The Power of What If (Finding Ms. Write Book Tour)

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Today, Hazel Yeats, author of lesbian romances, is guest-blogging about her contribution to our “book people” anthology Finding Ms. Write

So, here’s Hazel: 

A couple of months ago, standing at my window and staring at the street below, I was reminded of the opening scene of Sarah Waters’s wonderful novel The Paying Guests. Remember protagonist Frances Wray, anxiously watching her new lodgers unload their weird stuff from a removal van and carrying it into the house? Now, the same thing was happening to me, although—thank God—they weren’t lodgers but new neighbors moving in. It was unnerving enough having strangers across the hall; I couldn’t even begin to imagine the horror of falling on hard times and being forced to have them move into my own home.

But this was exciting too, right?

As it turned out, it wasn’t really. The family was perfectly nice but perfectly ordinary. As families go. A stay-at-home Mom, a slightly morose Dad in a brown suit, and two little girls, over whose tricycles I sometimes trip because they leave them out in the hall (eerily reminiscent of a particular blood-soaked scene in The Shining—don’t even get me started on what stories that might inspire).

The family keeps to themselves. There’s no borrowing cups of sugar late at night dressed in flimsy nightwear, nor do Mom and I exchange meaningful stares or does she purposefully brush against me as we pass each other on the stairs. She will nod rather than engage in conversation, and I don’t think she has an artistic bone in her body. So I guess it’s safe to say that watching them move in was where the similarities between Frances’s story and my own ended.

And yet this disappointing event was the inspiration for my short story “Vegan Delights”—the concept that with new people moving into the building or into the street, unexpected and even magical things are about to enter your world. And the great thing about writing fiction is that whatever you can imagine happening, you can bring to life in a story.

library-425730_640So the first question I ask myself in situations like these is definitely, what if…

What if someone moved into my building who looked exactly like the woman of my dreams? What if she was perfect in every way, but was a little elusive, hard to pin down, making her something of a mystery?

Long story short, this is how I ended up with Kate and her dream girl across the hall, Lara. Lara looks like a “deliciously androgynous anime character,” and Kate turns into a nervous wreck any time the girl so much as looks at her, but there’s no way of knowing how the enigmatic Lara feels about Kate. There’s a definite vibe, but Lara’s devotion to her boyfriend would indicate that she’s not interested… Or is she? Also, she never, ever, flirts with Kate. Or does she?

I had tremendous fun writing this story. Not only do I love to write about “literate” people, but our anthology Finding Ms. Write was all about happy endings, and nothing pleases me more than having my characters ride off into the sunset together. Or to at least have them take the bus into town. I like hope, you see. And a chance of a future that’s halfway decent. It’s what every story deserves.

For me, the great thing about anthologies is the diversity they provide. Even if there has to be a theme to the submissions, as was the case for Finding Ms. Write, the way the contributing writers ponder their mission and then come up with completely and utterly different storylines always amazes me. This is why I personally love a book with so many different voices, because it provides such a richness of flavors.

I count myself lucky to see “Vegan Delights” in this anthology, wedged in comfortably between some great, hot, surprising, and moving stories. Stories that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am quite sure you will too. Enjoy.

Hazel Yeats

You can buy the paperback or e-book version of Finding Ms. Write directly from the Ylva store. It’s also on pre-order via Amazon and other major bookstore sites worldwide.

But wait, you can also enter our giveaway to win a free e-book! The rules are simple: We will give away five e-book copies. To enter, leave a comment on this blog or any blog on the tour. We will draw the winner on the last day of the tour.

Finding Ms. Write

FindingMsWrite_800Twelve authors of lesbian fiction bring you a collection of romantic short stories about “book people”—heroines who are somehow involved in the publishing industry.

From a novelist with the world’s biggest crush on her editor to a beta reader connecting with her cabinmate on a cruise, from a woman seeking rare books who finds love instead to a bookstore owner who’s drawn to the shy writer sitting by the shop’s window every day, this anthology is full of stories guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Step into our world of books and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of writers who are chasing deadlines…and finding love.

 

Includes stories by A.L. Brooks, Anastasia Vitsky, Chris Zett, Cori Kane, Elaine Burnes, Hazel Yeats, Jacelle Scott, Jae, Jove Belle, Kathy Brodland, Lea Daley, and Melissa Grace.

