Author Interview || Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick

Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick authors of Snowsisters.

Tom and Jen:  Duet, the young adult imprint at Interlude Press, will release our debut novel, Snowsisters, on February 15, 2018. High school students from different worlds are thrown together as roommates at a week-long writing conference. As Soph, who attends private school in Manhattan, and Tess, a public school student who lives on a dairy farm in New Hampshire—get to know each other and the other young women, each discovers unexpected truths about friendship, their craft, and how to hold fast to their convictions while opening their hearts to love.

Tom:  People ask us all the time how we write together and how we began. I live in New York and Jen lives in Rhode Island, but I travel regularly to Massachusetts to attend to my elderly mother, so we arranged to meet for brunch on a rainy Sunday in June, 2015 and talk about writing our first novel. I don’t remember who suggested it first, but we wanted to each take a character and write that character’s voice in the first person.

Jen: Ideas for scenes and story directions pop into my head all the time.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a good one or a nagging concern. Often, I text Tom from the grocery store, something like: “a high schooler who wants to be a drag queen wins a guest appearance on his favorite show!” Or I’ll just write a scene and send it to him with no warning. He’ll ask where it fits and I will have no idea.   Tom’s pretty good at letting me run.  Tom and I email multiple times daily about our work.  We also talk by phone weekly for at least an hour-and-a-half.  

Tom: Once we have a general outline, we decide who is going to write what and when.  I usually write on weekends, when I can spend several hours at a keyboard.  We talk on Saturdays or Sundays–both when we’re really trying to get something out.  We do our scenes and chapters on Google Docs and share with each other once we’re ready.  When we’re working on drafts, we use “suggested” for editing so that it’s clear what is new and who is inserting or removing text.

Jen: We split the voices, but by the time we are done editing and revising, it’s often hard to tell who wrote what.  And sometimes I’ll have an idea that I want to write down that needs to be told from Tom’s character’s voice. But I always ask him to edit the voice to read the way he wants it to, and we each get final veto on edits to the voice we are assigned.  

Tom and Jen:  We love the back-and-forth of collaborating. Early on, we made a decision not to let writing differences get in the way of our friendship.  Both of us are good at communicating when something is important to us and at letting go when it isn’t. And we have a commitment to the work. If we have a deadline, whether external or internal, we both know that the other will do what it takes to meet it.

We also balance each other out in terms of managing anxiety and stress. If one of us is worried about attending an event, or how a chapter will be received, the other one is usually able to calm fears. Getting a book published takes a lot of courage, a lot of persistence and a lot of time. Sharing all of that makes it much easier.

Tom and Jen: Snowsisters is available now for for pre-order at Amazon, and Interlude Press, and will be in bookstores on February 15. We want to caution prospective readers that triggering warnings are posted on the Interlude Press website based on some of the content.  We can’t wait for you to read it!

About the authors

Tom and Jen met in high school in Massachusetts in the early 1980’s and started a conversation which, years later is ongoing. Tom is gay, partnered and lives in New York. Jen is straight and lives with her husband and two children in Rhode Island. Tom and Jen follow all kinds of popular media, especially those with an LGTBTQ youth theme and are voracious readers. Both work as attorneys in their real lives.  They write fanfiction together online.  Snowsisters is their debut novel.



Author Interview || Taylor Brooke

Next month, an awesome soulmate F/F romance is coming out and I can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read such an interesting book. Curved Horizon has so many things in it that I think romance readers will absolutely love it so I couldn’t miss the chance to have the author, Taylor Brooke, sharing a bit about her work on our blog.


Q1: How would you explain the Camellia Clock world to someone who’s starting the series from Curved Horizon?

You know, I left the Camellia Clock open for interpretation on purpose. I wanted people to find their own footing within a soulmate universe because the term soulmate is so different for all of us. Soulmate could be best friend, someone could have multiple soulmates – there’s room to explore. But to go over the basics: The Camellia Clock is fate. The driving force behind its decision making is unknown, but as it was developed, scientists could track patterns and changes influenced by this anomalous human hormone – the soul. Being able to pinpoint exactly when two lines of energy will meet, or when multiple lines of energy will meet, opened up the discussion for sexualities, gender identities and so on. Even though the Camellia World seems to lean toward a bi/pan mindset, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other Rose Roads, including ace/aro Rose Roads. Because the Camellia Clock is a tether for soulmates, someone who is asexual would be matched with people suited for them depending on where they landed on the spectrum. That goes for aromantic folks as well. After a pair/group reaches 00:00 on their Camellia Clocks, they’re faced with a decision to take their relationship in two directions – Emotionally or Physically. Sometimes it’s a mix of both, sometimes couples/groups lean one direction more than the other, it just depends. There’s room to navigate identities, fluidity, boundaries, trust and so on. That’s really one of the most interesting parts of the story for me – the act of falling in love backward, or forming an intense bond backward. When the characters are presented with their soulmate/soulmates, whether stranger, friend, rival or acquaintance, they’re faced with a future most people would’ve wondered about for a long time. There’s curiosity trying to balance with lust, love trying to balance with friendship. There could also be absence in curiosity, lust, love, friendship, or a significant increase in one or the other. Depending on who is paired with who and how they identify, a Rose Road could be romantic, it could be friendship, it could be companionship. Emotional connection means something different to everyone and so does physical connection. The Camellia Clock doesn’t have stipulations placed on souls. Once the pair/group times out, it’s up to them to figure out how they proceed, what’s good for them, what’s necessary, wanted and encouraged.

