Good morning! We have something quite exciting for you today at Monday Morning Fika: our very first F/F Fika guest! Woohoo! Lucy Felthouse is a writer of many talents, including both spanking and F/F fiction. Please note that the F/F books she mentions here are not spanking stories. Her spanking stories include the following:
- Pride – The Sweetest Revenge
- Weekend at Wilderhope Manor
- Punish Me Good
- Naughty Delivery
Thanks so much for having me here today to talk about F/F writing, and the pros and cons. I don’t exclusively write F/F, but quite a bit of my work is F/F, so I’m here to discuss it.
- I enjoy writing it. It’s easy, fun, and sometimes you can play with the aspect that certain characters might not realise the characters in a book are lesbians. So when the two women go into a toilet cubicle in a pub or club together, no one bats an eyelid. But they’d probably be shocked if they realised they were getting it on in the cubicle!
- Because I’m female, I know how things work, how things physically feel, etc, so I can write with authority on this subject. No one can tell me I’m wrong, because orgasm doesn’t feel like that, or a woman wouldn’t say that, and so on. There’s no right or wrong, of course, because everybody is different, but I can write something and know for definite that it’s possible for some women. Squirting, or female ejaculation, is a good example!
- You can explore different subject matter when writing about two women than you’d explore when writing about a man and a woman. For example, the friendship element that two women have, the things they do together that are nothing to do with sex; go clothes shopping, bitch and gossip about other people, go to spas… I’m not saying men don’t do any of these things, but I would say that straight men that do and enjoy it are in the minority. Or perhaps they just don’t admit it 😉
- It sells better than my m/f stuff! What better reason to keep writing it?!
- I have a high acceptance rate. I don’t know if this is because I’m good at writing it, or because writers aren’t writing so much of it, and therefore editors and publishers aren’t receiving it, but I’m certainly not complaining either way!
- People sometimes don’t get why I, as a straight woman, would write f/f. Some seem to think I’m a closet lesbian or bisexual. I explain that all it takes is a little imagination—as does any type of fiction writing—and knowledge of the female body, which, as a woman, I obviously have, and there you go! I mean, nobody accuses Stephen King of being an alien, a psychopath, a serial killer, etc, do they? Or Charlaine Harris of being a vampire, werewolf or witch? If a story pops into my imagination, I don’t mind what or who it’s about, I’m just glad the idea has come to me. So I’m not going to not write about lesbians, just because I’m not one. If people read my stuff, I’m going to carry on writing it!
- It’s not reviewed as much as straight or gay fiction. I have no idea why this is. My f/f sells better than my other work and I get really nice feedback about it. I’ve even had people ask me to write more f/f stuff because they’ve enjoyed it so much. Unfortunately, though it’s much easier to get m/f and m/m stuff reviewed. Some review sites do not accept lesbian stuff at all. Others do accept it, but much more infrequently than other pairings. It’s sad, but there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it, I just have to try and get the word out about my work in other ways.
- People don’t admit to reading it. Nobody’s ever admitted to not admitting to reading lesbian stuff, but it makes sense. Think about it—it’s my best selling stuff, and yet nobody reviews it and there are fewer sites out there that feature it. But unless people are buying it and not bothering to read it—which I’d say is unlikely or completely crazy—then someone is reading it. Quite a few someones, in fact. So why don’t they make comments? Sign up for sites that need reviewers and cover the lesbian titles? Leave reviews on Amazon? Whatever the reasons, I wish they’d get over it and speak up. There’s no reason to hide what fiction you’re reading, because it’s just fiction. It doesn’t make you a certain type of person, and if people judge you for it, they’re the idiots. So read whatever you like, and read it proud! The writers want to hear from you, and know you’re enjoying what they’re doing. So speak up!
Thanks again for having me here, and I look forward to hearing what your readers have to say about this piece. I’ll keep checking back for comments, so don’t leave me hanging 😉
Three sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of Lucy Felthouse:
No Boys Allowed
When Leigh goes to meet with some potential housemates in a sought-after part of London, all she’s interested in is making a good impression. The last thing she’s expecting is to find out that one of the girls is a lesbian, like her. Kacey’s not home yet, but when she arrives, Leigh knows one thing for sure: she’s smitten. But will her feelings be reciprocated?
Something in Common
Nerd and amateur photographer Justine is partaking of one of her favourite pastimes—visiting a historical site—when she bumps into Amber. It turns out they’re both equally enthusiastic about exploring stately homes, abbeys, stone circles and the like—and their surprise at meeting someone with similar interests leads them on another adventure together, which doesn’t end at the site.
Little Miss Goody Two Shoes
Izzy and her girlfriend are visiting a beautiful stately home in the British countryside. Taking a stroll around the garden, Izzy’s shocked to see a statue of a female—totally naked. Her girlfriend, astounded that Izzy is such a prude and a Little Miss Goody Two Shoes, proceeds to show her just what fun can be had in a country garden with a statue to hide them from prying eyes.
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/no-boys-allowed/
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9
Excerpt of No Boys Allowed:
Leigh checked her reflection in the glass of the street door before pressing the button corresponding to the relevant flat. Her hair and makeup had survived the stuffy and crowded Tube journey, thankfully. She was eager to make a good impression on her potential flatmates—this was an exclusive area, and rooms didn’t come up too often. Therefore living here was something she wanted very badly.
After a second or two, the speaker crackled into life, and a female voice said, “Hello?”
“Hi,” she replied, “I’m here about the room. I’m Leigh.”
“Oh, hi,” the voice sounded more enthusiastic now, “come on up.”
The buzzer sounded, and Leigh pushed the door quickly and went inside. She looked at the sign on the wall that indicated which flats were where, and made her way up a flight of stairs and along a wide corridor, towards the one she was hoping to live in.
Arriving at the correct door, she knocked on it. She heard noises from inside, the shuffling of feet and footsteps across the floor. Then a pause—perhaps the person on the other side of the door was checking her out through the peephole. Instinctively, she pulled and tugged at her clothes, making sure they were looking their best. Finally, the door opened. A tall, slim blonde stood behind it and she smiled at Leigh and stuck out her hand.
“Hi,” the blonde said, “I’m Keira. It’s nice to meet you.”
Leigh took her hand and shook it. “It’s nice to meet you too, Keira. Thanks for seeing me.”
They disengaged, then Keira stepped back and gestured Leigh inside the flat. “No problem. I hope this visit can be mutually beneficial.”
Leigh smiled. “Me too.” Her grin widened when she looked around the room. The building itself was deceptive from the front. It looked quite small, but it seemed that although it was quite narrow from left to right, its depth more than made up for it. She stood in a large, beautifully decorated open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. It was tidy—though she suspected that the occupants had cleaned up before her arrival—with lots of natural light and all the mod cons. She loved it already, and she hadn’t even seen the rest of the place yet.
“You like?” Keira asked.
“So far, I’m very impressed.”
“Well, that’s great. Let me show you the rest of the rooms, then we can sit down and have a chat over a cup of tea.”
Leigh nodded her agreement, then followed the blonde as she moved towards the first of five doors which led off the open plan area.