News roundup: a busy week in UK LesFic

19 Aug

Well, a week’s a long time in UK lesbian fiction. So here we go…

Sep issue image #1We’ve been kept pretty busy here at UKLesFic since we started this blog. UK lesbian fiction, beyond the names that have crossed over into mainstream fiction, gets very little coverage in the media but despite this we’re still pleasantly surprised at the number of new names we’re adding to the authors list.

detectiveTo try to redress the balance, I’ve written an article for this month’s Diva. It, in part, answers the question posed by The Guardian last year asking where all the new UK lesbian writers are. My answer “Busy writing”!

Also in the September issue is a review of Crin Claxton‘s new book the Supernatural Detective. Diva describes the novel as “a sexy supernatural thriller” and “A perfect read for the beach”.

91CYqVEe28L._SL1500_On the review front Nicola Griffith‘s Hild has been reviewed by Kirkus: “A book that deserves a place alongside T.H. White, to say nothing of Ellis Peters. Elegantly written–and with room for a sequel.”

Nicola wryly notes on her blog that even before it’s release in November it’s been compared to six authors (Hilary Mantel, Sigrid Undset, T.H. White, George R.R. Martin, Ellis Peters, and Rosemary Sutcliff) and wonders where it’ll end and what the gender division will be when it gets there.

Author Suzanne Egerton has written in to pass on details about the Glasgow Lambda Library. This is a new group that is raising funds for a queer and LGBT library for the Glasgow area. They hope to create a space for a collection of literature and to host book groups, writing workshops, film screenings and literary events. As well as looking for monetary donations, they are collecting books for the library. Any tomes taking up too much room would be gratefully received.

Niamh Murphy has been busy on the blog front. In Filling Blanks of Fantasy she writes about how she goes about writing and filling in her fairy tale stories from her original outline. She also writes about finding time to write and knowing when to stop and recharge

RJ Samuel has also written a very honest post asking whether a writer should write during dark moments, when all they can create are more moments of darkness. Should a writer wait until they can offer a reader something more or do readers like to be drawn into that intense world. The piece has had some nice responses. Here’s the post.

Meanwhile, fans of Devon Marshall will be pleased to hear that she’s come back from the trauma that is a computer eating your manuscript and has finished Book 2 in the Vampires of Hollywood series. Read about how she feels about it all in this post where she charateristically doesn’t mince her words.

allforloveDalia Craig dropped in for the Liz McMullen Show this week. Here’s a snippet from Liz’s description of the show:

“Dalia Craig’s erotica explores D/s power play and often mistaken first impressions. What makes her writing so unique, is the way she incorporates high wire suspense in her short stories. It goes beyond sexual anticipation to the heady heart racing moments you would expect from a thriller… We discuss the craft of writing good erotica, from the perspective of an editor and publisher.”

You can find the epiode here.

cover3Finally, if you have half an hour to put up your feet and have a bit of a giggle, there’s my short story The Dildo in the Kitchen Drawer. Here’s the blurb:

What has Beth’s girlfriend ordered in the plainest, squarest, most non-descript parcel? It certainly isn’t books. No-one shuffles that frantically to hide books when you come in unexpectedly. And what would any right-minded person do when they opened the kitchen drawer to check what had been hidden? But right-minded isn’t a term that’s often applied to Beth.

The Dildo in the Kitchen Drawer is a short story of paranoia, slippery fingers and recalcitrant dogs.

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