt it was important to include this in the story. I plan to write another YA book in the not so distant future.

The genres of both Season’s Meetings and The Renegade are drastically different from each other and Secret Lies. I’m new to writing. There are so many different stories, characters, and settings that fill my mind and refuse to leave me alone until I write them. I’m passionate about writing them even though they differ from the genres I’ve written before. There’s a huge unknown and risk that comes with trying to write something different. It’s daunting and exhilarating all at the same time. I accept that some genres may not work quite as well as others, but that’s not enough of a reason to deter me from trying.

 

Why do I write what I do?

I write lesbian fiction because it’s what I enjoy doing and that’s who the characters demand to be. I read anything and everything, but lesfic always has and will have a special place in my heart. It’s wonderful to be able to read a story and feel represented in the pages. When I was in a dark place and unsure of myself, lesfic opened my world up. It offered solidarity and hope. It enabled me to accept my sexuality and source the courage to live the way I wanted to. As dramatic as it sounds, it really did impact tremendously on my life. It’s always been my ambition to provide stories that do the same thing. It’s a privilege to be doing just that.

As I mentioned above, the genres of my books differ greatly but the main characters in my stories are lesbians.

 

How does my writing process work?

When I wrote Secret Lies I didn’t have a clue about anything to do with writing a novel. I had an idea for a story. That was it. The process was to sit down each night and write for a few hours. My biggest difficulty was my lack of knowledge. It took a number of years for me to finally learn the basics and edit the manuscript so I could submit it to a publisher. Even then it was rejected the first time.

Now I’m published, the process is very different. Thank goodness! I come up with the entire story and detailed character profiles including their physical, emotional, and psychological attributes. I send a proposal to my publisher and wait to see if they think the story is viable.

This has been the process for Season’s Meetings and The Renegade. It’s nice knowing what’s going to happen and not solely relying on making it all up as I go along. Don’t get me wrong, many things change during the writing process and nothing is set it stone, but I still find it comforting to have a plan of action. It takes some of the pressure off.

My biggest difficulty at the moment is self-doubt. It plagues me all the time. Each time I sit and open my manuscript up to write, I find it a challenge. Will I write anything remotely interesting? Will I let down the publisher and readers? What if I was just lucky to get the first book published and the dream of being a writer is ludicrous? And so on. Eventually the words begin to flow and my doubts are pushed from the forefront of my mind for a little while. I hope with time it’ll eventually ease up.

I’m incredibly fortunate to work an awesome publisher and two fabulous editors. They take my manuscripts and help me to make them better than I ever envisioned. I’ve learnt so much in such a small space of time and feel an immense amount of gratitude to the time and patience they show me.

Writing is a craft. You can have natural ability, but in the end you still have to work hard to hone those skills and improve. I love learning new things and developing my writing.

Without a doubt writing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s also the most rewarding. I truly believe I’ll never take it for granted.

 

Nominations.

Next Monday the very talented author Andrea Bramhall will be answering the same questions. Check out her blog here:https://andreabramhall.wordpress.com/

Interviewer extraordinaire and writer, Liz McMullen will also be answering these questions on her website: http://www.thelizmcmullenshow.com
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