Paige Braddock is one of the funniest authors in the world of lesbian fiction. Her debut novel, Jane’s World, was a quirky and delightful romp and it had me fall in love with her lighter writing style.
This is what she says about her work:
A brief description of your writing: Most of my writing focuses on a cast of characters from a comic book series titled “Jane’s World.” The main character, Jane, is a likeable loser. Sort of the lesbian heir to the unlucky Charlie Brown, never quite achieving her goals and forever confused about her love life.
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Who/What inspired you to start writing?
I’m not sure, but I started writing stories in second grade… and illustrating them.
Why lesbian fiction?
Writing a prose book based on the comic series was an opportunity to add even more depth to these characters and the world they inhabit.
If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?
What inspired you to write Jane’s World, Collection 1:
This is a 400+ page graphic novel that collects the first three Jane books into one fat omnibus. When I started the comic I had just moved to California from the Deep South. Jane and her pals became my late night friends. Writing and drawing their stories cured my loneliness.
What inspired you to write Jane’s World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride:
I wanted to write a prose novel so that I could get a little deeper into Jane’s world. Also, I thought people who don’t read comics might stumble across this book and discover that they like the world that was created in the comic books. Basically, I wanted to explore these characters in more depth and at the same time reach new readers. I also wanted to make people laugh.
Listen to Paige reading from Jane’s world
What inspired you to write Stinky Cecil (book 1 and 2):
I care about the environment. This book, which includes light science for kids is about those creatures most at risk from climate change: amphibians. The cast of characters and the bright colors were designed to feel gender nuetral and appeal to both boys and girls. It’s a funny take on the world from the ground (pond) up.
What inspired you to write The Martian Confederacy (book 1 and 2):
I met Jason McNamara at a conference in San Francisco. I thought he was one of the funniest people I ever met. I had this idea for a science fiction book, but no time to write it myself. So he agreed to do the text if I did the art. The concept was “Rednecks on the Red Planet.” Yes, rednecks on Mars. There’s a guy named Boone, a sexy trisexual android named LOU and a talking bear named Spinner. Thieves. Outlaws. Rednecks. Humanity’s last hope on Mars!
Anything else you think readers may find interesting:
I’ve written several novels under my pen name, Missouri Vaun, which was actually my Great Grandmother’s name.
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
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