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Tuesday 2 April 2013

Interview w/ Out Lesbian Author, Kiki Archer

Remember when we reviewed that pretty great lesbian novel for you? (Click HERE if you don't!)

Well look who's back with a brand new book: its Kiki Archer herself.

Check out our interview with here and get all the latest gossip, right here on All Things Lesbian.

All Things Lesbian: You write primarily lesbian-orientated fiction. Can you give us some clues as to what your new book is about without giving too much away?

Kiki Archer: My new novel is called “Binding Devotion”. (Click HERE for the book trailer!)

So basically the novel is about love, betrayal, commitment and sex, with the central plot focusing on the question: “What’s more important … the bond of marriage or the pull of desire?”

Terry Baker is the top UK lesbian fiction reviewer and this is what she had to say about “Binding Devotion” :

It has also been reviewed by the popular Planet London girls HERE.

ATL: Lesbian fiction is unfortunately not very prevalent in today's climate. What do you think our authors and the LGBT community can do to push it into the limelight?

KA: The lesbian fiction genre is thriving amongst lesbians, or at least that seems to be the case in the UK. I write for lesbians. I know that many of my straight family and friends have read my books and enjoyed them, but it is not important to me to actively try and ‘widen’ my readership. The lesbian community are very loyal and the support that I have received has been absolutely fantastic. 

If my novels were to soar up the general romance chart then obviously I would be overjoyed, but ‘generally’ I think straight women, who enjoy chick lit, prefer reading about handsome men and strapping hunks, as opposed to same sex female relationships. BUT, that being said, I do get a lot of messages from ‘straight’ women who have chosen to buy my lesbian fiction books, read them, enjoy them, and then contact me to ‘discuss’ them further. (Obviously all behind their male partners backs. LOL)

ATL: Why do you choose to focus on the lives of lesbians in your writing?

KA: I choose to focus on the lives of lesbians because I’m living the life of a lesbian. It’s what I know and it’s what comes naturally to me. I enjoy using experiences that I've had and emotions that I've felt in my writing, and it just so happens that my experiences and emotions mostly involve women. I wouldn't want to write a love story about a heroine falling passionately in love with the handsome hero, as I have absolutely no idea what that feels like!
ATL: Do you have any future publications coming up?

KA: I am currently working on a couple of short stories that will be included in lesbian fiction anthologies this year, and I am in the planning stages with my new novel. My first two books “But She Is My Student” and “Instigations” were very light hearted easy read chick lit novels. “Binding Devotion” handled some deeper topics and emotions, and I think my new novel will be a happy balance in between. I love writing funny, laugh out loud romances, but it is also important to me that I include poignant issues that make you think about, or question, your own views and beliefs.

ATL: We know you're passionate about the same-sex marriage debates which are currently a hot topic in the US and the UK. If you had to create a PSA of sorts for undecided voters, how would you persuade them to vote in favour of equal marriage?

KA: I would show them this short video that I made: CLICK!

After they watched it I would ask them to tell me why they thought they had the right to judge my life as less worthy than theirs. Why they thought they had the right to say my life was not as valuable as theirs. Why they should even dare to think they can ‘vote’ on my life. I am equal, as are all LGBT people in this world that we share, equally, together. 

1 comment:

Sunset dreamer said...

Loved the video for equal marriage, simple but very powerful, just a shame I couldn't share it on facebook or twitter....or am I missing something?
I have read your books and really enjoyed them so thank you