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.
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.