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on our blog tour:

THE BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
June 15 – Jove Belle
June 16 – Anastasia Vitsky
June 17 – A.L. Brooks
June 18 – Elaine Burnes
June 19 – Lea Daley
June 20 – Melissa Grace
June 21 – Hazel Yeats (here!)
June 22 – Kathy Brodland
June 23 – Cori Kane
June 24 – Chris Zett
June 25 – Jae

Discovering lesbian fiction and the Sexiness of Paperbacks (Finding Ms. Write Book Tour)

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Today, A.L. Brooks, author of lesbian erotic romance, is guest-blogging about her contribution to our “book people” anthology Finding Ms. Write

So, here’s A.L. Brooks: 

Paperbacks are sexy!

A.L. Brooks_reading spotFor me, there is nothing better than sitting back in an armchair, preferably with a good glass of red wine by my side, and turning the first page of a real book. The crispness of the paper. The pristine print of the characters on the page. That smell that only a freshly minted book can carry. Paper, not pixels. Pounds and ounces, not megabytes.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not against e-books! They are a magical invention, which has made a big difference to my own life in two ways – firstly, enabling me to store many more books than my small flat would allow if they were in printed form, and secondly, giving me significantly less weight to carry on my commute on London’s infamously crowded Tube system.

This joy of the printed book has been with me from a very young age. My earliest memory is of sitting in the library of my primary school when I was just five years old. Perched on one of those very small chairs, only a few inches off the ground, my eyes sweeping slowly from left to right along the shelves in front of me, I was in awe. I was allowed to read any of these books, any time I wanted to. Heaven.

By the time I left school at sixteen, with very little in the way of qualifications, I was reading only adult literature, having long outgrown the books aimed more at my own age group. Whilst I wondered just what I was going to do with my life, the universe handed me my dream job. Just two months after leaving school, I was hired by a local independent bookshop as a sales assistant. This time I knew I had definitely died and gone to heaven. I spent all day, every day except Sunday, surrounded by books, in every shape, size, and genre I could imagine. Unpacking a box of new books from the wholesaler was a revelatory journey. It would take us ages, as every book just had to be examined, the blurb read out to the team, a discussion to be had as to who wanted to read it and why. And if we were very careful not to mark the pages or bend the spine, we were allowed to take any book home to read before putting it on the shelf for sale.

When the shop closed, suddenly, two years later, I was devastated. It is the only job I have cried over as I left it. I felt as if a huge part of me was being left behind somehow.

Some years later, as I was going through my coming-out process, I stumbled upon the Silver Moon bookshop, in Charing Cross Road. That shop opened my eyes to a world of lesbian writing, both fiction and non-fiction. I discovered I wasn’t the only woman who had ever felt all that I was feeling, or been confused and yet excited about what was happening to her. Silver Moon is long gone, but lesbian publishing is stronger—and publications by and about lesbians more available—than ever, through the wonder that is the world wide web.

But I still make a point of going to a bookshop now and again, just to stand there and see it and sniff its atmosphere and smile at the memory of how it felt to be able to do that, every day, and have someone pay me for the privilege. Heaven.

When I sat down to write my story, “Between the Lines,” for the Finding Ms. Write anthology, I already had one key scene in mind. This scene would play on all these memories of a life so closely linked to the world of books and connect the two main characters with something they both found incredibly important about books and writing, namely their mutual love for an actual printed book. I hope you enjoy reading that scene, and the whole of “Between the Lines,” as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You can buy the paperback or e-book version of Finding Ms. Write directly from the Ylva store. It’s also on pre-order via Amazon and other major bookstore sites worldwide.

You can follow A.L. Brooks on Facebook or e-mail her at albrookswriter@gmail.com.

But wait, you can also enter our giveaway to win a free e-book! The rules are simple: We will give away five e-book copies. To enter, leave a comment on this blog or any blog on the tour. We will draw the winner on the last day of the tour.

Finding Ms. Write

FindingMsWrite_800Twelve authors of lesbian fiction bring you a collection of romantic short stories about “book people”—heroines who are somehow involved in the publishing industry.

From a novelist with the world’s biggest crush on her editor to a beta reader connecting with her cabinmate on a cruise, from a woman seeking rare books who finds love instead to a bookstore owner who’s drawn to the shy writer sitting by the shop’s window every day, this anthology is full of stories guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Step into our world of books and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of writers who are chasing deadlines…and finding love.

