Join us as Anastasia Vitsky goes Outside the Margins.
You might love M/M, but have you ever given F/F a chance? If you have, you already know the positives. If you haven’t, and even if you have, let me tell you about the wealth of F/F reading available to readers today.
One of the unique joys and challenges of my writing career has been serving as a de facto ambassador for fiction depicting love between women. I’ve written countless articles and guest posts on the particular nuances, requirements, and benefits of reading F/F or what some call lesfic. Still, I find myself in a pleasant but puzzling situation.
Many of my readers come to F/F through me. They are M/F or M/M readers and authors, and they have never considered reading F/F. Or perhaps they have read one or two stories, dismissed it as too explicit, not explicit enough, or lacking in male body parts.
Time after time, I hear the same response from new readers:
“I never gave F/F a chance before you.”
Since I write books that include spanking, dominance/submission, and sensuality rather than the typical explicit sex associated with F/F, I can understand readers’ confusion. I’ve had publishers tell me that they don’t accept F/F because it doesn’t sell well, and at the same time they express confusion at what constitutes F/F as a genre.
How can people reject something if they don’t know what it is? Today, I’d like to persuade you to give F/F a chance. How? Let me give you a few resources, all absolutely free. Money back guarantee.
This beginners’ guide to lesfic, written by Nancy Heredia as part of Ana’s Advent Calendar, is a wonderful place to begin. She tells the story of her personal journey toward F/F, and she suggests starter reading.
The first book of lesbian fiction I ever read was Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden, a sweet young adult novel about a high school girl who falls in love with another girl. The characters are clichéd, the plot is predictable, and the drama is drawn in stark lines that leave little hope for happiness. And yet, this book holds a special place in my heart. It was the first story to show me that loving another girl might be all right.
As an adult, one of the first lesfic books to touch me was When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson. She offers the entire first book for web browser reading on the website or free download from Amazon. As part of Something Good, a project that I recently organized to bring $40,000 of Kindles and ebooks to homeless LGBT youth (and for which Prism was a financial supporter), I had the honor of making all three books of the Warrior series available for the homeless youth. Catherine told me that these were exactly the kids she wanted to reach in writing these books.
(By the way, you can still donate non-erotic LGBT ebooks or money toward the Kindles for Something Good.)
The difficulty in trying to read stories about women loving women is that the genre can mean several different types of reading. These include:
Lesfic: Nonfiction or fiction that stays close to the lives of real women who identify as lesbians. This is typically written for a lesbian audience in a female-centric environment and can focus on everyday life. Traditionalists will not include bisexual, transgender, transsexual, questioning, or asexual stories and especially will not include stories written by men.
F/F romance that may or may not include explicit sexual content but focuses on the love between women.
Erotica: Explicit, hard-core fiction that emphasizes provocative sexual acts, often performed for the viewing pleasure of straight men and women. This is viewed with suspicion and disparagement by readers and writers of lesfic as defined here.
Please note that I use these labels for convenience purposes only. Others will have different names or categories, but this is what I have found representative.
Politics run rampant, as they do in any marginalized group. Some readers will loudly disparage any many who attempts to write romance between women. Some female authors will hide their sexuality for fear of being exposed as bisexual, straight, or transgender or transsexual.
But if you are new to F/F fiction, there’s no need to get involved in that. There are two fantastic and free events coming up that will offer you exposure to F/F fiction of all genres and heat levels.
The first, KT Grant’s Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event, will debut on January 11th. I have the honor of launching the event with a post on changing how we think about fiction by and about women. I’ll also offer a prize drawing, so be sure to stop by!
The second, Love Spanks, will run February 6-8. You can find information on Governing Ana on how to find the nearly 20 free stories representing a variety of authors, genres, heat levels, and target audiences. Even better, commenting on each story will earn you prize entries. If you comment on every story by the end of the event, you’ll earn a free copy of the Love Spanks 2015 anthology that will include extended versions of the stories. Find me on Facebook if you’d like an invitation to the party.
If you can’t wait that long, I have some more free F/F for you. I’m currently offering a serial, or story told one chapter at a time, that appears each day on my blog. If you visit the main page of my blog, you’ll find links to the 9 free stories available. As long as I continue to receive a strong response, I’ll continue to post new stories. I write sweet, soulful romance that emphasizes love, deep connections, and finding out more about our true selves.
With all this available to you, what are you waiting for? Jump on the F/F bandwagon, grab a free story (or ten), and find something you like!
Happy reading! Which F/F will you read next? If you like it, please let the author know. We live for feedback from our readers.
Love and spanks,
~ Anastasia Vitsky
About Anastasia Vitsky
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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