So you write lesbian fiction…

When I tell strangers I write lesbian fiction, they equate this with erotica or porn.

Let me explain, porn is visual, so no, I don’t write porn.

In my early years, I wrote erotica (rarely now, because I’ve been there, done that).  However, I like to think the love scenes in my books are definitely not fade-to-black.

It’s amazing how many people assume being a lesbian or writing their stories equates to writing erotica or in their ignorant mind’s, porn…do they really think all lesbians are promiscuous?

Last year in Provincetown I was asked what I wrote, as I was deliberately not saying lesbian fiction…my bland answer told around a fire was, “smut.”  It went over very well, we still chuckle at that reply, but who really cares if I do or don’t?

Sometimes I don’t even tell people anything about the lesbian part, I just say fiction…romance, mystery, action-adventure, but mostly drama.  I’m telling about human lives and they just happen to be lesbians.  I’m not ashamed that I write, it simply is not always about the lesbian, it’s about the story.

In fact, with this in mind, I don’t always put the tags on it when I publish it.  I put it out there to the ‘straight’ world, have picked up some great ‘straight’ followers who appreciate a well-written story.  One reviewer wrote on one of my books, it would have been a great story if I just didn’t have the lesbians in it.

I write what I know, from my own perspective.  It isn’t everyone’s view on life.  I’m telling about a marginalized part of our society that needs a voice.  I’m telling their stories.  I hope I give a well-rounded story where lives go on and the viewer, reader, gets to participate….there just happens to be lesbians in the story.

So, on Lesbian Visibility 2019…be out there and visible!

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2 thoughts on “So you write lesbian fiction…

  1. starscroll1956 says:

    Are you lucky enough to get HBO? I just saw about this new series Gentleman Jack I think its called. And its starring Suranne as the lead. One of my favorite actresses playing a lesbian. And I cant see it. No fair. But wanted to give u a heads up and you can spread the word. Supposedly the first ep last week had her in a hot sexy scene. And if you know anyone with recording abilities let me know. Judy

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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