Guest Post: Harper Bliss’s Inspiration for One of her Characters

Today’s guest post is by TB Markinson. Pssst, I’m the run who runs I Heart Lesfic.

You may be wondering why I’m guest posting on my own website. Simply put, it’s to share stories about The Village Romance series. I was fortunate to take part in this trilogy with Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss, and I wanted to give readers glimpses behind the scenes.

Now, here’s the guest post.

Harper Bliss’s Inspiration for One of her Characters

Monday, I shared about Clare Lydon’s bridge declaration for her novel A Taste of Love during the Cotswolds lesbian road trip to research our Village Romance series.

After that, Harper, Clare, Caroline, and I made our way past the old mill in Lower Slaughter.

Next to it was a quaint gift shop.

Being dedicated researchers, we popped inside.

Inside was the usual offerings found in tourist traps (I mean shops): fridge magnets, artwork, handmade soap, fancy chocolates, postcards, and such. Quick question: what’s the obsession with buying tea towels?

Anyhoo, we all zeroed in on a book display of a cozy mystery set in the very village we were exploring. Being the book nerd that I am, I purchased the novel: Slaughter in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope. I also got a fridge magnet, one of my weaknesses.

In the car on the way back to London, Harper asked to look at the cozy mystery. Then she started to wonder if the Oxford professor in her story should write cozies, but she keeps that part of her life a secret.

This proves you never know when an idea will strike.

Side note, on the flight home, I read Slaughter in the Cotswolds.


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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4 Responses to Guest Post: Harper Bliss’s Inspiration for One of her Characters

  1. Meghan says:


  2. Nik says:

    That is kind of awesome how inspiration his like that. I am impressed. Thanks for the additional pictures.

  3. Pingback: Guest Post: Photobombed by Clare Lydon, Harper Bliss, and Mrs. Bliss | I Heart Lesfic

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