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This week Anastasia Vitsky visits. Anastasia writes sweet (with a hint of spice) female/female fiction, and I first read her snippets on #SnippetSunday, a group that shows of little bits of their writing to anyone visiting their blogs. Anastasia's tales sucked me in from the moment I read them and I wanted to know more. I asked her one question about the genre she's chosen.
BBTF: Female/Female romance seems to be the least well known of the romance genres. What appeals to you most about this genre that you write?
Anastasia: When I was old enough to write a letter to my grandmother, my mother taught me the correct way to address the envelope: Mrs. (Husband's first name) (Husband's last name).
I couldn't understand why an adult woman had to receive mail in her husband's name. I told my mother as much, but she dismissed my protests. "This is the correct way," she said.
Years later, however, my mother ordered her own set of return addresses labels. No "Mrs.," no husband's first name, just her own first and last name.
From the time I was a small child, I wanted stories about women. We deserve mailing addresses in our own name, mail addressed in our name, and stories written for and about us. I don't want to read about women whose lives are incomplete until a man rescues and fulfills her. I want to read about strong, smart, capable women who can be all that and feminine. Sexy. Attractive.
Many people think I write F/F based on sexuality. I'm thrilled to be embraced by LGBT readers, but for me the motivation lies deeper. I want to write about women who love women, yes, but it's very simple:
I want to read stories about women. And so I write them.
You can find out more about Anastasia's sexy, feminine women on her website. Be sure to buy a book and tell a friend. Happy reading!