Interview with lesbian romance author Georgia Beers & a giveaway!

lesbian romance Fear of Falling by Georgia Beers

Are you ready for another interview with a fellow lesbian romance author? This week’s guest hardly needs an introduction because she’s one of the most popular authors in f/f romance: Georgia Beers.

Georgia just published her twenty-third novel, Fear of Falling. She’s giving away an ebook copy, so don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

 

Welcome, Georgia. Please tell us a little about your latest book, Fear of Falling.

Fear of Falling is my first celebrity romance. I laughingly call it my “Celine Dion Fantasy.” I’ve been a fan of hers forever, and I was always amazed that she became famous so young. Then my writer brain took that situation and ran with it, wondering how somebody in her shoes, someone always in the limelight, might handle a struggle with her sexuality.

 

I know some readers shy away from celebrity romances because they think they won’t be able to relate to the celebrity main character. How did you make sure Sophie, a famous singer, is a relatable character?

I just did my best to keep her down-to-earth. She came from modest beginnings, so doesn’t take her wealth for granted. And I also made her somebody who has always longed for family, a girl who, despite being constantly surrounded by people who adore her, has pretty much been alone since she was a teenager. I think that helped make her both sympathetic and relatable.

 

Can you share a favorite line or snippet from Fear of Falling?

I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll just say that I loved when Sophie found her backbone and stood up for herself.

 

In the unlikely case that someone has never read one of your books, which one do you suggest they start with?

You’re very kind. I have a lot of people ask me where to start and it’s always a tough one to answer. I think my biggest request is that they don’t go backwards. LOL. Like all writers, I feel like I have improved with each book. I have grown as a writer, I have gotten better at what I do. So, when I think about somebody reading Fear of Falling and then going all the way back to my first or second book, I cringe! I can give you reader favorites, though: Starting from Scratch and Too Close to Touch are the earlier ones that people seem to love the most. So, I think I’d suggest starting with Too Close to Touch and going forward from there. Or not. LOL.

 

If I counted correctly, Fear of Falling is your 23rd novel. How has your writing and your writing process changed over the years, and what has stayed the same?

You are correct! The book I am currently writing as I participate in this interview is #25, and I can hardly believe it. My writing has changed so much, as has my perception as a writer. I have become more disciplined and also more relaxed (if that makes sense). I’m more aware of my capabilities (for example: I know I can usually write more words in a sitting than I think) and I am also more apt to give myself a break, take an afternoon off and go to a movie or something, if I’ve hit my word count for the day. My writing process has stayed the same in that I am still a very routine person and I still need some things to remain steady (where I work, what time I’m most creative, things like that). Also still the same: I love, love, love what I do!

 

If you could have a “do-over” for any of your books—meaning you could go back and change anything you wanted—which book would it be and what would you change?

I thought hard about this question and you know what? I don’t think I would change any of them. I mean, I know for a fact I could alter a lot of parts of a lot of my books, but I wouldn’t want to. That’s not to say I think they’re all perfect; they’re far from it. But those books got me to the place I am today as a writer. They were all stepping stones and learning opportunities that helped shaped my writing career, and changing any of them would change who I am as a writer now. So, as cheesy as it might sound, I wouldn’t change any of them.

 

I know you enjoy a good glass of wine. If you were a wine, how would you describe yourself?

Oh, my God, I love this question! Wow, this is a tough one. My favorite wine is a Pinot Noir, but it’s kind of light and I think I’m more complex than that. I’d go with maybe a good red blend. Generally full-bodied and complex, but can also be a little sweet, a little fun, and kind of sassy. A nice mix of several different qualities.

 

If you could go back in time and tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

The same thing I would tell my younger dating self and my younger physical reflection in the mirror and the younger version of me that always wanted to play the piano: Believe in yourself. You can do this, and you are almost always better at things than you think. Have confidence. Take chances. Smile more. Worry less. Be kind. Be happy. You’re a good, kind-hearted person, a good human, you’re talented, and you are more than good enough to be all the things you want to be. (I wish I’d gotten that pep talk when I was about sixteen years old…it would have helped future me tremendously!)

 

Do you have time to read, and do you read lesbian and f/f romances? If you do, what are your all-time favorites?

I make time to read. First of all, I love reading and I always have. When I was five, the library became my favorite place in the world and books have been part of my life ever since. Secondly, I don’t think you can ever be an exceptional writer if you don’t read books. You don’t have to read the same genre that you write (though I think you absolutely should), but I can’t identify with a writer who doesn’t read. It makes no sense to me. It’s like being a chef and never trying anybody else’s cooking. So, yes, I read a lot. My favorite genres are romance and thrillers/suspense. I do read lesfic and f/f romances. I also read a lot of mainstream books, so I don’t get to as many lesfic books as I’d like (my To Be Read pile is enormous!). A couple of my all-time lesfic favorites are Sandra Moran’s Letters Never Sent, Radclyffe’s Provincetown series, Melissa Brayden’s Kiss the Girl, Katherine V. Forrest’s Kate Delafield series, Sarah Waters’s Affinity, just to name a few. And I just returned from a lesfic literary conference and met a slew of new writers whose work I can’t wait to dive into. It’s never-ending and I love that so much! I will never not have new lesfic to read, and I don’t think that could’ve been said twenty or thirty years ago.