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Romanceclass releases Start Here || by Brigitte Bautista

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Romanceclass, a community of Filipino authors and readers of romance books in English, released the anthology “Start Here: Short Stories of First Encounters” last January 27. The HEA-guaranteed anthology is a mix of sweet and sexy, drama and levity. Whatever you’re into, whether you’ve had a smattering of first encounters or venturing out for one, you’re sure to find a story here you could sink your teeth into.

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Cover Reveal + Teaser || Chord by Chelsea M. Cameron

I’m thrilled to bring the cover reveal for Chelsea M. Cameron’s new book: Chord. I love her F/F stories and I’m sure this one will be just as good. And you don’t even have to wait much because this book will be available tomorrow already! Without further ado, here’s the cover and a short teaser.

Chord (OTP Series, Book Two)

F/F New Adult romance

Chord Chelsea


Chase Hillier has plans, and nothing will cause her to deviate from them. So far, they’re pretty simple: Get through her first year of college with good grades, read a lot of books, and hopefully find a cute boyfriend who could turn into her husband someday. She’s got it all mapped out. No one is going to stand in her way. Not even her roommate, Cordelia Scott.
Cordelia Scott has her own plans: Get through her freshman year without too many panic attacks, figure out what the hell she wants to major in, and meet a guy who finally makes her heart flutter.
Fate has other plans for the two when they end up as roommates and neither of them can stop thinking about the other. They’re both absolutely sure that they like boys and not girls. But their sparks can’t be extinguished and they realize there is a lot more to their connection with each other than either of them thought. How will they navigate a path that neither of them planned on taking?


“I’m just scared that I picked the wrong major. That I’m picking the wrong career, the wrong life,” she said in quiet rush. There it was. Now I had something to work with.

“Hey, it’s only the first day. You won’t know if it’s right until you actually go to your classes. And you might even change your mind after you get your degree, or halfway through. It’s not a crime to change your mind, Chase.” She pushed her waffles around on her plate.

“I know. I just … I like knowing things. I like knowing my routine and my days and everything. Right now it’s all unknown and that scares the shit out of me.” She looked up at me with her eyes wide and I thought she was going to cry. I pushed our plates aside and leaned in.

“Can I give you a hug?” She nodded and sniffed. It was still too early, but damn, I was gonna comfort this girl.

I leaned over and put my arms around her and she put hers around me. I nestled my head on her shoulder because it seemed like the right thing to do.

Her hair smelled like mint and rosemary. I was going to have to steal her conditioner.

“It’s going to be okay,” I said, because what else was there to say? I wasn’t so great at the comfort thing, but I could give her a hug and hold her and tell her nice things.

Her head dipped and her cheek rested on my shoulder. My skin tingled, and I tried to ignore it. I nearly jumped when I realized she was running her fingers through my curls.

“Ouch,” I said when her hand hit a snag.

“Sorry,” she said into my shoulder. Her voice was muffled, and I couldn’t stop the feeling that I didn’t want to let go from this hug.

“It’s okay,” I said back. No one was pulling away and we had passed the acceptable hug period.

But I didn’t want to let go. I wanted to hold her and smell her hair and be like this for a long time. I hoped she couldn’t feel my heart racing. I didn’t know why my heart was racing.

Chase’s phone went off and we both lunged back like we’d been shot.

“I have to go,” she said. I raised one eyebrow. Her first class didn’t start in over an hour.

About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She’s a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.


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Afterparty and lesbian representation in sci-fi || A Guest Post by Arwen Jenkins

I picked up Afterparty by Daryl Gregory at a bookshop because I was intrigued by the tagline on the cover: ‘Take a Pill. Get a God.’ Reading the blurb – which spoke of a future in which smart drugs are so advanced that they can even create faith in God – convinced me that I would love this book. It almost seemed tailor-made for me, as someone who enjoys both near-future science-fiction and religious themes. The fact that the book has a female protagonist was an added bonus too. I didn’t think it could get any better.

