Why I Write F/F by Lucy Felthouse
I started writing erotica because I was dared to, so it’s probably fitting that I started writing lesbian erotica simply because I saw a call for submissions and thought I’d give it a go. It was quite early on in my writing career, so I’ve been writing f/f almost as long as I’ve been writing m/f. Ever since that first story, which I now look back on and cringe, I’ve enjoyed writing lesbian fiction. I don’t know if that’s weird for a straight girl or not, but hey, who cares? 😉 Sexy is sexy, no matter who’s getting it on.
I wouldn’t say I find writing Sapphic stuff easier, exactly, because it’s not. You’ve got to contend with having two or more shes, making it more difficult to portray exactly who is who, and whose parts are where, and so on. Having a he and a she makes that element easier to deal with. But on the other hand, writing about females isn’t too much of a stretch. I am one, after all. I know what my body looks like, what things feel like, how I think, how I speak… the list goes on. So in that regard it takes less brain power to write female characters as you haven’t got to deal with penning a man’s reactions, speech and thoughts. It all just comes more naturally.
For a while now, there’s been this thought pattern that nobody buys lesbian stuff. In my humble opinion, it’s not true. Some of my lesbian stuff far outsells my other stuff, including the gay stuff! But I’ve long since stopped writing, or not writing things based on whether I think they’ll sell or not. It’s impossible to predict the market, so I just write whatever I feel like and hope for the best. And if this involves an up-and-coming tennis player and her mentor, then why not? I thought it was a good excuse to sneak in a supremely hot shower scene…
A Raw Talent book.
Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.
But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?
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Nadia Gorlando and I had just gotten off the exercise bikes in the gym when one of the academy’s coaches, Peter Ross, headed over to us, all smiles.
“Hey, Nadia,” he said, his all-American grin widening and his blond hair flopping down over his forehead, “I need a huge favor.”
I flicked my gaze to Nadia. She raised one of her perfectly shaped eyebrows and waited for him to continue. He did.
“I totally lost track of time just now and I have an appointment with Travis Connolly. Would you mind wiping down my machine for me? Or maybe stick a note on it saying it’s out of order? I don’t want to leave it all sweaty for someone else. You’ll be doing me a real solid. I’ll owe you.”
My jaw almost hit the floor.
Now Nadia rolled her eyes, looked over at the offending machine, then back at Peter. “Sure, I understand,” she said, as cool as ice. “The world’s number one can’t wait. Go right ahead—I’ll fix it for you.”
He babbled a load of thanks, then jogged out of the gym.
I gaped at her. “You’re not going to do it, are you?”
Nadia chuckled. “Of course not. He may be coaching Travis Connolly and Rufus Lampani for the US Open, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to clean up his mess.” She pointed with her chin over to the machine Peter had just vacated. “Come on, V, I’ll show you how I’m going to deal with this.”
I followed her, grinning. Her tone told me that it was going to be something fun. Well, for us, anyway. Probably not for Peter.
Sure enough, when she returned from the room off the side of the gym, she had a pad of paper and a pen in her hands. Deliberately shielding the pad from my view, she wrote something down, then pulled off the top sheet. Folding it, she then propped it on the sweat-slicked seat so the writing was on view to anyone who happened past.
When I’d read and absorbed the words, I turned to Nadia, impressed. Her smile lit up her face, showing dimples in each cheek, and her brown eyes gleamed with amusement.
It was in that moment that I decided I had the serious hots for Nadia Gorlando.
The sign read,
PLEASE EXCUSE THE STATE OF THIS MACHINE. PETER ROSS, TENNIS COACH SUPREMO, “LOST TRACK OF TIME”.
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. 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
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