When I decided I finally wanted to get published, I really didn’t have a plan. I thought I would write a story that had been rolling around in my head and take a chance and submit it in the hopes it would get published. I knew I wanted to write a romance because I adore romance novels and I love the message of how love can heal all wounds and there’s always a happily ever after at the end of the book. Since I grew up in a very traditional household, I always thought a happily ever after involved a man and woman. All the romances I read had a hero and a heroine finding love together. It wasn’t until I was much older and started experiencing life, including branching out and reading all different types of books, was when I came to the conclusion that falling in love happens regardless of the gender of the couple.
When it comes to LGBT fiction, the phrase- “love is love” is very important. A book is all about the story and the characters created. Most readers connect with the characters in one way or another. The reason I write LGBT romance is because I feel it doesn’t get enough respect like Straight fiction, and at times is belittled and disregarded. This hits close to home for me because while I was growing up, I was bullied horribly and treated like an outcast. I turned to books for comfort and it gave me a sense of empowerment and the feeling that I belonged somewhere. The reason I write LGBT romance is because I want to show how love is wonderful and precious in all forms, and LGBT romance is just as wonderful and important as Straight romance.
The majority of what I write and publish happens to be Lesbian romance. I also write M/M (Gay) and Straight romance, but I feel I’ve found my stride writing Lesbian romance. When I decided to write something in the hopes of getting published, I wanted to create something different. My very first book I ever published was a Lesbian Contemporary Romance. The reason was because of a Twitter conversation I listened in on where the discussion was about LGBT fiction and the concern that there wasn’t enough Lesbian fiction being written and published. In that moment I decided I was going to write a romance about two women falling in love and hope it would sell. The need, the urge to write this story and do whatever I could to get it published was my ultimate goal.
To be honest, I was afraid. Up to this point I would just write for myself and never thought I was good enough for publication. Plus, I was writing a specific type of romance that I was told wouldn’t sell because two women falling in love is something readers weren’t interested in reading. Also was writing with the goal for publication was scary. What if I wrote this story and the public would never read it because those who decided on accepting submissions for publication thought it wasn’t good enough? “It’s not good enough” was a phrase that stayed with me and still does. But even though there are doubts, and I can promise you the majority of writers have them, we all write because we love the written word and enjoy creating characters and new worlds.
And so, three years ago come this June I was published for the first time, and my debut novel was a Lesbian romance called Lovestruck. I can say that was one of my proudest and most memorable moments in my life. Not only did I get published, but I published something I believed in and loved writing. I proved to myself that I could write a book where it’s all about the power of love and the gender of the couple falling in love isn’t necessarily the most important thing when telling the story.
CEO hotel mogul Barbara Jennings has three months to decide whether to close her Manhattan hotel or cut costs by firing some of her employees. She meets her much-younger employee, Jennifer Caffey and is instantly smitten. Now Barbara has another mission, and that is to seduce the innocent Jenny.
Jenny is also attracted to the powerful and beautiful Barbara, but has never really had a steamy love affair with another woman. Unwittingly, she allows herself to be swept away by her passion for this older woman who may ruin her life.