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All is to be dared || a guest post by Alex Conall

Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot

and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing

on the black earth. But I say it is

          what you love.


When I was in twelfth grade, a boy asked me to prom. I said no; I barely knew his name and I didn’t want to go to prom at all—it would be too many people, too much noise—and prom as a first date, as my first date, didn’t really seem the thing.

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2017 Wrap Up || Favorite Sapphic Reads

2017 has been an incredible reading year for me. Not only did I get better at finding more Sapphic books that I like, many authors have been reaching out to me and showing me their books, which always delights me. Between ARCs, backlist, and manuscripts, I’ve managed to make this year my best reading one and I couldn’t be happier about it. This list includes my most favorites, books that were fun to read, and stories where I could find parts of myself in it. I hope you find something you like here too!



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A Rosa de Isabela by Solaine Chioro

Beyond Your Boundaries by Georgia Claire

Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn

Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Out of Her Depth by Pike Martell

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

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Perceptions of Sapphic Media by Young and New Adults || by M. Hollis

A Short Intro

Around the beginning of November, I decided to make a research on how young and new adults are perceiving the Sapphic (femslash) media these days. Since I had a fun time doing the Sapphic Stories Around the World post, I thought I could go a little deeper now. This research proved to be much more interesting and also a lot more work than I thought at first. But I believe the results you’ll see here are worth it.

My idea was to leave a Google Form open for around a month and let people who identify as Sapphic up to 25 years old to answer a few questions that we are going to discuss next. I wanted to know if they think the representation we are receiving is positive, enough, what is lacking, and where are they finding this representation? I’m focusing on numbers here more than going further into discussing the representation. As in, how many times certain themes and books are mentioned by the random people who answered the questionnaire.

My goal is also to form some bridge between creators and consumers of Sapphic media. Recently, I’ve noticed we have discouraged creators who don’t believe anyone is going to care about their stories on one side, and a screaming audience who is desperate to find representation for themselves on the other side. I hope people who are reading this post realize that we can all work together to make Sapphic literature more inclusive and that their stories matter.

By the beginning of December, I had received answers from 48 people. They could all answer anonymously because I believe this gives them more freedom to be as honest as they could on their opinions and to keep their identities safe.

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Giveaway || A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

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A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams by Dax Murray

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“For as long as Katya can remember, her partner Ivan, a powerful sorcerer, has given her anything she’s ever wanted. Life is simple, until soldiers escorting Princess Yi Zhen enter the magical woods they call home. When Ivan captures the princess and demands Katya watch over her, she reluctantly agrees, entering a dark web of political grudges spanning centuries. Katya soon finds herself falling for the captive princess — and is pretty sure the princess is into her, too. To make matters worse, Yi Zhen is betrothed to a roguish princen who’s made it their mission to set her free. As forces rally to rescue Yi Zhen or go to war, Katya must take measure of her own powers and decide what she is willing to sacrifice. Will she retreat to the safety of what’s familiar or give up everything she knows to spread her wings and fly?”

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About the Author:

Dax enjoys writing fiction, making music, and writing code. When not doing any of those activities, fey can be found exploring Eorzea, or ranting on Twitter. Dax is owned by three cats & three snakes, and calls the DC metro area home.

Author Interview || N. G. Peltier

N.G. Peltier is publishing a free F/F Christmas short story with Trinidadian characters tomorrow on her blog! To celebrate that we had a little chat about her inspirations and what she’s planning next for this story.


Q1: Your short story has a lot of food references that sound delicious. Tell us a bit about them and what are your favorite Christmas food!

Yes! We Trinidadians love to eat, and Christmas time is no exception. The food is my fave part of Christmas actually. I mention specifically ham and pastelles in the story as these are usually staples meals for that time. Some people simply bake the ham with a glaze on it others will get a little fancy and add some pineapple and cloves like below. Either way it’s delish!

While I enjoy a good ham the pastelles are definitely my favourite! Pastelles are a meat filled, either beef/pork/ chicken or veg stuffed cornmeal dish that we wrap in fig leaf. There’s also olives and capers in there. So to eat, simply unwrap the leaf and dig in! My family always makes this one week before Christmas and we split it among ourselves sooo yummy!

As for drinks my fave is ponche de crème a milky type drink with alcohol. I believe it’s sort of like the eggnog Americans have. My mom makes her quite strong 😉

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