TB Markinson Gets Interviewed

April 25, 2018

TB Markinson Gets Interviewed 

 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

 

In this episode Sheena chats to TB Markinson, author and founder of I Heart Lesfic. 

 

Featured novel: The Chosen One by TB Markinson 

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall. 

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. It soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds. 

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s quirky and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction. 

Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?  

Get this book on Amazon (UK, US or CA) 

 

TB answers these questions about her writing 

You write in first person. Do you find this puts people off or draws them into the character's head? 

What is your best selling book? 

Your books range in theme and genre quite substantially, how does your reader base react to this? 

Your covers are amazing. Do you find that people react to them? Who designs them? Do you think good covers are important for sales? 

Some of your novels are quite mainstream - have you been able to cross over? 

 

TB answers these questions about I Heart Lesfic 

This is a very unique initiative to promote lesfic. Tell me how it came to be and for those who don't know about it, tell me what it is. 

What has the reaction to it been from authors, influencers in the sector and readers? 

Do you find it helps to sell your own books? 

What are the number now, for your site visits, newsletter subscribers etc and what is the growth rate looking like? 

 

TB Markinson Online

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

Amazon page 

I Heart Lesfic Website 

 

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Episode 21b: Interview with Alyssa Cole

April 14, 2018

Interview with Alyssa Cole

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21b

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • Alyssa’s novella “That Could Be Enough” in Hamilton’s Battalion
  • How Alyssa, Courtney Milan, and Rose Lerner brainstormed up the anthology
  • How the musical Hamilton inspired the collection
  • Writing marginalized identities in historical romance
  • Researching historic New York City
  • The surprising acceptance of some same-sex couples in 18th century America
  • The distinction between “historical accuracy” and “historical average” in developing characters
  • Alyssa’s favorite historical writers and how Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog sent her inspiration in different directions

Publications mentioned:

More info

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Website:

Twitter & Instagram:

  • @AlyssaColeLit

Facebook

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No transcript is available for this episode.

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How Lesbian Fiction Changed Lynn Ames’s Life

April 13, 2018

How Lesbian Fiction Changed Lynn Ames's Life

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Tara talks to Lynn Ames, prolific author of lesbian romance and romantic suspense. Lynn shares how she first discovered lesbian fiction, what it meant to her, and how it influenced her as a writer.

Check out the stories mentioned here:

Learn more about Lynn Ames

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com.

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Clare Ashton Talks About After Mrs Hamilton

March 21, 2018

Clare Ashton Talks About After Mrs Hamilton

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode Clare Ashton talks about After Mrs Hamilton. Sheena chose this book as the March book club read for The Lesbian Review Book Club and wanted to get more insight by talking to the author directly.

 

Some Of Sheena’s Questions:

What is the general reaction to the book?

How has it sold in comparison to others?

They also go into detail on Clo’s storyline and Laura’s storyline.

They talk about the three major twists.

 

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Episode 20c - Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

March 17, 2018

Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20c

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Elizabeth Bear recommends a favorite queer historical novels:

  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  • Everfair is a alternate steampunk history of colonial Congo, with a lovely wealth of queer characters rooted in the historic understandings of sexuality of the times.

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

For further information on Elizabeth Bear see her Patreon or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Tracey Richardson on Choosing a Setting as an Author who isn’t American

March 16, 2018

Tracey Richardson on Choosing a Setting as an Author who isn’t American

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Tara talks to Canadian lesfic author Tracey Richardson about how she chooses settings for her novels.

Check out the stories they discussed here:

Learn more about Tracey Richardson

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com.

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Episode 20b: Interview with Elizabeth Bear

March 10, 2018

Interview with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20b

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • Elizabeth’s upcoming steampunk novel Stone Mad, an independent sequel to Karen Memory. Set in an alternate late 19th century Pacific Northwest, Karen navigates her way past murderers, corrupt politicians, and arcane conspiracies the help of a steam-powered armored sewing machine, the other denizens of the disreputable Hôtel Mon Cherie, and her girlfriend Priya.
  • How Karen Memory started out as a YA novel and what happened next
  • The importance of voice in how the stories developed
  • The roots of the world in Verne, Wells, and actual history
  • Future stories involving Karen Memory
  • The difference between writing grim versus hopeful worlds, even when bad things happen to your characters
  • The social, historical, and political context of thePacific Northwest that made it a perfect story setting
  • Basing stories on cultural patterns as opposed to events, and why Elizabeth doesn’t write actual historical fiction
  • Elizabeth’s early experiences discovering SFF with queer characters and the importance of representation in fiction

Publications mentioned:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Twitter:

  • @matociquala

Dreamwidth:

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 20a - On the Shelf March 2018

March 3, 2018

On the Shelf March 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20a

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing.