 

When’s your next book coming out, and what are you working on right now?

My next book is called One Walk in Winter. It takes place in a small resort in the Adirondacks and it releases, I believe, in November. I am currently working on Flavor of the Month, which is about a young woman who returns home to the small town she left in the dust as a college student, only to find that little has changed, including her attraction to her very first girlfriend, whose heart she broke. That will be out in the spring of 2020.

 

Where can your readers find out more about you and your books?

It’s hard to get away from me, really. LOL. I’m everywhere. I am on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I have a Tumblr account, but I don’t know how to use it. I’m on SnapChat because it’s the only way I get to see what kind of trouble my nieces and nephews are getting into.  I also have a website: georgiabeers.com. I’m really not hard to find, as my name is pretty unique and unless you’re a brewery in Atlanta, I’m likely to be one of the few Georgia Beerses you find online.

 

Book giveaway

Georgia is graciously giving away an e-book copy of her lesbian romance Fear of Falling.

Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog post.

Entries close on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.

 

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109 thoughts on “Interview with lesbian romance author Georgia Beers & a giveaway!”

  1. Georgia Beers’ books were my introduction to Lesfic. She is from another realm of romance writing. You inspire me to be passionate about reading as I never was an eager reader. My girlfriend introduced me to your books because she would immerse herself in the public library of Cape Town. The wine city by the way.

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    • As a transgender woman and a lesbian I find these books incredibly entertaining and encouraging. They allow me to escape into the worlds of ‘What if.” Thank you!

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  2. Love your books Georgia! I read them over and over, as your humor and style is addictive. I can’t wait to read what you’ve got coming out next.

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  3. Thanks for the interview! Several of your books are among my favorite (well, both you, Jae and Georgia), and I look forward to new books each time one comes out.

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  4. I have read all of Georgia’s books! This interview was great. Fear of Falling was an amazing book. I don’t need to be put in the drawing, I just wanted to jot a note in here!

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  5. I’ve read most of your books and I’ve read each of them several times. I’ll probably continue to re read them in the future. Thanks for your wonderful stories.

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  6. Great interview! Too Close To Touch is definitely a great Gerogia Beers’ book to start with. Loved it and all other Beers’ books.

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  7. Found a few of Georgia’s books while travelling in the UK in the local library and then picked up a couple in the USA. But now back in Oz it seems my local library doesn’t carry as many f/f books as expected and none of Georgia’s :( Bit totally loves the ones I have read and agree love the Kate Delafield series!

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  8. Well, after writing a heartfelt message , my phone decides to refresh itself. So , let’s see if I can remember what I so eloquently scribed previously. Jae , I love reading your works , and Georgia, yours as well. I love getting lost in a world so beautifully spun into existence, not everyone can do that. May you both continue to dazzle and stimulate my , erm, Imagination! May your inkwells never run dry and may the wine never turn fallow. Best Regards to you both!

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  9. This sounds like a winner although you nearly lost me at the Celine Dion fangirling lol. My favourites are probably 96 hours and Olive Oil & White Bread.

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  10. Would love a copy of the new book. But the ones I really want to read are the ones about the puppy rescue farm a young woman inherited. I think there are 3 of them. But my disability income doesnt cover necessary expenses each month. Much less extras. But I have had my eye on these books for such a long time. Just seems they never go on sale. But they sound incredible and have adorable covers. Hope Georgia doesnt desert the farm. Maybe a farm holiday book would be something to think about??? Hint hint. Because someday I do hope to own these.

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  11. Another great interview! Georgia Beers is one of my all time favorite authors. I can’t wait to read her new books!

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  12. A full bodied red like a Zinfandel is a great way to describe yourself. Your writing embodies that. Looking forward to reading your next books.

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  13. I loved this interview especially the part anot what you’d say to your younger self. I hope you don’t mind but I’d like to utilize it with my 2 kids – a preteen and a teenager. I can’t wait to read this book! It’d on my to be read list

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  14. Great interview! “Starting from Scratch” and “Mine” are two of my favorite books. Can’t wait to read “Fear of Falling.”

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  15. A new Georgia Beers book is always exciting news. Georgia’s books never disappoint, always satisfy, and generally make me smile just thinking about them.

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  16. I cant believe it’s #23 already! Wow, how time flies! Seems just like yesterday that I picked up my first of Georgia’s books to read. The first one I ever read was Thy Neighbor’s Wife, and I became instantly hooked. I absolutely love her writing style and the way she seems to lay out a story as if you’re actually there experiencing it, instead of reading it. Cant wait to read this next one.

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  17. Fear of Falling was an excellent book, I bought the Audio because I also love the narrator. I have read all of Georgia Beers books and this was one of my favorites. Jae, you have also become a go to writer, loved Backwards to Oregon and Just for Show.

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  18. I’ve loved all of Georgia Beers’ books that i’ve read so far, and i’d love a chance to win a copy of this one. Great interview :)

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  19. I can’t remember if I’ve left a comment on here for this yet. Great interview, I love Georgia Beers and I can’t wait for a chance to read this one.

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