 

Includes stories by A.L. Brooks, Anastasia Vitsky, Chris Zett, Cori Kane, Elaine Burnes, Hazel Yeats, Jacelle Scott, Jae, Jove Belle, Kathy Brodland, Lea Daley, and Melissa Grace.

Don’t forget to check out Elaine Burnes’s stop on the tour tomorrow!

THE BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
June 15 – Jove Belle
June 16 – Anastasia Vitsky
June 17 – A.L. Brooks (here!)
June 18 – Elaine Burnes
June 19 – Lea Daley (blogging at Jove’s site)
June 20 – Melissa Grace
June 21 – Hazel Yeats (blogging right here)
June 22 – Kathy Brodland (blogging at Jove’s site)
June 23 – Cori Kane
June 24 – Chris Zett
June 25 – Jae

Writing hours in May 2016

Shaken to the CoreLet me share the most exciting news first: My lesbian historical romance Shaken to the Core has been published today!

I counted, and it’s novel #13 for me (Good thing I’m not superstitious). You’d think it would get old, but it doesn’t. I’m still as excited to see my new book out as if it were the very first. So, if you read it, let me know what you think.

Right now, it’s available at the Ylva Publishing web store and as a pre-order at all major online bookstores, including Amazon, where it’ll be released on June 15.

May was a great month, with a four-day trip to Cologne, including the yummy chocolate museum.

I still managed to get a lot of writing done. I’m having fun with my contemporary romance Heart Trouble, and I think my beta readers really like it. One of them recently made me laugh when she commented:

This, my dear, is a compelling tale.  I can already guess what will come up in the reviews: couldn’t put it down, spellbound, mesmerized, charmed, hot, sizzling, etc.  Enough adjectives to play review bingo.

Review bingo :-)

I’m about 87,000 words into the story, with about eight or so scenes left to go. So I might actually end up with the 100,000 words I set out to write.

I also got my edits for the German version of Just Physical (“Affäre bis Drehschluss“), which will be out in September.

I’ve also spent some time working on another writer’s guide–this one on point of view. I’ll use some of the material for a workshop I’ll be holding in Greece at Lesvos Lesfic next week. I can’t wait to see Lesvos, meet some of my fellow Ylva authors and staff, and talk books all day.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in May:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL561 hours361 hours188 hours126 hours72 hours1,308 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours

Check back later this month for pictures from the Lesvos Lesfic event!

Jae

Writing hours in April 2016

May has started, and I’m about to leave for a 4-day mini trip to Cologne to see a musical with my sister and a friend. But before I travel, I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to in April.

heart-799138_640The most exciting thing is that I’ve started writing the first draft of my new novel, Heart Trouble. It’s a really unusual novel–a contemporary romance in a medical setting (an emergency department), but it also has a paranormal twist. No vampires or shape-shifters, but… well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see.

I’m about 45,000 words into the story, so I might be about halfway through. Hard to tell, but what I can tell you is that I’m having a lot of fun with this novel.

In other good news, I did the final proofread on my upcoming historical romance Shaken to the Core. All looks good, so it’ll be just a few more weeks until the novel is published.

On the editing front, I edited several of the short stories for our “book people” anthology, Finding Ms. Write, for which I also contributed a short story. I also had the pleasure of working with fellow Ylva Publishing author Catherine Lane on her upcoming lesbian romance Public Domain.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in April:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL425 hours307 hours188 hours47 hours58 hours1,025 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours

Check back at the beginning of June, when I’ll be getting ready for another trip–the Lesvos Lesfic book event in Greece.

Jae

Writing hours in March 2016

It’s April 1–April Fools’ Day! But don’t worry; I’m not going to fool you. I’m just reporting in with what I’ve been up to in March. :-)

Shaken to the CoreI’m very happy to say that I just sent the final, edited and revised version of my upcoming historical romance Shaken to the Core off to my publisher. My editor really liked it, so I hope my readers will too. The novel now also has a cover, which I really like. What do you think?

Other than some last revisions for Shaken, I worked on finishing the translation of Just Physical in March.

I also translated my short story “Sex Sells” into German. The German version is available for free here. My English-speaking readers will have to wait until it will be published as part of the Finding Ms. Write anthology.

