How do you solve a problem like Aurora?

This. The stories vary, family by family, but never doubt that they’re important, and need to be told. Our history, and our stories, are constantly hidden in the name of so many false ideals.

Never let them hide your tale.

Aurora Rey

My family dynamic is…unique. Without going into all the details, let me just say that, as a child, I often felt like I was being parented by committee. And even though I wasn’t a bad kid, there were many family meetings held to figure out what to do with me. These meetings were no joke. Our family meetings come complete with agendas and adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order. In hindsight, I know that I was fortunate to have aunts and uncles who cared for me, but the situation wasn’t without its challenges.

The most recent of these family meetings, which I didn’t attend, included discussion of the fact that my mother had requested and received a copy of my latest book. Since she lives in an assisted living facility and doesn’t possess much of a filter, there was some concern that she’d create an awkward situation by over-sharing. Since…

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Sunday Shorts – “Girls on Campus” Q&A with Fiona Riley

girls-on-campusI am so incredibly stoked to bring you today’s Sunday Shorts Q&A with Fiona Riley. If you don’t know Fiona Riley, then you obviously don’t follow me on Goodreads or Facebook or Twitter, and hey, I’ll forgive that if you go grab your copy of Miss Match right now. It’s an awesome romance with a kick-ass set of characters and ohmigosh the sequel is next year and I cannot wait. But seriously: go, now, and grab it. I’ll wait for you to come back.

Back? Okay. So I got to meet Fiona at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, and she and her wife are fricking hilarious. Then we were both at the Bold Strokes Books writer’s retreat, and by the end of it I almost had abs from laughing (I didn’t quite have them because there’s this place called ‘The Ice Cream Man’ and also every breakfast was bacon, so… no abs.)

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed.


NB: We all know I loved your debut novel, Miss Match, which was moving and funny and, yes, sexy, but ‘Extra Credit’ is scorching hot! Did you find shifting into short fiction (and erotic short fiction, at that) challenging at all?

FR: Aww, thanks! To answer your question: no, the transition wasn’t too difficult for me. Before I wrote Miss Match, I dabbled briefly in the fan-fiction realm. In my experience, that audience had a short attention span and tended to demand a fast turn-a-round on content; so writing an erotic short based off of a prompt was something I’ve done more than once. It’s very freeing to sit down and write out a quick and dirty romp. I usually use that as a way to get over any form of writer’s block I may encounter: really dive head first into a little erotic fiction to stir up those, uh, creative juices. Works every time.😉

NB: You flipped the power dynamic a few times in your piece. Tristan the student is at first racing to the beck and call of her TA, but when things get hot, they shift back and forth a bit. It made your story stand out among the theme, as more often it’s the professor or TA with the reins, so to speak. How conscious a choice was that?

FR: I really enjoyed this piece for that exact reason. We’ve all been in the position that Tristan is in at the beginning: we’ve mentally checked out for the semester or portion of the school year and there is one final grade/paper/assignment standing between us and “freedom.” Whether that “freedom” is a school break, a summer holiday, or the biggest party of the year- it’s an obstacle that everyone encounters. So of course she’s panicked when it appears as though the final page of her paper didn’t upload; the passing grade for her class is dependent upon this paper. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your plans and potentially miss out on getting the girl to grovel at your TA’s feet when technology fails you. That being said, grovelling is a lot harder to do when you’re packing…

Without giving too much away, the reader finds out that some of this fear of failing isn’t warranted- that’s why I enjoyed this so much. Clearly, Tristan’s attraction to the TA over the whole semester did not go unnoticed, in fact, it’s a mutual admiration. There is something so undeniably sexy about someone that knows what they want and how they want it. Prishka definitely uses her authority to set the evening in motion, but Tristan is no angel here and uses her, uh, cockiness to her advantage once she realizes Prishka’s intentions. The fluidity of their power dynamic in this piece was really fun to write: it shows the reader a glimpse of what both women are capable of and desiring of- sometimes I think labels like “top” and “bottom” feel limiting, neither of these women like restrictions. Who am I to stop them from reaching the climax of their relationship?

