Also, I strongly urge you to check out her YouTube video – you can find the link at the end.
A brief description of your writing:
I write contemporary lesbian romance, packed with British wit and focused on the hilarities of modern life. My books are about lesbians in the real world and my characters are flawed human beings who you want to cheer for (I hope!).
My books are full of people who say the wrong thing, drink too much, trip over their own feet, but learn along the way. If I’m doing my job right, my books should make you laugh, cry, slap your forehead and scream. But not all at the same time.
One word to describe your books:
Who/What inspired you to start writing:
Originally, my dad. He was a journalist back in the day, and he instilled a love of books in me from an early age. He took me to the library as a child, and bought me a book every week when I was a young adult.
Discovering Georgia Beers’s novels opened up the lesbian romance genre for me. If you haven’t read Georgia Beers yet, you should – her books are fab.
A few years later, after reading about tons of American lesbians, I thought, ‘Hey, I could do this!’, but set the books in the UK to reflect the British experience.
So that’s what I did.
Why lesbian fiction?
Simply, because I want to see my life reflected in the pages I’m reading (but they’re not all about me, honest!). I want to see lesbian lives, lesbian relationships, lesbian stories. Having said that, two of my three novels have a fair smattering of straight and gay people in them too, because that’s real life – but my main characters will always be lesbians.
If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?
What inspired you to write London Calling?
I started writing this book five years before it was published. I’d lived in London for ten years and I wanted to see the city reflected in the pages of a lesbian romance from the perspective of an insider, not a tourist. I wanted to show real people living in real London. I hope I achieved it!
See our review of London Calling
Listen to Clare doing a reading from her novel London Calling
What inspired you to write The Long Weekend?
This book just flew out of me – I wasn’t sure what I was writing when I started it, but then it came to me. It’s a personal favourite. The story of a group of friends who go away for a long weekend by the seaside, it’s darker than a traditional romance but still with humour and cringe-worthy moments.
See our review of The Long Weekend
Listen to Clare do a reading from her novel The Long Weekend
What inspired you to write This London Love?
So many readers got in touch after reading London Calling to say they wanted to know what happened to Kate – so I thought I’d write her story. I’m still in love with both the leads, and the story is packed with laughs and twists to keep you reading.
See our review of This London Love
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):
And Playing The Role Of Herself – K.E.Lane – passionate romance, Hollywood dazzle, scorching sex scenes, cracking dialogue. Read it and try not to fall in love. You’ll fail.
Your favourite lesbian movie:
Can I pick three? But I’m A Cheerleader is hilarious and a must-watch – tongue-in-cheek and brilliant.
But I also love Bar Girls – it falls into the so-bad-it’s-good category. Every time I suggest watching it, my wife and my friends groan. I even have The Making Of Bar Girls on DVD – that’s how much I love it.
Finally, I’ll choose Bound – Gina Gershon in a pair of overalls, what’s not to love? (Sheena’s comment: I absolutely agree)
But if I had to choose one, it would always be Bar Girls, because I love a cheesy rom-com!
See all of our Clare Lydon Reviews here
Connect with Clare Lydon
Clare Lydon on YouTube giving us a demonstration of a day in the life of an author. Well worth a watch
Listen to Clare do a reading from All I Want For Christmas
Listen to Clare do a reading from Nothing To Lose
My interview with Clare for The Write Stuff