For the most part, though, I spent March doing research for my next novel, a contemporary romance titled Heart Trouble. I’m hoping to start writing the first draft this weekend.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in March:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL309 hours220 hours162 hours47 hours47 hours785 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours

Check back at the beginning of April for news on how the writing of Heart Trouble is going.

Have a nice weekend, and don’t let anyone fool you today!

Jae

Writing hours in February 2016

Even though February had one day more than usual, the month is over.

And boy, it’s been a busy month!

I’m very happy to say that I wrapped up my historical romance Shaken to the Core. It ended up at 126,000 words, which I think is a perfect length that will satisfy my readers and not make my publisher want to jump out of a window. All that remains to be done is the copy editing and proofreading.

Other than last-minute revisions for Shaken, I have worked mostly on the translation of Just Physical last month. The German title, Affäre bis Drehschluss, roughly translates to “fling until filming ends.” A direct translation of titles rarely works.

I also wrote a short story for Ylva Publishing’s upcoming “book people” anthology, Finding Ms. Write. I really had fun with my contribution, titled “Sex Sells.” Here’s the blurb:

Lesbian mystery writer Mara McKinney has had a crush on her editor, Hayley, for ages, even though the two have never met face-to-face. When Hayley calls her to suggest she introduce more romance into her novels, this might be Mara’s chance to work on her own happy ending.

I also spent some time doing research for my next novel, a contemporary romance titled Heart Trouble. I guess you could call it a medial romance with a twist.

On the editing front, I’ve been working not just on the Finding Ms. Write anthology, which I am co-editing with Jove Belle, but also on a new romance by Catherine Lane and a dystopian novel by May Dawney.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in February:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL244 hours140 hours67 hours47 hours34 hours532 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours

Check back at the beginning of April, when I hope to start writing the first draft of Heart Trouble.

Have a nice week!

Jae

The winner of my lesbian romance “Just Physical”

lamb-502557_640Wow. I have to say, my in-box was really full over the last couple of days. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway to win a signed copy of my newest lesbian romance novel, Just Physical.

The correct answer to the question (what song did Jill hum to distract herself while Crash helped her out of the stunt harness) was: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

I just drew the winner.

Her name is Carola, and it seems she’s from the Netherlands, so a fellow European.

Carola, I’ll contact you via e-mail.

Everyone else, please check back regularly for more giveaways. I’m giving away at least one copy of all of my newly published books. Of course, you could also sign up to my newsletter/blog so you won’t miss a giveaway. Just enter your e-mail address into the sign-up box to the right and click “subscribe.” I won’t be spamming you; I promise.

Book giveaway on Oscar night

hollywood-117589_640Today’s the day—the Academy Awards a.k.a. Oscars will be presented tonight.

I have to admit that I haven’t closely followed the nominations (I guess I was too busy writing!), but I agree with what many people are saying: there’s a definite lack of diversity in the nominations. Hollywood focuses too much on white, straight actors/actresses, directors, and writers, while artists of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and other minorities are underrepresented.

Well, the main character of my latest Hollywood novel, Just Physical, checks two minority boxes—three, if you count being a woman. Jill Corrigan is an out lesbian, and she’s also an actress with MS, multiple sclerosis. The disease makes working on the set of a historical disaster movie difficult, and it’s also the reason why she wants to stay away from relationships…that is, until she meets her new stunt double, Kristine “Crash” Patterson.

Just Physical coverInstead of handing out Oscars, I want to give away a signed copy of Just Physical.

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to answer a question and send me an e-mail with your answer:

What song does Jill hum while Crash is helping her take off the stunt harness?

If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem. The answer can be found in this excerpt.

Important: Please send me an e-mail with your answer. Don’t leave a comment on this blog which mentions the answer!

The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday. I’ll e-mail the winner then.

Have a nice Sunday, everyone!

The Slow-Burn Approach to Lesbian Romance

Blurred-Lines-300x200As a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I sometimes interview fellow authors of lesbian fiction. Today, in a variation of that, I’m hosting another author who guest blogs and tells us a little about her book and her approach to writing lesbian romances. 

If you are at times finding reading material by looking at the bestseller lists at Amazon, you might already be familiar with her–it’s KD Williamson, whose Cops and Docs romance Blurred Lines is the current #1 on that list. 