NB: Did the short fiction bug bite? Will we see more Fiona Riley short pieces soon? What’s on the horizon for us rabid fans?

FR: I think I will always keep an open mind to writing short fiction because I feel like it helps keep you on track as a writer. It’s a great way to continue to hone your craft—short pieces require you to get to the point…I think that’s something that we can all learn from at one time or another.

NB: Short fiction is my first love, and novels are the things that make me flinch. It’s fascinating to see it from “the other side,” as it were.

FR: I submitted a short piece for consideration for the Girls Next Door anthology out next year through Bold Strokes Books—it’s less erotic and more romantic in theme, but it was a blast to work on. Additionally, I’m working on writing a teaser piece following some of the characters from Miss Match to come out before the sequel, Unlikely Match, which is slated for release on June 20, 2017. The matchmaking industry is in full swing over here!

I’ll be doing some readings with Bold Strokes Books and the Golden Crown Literary Society in Provincetown, MA this October during Women’s Week this year- so people can stop by to catch an erotic reading, get an autograph, or hear more about Unlikely Match and my upcoming projects in person. I update my FB and twitter regularly, so check those out for more information on what I have brewing or stop by just to say “Hi!”

NB: I can’t wait for Unlikely Match. Next June can’t come fast enough.

If you’d like a copy of Girls on Campus of your very own, you should head on over to the publisher page at Bold Strokes Books here. Or, check out your local brick-and-mortar store—it’s always a good move to check Indiebound.org here. And, of course, the book is available anywhere quality LGBT books are sold.


Fiona

Fiona Riley was born and raised in New England where she is a medical professional and part-time professor when she isn’t bonding with her laptop over words. She went to college in Boston and never left, starting a small business that takes up all of her free time, much to the dismay of her ever patient and lovely wife. When she pulls herself away from her work, she likes to catch up on the contents of her ever-growing DVR or take a walk with her dog.

Fiona’s love for writing started at a young age and blossomed after she was published in a poetry competition at the ripe old age of twelve. She wrote lots of short stories and poetry for many years until it was time for college and a “real job.” Fiona found herself with a bachelor’s, a doctorate, and a day job, but felt like she had stopped nurturing the one relationship that had always made her feel the most complete: artist, dreamer, writer.

A series of bizarre events afforded her with some unexpected extra time and she found herself reaching for her favourite blue notebook to write, never looking back.

Fiona can be contacted at Fiona Riley.

 

Giving Back

I don’t do this kind of post very often, but I hope you’ll give me your ear.

The book business is tough, period. But when you step further from the mainstream, things get tougher. And, if you’ve heard me chat about the subject before, you know that by “mainstream,” most of the time we’re talking “straight, white, and cis-gendered.” I talk a lot about how important diversity is, about how important access to diversity is, and about how important #ownvoices and our own community itself is.

And it occurred to me that I’ve missed a few opportunities to point out a way to support those communities.

Recently, Glad Day Books came to a crossroads. They needed to adapt their space (it was small, it wasn’t accessible, and from a business point of view, it’s pretty damn tough to make an operational profit with books these days—they were, and are, doing very well, but business isn’t about getting by, it’s about growth. They hosted a fundraiser, and pretty soon they’ll be opening up at 499 Church, as a bookstore-slash-bar-slash-coffee shop.

Frankly? I can’t wait to see it.

Which brings me to my first point.


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When Light was on its way to becoming a real, live first novel of mine, Ottawa’s LGBT Bookstore was on the edge of fading out. After Stonewall opened June 18, 1990 as the LGBTQ’s community place for literature and magazines. It became a place to meet and discuss books and find out what is going on in the community, and by 2012, David Rimmer, the owner, was ready to retire.

Luckily for the whole community, along came Michael Deyell.

The sharp eyed among you might realize both those names have characters named after them in my books, and that’s no coincidence. Michael took After Stonewall and created Stonewall Gallery, which kept the LGBT literature, and became Ottawa’s Art for Everyday Living experience. In October of 2013, among beautiful paintings, gorgeous jewellery, stoneware, glassware, and—yes—LGBT literature, I got to host the book launch of my dreams at Stonewall Gallery. Friends, family, and people I’d never met but immediately decided were individuals of obvious taste, merit, and class showed up for my reading, and the launch was brilliant.

