She writes so beautifully at times that I will pause just to feel the words.
Keira Michelle Telford is also really lovely and was very happy to answer questions about her work.
This is what she said:
A brief description of your writing:
I hold nothing back. I tend to write very graphically, whether I’m writing a sex scene or a murder scene. Because of this, I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. I also hop genres quite a bit. I started out writing dystopian science fiction, then ventured into erotic lesbian romance, general lesbian fiction, and historical fiction. Shortly, I’ll be adding urban fantasy and dark fantasy to the list!
One word to describe your books:
Who/What inspired you to start writing?
I don’t think I had a choice. I think it’s in my blood. My grandfather is a writer, and so is my mother. Plus, my father was an artist, so I got creative genes from all angles. I’ve written all my life, although it’s only in recent years that I’ve honed my interests to lesbian fiction. I suppose I was too shy before. The first books I published have a heterosexual romance at the core (although my female lead is openly bisexual) because, at the time, I felt that’s what I should do. I’ve since realized that I should write what makes me happy, because that’s the only way I can be authentic.
Why lesbian fiction?
I love women. A lot. Women are beautiful, sensual creatures, and erotic beyond measure. I love exploring relationships between women (particularly age-gap relationships), and there’s no better feeling than writing about two women falling in love.
The Housemistress. I think she’s a good example of my contemporary erotic lesbian romance.
What inspired you to write The Housemistress?
I read a book called Das Mädchen Manuela by Christa Winsloe (1933). The second half of the book is set in a Prussian finishing school and centers around the sensual bond that develops between a student, Manuela, and her teacher, Elisabeth von Bernburg.
See our review of The Housemistress
I like skirting the thin line between propriety and impropriety. Particularly, I wanted to explore the dynamics of a love that teeters precariously on the brink of illegality, and bring into focus how tenuous the boundary can be between right and wrong in matters of the heart.
See our review of Cadence Of My Heart
I fell in love with Mary Jane Kelly. I was researching her for a completely different project and became captivated by the mystery of her. No-one really knows who she was. So very little is known for certain. She is only remembered for her (supposed) death at the hands of Jack the Ripper, and I wanted to give her a life (gruesome and unpleasant though some parts of it may be).
See our review of Quincunque Vult
I wanted to explore a love that was completely forbidden, and see how two women might navigate the world of romance when they’re prohibited (by law) from being together. How much will two people risk to consummate their love for one another? This book isn’t an outright romance (it’s thoroughly dystopian), but the love between the two main characters is a core focus.
See our review of The Magistrate
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you): Das Mädchen Manuela by Christa Winsloe. This is the book that inspired me to write The Housemistress.
Your favourite lesbian movie: Mädchen in Uniform (1958). It’s a movie based on the book by Christa Winsloe. There’s actually an earlier version, made in 1931, and both are good – but in different ways. The characterization is subtly different, and I prefer the 1958 version overall. (I’m also a little bit in love with Lilli Palmer, who plays one of the main characters – she’s breathtakingly beautiful). Both movies are German language (subtitled). Incidentally, the movie Loving Annabelle was inspired by the 1958 film, which in turn is based heavily on the book (officially published in 1933), which actually began life as a stage play in 1930.
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