I’m Sarah, the newest (I think) reviewer for PBA. I live in Boulder, Colorado, where I parent a sweet little 7-year-old and attempt to teach adolescents English and history. When I grow up, I plan to be a writer. I dabble in that as a hobby for now.
Brandilyn has asked me to answer two questions:
(1) Why I read and review Romance:
I read Romance because, in spite of all evidence in my life to date, the genre keeps me hoping. I love the breathtaking tension of it, the vicarious experience of it. And yes, I do proclaim myself a reviewer of only f/f romance. . . I like to see how a writer has two women discover each other, and how the fire between them begins, simmers, and roars.
(2) “authors to watch” and why:
Jeanette Winterson. Every book she writes experiments with gender and gender roles in some new, interesting way, and she frames romance and passion through ever-surprising frames, like a post-nuclear world, or a physics lecture, or a magical laptop. Her books steam with f/f passion, and they’re exquisitely beautiful, too.
Sarah Waters. She retrieves lesbian romance from places in history people wouldn’t think to look. Her characters discover their passions for each other within well-developed historical contexts, but the obstacles they confront are rarely time-specific. Waters gets that, no matter where we are in history, we are our own obstacles to romance.
Emma Donoghue. Her collection of short stories, Astray, considers many GLBT romance themes, some m/m and some f/f. Similar to Waters, she “rescues” these stories from historical fragments or conjecture. One of my favorite stories in that collection is of two Yukon goldminers (men) who, forced to share a cabin for a long, hard winter, discover solace in each other’s bodies.
Rebecca Brown. I’m not just listing her because I needed to put an American on the list. She’s written edgy, cross-genre work that interweaves romance with history and memoir. Her short story/fictional history about the lesbian erotic origins of the Oreo (in her collection American Romances) is brilliant.
Radclyffe. Another American! She’s known as a writer of “formulaic” Romance, and I appreciate that about her. I also appreciate the way her characters are often women who hold non-traditional roles in society — as doctors, as fire-jumpers, as EMTs. It’s sexy.
Shamim Sarif (and the Brits win!). She wrote The World Unseen, which can’t properly be called Romance since it’s ending isn’t QUITE happy-for-now. . .but her novel I Can’t Think Straight is just plain sexy. I love that she uses Indian characters in her work, and that she deals with class as much as with sexuality.
Again, it’s so good to join all of you!
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.
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