• Personal

    The importance of LGBT+ fiction, and Radclyffe’s speech at RITA 2019

    The RWA (Romance Writers of America) hold a yearly conference where they hand out multiple awards to the romance industry. These awards and considered amongst many to be the highest award of distinction in romance fiction. This year the award ceremony held a special interest for many of us as Radclyffe, prolific author of lesbian fiction and President of Bold Strokes Books, was asked to speak about the place of LGBT+ romance in her life and about how our genre fits into the overall romance writing community. Here is a…

  • Personal

    Book Review: Gentleman Jack — The Real Anne Lister

    Most Sapphic women are by now aware of the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, and therefore aware of Anne Lister. In fact, most of us are completely enthralled by the woman. If you are the 0.1% of people who have no idea what I’m talking about, stop what you are doing and go and check it out immediately. Really. I’ll wait. I don’t usually go on about television shows but for this one, I’ll make an exception. You see, Anne Lister was a pioneer. She was a lesbian in 1800s England.…

  • Personal

    A grave situation has occurred…

    I don’t want to panic anyone, but someone has stolen my wheelie bin. I know. Scandal, right? You see, I’m a bit particular about my bin. Because it’s damn well MY bin. This house was brand new when we moved in, and I applied for that bin and I’ve raised it ever since it was… well, you get the point. Fascinating I know, but we have two bins. A black one for landfill which will no doubt cause the destruction of the entire planet, and a blue one for recycling.…

  • Personal,  Publishing

    Writing WLW Fiction as a Bisexual Woman? I’ve Been Rejected

    Back in July 2018, I decided to make a change to my use of language when it came to promoting my books. Up until that time I had begrudgingly been using terms like “lesfic” and “lesbian fiction” to advertise my books, and myself as an author. The thing is, I don’t like using those terms because I don’t feel that they fit. You see, I’m bisexual. I’m not a lesbian. And therefore I’m not a lesbian author. Yes, I write books about women who love women, but it’s not necessarily…

  • My Writing,  Personal

    A big hello to my amazing Patrons!

    There’s a wonderful thrill that comes from crafting a story and then releasing it to the world. Especially when you are writing about sapphic characters. I frequently receive messages from readers who are excited to discover characters and scenarios that they recognise from their own lives and experiences. Books are entertaining escapism, but they are also reinforcement that we are not alone in our struggles. I’m passionate about writing books that people can identify with. Books that are accessible to all and show that love—and acceptance—can be found no matter…