Lucy's stories are so good that you may wonder about her sexuality. And that is why I found her account of a recent talk that she gave particularly interesting. Take it away, Lucy!
I did a talk for a local writer's group a couple of months ago. I was nervous beforehand, because previous appearances I've done have been at erotica-related places or events. This was a writing group with members ranging from 17 to 93, and although they knew the speaker was an erotic writer, I still wasn't sure what they'd make of me.
There was a great turn out – people were obviously curious enough to turn up and see what I was like. I don't know if they were disappointed by my normal appearance or not, but everyone was really friendly and interested in what I do.
Anyway, after I did my talk, I then had a Q&A session, and happily, lots of people asked me questions. One of them (from the 93 year old, in fact) was along the lines of, "If you have a boyfriend, how do you write lesbian fiction?"
I answered by saying that I can write about two women together, because I am a woman. I have the right equipment, I know what things look and feel like, and what feels pleasurable. As a writer, I have the imagination to duplicate that into two (or more) women in a story – and there you have it! Sexy lesbian or bisexual fiction.
My answer seemed to satisfy the group, though they couldn't quite get their heads around who reads lesbian fiction. I answered that I read lesbian fiction. I also read straight and gay fiction. Many people will read all kinds of fiction just because they love that type of story – it doesn't have to have any bearing on their sexuality or preferences. When I let slip that my lesbian fiction outsells my straight fiction, there were lots of raised eyebrows around the table. They weren't rubbishing my claims, or the genre, I suspect it was just something they'd never considered before.
This led the conversation onto gay fiction, and when I said it was mainly women writing and reading it, there was a great deal of confusion. But then I pointed out that it's similar to when straight guys (not all of them, of course, I'm not generalising!) say things like "Ooh, lesbians! Hot!" I believe their mentality is that they like women and women's bodies, so two women together is twice the sexiness. This brought lots of nods from the group – why wouldn't women think exactly the same thing about seeing two guys together?
Overall, it was a fun evening with a group of people who were very curious about what I do and the erotica and erotic romance genre in general, which prompted several discussions similar to the ones I've just mentioned. One comment that sticks in my mind is when I said that my luscious ladies outsell everything else, someone basically told me that I was obviously doing something right, and to keep writing it! A "go girl" if ever I heard one. So, with that in mind, I shall leave you in peace and go and write some more Sapphic sexiness, and smile as I think about the education I gave the local writing group. I suspect I was their most controversial speaker in a while!
Living in her remote cottage in the woods, Heidi doesn’t get many visitors. So when she spots a fox in her garden, she’s delighted. However, her joy quickly turns to dismay when she thinks the beautiful creature may be injured. Heading out to see how she can help, Heidi is astounded when something happens that makes her question her eyesight – not to mention her sanity. Once she gets over her shock and discovers the reason behind the peculiar encounter, Heidi is mighty glad that the fox chose her garden to visit.
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-cottage-in-the-woods/