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Creating Highland Whirl – the joy and challenge of writing a sequel by Anna Larner

For me, writing a sequel brought with it two distinct challenges: Challenge one. The sequel should seamlessly and fittingly develop the primary story. I knew that to meet this first challenge Highland Whirl would need to evoke the world of my debut novel Highland Fling. I loved taking the reader back with me to the… Continue reading Creating Highland Whirl – the joy and challenge of writing a sequel by Anna Larner

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Publication day – an anti-climax? By Cathy Dunnell

When I was struggling to motivate myself to sit down at my laptop and write after a full day’s work, I used to imagine the day when my first novel would be published. I had hazy visions of champagne -and congratulations, where I floated through a kind of gold-tinged, Gatsby-esque movie montage. When the day… Continue reading Publication day – an anti-climax? By Cathy Dunnell

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BSB Author Interview: MA Binfield and Toni Logan Talk Tea and Swearing

Welcome all to a new series of trans-Atlantic blogs brought to you from BSB UK. We’re pairing some of our British authors with BSB authors from across the pond to bring new insights into our lives, our writing practices, our differences (and our similarities!) and generally poke fun at each other. To get things started,… Continue reading BSB Author Interview: MA Binfield and Toni Logan Talk Tea and Swearing

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Researching dance for my next lesbian romance… by Mickey Brent

Photo © Mickey Brent. All rights reserved. Hi everyone! Four years ago, I began writing my third novel, featuring two female dancers who fall in love. I’d written most of the story, which takes place in San Francisco, before I realized I hadn’t included dance in the book. None. How could I forget that essential… Continue reading Researching dance for my next lesbian romance… by Mickey Brent

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What I Looked For—And What I Didn’t—And What I Found by Gun Brooke

Writing a story, whether a short story or a novel, to me, it’s a lot about exploring the unexpected, the desired, and, quite often, a combination. What we end up doing, and loving, and with whom…life can sure show is in the strangest of ways. I remember loving Cherry Ames books, and other books about… Continue reading What I Looked For—And What I Didn’t—And What I Found by Gun Brooke

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Spoiler Alert! by Jenny Frame

For a solitary child, reading was really important to me. I enjoyed going regularly to the library with my mum and picking out some new books. I think the first book I remember loving, reading and rereading was, Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. I loved that book, and even though I was… Continue reading Spoiler Alert! by Jenny Frame

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A Song on My Shoulder by Justine Saracen

I’d always loved classical music, and living with a pianist for ten years, I had plenty of it in my life. But other than singing in college choruses and working in opera management, I was a purely a consumer. Deutsche Grammophon soaked up a ton of my money over the years. Even after beginning to… Continue reading A Song on My Shoulder by Justine Saracen

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Writing what I like to read by Kadyan

Hello everybody, I am a French author and I have already published over thirteen books in French. From the beginning, my motto has been to write what I would like to read. My first book about pirates in Caribbean sea was published in 2005 and Willowra in 2007. While I was reading lesbian English literature… Continue reading Writing what I like to read by Kadyan

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READING OR DEVOURING? by Aimee

I have never liked much the expressions for “voracious reader” – bookworm, “rat de bibliothèque”, “Bücherwurm”… I’m neither a rat nor a worm. But I have to admit I can’t remember a day in my life when I haven’t read a chapter or two. As a child, I had a steady diet of the Famous… Continue reading READING OR DEVOURING? by Aimee