A reader’s perspective through Charlotte Demesko’s book skills
There are so many wonderful authors out there providing all of us book-a-holics with reading material, and I know I am not the only one thankful for their story and writing talents. I wanted to share other reader’s perspectives on various topics that have been brought up, hopefully with some insight for authors and readers alike and hopefully with some humor as well. This week Charlotte Demescko has agreed to join me by answering some questions. I hope you enjoy them!
Erin: What impact do you think LesFic has on the LGBTQ community and why?
Charlotte: LesFic is important because we need exposure to identify. We are not strongly represented in the social media, which makes us invisible. LesFic has helped me feel part of a community and more “normal”. I no longer need to struggle to feel a part of community.
Erin: What is the first LesFic story that you read?
Charlotte: The first book I read was Rubyfruit Jungle. I didn’t know then that it was les fic.
Erin: Is there any sub-genre in LesFic that you no longer read?
Charlotte: I don’t read YA anymore. Simply because I don’t have to. I have more genres now to my disposal. Previously I would read YA because I needed to read everything, but I can’t associate with most of the novels in this genre anyway. I don’t find my younger self in them and that is frustrating. So I skip that genre now. Unless of course something really interesting comes along by one of my pet writers then I will give it a shot! Sports? Again about association. I only do hiking and fitness. I can’t comprehend the rules of team sports and the whole coach/player thing seems monotonous and already done. Boring. The whole YA sports/cheerleader thing is too foreign to me. The violence/cruelty thing? It’s disturbing and a highly uncomfortable trigger for me to read about cruelty and violence. Not that I have any personal experience with physical violence, but when authors in detail describe situations where a protagonist endures torture and cruelty I go to a very emotionally dark place. I have read a few of those stories and they are imprinted in my memory in a very uncomfortable way. The feeling of that has actually made me forego some authors I was quite fond of. The emotional cruelty has triggers too. I guess I’m in a place these days where I don’t look for these triggers. The author may be very good at handling the situations they write about, but I can’t do it. No matter if it’s violence by women towards women or men towards women. So, when I avoid genres it’s because they are either boring to me or highly uncomfortable and unsettling. Fortunately I have so many genres to enjoy without cruelty and violence!
Erin: What type of characters (characteristics or appearance) would you like to see more of in LesFic stories?
Charlotte: I would like to read more stories with socially awkward people who are not crazy! I would also like to read more books where the characters are middle aged/mature women without the humongous age-gap some writers indulge in. I would also like to read stories where people aren’t flawless and perfect.
Erin: Do you have a literary crush on a LesFic character? Who is it and from what story and why the crush?
Charlotte: I will forever have a “crush” on tall, dark and handsome with piercing blue eyes and a lot of baggage. Socially awkward and inept, but with a heart of gold that just needs to be found by short cute blonde with green eyes. That does it for me every time! It’s the relationship that catches me. If only one of them is to be found in a story I will expect the other one to be there too. I’m not able to mention a story per say. Only that I treasure books with this combo. Fortunately there are plenty!
Erin: Have you noticed a difference in LesFic over the past 10 years (or since you started reading LesFic) and if so what differences have you noticed?
Charlotte: I have noticed there’s a lot to choose from if you know where to find it – I will find it!
Erin: How do you think the Indie author has impacted the LesFic genre?
Charlotte: She brings diversity which is good!
Erin: Do you have a favorite indie author or could you tell me the first indie author you read or discovered?
Charlotte: Yikes! How am I supposed to remember stuff like that?! Is Melissa Good in this category? I think she is. Then she’s my first for the obvious reason! She wrote the much needed continuation of the story of Xena and Gabrielle and the best über!
Erin: Is there one LesFic story that really touched you and how?
Charlotte: I can not pin point one. If you ask me to recommend one book that made a huge impact because it made me happy it would be Poppy Jones by Tig Ashton… That’s the latest I remember…
Erin: How do you choose your LesFic books?
Charlotte: Author, genre, and length. The longer the better. If a series – YES!
Erin: Which LesFic book has made you want to travel somewhere and where was it to? And did you actually make the journey?
Charlotte: Radclyffe’s Provincetown series made me want me to visit and I did last year! I have also wanted to visit Ireland because of Kate Sweeny’s series. I have been there too, and I’m far from finished with visiting there! I have yet to visit New Orleans and Florida (Melissa Good – Dar&Kerry series)
Erin: Has reading a LesFic book ever gotten you in trouble? If so will you share what happened?
Charlotte: Because I read so much LesFic I have occasionally gotten in trouble with my wife… Sharing? Not so much. It’s a bit private.
Erin: Kindle or paper and why?
Charlotte: Kindle for everyday use, paper for bragging!
Erin: Sex scene or fade to black when reading LesFic and why?
Charlotte: Both. Depending on the story and the characters. Sometimes it’s all in and sometimes fade to black is appropriate.
Erin: Last book you just read?
Charlotte: Layce and Saxon’s guardian angel book, just released, Big Love.
Erin: Next book up on your to-read stack?
Charlotte: My to-read pile is huge, but I’m in a socially awkward and inept phase so my next one will probably be a revisit with Sunny Alexander’s Flowers from Iraq.
Erin: If you were stuck on a desert island what three lesfic books would you bring?
Charlotte: Tropical Storm by Missy Good. Kate Sweeney’s Kate Ryan book one. And the last one? Got to be a really lengthy one… Something fantasy, time travel… Cheyne Curry maybe? I’m so bad with titles! Since I’m only traveling with my kindle I would of course bring that and hope it was freshly charged before I would land on that island. I would for sure make good use of my imagination with the input from all the thousands of books I have read during the years!
7 minutes later: I just thought a little more about the books I would take!
3 minutes later: No! Wait these! Please add these as the ones I would take with me!