In this episode we talk about

  • The stories chosen for the new audio fiction episodes

    • "Peaceweaver" by Jennifer Nestojko
    • "At the Mouth" by Gurmika Mann
    • "Inscribed" by V.M. Agab
    • "One Night in Saint Martin" by Catherine Lundoff
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
    • Conner, Randy P. 1997. “Les Molles et les chausses: Mapping the Isle of Hermaphrodites in Premodern France” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Bonnet, Marie-Jo. 1997. “Sappho, or the Importance of Culture in the Language of Love” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Watt, Diane. 1997. “Read My Lips: Clipping and Kyssyng in the Early Sixteenth Century” in Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia and Kira Hall. New York, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Merrill, Lisa. 2000. When Romeo was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and her Circle of Female Spectators. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. ISBN 978-0-472-08749-5
    • Leach, Joseph. 1970. Bright Particular Star: The Life and Times of Charlotte Cushman. Yale University Press, New Haven.
    • Summerscale, Kate. 1997. The Queen of Whale Cay. Viking, New York. ISBN 0-670-88018-3
    • Gonda, Caroline. 2006. “Lesbian Narrative in the Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu” in British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 29, no. 2: 191-200.
    • Straub, Kristina. 1991. “The Guilty Pleasures of Female Theatrical Cross-Dressing and the Autobiography of Charlotte Charke.” in Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, ed. Julia Epstein and Kristina Straub. New York: Routledge. pp. 142-66
    • Putter, Ad. 1997. “Transvestite Knights in Medieval Life and History” in Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome & Bonnie Wheeler (eds), Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland, New York. pp. 279-302
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Elizabeth Bear
  • New and forthcoming lesbian historical fiction titles
  • Ask Sappho: A special interview with composer and artist Phoebe Legere about her new one-woman musical about lesbian celebrity and speedboat racer Marion “Joe” Carstairs

 More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

You can follow the blog on my website (http://alpennia.com/blog) or subscribe to the RSS feed (http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/)

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Lee Winter on What it Takes to Cross Over from Fanfic to Lesfic

March 2, 2018

Lee Winter on What it Takes to Cross Over from Fanfic to Lesfic

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Lee Winter joins Tara to talk about that special something that can propel fanfic authors into becoming published authors. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which stories Lee loves and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out the stories she discussed here:

Learn more about Lee Winter

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com.

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Creating A Fictional World with Heather Rose Jones

February 20, 2018

Creating A Fictional World with Heather Rose Jones

The Write Stuff - A Blast From The Past Episode

In this episode Sheena chats to Heather about how she builds fictional worlds. 

This was one of the first episodes of The Write Stuff. 

Enjoy!

You can find Heather Rose Jones Online

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Facebook

Twitter

If you enjoyed this show become a patron and enjoy exclusive content.

 

 

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Shira Glassman Talks Lesbian Fiction

February 16, 2018

Shira Glassman Talks Lesbian Fiction

Les Do Books

In this episode, the fabulous author Shira Glassman joins Tara to talk about some of the lesbian books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Shira loves and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Shira Glassman

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com.

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Episode 19b: Interview with Ellen Klages

February 10, 2018

Interview with Ellen Klages

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19b

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • The long incubation for the ideas that became Passing Strange
  • Lesbian culture in mid-century San Francisco and the San Francisco World’s Fair on Treasure Island
  • The hidden interconnectedness of Ellen’s novels
  • The love of historic objects and texts
  • Historical fiction as “time travel” for the reader

Publications mentioned:

