Interview with Author KJ, a Giveaway, and New Release News

Hello everyone!

The new year is well underway and it always brings new things to look forward to, so I’m kicking it off by announcing A Call To Justice, book 3 of the Sarah Sawyer series, will be released January 26, 2021 on Amazon!

I know…finally, right? But I think you’ll enjoy Sarah’s evolution here.

Gunslinger Sarah Sawyer has overcome her demons, vengeance-seeking relatives, and a loner streak as wide as the horizon to settle down out west with her partner, Jo. But peace seems too much to ask for with the influx of new settlers, illness, and brazen thefts stirring tensions.

But peace seems too much to ask for with the influx of new settlers, illness, and brazen thefts stirring tensions.

When a spate of white killings puts Native Americans in the crosshairs as the culprits, Sarah has a whole lot of questions and few answers she’s willing to swallow.

Driven by her desire to protect her town and root out injustice, Sarah reluctantly picks up the badge and seeks to reveal the truth.

Book three in the Sarah Sawyer series is an exciting Western that’s as down to earth as the dust on a tough rancher’s boots.

Top of the hat to Lee Winter for the fantastic synopsis!

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Speaking of newsletter giveaways…

Congratulations to Evelyn from Detroit, MI on winning the signed print copy of my new release! I sent an email, so please get back to me with mailing info.

This year I also want to return to some author interviews, so first up is best selling author K J. She hails from Australia and is known for her stories Kick Back, Art of Magic, and her Goldie and Lesfic Bard finalist, Coming Home.

KJ has also graciously agreed to giveaway an ebook copy of Coming Home, so see the end of the interview to find out how to enter.


Hello KJ. Welcome, and thank you for joining me. Since it’s January, I have to ask if you’ve set any goals or resolutions?

I feel silly amounts of pressure if I make resolutions. So, I guess my goals are to write and be.

If someone hasn’t read any of your books yet, which one do you recommend they start with?

Hmm. Probably ‘Coming Home’. It gives a very clear insight into what my writing style is like, which is kind of unique, I guess. I’ve been told so, anyway. My other books are still…me…but I chuck other stuff in, like magical realism, women’s football, dream sequences, or short stories. ‘Coming Home’ is the most traditional contemporary romance, I think.

Which character that you’ve written is most like you? 

I put a bit of myself into all my characters. I think it’s impossible not to. The one that’s the most like me is Hanna, who has her own story in the little novella, ‘Home’. Then she appears briefly in ‘Learning To Swim’. Hanna is very much like me because ‘Home’ was written for my wife, and it’s a fictionalised version of when we met. But other than that, there are aspects from Sam Markson in ‘Coming Home’ that I resonate with.

What can you tell us about your WIP?

It’s a contemporary romance about a bike courier and an architect. I guess it’s an opposites attract sort of thing. And with all my books, there’s a pile of metaphorical references and humour and dialogue. All wrapped in my particular brand of story delivery. It’ll be titled ‘Change of Plans’.

Rather than telling us what you’d bring if you were stranded somewhere, how about sharing where you’d prefer to be stranded (assuming you had a choice)?

I would love to spend some time in a room with blank cream-coloured walls, dark blue carpet (the really short tuft version, but not quite industrial carpet squares), no window and a door that fits flush. The room is soundproof. There’s a bed. It’s only a single bed, but it’s super comfy. There’s a light in the ceiling and one on the bedside table. Both lights can be controlled from the bedside table. There’s a bathroom attached to the room, which has white tiles, and super-super-bright lighting. The shower is large but not like the sizes that seem to exist in novels. The towels are the type that start off so fluffy that they don’t absorb any water, but after a month or two of being washed, they get that tiny bit scratchy and that’s when they’re just right. In the room, there is a desk, which is a plain laminate IKEA style, and a really comfortable office chair. The desk and the chair face the door but are located across the other side of the room. On the desk is a stack of brand new lined journals, a collection of Parker pens weighted perfectly to my hand, my phone, and my laptop. There is unlimited internet access. The room is silent. That room. I could be stranded there.

Love it! That’s very specific and sounds like a great space. Probably where you could do this next question: What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?

Being somewhere quiet. Oh wow. Silence and stillness are essential for me, judging by these answers. But I can’t do the unwinding. I need to sit and wait for the world around me to unwind itself.

Is there a story/genre you’d love to write that you haven’t yet? 

I’m very happy writing wlw romance. Maybe I could delve into murder mystery. I mean, I already killed a character in ‘Kick Back’. I’d have to think of reasons and motives, though. That’s complicated.

Thanks so much, KJ. Love these answers. For more of KJ’s work, or to follow her on social media, click the links below.

Twitter @propertyofkj

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kj.lesfic.7/

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

For a chance to win KJ’s Coming Home in ebook format, comment on this post telling us why lesbian fiction is important to you.

Winner will be contacted Feb. 1, 2021.

10 Comments

  1. Lesbian fiction is important to me because for so many years I thought I was all alone with my feelings. It was the best thing for me to read this fiction and make me feel so much more comfortable in my skin. I am not a young women, but my wife and I hid so many years that reading all these stories helped me with my confidence and not giving a cheap what any one thinks. I thank all of you awesome writers.

  2. Lesbian fiction is important to me because it means a lot to be able to truly identify with characters and relate to their struggles. It’s helped me with my confidence and questions while opening my eyes to things I may not have considered

  3. The importance of lesbian fiction changed over time for me. Initially it was a way to find my identity and understand it is ok to be who I wanted to be and I could relate to the fiction. Now it is my escape from reality and enjoy the adventures and storylines.

  4. I read lesbian fiction so that I don’t feel alone, so I don’t feel different and to have treasured friends to return to

  5. It fills my soul with delight. I just realized there was so much lesfic out there last year. I had just not spent any time on kindle. I am like a kid in a candy store. Reading at least one book a day. Finding new authors to enjoy every day. It is a good thing I retired last year. I have a lot make up to do.

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