Guest Post: Why Write Lesfic by K’Anne Meinel

The prolific K’Anne Meinel is here today. Woot!

She’s offering free copies of Vetted, her latest release. One winner will be selected by I Heart Lesfic. To enter the giveaway hosted by I Heart Lesfic, scroll to the bottom of this post for details.

There will be two additional winners, but you have to act fast. The first TWO to hop over to this post and comment with UNIQUE women’s names that K’Anne can use in her next story will be proclaimed the winners.

Please welcome K’Anne Meinel.

Why write Lesfic?

Lesfic books typically sell maybe 100 copies, if you are lucky…or, so they tell us.  I’m one of the fortunate (few?) who sells more, in fact, writing lesfic supports me.

When I first started writing, I thought I was alone in this endeavor, no one wrote lesbian fiction.  I didn’t know anything about writing, but I was an avid reader.  In fact, my favorite author was (and still is, despite her death two years ago), Bertrice Small.  I have ALL of her published works, some in both hard and soft cover, that’s over 50 romances!  However, she didn’t write her well-researched and lovingly written historical romances FAST enough for me.  So, I got it into my head that maybe, I should write a book and see what I could do with it.

It was about that time that a dream kind of came to me that I now believe was the signal I needed that helped me to understand that I was a lesbian.  It also affected the story that I wrote.  In 2003, I wrote my first novel … over the course of two weeks.  It was over 150,000 words (most lesfic these days is 80,000-100,000).  Halfway through writing it, I met my first girlfriend.  Something told me if I didn’t finish this novel, I would NEVER finish it.  We were planning on having an affair.  I thought I was ‘experimenting.’  We fell in love.  The relationship lasted five years and definitely confirmed that I was a lesbian.

However, that didn’t explain the novel.  What was I going to do with it?  Over the course of the next 8 years I would occasionally pick it up and tweak it, edit it, and wonder what to do with it.  I sent it to twenty mainstream publishers.  I knew they would all reject it, and they did.  It was then that I started to get the hint that there was self-publishing models out there and began to research it.  After releasing it as an e-book I was approached by a main stream publisher who stole my paperback rights and never paid me for them, or for the books that I KNOW (fans told me) were sold.  Fortunately, I was smart enough to never give away the rights to the e-book with this disreputable company.

Since that time, I have gone on to write over 92 other shorts, novellas, and novels.  My 93rd is about to come out and it’s called VETTED.

This brings me back to my original question.  Why write Lesfic?

I believe you should write what you know.  Even though at the time I wrote my first novel, I was not a lesbian, I apparently intrinsically knew what made love tick.  I don’t write exclusively romance, I dabble in murder, intrigue, and mystery … and lots and lots of drama.

Last year I was fortunate enough that not one but two of my books went mainstream.  It afforded me a much larger and broader fanbase to my writing and I really benefited from that.

I will continue to write STORIES with lesbian characters, but I don’t think staying in lesfic alone will bring in the money, which is unfortunate.  However, my fans who read lesfic know that my stories will always feature strong women who have a dramatic story to tell and I won’t deviate from that.  I’m not giving up lesfic, I’m just going a little more mainstream.

As a side note.  I contacted Bertrice Small after I wrote my first book SHIPS, CompanionSHIP, FriendSHIP, RelationSHIP… she not only encouraged me, but gave me the name of her agent … I did contact him, but I don’t think he wanted to handle lesfic at that time … maybe, someday, now, he might call me.

VETTED

E-book $7.99
Release Date: August 19, 2017
Action & Adventure

Allyssa is a young college student living her life to please her upper-crust family who want her to take business courses, join her father’s business, and marry the “right” man. Allyssa loves animals and yearns to take courses that speak to her heart, but her family are deaf to her pleas and she is unable or unwilling to stand up to them.

Fiona is an older, more established woman; a veterinarian working towards the goal of starting her own large animal practice. When a young woman arrives on her doorstep one night carrying a dog she may have fatally injured with her car, Fiona is thrown for a loop.

Vetted—a life that neither woman anticipated, but each learns they want desperately.

Will their families, the fates, and rustlers finally bring these women to their knees? The only way they can survive is to stand strong together, but are they both ready to fight for what they want? Only time will tell….

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MEET THE AUTHOR

K’Anne Meinel is a Lesbian Fiction bestselling author with more than 92 published works including shorts, novellas, and novels.  She is an American author born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Oconomowoc.  Upon early graduation from high school she went to a private college in Milwaukee and then moved to California for seventeen years before returning to the state.  Many of her stories have Wisconsin in them as settings for her wonderful, realistic, and detailed backgrounds.  Named the lesbian Danielle Steel of her time, K’Anne continues to write interesting stories in a variety of genres in both the lesbian and mainstream fiction categories.  

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Here’s your chance to win a copy of  Vetted

 

Again, there will be one winner selected from those who enter the above giveaway. And, two more additional copies of Vetted will be awarded to the first TWO who hop over to this post and comment with UNIQUE women’s names that K’Anne can use in her next story will be proclaimed the winners.

Thanks, K’Anne for stopping by today. And, best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

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