  • Passing Strange (tor.com, for signed copies: Borderlands Books, Amazon)
  • “Caligo Lane” (originally published in Subterranean Online, Winter 2014, available in the collection Wicked Wonders Tachyon Publications, 2017, Amazon)
  • “Hey Presto” (originally published in the anthology Fearsome Magics by Jonathan Strahan, 2014, available in the collection Wicked Wonders Tachyon Publications, 2017, Amazon)
  • The Green Glass Sea (Viking Children’s Books, 2006, Amazon)
  • “Time Gypsy” (originally published in Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel (Overlook Press, 1999), also available in the collection Portable Childhoods Tachyon Publications, 2007, Amazon)

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Twitter:

  • @eklages

Facebook

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 18c - Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

January 20, 2018

Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18c

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured author talks about her favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Kathleen recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

  • For further information on Kathleen Knowles see her entry at Bold Strokes Books or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 19, 2018

Kris Bryant Talks Lesbian Fiction

Les Do Books

In this episode, lesbian romance author Kris Bryant joins Tara to talk about some of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books mean a lot to Kris and that she thinks everyone should read.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Kris Bryant

More info

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

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Episode 18b: Interview with Kathleen Knowles

January 13, 2018

Interview with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18b

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • Kathy’s interest in reading about the LGBT history of San Francisco
  • Her favorite historians, including Lillian Faderman, Martin Duberman
  • What inspired her three connected novels set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, culminating with the Great Earthquake
  • Historic eras Kathy would like to tackle in future books, including the US Suffragist movement, post-World War II San Francisco, and the Paris salon culture of the 1920s

Kathy’s historic novels:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Bold Strokes Books Website:

Amazon Page:

Twitter:

  • @knowleskathy

Facebook

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

January 5, 2018

Georgia Beers Talks Lesbian Fiction

Les Do Books

In this episode, the amazing, prolific lesbian romance author Georgia Beers joins Tara to talk about a handful of the lesbian fiction books that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Georgia thinks everyone should check out.

Check out her recommendations here:

Learn more about Georgia Beers

More info

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

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Episode 17b: Interview with T.T. Thomas

December 9, 2017

Interview with T.T. Thomas

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - episode 17b

 A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

 In this episode we talk about

  • What T.T. finds so interesting about the decades around 1900
  • Her fascination with the Regency-era figure of Anne Lister, whose diaries discuss her affairs with women in code
  • Using professional journals, dictionaries, and court records for historic research
  • Correspondence as a medium of storytelling
  • How T.T.’s international family history inspired her settings
  • The cross-country romantic odyssey of The Blondness of Honey from San Francisco to Chicago
  • The story-within-a story of Vivien and Rose: when your characters start writing their own gothic romantic adventures
  • Writing less common takes on sexuality
  • Speaking of sex in code and metaphor, both in historic documents and fiction
  • Mistress of Mogador and researching cultures very different from your own

Publications mentioned:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Facebook

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

There is no transcript available for this podcast.

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Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

December 8, 2017

Roslyn Sinclair Talks Lesbian Fiction and F/F Fanfic

Les Do Books

In this episode, author Roslyn Sinclair (aka Telanu, author of the greatest fanfic of all time, Truth and Measure) joins Tara to talk about a few lesbian fiction and fanfic that she loves. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about which books Roslyn thinks everyone should check out.

Check out the stories discussed here:

Learn more about Roslyn Sinclair

More info

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

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Gaming With Meghan O’Brien

November 29, 2017

Gaming With Meghan O'Brien 

Lez Geek Out! 

While Andi's away, Lise will play, and what better way to do so than by sitting down for a chat with Meghan O'Brien. Not only is Meghan a fantastic author of lesfic, but she is also an avid gamer.

Lise and Meghan discuss some of the obstacles of gaming as women, which games they've gotten into in the past, and the upcoming games they're itching to get their hands on.

Find Meghan O'Brien's website here

You can find Meghan O'Brien's books here

 

 
 
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Episode 16b: Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

November 11, 2017

Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16b

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • I chat with Farah Mendlesohn about her brand new lesbian Regency romance Spring Flowering.
  • How did a literary theorist specializing in fantasy and science fiction come to write historic romance?
  • Why was the 17th century a great time to set fiction about women loving women?
  • How does historical fiction writer Geoffrey Trease come into things?
  • How Spring Flowering came out of a challenge and a NaNoWriMo project.

Publications mentioned:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Twitter:

  • @effjayem

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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