Lesbian Fiction by Kate Richards (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)

Jan 24, 2014 by

Lesbian Fiction by Kate Richards (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)

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I am primarily, a romance writer. My stories focus on the relationships between two or sometimes more characters because I’m a huge fan of the happily ever after. And the rights of grown-up people to love other grown up people as they choose. My characters write their own lives, and in stories like The Vampire’s Bard and Trail of Hearts, they happen to be women. Okay one of them was a vampire hundreds of years old who found her reincarnated lover in Hollywood—but they were both female! And in love.

Lesbian fiction travels across every genre. After all, women in love spend their lives doing lots of things—not all focused the romantic aspects of relationships. They have parents, children, siblings, co-workers…love does not exist in a vacuum.

As such, they have jobs. In real life, my lesbian friends are attorneys, doctors, mothers, champion skiers, and authors. In stories, women can be crime fighters, they can be space travelers, and they can be Amazons.

Marion Zimmer Bradley is my favorite author…ever. For her storytelling, her support of other authors and her kindness to fans. My brother met her at a convention once and, knowing how I loved her work, brought me a signed book and her comment…tell your sister I look just like a third grade teacher. I am still jealous that he met her. (Remember to always take the opportunity to meet the author you love! They won’t live forever, except on the page)

Her  Darkover Amazons—Renunciates—were  the first, for me. In a society where women’s decisions are made by fathers, husbands and brothers, only one outlet existed. To step outside of society and live apart. And within this science fantasy series, several love stories emerged between these women that were in the end my favorite elements of a series I still adore. And which set me looking for other stories with women in love. In the early 1980s, they weren’t easy to find.

Their love was only part of the story.

A lot like real life. And fiction. The romantic elements are just one component of life, albeit a precious part.

I currently enjoy a number of authors who pen stories with vivid lesbian characters. Olivia Starke’s paranormal tales are compelling and heartwarming. Anastasia Vitsky’s have relationships unlike any I’ve read anywhere. They are beyond description, in a very good way. And of course KT Grant because there’s something about a pirate….

And these are not stereotypes because a woman who loves other women doesn’t have to be one. She just has to be true to herself, three-dimensional…real.

And the hardest part is deciding which of many stories on my ereader to pick up first. It’s an embarrassment of riches.




About the author:

Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. She would gladly spend all her days in the mountains, but she’d miss the beach…and her very supportive husband’s commute would be three hundred miles. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, it’s the love, the joy in one another, that counts.

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  1. Thanks for the invitation to visit! 🙂

  2. Sheila

    Love is love. I read most genres and pairings. I love a good story.

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