A reader’s perspective through Ann Etter’s book experience
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 Ann Etter has agreed to join me by answering some questions. I hope you enjoy them!
Erin: How were you introduced to LesFic?
Ann: I didn’t realize I was a lesbian until I was several years and two children into marriage to a man. For various reasons I didn’t leave that marriage, but I really needed some outlet for myself. I started looking around online for books, I stumbled onto a book published by BSB and ended up reading a ton of their books before venturing out into other publishers and finally getting to see what a diverse set of books is out there.
Erin: Do you feel there has been a change in LesFic from when you first started reading to now?
Ann: I feel like there are more choices- and a broader range of quality.
Erin: What do you think the cause of that change was?
Ann: Expanding the market and adding publishers leads to both higher and lower quality work and a broader range of stories.
Erin: What character traits would you like to see more of in LesFic?
Ann: I actually see a broad range already. I see diverse traits and characters ranging from sickly sweet to cruel and everything in between. Two of my favorite books are
Captain of Industry by Karin Kallmaker and Passion’s Bright Fury by Radclyffe. In thinking about what made those books so enjoyable for me, I realize that they both feature career-oriented, independent women who find a passion that enhances their individual natures without overwhelming them.
Erin: How has LesFic impacted your life?
Ann: It keeps me sane and connected. It reminds me that there’s nothing wrong with me.
Erin: How do you think it has impacted the LGBTQ community?
Ann: Stories about us make things more normal. They keep us connected.
Erin: How do you choose your LesFic book purchases?
Ann: I have favorite authors whose books I will buy immediately. I do reviews for ARCs partly so I can discover new authors. Sometimes I will buy a book because it was recommended by someone whose taste sounds like mine,
Erin: how often do you seek out new authors and what makes you consider their work?
Ann: I try to find new authors more regularly now. Sometimes I browse the catalogue of my favorite publishers. Sometimes I look on FB to see what other people are reading. Sometimes I wait until I win a book.
Erin: How do these new authors get your attention with their work enough for you to purchase it?
Ann: A good blurb goes a long way. Consistently good writing also gets me. If you seem like a fun, intelligent, interesting person I’m also more likely to read your books. I love it when authors post interesting things on FB.
Erin: I especially like stories where I can relate to the main character. Is there one LesFic story that really touched you or whose main character you really connected to? If so, what was the story, the character and possibly some of the reasons you think you connected so well?
Ann: I love Jennifer Lamont in Karin Kallmaker’s Captain of Industry. She gets herself caught in a place she doesn’t want to be while striving for what she wants. I love how she makes the change to be where she wants to be. I also love that even though she loses her way sometimes she never actually loses herself. I relate because I’m in a weird place, off the path but trying to find my own way.
Erin: Do you have a favorite LesFic sub-genre?
Ann: Romance. I’ve been a romance reader all my life.
Erin: Do you have a favorite author and or a favorite story?
Ann: Favorite books mentioned above- although there is really a long list. I have a number of favorite authors- too many to list.
Erin: Is there any type of LesFic story that you tend not to read?
Ann: I don’t read horror. I also don’t tend to like paranormal.
Ann: I never have. My imagination is too much for that stuff.
Favorite place to read: couch with a cat and cocoa
Last LesFic read: Confucius Jane by Katie Lynch
E-book or paper: E-book usually, more portable
First LesFic ever read: I can’t remember. I know I read a lot of Karis Walsh early on.
Sex scene or fade to black: whatever matches the characters
Literary crush: just one?
Current LesFic reading: Fenced in Felix by Cheyenne Blue