Check it out! It’s Sunday and I’m hanging in the woods with my family (camping). Technology is such an amazing thing. A generator and a Wi-Fi hotspot via my oldest daughter’s cell phone is all I need to hang out with y’all for a few minutes.
Great news! Barbara Winkes is with us again to talk about her newest books. Indiscretions is available now and Insinuations is scheduled for release later this month.
As part of her blog, she’s giving away a couple of copies of Indiscretions to two lucky winners here at Women and Words. To enter, you just need to leave a comment below. I’ll draw a winner this Friday, 9/4.
The Path to Happily Ever After by Barbara Winkes
I admit it: I’m an unapologetic believer in happy endings and soul mates, something that some feel has been overdone in lesbian fiction. I do not agree—I think regardless of what kind of romance you write, most readers want to feel like they’re getting some sort of emotional payoff for sticking with the characters, rooting for them until the end.
Is it realistic?
Yes and no. There’s no guarantee of finding that one special person, then again, that’s real life. In fiction, we have the power to create and end a story the way we decide. There will always be that power, regardless of how much we feel that it’s the characters talking to us, that we’re simply recording their stories.
We’re making it all happen—but like in real life, the path isn’t always easy. People—characters—make mistakes, they’re human after all. Sometimes, they are with the wrong person in the beginning, and rectifying that will not always be smooth sailing.
More than one reviewer pointed out that they had an issue with the cheating that takes place in Autumn Leaves, which really surprised me. It’s not that I condone cheating under any circumstances, I just didn’t find it realistic that someone in Rebecca’s situation would be able to end one relationship neatly and then start the other one. Emotions are messy. Somebody gets caught in the middle, even if it wasn’t the intention.
Regardless, a lot of readers enjoyed the journey of Callie and Rebecca which will come to an end in Summer Wine.
Somehow, the subject snuck in once more in Indiscretions, the first in the Carpenter/Harding series. Jordan and Ellie are obviously the endgame when it comes to the main couple, and based on my earlier experiences, I was expecting some negative comments on how I went about it. There haven’t been any so far, which might mean that some readers stayed away when reading the blurb, or I made it clearer as to why my character didn’t see any other way out of a relationship that hadn’t been good in a long time.
It’s fascinating to observe the differences in readers’ reaction: For some it’s cathartic to read about something similar to their own experience, some will avoid it at all costs. Being a reader myself, I have faced the same questions and sometimes dilemma when I cared about a character, but really didn’t want to deal with what she was going through.
As a writer, it’s necessary to be aware of these dynamics in order to determine how far we are willing to go, if we’re ready to compromise or will just live with the consequences.
When it comes to providing my characters with a prospect they deserve, most of the time I go with the latter.
Insinuations, the second book in the thriller series about Jordan and Ellie, will come out this November. I’ll give away two e-copies of Indiscretions with this blog, so you can get to know them. Thank you for reading!
A psychologist/trauma counselor by training, Barbara Winkes left her native Germany to live with her wife in Québec City. Telling stories has always been her passion. She loves to write suspense and romance with female protagonists who try to solve the puzzle of their love life, a murder case, or sometimes, both.