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The table at the Triad Blood launch.

And entirely due to Michael, and everything David had done before him.

Fast-forward to this May, and I got to do the same thing for Triad Blood.

Again, due to Michael.

Through Stonewall, I’ve been able to bring stock to conventions, and not only get the word out about my work, but also support the bookstore who made it possible for me the launch my title in the first place. Every copy that Stonewall sells of my book is like a small, personal thank-you to Michael, in my mind.

Now, if you look at the title up there, it says “Stonewall / Wilde’s.” So what’s that about?

Wilde’s first opened in September 1993. After a couple of moves, Wilde’s settled onto Bank Street and has become the Village’s oldest adult store. The business was sold in 2015 and continues to evolve. Adult toys and accessories are more popular than ever. LGBTQ and Pride merchandise are more in demand.

And the space is no longer able to supply that demand.

Now, the business happened to sell to an awesome man named Trevor Prevost, and it just so happens Trevor and Michael are partners, and they’re looking to make a similar state for their businesses.

Stonewall has a basement that, with renovations, would not only revitalize Wilde’s ability to stock and sell, but would let both businesses operate under one location (and basically restructure their entire operational overhead).

What does that mean? It means more art. More literature. More events. More toys. More pride.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked ‘What’s the best way for me to support you with your books?’ I’m beyond blessed that is asked of me, and I know it’s a position of privilege to be in. But one huge way you could do so, right now, if you’re willing?

Help Stonewall Wilde’s happen. Their Indiegogo campaign is right here. There are reward levels, and they’re pretty darn awesome. And, if all goes well, I’ll be launching Triad Soul, and all the other books I’ve got in me, at the new and improved Stonewall Wilde’s. This is something I believe in enough that, just like with Glad Day Books, I donated my book’s advance to the goal.

I’m lucky enough to work at Stonewall on occasion, and when I work, I get to do the thing I love the most: I get to talk about the art of others, and suggest it, and sell it. Bookselling has been a passion of mine for decades. Heck, if every author I’ve ever hand-sold dropped some cash in the jar for this merge and renovation, we’d be half-way to the goal already. I love bookselling, and I’m good at it. I say that with pride.

I want to keep doing it.


 

Lethe Press

While Stonewall Wilde’s is a single fundraising goal (with a very real deadline), these next two are ongoing through Patreon, which is a fundraising process that is more of a subscription and monthly investment.

What’s Lethe Press? In their own words: Lethe Press began in 2001 as a home for queer and speculative fiction. Since then we have won numerous awards and acclaim for our books. Many readers feel like outsiders because of the sexual identity—our books are welcome reliefs to this problem; the gay and lesbian protagonists in our books have adventures, chase danger, fall in love, lead rich lives, and overcome the taint of homophobia. Our speculative fiction is imaginative and strange and wondrous.

We are the only publisher with Year’s Best anthologies aimed at gay and lesbian and (as of 2016) transgender readers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Lethe Press is home to many, many of my short fiction pieces in the various anthologies the press has published, and as a writer of the fantastical, without Lethe, I have no doubt many of those tales simply wouldn’t have found a home.

Now, with Patreon, you can select a monthly level and garner rewards. I can tell you whole-heartedly that this level of support of a publisher creates a stability otherwise unknown in the publishing industry, and allows investment in new projects. I jumped at the ‘audiobook’ reward myself, because I constantly listen to audiobooks, and I’ve already started my first Lethe reward book. It’s awesome.

So, when it comes to #ownvoices, again people have asked me: “How do I support this?”

Well, if you’re wanting to promote LGBT voices, and you’re at all a fan of spec fic, sci-fi, fantasy, or horror? Look no further than Lethe’s Patreon, here.


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Last in my trio discussion of ways to give back—but by no means least—I present to you WOC In Romance.

From the Facebook page:

Promoting the works of Women of Color in Romance Fiction. Brought to you by romance author Rebekah Weatherspoon.

