News Round Up: Kiki Archer at All Things Lesbian, VG Lee in Brighton, Val McDermid in Chipping Norton, and Rosen Trevithick on Creating an Author Persona

7 Apr

The miserable cold snap we are currently suffering seems to have sent our UK authors scurrying into hibernation, but we have dug deep and unearthed some snippets of news for this Round-Up! Hopefully, with a thaw in sight, they’ll be peeking their heads above the snowline in the coming weeks.

headerNever one to let us down, Kiki Archer has been interviewed over at the All Things Lesbian blog. Answering a question about the supposed scarcity of lesbian fiction, Kiki had this to say:

The lesbian fiction genre is thriving amongst lesbians, or at least that seems to be the case in the UK. I write for lesbians. I know that many of my straight family and friends have read my books and enjoyed them, but it is not important to me to actively try and ‘widen’ my readership. The lesbian community are very loyal and the support that I have received has been absolutely fantastic.

It seems somewhat strange that a blog primarily focused upon the lesbian community should believe lesbian fiction isn’t “very prevalent in today’s climate”. Perhaps they just don’t know where to look! Read the whole interview here.

VGLeeOne author who certainly never hibernates is VG Lee. Brighton Pink Fringe (May 17th-19th) will be featuring her one woman play, The Lady of the Wild West Hill! at the Marlborough Theatre.

Jean Bushell and her friends are getting older but still hope for something more from their lives. Malcolm, Jean’s octogenarian neighbour wants a special someone and some guppies. Karen wants a dance partner, her mother wants a knitting pattern and straight Stella would like to be sexually rampant. But what or who does Jean hope for?

VG has promised to update her events listing with more information as she gets it.

330x235valmcdermidOn the subject of author appearances, Val McDermid will be Getting Away with Murder at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival on Sunday 21st April:

How better to finish the 2013 festival than with a murder? Or several murders? Join ChipLitFest Patron Mark Billingham and his panel of best-selling crime-writers, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and Martyn Waites, for a thrilling evening of criminally great entertainment.

Information on location and ticket availability can be found at the above links.

And finally, a fun blog filled with sage advice from Rosen Trevithick who gives the inside scoop on How to Create an Author rosen2011_170Persona You Can Live With :

Everybody has many editions of themselves, from the mild mannered parent we show our children to the foul mouthed hooligan we become at a football match. Being an author is no different. It is simply not desirable to tell your readers that you pick your nose and that poor reviews reduce you to a jabbering wreck lying in an empty bathtub screaming ‘Why?’

Words to abide by, but my personal favourite was this little gem:

Nobody will buy your book if you tell people that it could be a big pile of pants.

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2 Responses to “News Round Up: Kiki Archer at All Things Lesbian, VG Lee in Brighton, Val McDermid in Chipping Norton, and Rosen Trevithick on Creating an Author Persona”

  1. Hannah April 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice round-up! I really enjoyed reading Rosen Trevithick’s tips.

    • Cari Hunter April 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Cheers, Hannah. I think I want that last line there on a T-Shirt!

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