Day 5 Radclyffe – Following Our Dreams Through Romance

August 5th spotlights LGBTQ romance and invites you to read content from three popular authors within the genre.

Celebrate Romance – Celebrate Life

Celebrating romance is a celebration of life, for what are romances about if not the most important things in life: love, Taking Firefriendship, family, passion, hope, dreams, and desires? Our intimate, most meaningful relationships form the center and foundation of our lives, and through the adventure and challenge and joy of living our lives with those special people, we celebrate all the best things in life. Romances allow us to revisit some of the best moments of our lives—the giddy excitement of falling in love, the wonder of the first kiss, the thrill of spending time with someone who understands us in a way no one else ever has, the amazing experience of sharing our deepest secrets and desires and being accepted. Reading romances fires our imagination, allows us to dream and see our dreams realized, and give us hope that what we want from life is possible.

I began reading romances as a preteen, captured by the images of heroines who held on to their dreams despite social obstacles, fears, the prejudices of others, and sometimes seemingly impenetrable barriers to happiness. Their triumphs became my inspiration. I began writing romances because one of the great powers of romance fiction is allowing readers to find themselves in the characters, to sympathize with their plights, rejoice in their triumph, and believe, as for the heroines, their own dreams are attainable. Through the experiences of our heroes and heroines we seek affirmation that we are not alone in our dreams and desires. In the last half century, romance fiction has diversified, not only in the types of stories we tell, but the kinds of heroes and heroines we portray. Now, two women in love is far from revolutionary, but when I began writing romances in 1980, only a handful of new LGBT novels were published every year. I couldn’t find enough romances that portrayed the reality of my life and the shapes of my dreams to sustain my hunger for these stories. Writing them was one way to fill the void until the next precious romance would appear. Only years later did I begin to publish the stories I had written to keep me company and nourish my soul.

Safe Harbor, the first in the Provincetown Tales, appeared in 2001. My forty-eighth published novel, Taking Fire, was released in July 2014. Every romance I read, every romance I write, is a celebration of life, as each one in their own unique way is a testament to the power of love to overcome hatred, prejudice, and fear. The more we write about our lives, the more we celebrate the love we share—in fiction, in film, in our daily interactions—the stronger we will grow as individuals and as a community. Our fiction is our statement to the world that we are proud of who we are and proud of how we love and proud to tell our stories in our romances. I love reading and writing romance and am proud to be another voice celebrating both this month.

Recommendations:

Fellow romance readers, try Following Grandpa Jess by TJ Baerand Broken in Soft Places by Fiona Zedde

Enjoy!

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Questions for the Author:

1 – Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I gave up medicine, sold my house, and my car to be a full-time author and start a publishing company.

2 – Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

My journey started when I learned to read and fell in love with stories. I started writing before I was 10 so I could read stories in which girls were the heroes. I’ve never stopped. When I discovered others liked to read my stories, I began to write more than the one book a year I had been writing and putting away in my desk. I always want to be a doctor when I grew up. Lucky for me, I was able to do that. Now all I want is to write and publish LGBT books – and I am beyond lucky now.

3 – Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon: I read this first when I was 12 years old, and that was the first time I ever saw mention of one girl loving another girl, physically as well as emotionally. For the first time, I saw myself in the pages of a book.

Radclyffe is generously donating two copies of Taking Fire and one copy of The Midnight Hunt to U.S. readers and two copies of The Midnight Hunt and one copy of Taking Fire to international readers. (All print copies.) U.S. entries, please use the form at the end of this post. International visitors, enter here. 

 


RadclyffeRadclyffe has written over forty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery and erotica–winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) and erotica (Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments edited with Stacia Seaman and In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip written with Karin Kallmaker). A member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame, she is a RWA/FF&P Prism award winner for Secrets in the Stone, a RWA FTHRW Lories and RWA HODRW winner for Firestorm, a RWA Bean Pot winner for Crossroads, and a RWA Laurel Wreath winner for Blood Hunt. In 2014 she was awarded the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-career Novelist award by the Lambda Literary Foundation. She is also the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies.

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