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BL and CH interviews

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I’m posting this for Throwback Thursday. I was going through my files on my semi-regular “what to write?” browse and came across this set of character interviews I did 12 years ago with the help of some readers when my first novel Turning Point was released.

Character interviewing is a great way to unlock character development if you’re trying to create a new character. It is also a great marketing tool with readers. I haven’t seen any of these accounts lately, but it used to be a thing when social media was new to create Twitter feeds for one or more of your characters and type out dialogues between them about story (or current) events. You could also field questions from readers as the character and get interactive with your audience.

This is just a taste, and it’s even really set after the books. For now, here’s a couple “science fiction convention” interviews with them.

  1. Brenna
  2. Cassidy

I hope you enjoy. Click the link to jump to each interview. , but if you like these, maybe you’ll enjoy the full journey of Brenna Lanigan and Cassidy Hyland falling in love. The books are titled Turning Point and Turn for Home.

2020 Mother’s Day

One of the things that a lot of “young love” F/F romances don’t get the opportunity to explore is motherhood issues faced by a newly romantic couple. Having been a mom since I was 23, it’s kind of an issue I like to read and explore in my writing. I did just that in my sequel to Turning Point, titled Turn for Home.

Part of the process of bringing a new person into your life is the other people in your life who begin to know that person, and may or may not accept them. Bringing home a new person to a teasing sibling, or a judgmental parent is not the same as bringing home a new person to meet your kids. There are many people who hold those areas separate for as long as possible because they’re afraid of how it will feel if the kids don’t accept, or the new adult doesn’t gel with the kids. And it troubles the new partner too. I explored it all in Turn for Home.

So here for Mother’s Day 2020, I have an excerpt of Brenna Lanigan being “mom” trying to get her sons to accept her new relationship with Cassidy Hyland.

The next morning, leaving Cassidy warmly wrapped in her sheets, Brenna pulled on a robe and stepped out of her bedroom. She checked on Ryan, who was still sleeping soundly.
Coming out of the game room, she met Thomas walking out of his room, a radio still playing inside. “Good morning,” she said.

“Morning,” he replied. “When did you get in last night?”

“Around midnight.”

He looked at the door to the game room. “Ryan’s here,” he guessed.

“Yes.”

“So she’s sleeping in your room?”

“Of course.” She put her hand out. “Come on, Thomas, please. Cassidy is important to me.”

“I don’t want to deal with this right now.”

“When?” she demanded.

“Mom, why don’t you understand that I can’t?”

“Because you aren’t talking to me,” she replied with exasperation. “You and James–“

“What have I done now?” James appeared at his door, rubbing his hand over his head and face sleepily.

Her second son’s appearance forestalled Brenna’s response to his question. “What are you doing sleeping in your clothes?”

He looked down at himself. “I, uh, fell asleep as soon as I got home.”

“What time was that?” She saw him cast a look at Thomas. “What’s going on?”

“Come on.” Thomas shoved James down the hall in front of him. “We’ll make our own breakfast, Mom. You’d better get ready for the set. See you around.”

Brenna grasped his shoulder. “Stop. What’s going on? What time did you get home last night?”

“About eleven-thirty,” Thomas answered. James said nothing.

“James?”

“Eleven-thirty.”

She had the distinct impression he was lying. “I told you we were going out to the playhouse. Knowing I wouldn’t be home, did you go somewhere, as well?”

It was Thomas who answered. “We made it in before curfew.”

“That wasn’t what I asked.” She pointedly directed her gaze. “James?”

“I hung out with some friends.”

Cassidy appeared in her bedroom doorway, and Brenna watched both Thomas and James eye the blond woman then quickly push past.

“Gotta go.”

Brenna leaned against the door jamb. “Well, I guess I wasn’t going to get any more anyway.”

“Problem?”

“I think Thomas and, or James broke curfew last night,” Brenna said, “but I don’t have any proof.”

“And my appearance ended the interrogation. I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be. Come on. We’ll get dressed. Maybe I can try again over breakfast.”

So there you have it, being a mom in love (with teenage sons). What do you think of how moms are portrayed in F/F stories?

~ Lara

Domestic Violence Awareness

October 2019 is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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One of the myths of DV is that there is little to none in the LGBTQIA+ communities, but there is. DV is about power, even if one of its tools is sex. Lesbians and gay men can both suffer abuse at the hands of their partners. Bisexual women also suffer high rates of domestic violence.

For those who are bisexual or become involved late in life in same-sex relationships, many people will assume that a same-sex relationship choice (for example, becoming involved with a woman after being in an abusive relationship with a man is because she now hates men). This is possible, but would actually be not very likely according to surveys. Mostly this sort of “this or that only” reaction is a symptom of bi-erasure, a disbelief that a bisexual orientation is valid.

This complex issue at the intersection of relationships and sexuality is important to address through fiction. I feel strongly that making domestic violence a part of a character’s background should not ever be undertaken lightly. It is going to affect characterization, both in the presence of the abuser and when the character is forming new relationships. Giving all that the space for the character’s relationships, reactions, and resolutions, to be revealed and developed is one reason why my first novel turned out so long. (Another reason is because I am a fan of the slow-burn romance.)

In my first novel, Turning Point, my MC Cassidy Hyland is a domestic abuse survivor. I make sure to address it through her characterization right from the beginning. Her reactions to everyone are founded in light of her experience with her ex-husband Mitch.
Eric Tanner, the male MC in We Three, also grew up around domestic violence, and became determined to break the cycle. He spends a lot of energy emotionally and physically conscious of his actions, determined he will never treat women the way his father did.

October Sales Donations

I will donate half my royalties from October sales to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. I hope you’ll purchase one or two of my books and help me support this worthy cause.

~ Lara

PSA – For more information and to reach out for help, visit @ndvh (Twitter), the Domestic Violence National Hotline (website), or 1-800-799-7233 (phone).