This is place where readers and authors can find Women of Color who write Romance Fiction. **WOCInRomance Is Trans inclusive and open to gender fluid and non-binary authors as well.**

What defines “Romance” fiction?

Per Romance Writers of America: Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.

Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction. Click here to better understand the subgenres within romance.

Can I submit my work?

Are you a woman of color, well then heck yeah.

Can I submit someone else’s work? HECK YEAH!

We are always happy when any author includes characters of color in their work. We would love to keep this space of Authors Of Colors. Please do check out the #DiverseBooks movement and #WeNeedDiverseRomance, both of which focus more on characters in the books.

(If you want to submit work, either your own or a favourite author’s, go here.)

Now, you all know I love Rebekah (again, note the character name appearing in Triad Blood), and her work is brilliant. And so is the work of WOCInRomance. Via Twitter, I’ve discovered so many new authors.

Again, #ownvoices matter. Again, people ask me how they can help. Well, the Patreon page is right here. A sustained, important effort to bring noise to authors who are so often ignored and skipped by mainstream media, and connecting them with readers who are hungry for the stories that include them.


 

Husky Running

Success for these projects will directly lead to this Husky getting more peanut butter, and that’s a fact.

I know there are a billion things asking you for some of the limited attention, money, and time you’ve got. I live that, too. If you can, and you believe in these communities, please do give. If you can’t give, boost the signal. I don’t often ask for “shares” or “likes,” but this time—because it matters to me so freaking much, and I love these people—I’m going to ask you to do it.

And thanks. I’ll get back to crazy short story stuff, and silly updates, and lots of pictures of Coach pretty soon.

Coach, by the way, supports this message. The price of a coffee a month could make this dog smile. And lick his chops. And wag his tail. And don’t even get me started on his eyes

Sunday Shorts – “Girls on Campus” Q&A with Ali Vali

girls-on-campusAs I mentioned last week, I recently came back from the Bold Strokes Books writing retreat, and while I was there, I reconnected with the fantastic ladies (and we few gents) of the company. It reminded me I wanted to spend some time with women of short fiction, and as luck would have it, Girls on Campus was recently released.

Today I’m speaking with Ali Vali, who was gracious enough to chat with me. If you’ve never heard Ali Vali tell a story, you’re missing out. I will never think of a power washer the same away again—but that’s a story for another day.

Today, we’re going back to school…

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed.


NB: “Hard, Wet Lessons” (which, by the way, is a freaking awesome title) has student Bryn watching teacher Maison from the front row and wishing there was more being taught “hands on.” Given that Girls on Campus is an erotica collection, readers know they’re in for something hot—and then you lead with something unexpected and funny. As far as meet-cutes go, I wasn’t expecting a trip to the school infirmary. Do you like to send reader expectations sideways?

AV: Thank you, usually titles aren’t my strength, but I was inspired.  I’m glad I got to use it at least once.

Humour is something I love in any given situation, so even though it was erotica I figured there could be a laugh, but answer your question yes, sideways seems to be my life on most days. If that’s the case, it’ll eventually end up in my work.

There’s that and I need a little build up before I rip someone’s clothes off, which isn’t true erotica, but it’s true Ali. And it’s important to not have the laugh come when someone gets their clothes torn off, unless it’s like by shark attack and the rescuer is hot. That might be a good lead off for the next anthology—shark attacks and the hot rescuers.

Sorry, I got sidetracked. As a reader I like when the story goes somewhere I’m not expecting and it keeps me guessing, so while readers know they’re getting sex in this one, why not start with a tumble of a different kind.

NB: Well, it worked. Like I said, I fell for them both right off. Was it hard to pick a scenario for the collection, or did teacher-student leap up as your first instinct? It’s fair to say there were zero professors in my schooling experience that drew my attention like Brie’s was drawn by Maison—was there some wish-fulfillment at play?

AV: If only huh, but like you, most of my professors inspired fantasies but of a completely different nature. Maybe that’s what inspired me to kill so many people in various books, it was from the stress of the college classroom. There was though, my high school science teacher when I was a senior and it was her first year of teaching. Hmm…that was a pleasant memory.