So, welcome to my blog, KD. Take it away! 

There is nothing wrong with hard and fast.

Yes…I went there. Now, let me narrow the focus a little bit and think about it in terms of lesbian romance.

First, let me thank fellow Ylva author…well, she’s more like an icon, Jae, for letting me hijack her blog for today. It is much appreciated!

Now, straight to the point.

lesbiansI like reading about immediate attraction just as much as the next woman. Who doesn’t appreciate the kind of sizzle that jumps out at you at the characters initial meeting? Who doesn’t like it when there’s so much chemistry the characters can’t fight it, and they find themselves wrapped up in each other within the first few chapters?

Instant gratification pure and simple. Yasss.

But.

BUT. Let’s not forget about the slow burn.

The online urban dictionary has several meanings for this term, but in my opinion these are the best.

Slow Burnfire

  1. an attraction for someone that is not instant, but grows over time.
  2. the process of becoming attracted to someone over a period of time.
  3. Allowing an event or comment to simmer under your skin until you erupt

I love the idea of simmering just under the surface until the heat just gets to be too much. As a reader, it leaves me breathless. I want more. Hell, I crave it, and by the end there is a certain level of satisfaction that can’t be gleaned from…hard and fast.

Blurred Lines can be considered a slow burn romance. The evolution of the relationship between Detective Kelli McCabe and Dr. Nora Whitmore starts off on one end of the spectrum, builds to a smolder and transforms into a raging fire.

Sexy, yes? I’m not saying there aren’t bumps along the way. Some of them are even of their own making.


Here is a synopsis:

Kelli McCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s.

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?

If you’re interested…

The e-book is available at Ylva Publishing and on my Amazon Author Page. If you are a traditionalist, you can find the paperback there as well.

If you’re so inclined, you can follow me on my Blog, Facebook, Twitter and I can also be found on Goodreads.

Hope you enjoy!

Interview with fellow author Eve Francis

cover_Fragile_500x800The new Ylva Publishing releases have just been published, and one of them is Fragile by fellow lesbian fiction author Eve Francis. It’s a romance about families, new beginnings…and a book club!

But I think I’ll let Eve tell you more about her novel, so here she is:

How would you describe Fragile? What is it about?

Big question! When I’ve talked about this book to people in the past, I’ve gone right to the characters. Carly is a quiet, introvert who—if she had a choice—would do nothing but read books in her room. Her sister, Cynthia, is a fifteen-year-old kid obsessed with the film Whip It and Riot Grrrl music, constantly going rollerblading so she can one day try out and emulate her heroes from the film. Carly’s great aunt Dorothy is an old woman who has never had kids, always lived alone, and still remained true to herself while she got many science degrees and wrote poetry (which, she often co-writes with Carly). Then there’s Carly best friend, Landon, a female-to-male trans guy who is sensitive and kind, and also helps Cynthia by smuggling her Riot Grrrl zines from the queer library. All these people eventually lead to Ashley, the main love interest; she’s a fast-talking butch woman always cracking jokes who had to start her life all over again after an illness put a stop to her original career trajectory as a contractor. These five characters all interact, grow, and fall in love with one another as the story goes on, and I really liked writing this book because of their dynamic.

What sparked the idea for your book?

A few things. One of the main plots of the story revolves around the grand opening of a department discount store where the two main characters (Carly and Ashley) meet. I worked in one like that and often found myself day dreaming about characters while I was on cash and during my breaks. After I quit that job (because I was going back to school) it made me wonder what would have happened if I kept a character in that environment. What would happen to them? Would they be happy there? Everyone always told me I would never be happy in a job like that—and that I should, of course, quit and go back to school. While I’m glad I did (because I do like my teaching job now), I still wonder ‘what if?’ a lot of the time.

Often times with romance novels, we want a fantasy to be delivered. It’s why we focus on amazing jobs, good cars, and sexy people. But what if everything was ordinary—could we still derive a romantic fantasy out of it? Could a character still find a happy ending there? I think so, and I wanted to explore how that would come around. Not everyone can leave minimum wage jobs like that. But who’s to say that their lives aren’t the stuff of romance novels?

How did you come up with the title?

