Jen Silver

jen silver lesbian authorJen Silver has written some novels that are making waves in the world of lesfic especially since her characters are a little older than traditional romantic leads.

This is what she says about her writing.

Your Writing

A brief description of your writing

My novels come under the heading of ‘contemporary romance’. They are set in the UK and I hope my characters come across as real people.

One word to describe your books

Relationships

Who/What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and have notebooks full of stories I’ve started at various times. It just took me a long time to take the big leap into thinking I could get something published.

Why lesbian fiction?

I enjoy reading lesfic – so it’s great to be able to create my own stories.


If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?

Starting Over was my debut novel and is the first book in what has turned out to be a trilogy.

Starting Over by Jen Silver on TheLesbianReview.comWhat inspired you to write Starting Over?

I read an article in Diva magazine about two women musicians who lived on a farm and had been partners for many years. Then one of them had an affair and they split up. After a few years they started living together again to make their music, but they now each had different lovers (who didn’t live at the farm).

This was the germ of the idea that became the impetus for Starting Over. In my story, the two women run a pottery business from the farm and it becomes the site for an archaeological dig.

I also wanted to portray older lesbians who are still very much romantically active in their 40s and 50s. (And really, the things they get up to, you think they would know better at their age!)

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Arc Over Time by Jen Silver on TheLesbianReview.com

What inspired you to write Arc Over Time?

Although I hadn’t intended to write a sequel, this one just grew naturally from the first book. It seemed that the relationships of several of the characters needed further exploration, or should I say, excavation.


Carved In Stone by Jen Silver on TheLesbianReview.comWhat inspired you to write Carved in Stone?

This came from the real life drama about the re-burial of Richard III’s bones. During the archaeological dig in Starting Over, the bones of an ancient British queen are discovered. This story verges slightly on the paranormal as the queen communicates her wishes for a proper reinterment through one of the characters.


Anything else you think readers may find interesting?

As part of my research for Starting Over, I took part in the volunteer programme at Vindolanda – this is an ongoing archaeology dig near Hadrian’s Wall where they have uncovered evidence of at least nine Roman forts. My wife thought it was a bit extreme – in terms of research – to go and spend two weeks digging at the site. But it was a fascinating experience and I loved it so much I went back in 2015 and plan on going again in 2016.

My other hobbies include golf and archery. I’ve managed to give golf a mention in one of the books, but have yet to find a way to include archery.

In July 2015 I attended my first GCLS conference in New Orleans. That was a fantastic experience, getting to meet my publishers, other Affinity authors, plus many more readers, writers and lesbian icons such as Dorothy Allison, Lee Lynch, and Rita Mae Brown.

I have two more novels due to be published this year. The Circle Dance, out in March 2016 and a Christmas story which is scheduled for November.


Other Works In The Lesbian Genre

Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):

There are many, but I will go with one of my all time favourites – Daughters of a Coral Dawn by Katherine V Forrest.

Your favourite lesbian movie:

Cloudburst