Brie and Maison, like most characters, were running around in the back of my brain and I finally got to give them their own story. The teacher-student storyline has been used often, but as a reader it never does get old. It made perfect sense for erotica since you know that kind of story is like a lit match. With the slight age difference and difference in circumstance the relationship will run hot and intense, but only for a short period of time. It’s the hot and intense that makes it fun and sexy.

NB: Intense is definitely something you’re known for. You’re a prolific novelist with dozens of books, and I’ve met quite a few novelists who struggle with short fiction. I love short fiction and find novels more of a struggle—does the format of the writing make the story come easier (or more difficult) for you?

AV: This question made me laugh since I’ve been told it takes me six thousand words to say hello. Short fiction is a real struggle for me since it’s, well short fiction. Short fiction is like a highway that gets you quickly from point a to b, where as I like the meandering scenic route.

I’m from the south, so we tell stories, enjoy a good food and cocktails, talk with our hands, and write lots and lots of words–not a good formula for shorts with very small word limits. Unless I’m being audited by the IRS, or in a police interrogation I tend never to be short and to the point. Or that’s the advice my attorney has given me should I ever find myself in those situations.

Writing something like this, though, is an exercise every author should participate in. There’s nothing like emails from the editors about word count to focus your story, so when you’re writing something novel length you can carry that lesson over. The story should still be tight, and focused but you can imagine a meal, drinks, lot of hand gestures and more words.

NB: Absolutely. Every time I’m edited I learn something, and it definitely crosses over to other formats.

AV: Thanks for letting me stop by Nathan, and I hope to get invited back. I’ll bring the mimosas next time, and perhaps a beignet or two.

NB: That’s a deal!

If you’d like a copy of Girls on Campus of your very own, you should head on over to the publisher page at Bold Strokes Books here. Or, check out your local brick-and-mortar store—it’s always a good move to check Indiebound.org here. And, of course, the book is available anywhere quality LGBT books are sold.


 

Ali ValiOriginally from Cuba, Ali Vali has retained much of her family’s traditions and language and uses them frequently in her stories. Having her father read her stories and poetry before bed every night as a child infused her with a love of reading, which carries till today. In 2000, Ali decided to embark on a new path and started writing. Ali Vali is the author of The Devil series including the upcoming The Devil’s Due, the Forces series, as well as numerous stand alones including the latest book, Beneath the Waves.

Ali now lives outside New Orleans, and when she isn’t writing she works in the non-profit sector.

Light and Pride Week: Raise the Flag!

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Take Ottawa Pride, A Less than Perfect Kinda-Sorta Superhero, A Hunky French Canadian Leather Man, and Some Religious Intolerance and Stir. Saving the day? Just got fabulous. 

In many ways, my first novel Light was a love letter to my first experiences at Pride. It was the first time I found myself surrounded by people like me—and lots of people who were nothing like me, but loved who I was and I loved them just as much for being who they were—and I went back almost every year to reclaim that joy. When I worked retail, I often couldn’t do so, but I tried hard to find a way to sneak an event or two around my work schedule.

Today was the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, which officially begins the week of queerdom here in Ottawa. Not that we should only have a week, but you know what I mean.

Now, the mayor’s raising of the pride flag at Ottawa Pride wasn’t interrupted by a religious protest of any kind (yay!) and no one started hurting anyone or throwing around objects with psychokinesis (wait, what?) and thus this year’s Pride is already off to a better start than the fictional one I wrote about in Light (oh, I get what you did there!).

But if you want to read a Pride story set in Ottawa that’s our world with just a dash of telepathy and psychokinesis and a kitten and a truly bad blind date that just won’t end and a hunky French Canadian leather man and a handsome cop and a misanthropic drag queen and a big dumb (but brave and loveable) dog, I totally got you covered.

Oh, and happy Pride!

