Interview with fellow author Caren Werlinger

In November and Dezember, I interviewed 10 full-time writers of lesbian fiction. In 2014, I would like to interview writers of lesbian fiction who don’t write full-time. My first guest is Caren Werlinger, who up until last year was a fellow L-Book author and is now publishing under her own imprint. Caren is the author of the award-winning novel Looking Through Windows and the critically acclaimed Misere as well as In This Small Spot and Neither Present Time. Her newest book, Year of the Monsoon, was published just a few days ago. Welcome to my blog, Caren. Let’s start with some …

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Interview with fellow writer KG MacGregor

Back in November, I featured a series of interviews with fellow full-time writers of lesbian fiction. I had some wonderful guests, but today I’m especially proud to interview one of my all-time favorites in the lesbian romance genre—KG MacGregor. KG holds a PhD in journalism and worked as a teacher and market research consultant before trying her hand at writing fiction in 2002. If I counted correctly, she’s now the author of 18 novels, among them Etched in Shadows, Mulligan, Out of Love, and my personal favorite, the Shaken series. Read on for what KG had to say about her life …

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Interview with fellow author VK Powell

Today’s interviewee, VK Powell, can look back at an impressive and growing list of published works. If I counted correctly, she has six novels and a few short stories out. Most of them, such as her latest novel, Exit Wound, feature police officers as main characters, and that makes sense, since VK is a thirty-year law enforcement veteran. Let’s see how she spends her time now that she’s retired… How long have you been writing full-time? Since 2007 What was the process of moving into full-time writing for you? When I became serious about writing and possibly getting published, I …

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Interview with fellow author Kiki Archer

Today’s guest is another writer from the UK. Kiki Archer is a former teacher and now a stay-at-home mom (or mum, as the British say) and an almost-full-time writer. Her debut novel, But She is My Student won the UK’s SoSoGay Best Book Award in 2012, and her third novel, Binding Devotion, was a finalist in this year’s Rainbow Awards. Her newest book is One Foot Onto the Ice. So let’s see what Kiki has to say about her writing life. How long have you been writing full-time? For about two months. My children have just turned five and six …

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Interview with fellow author Diana Simmonds

Today’s guest should really write her autobiography—I bet she would have some interesting things to tell! Diana Simmonds was born in London, lived in Kenya, and now enjoys the theatre world in Sydney, Australia. The photo shows her in Ubud, Bali. Diana has published three novels with Bella Books—Forty Love, Heart on Fire, and her newest one, Silver Lining. Here’s what Diana had to say about her life as a writer. How long have you been writing full-time? Oh lordy…I wrote my first book when I was 8 (it was an autobiography: I was a smart-mouthed brat and thought I …

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Interview with fellow author KE Payne

Today’s guest is a rather busy writer from the UK. KE Payne worked for the British government for fifteen years, “making models of the Taj Mahal out of paperclips” (her words, not mine) before becoming a full-time writer. Since 2011, she published a total of four novels with Bold Strokes Books. Ther fifth novel, Because of Her, will be published next year. I’m curious to find out how she manages to stay so productive, so let’s see what she had to say about her writing life. How long have you been writing full-time? Since 2008. What was the process of …

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Interview with fellow author Sandra de Helen

I’m very grateful that so many diverse writers have agreed to answer my questions. Today, I’m interviewing playwright and writer Sandra de Helen. She has written two novels (The Hounding and The Illustrious Client), several short stories, poems, plays, an opera, a musical, and a radio drama. Wow, that’s impressive! Like my last guest, Lori L. Lake, Sandra lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Here’s how she described her creative career. How long have you been writing full-time? About ten years. What was the process of moving into full-time writing for you? I have kept a regular writing schedule for …

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Interview with fellow writer Lori L. Lake

Today, I have the honor of interviewing Lori L. Lake. Lori was one of the first authors whose books I read when I first started reading lesbian fiction years ago, and her Gun Shy novels are still among my favorites. Lori, who now lives in Portland, Oregon (where I hope to meet her at the GCLS con next year!), is the author of ten published novels such as Gun Shy, the amazing historical fiction Snow Moon Rising, Buyer’s Remorse, and—her newest release—Jump the Gun. Her books won the Ann Bannon Award, two GCLS Awards, and an Alice B. Reader Appreciation …

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Interview with fellow writer Barbara Winkes

Today’s guest in my series of interviews with full-time writers of lesbian fiction is Barbara Winkes. Barbara and I seem to have some things in common: We’re both trained psychologists, and we’re both German. But Barbara fell in love with a French-Canadian language teacher and now lives in Canada with her wife. She publishes with Eternal Press, a small publisher in California. Her newest book, Secrets, will come out on November 16, so keep an eye out for it! It seems Barbara and I also share a lot of our attitudes toward writing and structuring our writing time. Here’s what …

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Interview with fellow writer Kim Pritekel

Welcome to the second in my series of interviews with fellow (full-time) writers. Today, I’m interviewing Kim Pritekel. Kim started writing at the age of nine, wrote her first novel at twelve, and was published for the first time at twenty-four. She is now published with Sapphire Books. I haven’t read all of her novels yet, but I loved Connection (which you might know as The Collector, which was the title of the online version), Lessons, and Twilight (again, no, not that Twilight—I like Kim’s much better). So here’s what Kim had to say about her life as a writer. …

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