Tiffany Reisz is a favorite on Just Love, and her Original Sinners series has some of the most delightful–and delightfully kinky!– characters we’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! Now she’s back with her naughtiest book yet: The Red came out on July 11, and it’s “The most explicit, sexually decadent book I’ve ever written.” (Those are Tiffany’s own words, for the record!)
I had the opportunity to sit down with Tiffany at RT17, to chat about The Red, her penchant for writing queer priests, and whether “Kingsley-sexual” should count as an orientation. (Spoiler: it totally does.)
Hi Tiffany, thank you so much for joining me today! Congratulations on the release of The Red!
In case you missed it, we had Tillie Walden on the blog last week to talk about her stunning upcoming graphic memoir, Spinning, and about growing up a closeted lesbian athlete, homophobia in sports, and more!
Trans Book Month on Just Love is all about elevating and celebrating trans authors and trans narratives. Today we’re thrilled to have Alex Gino on the blog. Alex is the author George, a middle grade novel about a transgender girl!
Thanks for taking some time this morning to chat with me, I’m really, really excited about this!
Can you start by talking about why you wanted to write George? What was the motivation behind that?
So when I was growing up, there were no trans characters in children’s fiction—there weren’t really gay characters in children’s fiction. Those times I encountered transness, it was a joke, or an insult, or some other negative thing. And I’m sure that affected how I grew up, not seeing things that I was connecting with, and being told whatever I was saying wasn’t a thing, and not having any proof that anyone else was like me. Which is not everyone’s trans story, but it is mine. And as an adult I went to the children’s section, because I’ve always loved children’s books, and there still weren’t any books with trans characters. There were some gay characters by 2000 or so, but there still weren’t any books with trans characters.
So I said, “This is the book I wish I had.”
Earlier this month, I sat down with author and artist Tillie Walden at BookExpo America, to talk about her upcoming release, Spinning, and about homophobia in sports. Tillie is a cartoonist and illustrator, and she combines her art with her intimately personal story to create a memoir about being a lesbian and a figure skater.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Tillie or Spinning, please check out the end of the interview for links!
Today we have a really fantastic book by a really fantastic author on our blog! Julia Ember stops by to talk about her new release, The Seafarer’s Kiss, the best line she ever wrote, and her dream movie casting. Plus there’s a pretty sweet giveaway that you won’t want to miss.
So check out the book that Michele called a “masterful reimagining of The Little Mermaid… one of the most clever and unique interpretations I’ve ever read.” (Review)
The Seafarer’s Kiss, by Julia Ember
Publisher: Duet (Interlude Press)
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Hello and welcome to Just Love vs. El in which we will ask her all the awkward questions and do some promo for her new book Thaw that is coming out today.
There’s also a cool giveaway, so make sure to read till the end to find out more.
We hope you’ll have a blast reading and as much fun as we had by coming up with the questions.
Oh and this is El— You know, in case you didn’t know who’s running this blog and making all our lives brighter and warmer and things —>
JL: Jumping right into your new release, El, where did the idea of Gabrielle in Thaw come from? Is she based on any real models/actresses?
El: Gabrielle is actually very loosely modeled on a combination of Meghan Markle (an actress and also Prince Harry’s super gorgeous girlfriend) and singer Alicia Keys. But only in terms of who I pictured when writing her… personality-wise, she’s not based on anyone!
JL: You reference both Rent and Hamilton your books. Tell us a bit about your love of musicals
El: Living in NYC, it’s pretty hard to escape Broadway. Even if you’re not a fan of theater, it’s everywhere. But I’ve been a fan of theatre—and musicals specifically—since my grandmother took me to see Annie on Broadway when I was 8 or 9. I’ve seen some amazing shows since then, and listening to Idina Menzel in Wicked, or Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton, is pretty incredible. So I knew that this series would revolve around Broadway (and specifically a 20th anniversary production of Rent) from the start, because to me theater seems like such an integral part of NYC!
Welcome to the blog tour for Strays by Garrett Leigh! This contemporary romance is chock-full of humor, emotion and delicious cuisine. So we’re filled to the brim with excitement to have Garrett on the blog today to talk about what inspires her, whether or not she could ever choose between savory and sweet, and more!
As I said in my review, Leigh’s writing will leave you hungry for more, so be sure to check out Strays. Keep reading below for our interview with Garrett, and don’t forget to check the end of the post for an awesome giveaway!
Strays, by Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2017