Sunday Shorts – “Girls on Campus” Q&A with Sandy Lowe

girls-on-campusI recently got back from the Bold Strokes Books retreat at Easton Mountain, and if there’s one thing that became readily apparent, it’s that I’ll never find another group of amazing and awesome women anywhere near as cool as I did at said event. The sheer volume of creativity, hilarity, and intelligence on display—and being willingly shared—is downright inspiring. I had a blast, and it reminded me that I’d wanted to focus on some short fiction by women, so…

Sandy Lowe wears quite a few hats at Bold Strokes. It’s possible that there’s a nickname that’s totally my fault which I won’t share (mea culpa!), but what I will tell you is she’s tireless in her efforts to keep the authors at Bold Strokes organized, on-time, and at the top of their craft. She’s also an author and editor, too.

Like I said: lots of hats.

So, here on Sunday Shorts, we’re going to start a brief tour of some of the stories in her first co-edited anthology, Girls on Campus.

For the record? School was never this hot when I was there.

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed.


NB: This is your first anthology with your name right there on the cover. That said, you’ve been a part of the book industry for a while, and have a solid understanding of the business. How was your “first book” experience?

SL: It was certainly a giddy feeling to see my name on the cover, especially alongside an editor I like and respect as much as Stacia Seaman. To date I haven’t written a full length novel, but I imagine reviewing, collecting, editing and publishing stories for an anthology is a very different experience to writing a novel. I don’t see this collection as “mine” even though my name is on the cover, it belongs equally to every author published inside.

Working in the industry and for the publisher certainly eased the process considerably. I have tremendous trust and respect for everyone at Bold Strokes Books and I knew the anthology was in good hands. I’d had much behind the scenes experience with anthologies prior to Girls on Campus so in many ways it wasn’t a first. One of the most intriguing and challenging aspects of editing a diverse collection is developing the ability to take a step back and make decisions about a particular submission based on the quality of the work, its interpretation of the overall theme and it’s appeal to a broad readership, even when it may not necessarily be your own personal taste. This is particularly true with erotica and I was grateful to have learned these skills assisting with other editors projects before venturing out on my own with Girls on Campus.

NB: You’ve touched on this a little bit just now—considering broad readership and the like—but I ask every editor this question, as I think it’s a topic that often goes unappreciated: how did you select and organize the order of the stories that made up the collection?

SL: Ordering stories in an anthology is tough. There is a multi-layered decision making process involved. First, I considered marketing: Which authors in this collection have the largest readerships for their stand-alone work? Which stories are the strongest in terms of craft, voice, commercial appeal and, for erotica, sex appeal? Those stories I place at the front and at the back of an anthology because readers generally read either from the beginning or flip to the end and work their way forward. I then considered the theme or setting used in each story. It wouldn’t do to put two stories both set in a campus library close together for instance. In order to create a sense of variety within an anthology stories with similar themes, tropes or settings are generally spaced apart. I considered varying other factors such as the tone of the work and elements that make a story distinctive. Some stories are sweeter, or more serious or have a threesome, or use sex toys etc. If there are stories with similarities I try to space these apart too, to give the reader a mental shift between stories, which I hope, makes for a more enjoyable reading experience. Last, the editor’s story is always at the end—it’s tradition🙂

NB: I honestly didn’t know that, and I just checked a few anthologies and… Well. There’s my learning moment of the day. Now that you’ve gotten a taste for editing short story collections, what’s next on your plate? Do you have another theme you’d like to explore, or are you working on something already?

SL: I am currently reviewing submissions for a lesbian romance anthology Girls Next Door. Whether or not there will be additional anthologies in the pipeline depends on how much readers like them, but I do have a list of possibles I love in the “Girls” vein. Currently top of my list is Gone Girls: Sex with Exes and Career Girls: Business and Pleasure.

NB: Ooh, I like those themes. I look forward to seeing them in the pipeline.

If you’d like a copy of Girls on Campus of your very own, you should head on over to the publisher page at Bold Strokes Books here. Or, check out your local brick-and-mortar store—it’s always a good move to check Indiebound.org here. And, of course, the book is available anywhere quality LGBT books are sold.


sandy-lowe-474Sandy Lowe has a Master’s degree in Publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia. In her capacity as Senior Editor, she reviews submissions and proposals, edits and develops content for publication, and oversees publication production.