You know when you have an idea for something, you write it, and then you realize it’s utter trash? Well, that happened to me today. I had a whole essay on Italian toilets (Venetian, specifically) all set ready to go when I realized my passion for the topic had died a quick death between idea, execution, and posting. I may yet write my treatise on the various thrones I experienced throughout La Serenissima but for today, it’s a bust.
Instead, I’m going to chat a little bit about my new book, Insatiable Appetites. This book is the 4th in the How Sweet It Is series that I began roughly ten years ago. Of course, when I wrote the first book which would eventually be titled A Taste of Sin, I didn’t have my eye on creating a series. I just wanted to write a fun book about lesbians in a big city (Miami) enjoying the kind of lives I could only imagine. That book, about Desiree, a woman who, after discovering her mother’s previously hidden cancer diagnosis, rushes back home to help deal with the crisis and inadvertently finds the love she didn’t realize she was looking for.
Writing A Taste of Sin was SO much fun. It was sexy and a little over the top and set in a city that I loved. And during the writing process, I accidentally created a character I fell in love with. Her name is Rémi Bouchard. Not since my first book, Bliss, has a butch/stud/AG/masculine of center woman captured my attention so much. She was vulnerable and caring, but also sexy as hell in her motorcycle leathers and with her battered soul. Halfway through writing A Taste of Sin, I knew I would write a follow up book. And so, Hungry for It was born. Then written and then published.
Years passed. A few beloved readers asked for a sequel—they wanted to know what happened with the sweet and studly woman who fell in love with her best friend’s mother—but I kept resisting. Until finally, at the end of 2016, an idea came to me for a 3rd book. This book is Insatiable Appetites and it came out on January 30th of this year.
This new novel explores another in the group of friends, Sage, and her sometimes explosive relationship with her girlfriend of twelve years. Like the two books before it, Insatiable Appetites follows a different pair of lovers and also tackles various issues within the queer women’s communities. Polyamory. Bi-phobia. Coming out. Staying out.
Delving back into a world I haven’t written about for ten or so years was more challenging than I first thought it would be. Sure, those women have changed, but I’ve also changed as a writer. It was interesting re-reading the previous books then this one, and noting the differences. I’m eager to find out what my readers think—good, bad, or indifferent.
In the meantime, I’ve planned the 4th and last in the How Sweet It Is series. That book, already titled Just Desserts, will feature perpetually single and saucy, Nuria Diaz. I don’t plan to let another ten years pass before writing it. Promise.