I was posting a lot of reviews of lesbian authors and tweeting about them when a number of my twitter followers started saying – Where is Jae? Why haven’t you reviewed any of her works? Why? Why? Why? What kind of reviewer are you with no Jae?
Important note: I exaggerate but only slightly. I was getting a lot of flack.
So, I did what any self-respecting reviewer would do. I read a book by Jae and I am pleased to say that they were right. She is worth the fandom that she has gained.
This is what she said about her writing:
A brief description of your writing:
I write lesbian romance across all subgenres—contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense so far. But no matter whether I’m writing about shape-shifters, women traveling along the Oregon Trail in 1851, a sex-crimes detective, or the COO of a large, international corporation, all of my books have one thing in common: They are about two women overcoming their fears, weaknesses, and obstacles to find their happy ending together.
One word to describe your books:
Who/What inspired you to start writing?
I have been a writer for almost my entire life. Even before I started writing them down, I always told myself stories in my mind. Part of what inspired me is that I have always been an avid reader, devouring book after book from a very early age. The stories and their characters inspired me to try my hand at creating my own fictional worlds.
Why lesbian fiction?
Because it’s what I feel most passionate about—and I hope it shows in my writing. I think it’s important to have lesbian women represented in literature and to show what complex human beings they are.
It depends on whether she prefers contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical fiction, romantic suspense, or short stories. I know Under a Falling Star and Backwards to Oregon are especially popular with my readers.
Under a Falling Star is a story about a secretary whose first task in her new job is to decorate the Christmas tree in the company’s lobby. The company’s second-in-command gets hit by the star-shaped tree topper, and the trip to the ER starts an instant attraction between the two of them.
Backwards to Oregon is set in 1851. It’s about a woman who lives her life disguised as a man. She finds herself traveling west along the Oregon Trail with a wife who has no idea about who she really is.
And if a reader wanted to try out my writing with a free short story first, I’d recommend The Morning After.
That novel started out as a short story I wrote for a holiday anthology, but then I found the characters so fascinating that the story kept growing and growing. The opening chapters take place around Christmas, but the rest of the novel follows the two main characters during the course of an entire year.
See our review of Under A Falling Star
I have always been interested in history, especially the Old West. I read a nonfiction book about women who fought in the US American Civil War disguised as men, some hiding their gender for years and even marrying other women without ever being discovered. Since there are already several lesbian fiction novels set during the Civil War, I chose a slightly earlier period—1851 along the Oregon Trail.
A friend of mine is a big Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fan. When we watched one episode which had a werewolf, I told her I didn’t find it very convincing, so she challenged me to create a more believable paranormal species—the Wrasa, shape-shifters whose shifting abilities are based on hormones.
I was watching a documentary about the coming out of a lesbian country singer as a “what if” question popped into my head: What if a star of heterosexual romance movies was photographed in a supposedly compromising situation with another woman? Surely she would hire the best publicist she could find, hoping to convince her audience that she’s straight. Well, but what if she fell in love with that publicist—who happens to be a woman?
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):
It’s hard to name just one. Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart and Without a Front by Fletcher DeLancey. I read earlier versions of both novels online years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the main characters. Now, both authors not only publish with the same publisher as I do, but I also had the honor of editing revised versions of these books.