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!