Fragile is fairly straightforward as far as titles go, but I really liked the tagline that Gill McKnight, my editor, came up with (sometimes you’re stronger than you think) because that summarizes the basic idea behind calling the story Fragile. The main characters—Carly, Ashley, Cynthia, Landon, and Dorothy—are all perceived as fragile beings who will break under the slightest touch. But they’re all strong characters, so when they do chose to be fragile with one another, it has so much more meaning.

Did you plot out the entire book before you started writing, or did you explore where the story would take you?

I have to have a majority of a book plotted before I dive in. Usually, that means writing out the basic chapter by chapter summaries, character sketches, and the final ending. Sometimes, as I write, I’ll realize that something in the planning stages no longer pans out and rewrite the plan as I’m going along. But for the most part, because of how many projects I often have going on at once, I need to have a plan in front of me before I can really do any kind of work.

What do you like about your main characters?

I’ve answered some of this already, so I’ll just focus on Carly. I really like her because in spite of being a “creative type” who writes poetry, she doesn’t long for fame or publicity. I’ve read so many novels where any writer characters often want to conquer everything and be #1—and screw anyone else who gets in their way. I don’t like that mentality. I think there’s room to strive for your goals, but I also think we need to stop putting so much emphasis on deriving our self-worth from the type of work we do, and how much we work (or overwork) ourselves. Carly writes poetry, but she doesn’t want to be the next Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, or even Andrea Gibson. She just wants to have a simple life with someone she loves.

What are you currently reading?

I’m about to start the novel Trilby by George Du Maurier for one of my graduate classes. It’s about life in bohemian Paris in the 1850s, so I’m pretty excited to start—and even more excited to finish. This is one of the last classes I’ll have to take as a student and after that, I’ll focus on more work completing my PhD.

Before Trilby, I was reading a bunch of short fiction from Daily Science Fiction in between essay marking for students in the English class I’m teaching.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

It varies! This past week, I’ve been catching up on Orange Is The New Black since some of my graduate work derailed me from watching it all when it first came out. I’m in my first year of my PhD, and after my course work is done, I’ll be prepping for my area exams which involve reading a lot of different books. In some form or another, I suppose I’m either reading or writing! Always on a computer, or attached to my phone in some way, until my partner finally drags me away from screens!

Where do you write, and what is your writing process like?

I live in a two bedroom apartment with my partner, and we had an agreement when we got the place that I’d get the second bedroom as an office if we moved in. So I’ve taken over this small room, filling it up with books and comics and action figures, and put up a bunch of old band posters and art prints. I also have a couple stacks of milk crates by my desk, filled with contributor copies, article drafts, and other things. My computer is a fairly simple laptop, but I use it a lot (and currently, I have to use an attached keyboard because I’ve actually broken the keys on the one it came with from writing so much!).

My writing process is simple: I plot, write the draft as soon as I can and with as few distractions as possible, then it takes me at least three times as long to actually edit. I have to move much slower in editing, because that’s where I’ll catch typos, errors, or plot holes.

What was your favourite part about writing Fragile?

The characters! I think I’ve gushed enough about them, though, so I’ll also add: the music. Because Cynthia is so into the Riot Grrrl scene, I spent a lot of time in the editing stages of the manuscript going back and relistening to Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Excuse 17, and The Sand Witches, among many others. There is a fantastic mix someone made on the platform 8tracks.com and I would listen to it nonstop while editing: https://8tracks.com/dannygirl22/riot4roy

Are you working on a new novel? What can your readers expect next?

Yes! I’m in the editing stages of a novel about two young women living in Brooklyn. One is a comic artist who is trying to get over her mother’s death, while the other one is a bass player in a band and attempting to connect to people again while still being on tour. It’s tentatively called The Open Window and I wrote it when I had time off during the spring semester.

How can your readers stay in touch with you?

I’m online a lot, and the best/easiest place to find me is my tumblr here: http://paintitback.tumblr.com/

This is a personal space, so I spend a lot of time discussing TV, reblogging things I like, and add occasional commentary about writing, school, or just random life stuff. If you just want info on books and only the occasional fandom post, then my website is probably better and can be found here: evefrancis.wordpress.com

I’ve never been good at any other social media outlet, so I’ll leave it at that.

Thanks for taking the time to talk about your new book, Eve! 

Readers, you can now get Fragile via the Ylva webstore or pre-order it on Amazon or other major online bookstores. If you’d like to read an excerpt, click here

Created by Krystel Contreras & Jorge Courbis