Lesbian Romance Novel “London Calling” by Clare Lydon + Q&A!

london-calling-cover

This hot on the press, debut lesbian romance novel has already hit #1 on the UK Amazon Charts after only being released for one day! It’s my job to get the latest and greatest out to you :) So here is a bit about the book including a lovely Q&A with Clare Lydon!

When the plane took off, I wondered what Karen was doing, if she was happy, knew I was leaving or wanted me back. Whatever, it was too late now. I was gone…”

Jess Sharp is at a crossroads – back in London, living in her parents’ spare room,  jobless and single. Not quite the irresistible package she was aiming for at age 32. One night, things take an upward turn when she meets someone who could be a game-changer. However, everything in her riotously chaotic life seems to get in the way, including her best friend’s wedding, far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past. The course of true love has never been so injury-prone. Will Jess eventually overcome her romantic ineptitude and find her happy ever after? Or will she continue to trip over her own feet in the race for romance?

A cracking debut novel from a new UK talent that zips along with sparkling dialogue and believable, yet original characters.

About The Author

Clare Lydon is a London-based author who penned her first novel at primary school and it scored 9.5/10. She’s still not sure what she was docked half a point for. A lack of lesbians perhaps? 

London Calling certainly addresses that issue, featuring a cast of London ladygays & their mates who Clare hopes are reflective of life in modern-day London. She’s already working on her second book which should be out later this year.

CLARE LYDON –  Q&A

So you live in London?

I do – I love cities and New York is my second favourite. I moved to London in 1998 and have lived all around the place but mainly in Stoke Newington (lesbian central) and now in glorious Greenwich, just a stone’s throw from the Thames.

What inspired you to put your fingers on a keyboard?

I wrote my first novel in primary school – the words, images and cover, plus I even put a bar code on the back. Great attention to detail for a ten year old. I’ve been writing ever since through my work – I’m a journalist & editor – but never took the time to focus on my fiction writing. I’ve had this novel half-written for around four years so I thought it was about time to show it some love.

Any hiccups along the way?

Not really, just that I realised if you put your mind to something you can achieve it. I sound like a self-help manual don’t I? But once I was in the writing groove, I started the next one too and it just flowed out.

Ooo, a next one – so when can we expect that?

This year definitely, hopefully within six months. It’s a completely new and totally different book to London Calling. It’s set in Devon for a start!

Do you have a favorite genre of music to write to?

I tend to write in silence mostly and chatter out loud to myself constantly. But sometimes I’ll select a playlist from Napster and have it playing in the background. I can’t have anything I know the words to though as it distracts me and I sing along. My head is full of song lyrics…

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m just about to start Kiki Archer’s One Foot Onto The Ice which I’ve heard good things about. I’m also really excited to read Nick Alexander’s new one, Other Halves.

Who’s your favorite author?

Alison Bechdel, hands down. I’ve followed her Dykes To Watch Out For series since its inception and her wit, artistry and political astuteness shine through every page. Her subsequent graphic novels have been a treat too.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Come Dine With Me – my brother lives in Canada and was on the Canadian version which was hysterical. He came second so not too shabby! I also cannot be in the same room as Liquorice Allsorts without eating the lot. It’s impossible.

If you could be stuck in an elevator with any three celebrities, who would you choose?

Kate Winslet, Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry. We’d laugh, we’d sing, we’d fight over who gets to play Leonardo di Caprio in the Titanic scene…

Clare Lydon’s debut novel London Calling is out on Kindle now, with other digital versions following soon. The paperback version will be out at the end of April.

clare-lydon

Find out more at http://www.clarelydon.co.uk

To buy: 

US Link: http://www.amazon.com/London-Calling-Clare-Lydon-ebook/dp/B00IN36K6E/ref=zg_bs_275856_67

UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Calling-Clare-Lydon-ebook/dp/B00IN36K6E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393519505&sr=8-1&keywords=clare+lydon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareLydon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarelydonlondoncalling

EXCLUSIVE chance to interview lesbian author, Kiki Archer!

Screen Shot 2013-11-09 at 4.37.51 PM

YOUR EXCLUSIVE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW BEST-SELLING, AWARD-WINNING, LESBIAN FICTION AUTHOR, KIKI ARCHER.

Here at LGBTQ Culture, I am offering you the exclusive chance to “Question Kiki.”

All you have to do is record a 10-15 second video clip of yourself on your phone asking Kiki a question.

Send the video clip to lgbtqculture@sky.com

Remember to introduce yourself and ask something interesting.

I will be posting her responses sometime next week.

Kiki Archer is a UK-based, best-selling, award-winning author. Her debut novel “But She Is My Student,” won the UK’s 2012 SoSoGay Best Book Award. Its sequel “Instigations,” took just 12 hours from its release to reach the top of the UK lesbian fiction chart; and Kiki’s third novel “Binding Devotion,” was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. All quickly became bestsellers in their genre, and Kiki’s fourth offering, “One Foot Onto The Ice,” has been her most successful to date, breaking into the American contemporary fiction top 100 as well as achieving the US and UK lesbian fiction number 1.

Official Website: http://www.kikiarcherbooks.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kiki-Archer/e/B007GNTTN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1384044216&sr=8-2-ent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiki.archer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kikiarcherbooks

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/kikiarcherbooks

Lesbians need you, Jessie J!

“Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars.” You said it yourself, Jessie.

“Just be true to who you are.” More lyrics from one of my favorite Jessie J songs:

So why, oh why, oh why, has Jessie J still not properly come out of the closet? Yes, she has given it the old “I don’t like labels, if I fall in love with a boy I fall in love with a boy, if I fall in love with a girl, I fall in love with a girl,” card, but Jessie J is not bisexual. Jessie J is a lesbian.

Jessie J and first long term girlfriend Kira Curtis-Howard.
Jessie J and first long term girlfriend Kira Curtis-Howard.

Last night I was watching the on screen chemistry between Jessie and Angie Miller on American Idol. See for yourself, there was a definite spark:

I watched it and it got me thinking. Does it matter that Jessie J has not publically labelled her sexuality? Should I be annoyed that she avoids the lesbian question with her hazy, ‘I’m trying to please everybody’ answers? My answer = Yes I should.

jessieparty1

Jessie J is, and always has been an openly ‘out’ lesbian woman. She just hasn’t told the media yet. She was advised by her record label to play the bisexuality card so as not to alienate any potential fans. No wonder her girlfriend at the time, Kira Curtis-Howard, got annoyed and ran into the arms of Miss Rita Ora. Shock, horror, not another British singer hiding her sexuality? I’m afraid to say she is! So why won’t these women stand up and be proud of who they are?

Maybe you say it’s none of our business, and maybe it isn’t. But when Jessie is so open off camera, why can’t she be the same on camera? It makes us lesbians feel like she’s ashamed.

But Jessie, we need you! We need a lesbian role model who is out and proud. Please, just listen to your own lyrics and be true to who you are.

Kira in the ‘Do it like a dude’ video.
Kira in the ‘Do it like a dude’ video.

jessieparty3

Rita Ora and Jessie. The UK’s not so secret lesbian clique!
Rita Ora and Jessie. The UK’s not so secret lesbian clique!