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Authors at the 2015 Festival!

The Lone Star Literary Society is thrilled to announce some of the confirmed authors for the 2015 Lone Star LesFic Festival, to take place on April 11 in Austin, TX!

We’re excited to welcome back the following authors, who were at our very first festival:

Erin O’Reilly

Stacia Seaman

Carsen Taite

And we have more returning authors:

Mavis Applewater

Melissa Brayden

Julie Cannon

Linda Crist

Taylor James

VK Powell

Stacy Reynolds

Del Robertson

Justine Saracen

Therese Szymanski

MJ Williamz

Barbara Ann Wright

We know you’ll be excited about authors making their first festival appearance:

CF Frizzell

Heather Rose Jones

Sandra Moran

Karis Walsh

Rebekah Weatherspoon

Best wishes for the holiday season!  May the new year bring you lots of wonderful lesbian fiction!

Author Spotlight: Stacia Seaman

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd now, our final author spotlight: another native Texan, Stacia Seaman.

 

Stacia Seaman received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Washington DC. It was while she worked for a well-known think tank that she discovered her background in languages and linguistics would serve her well as an editor, and she’s been wielding a red pencil ever since. She’s taken on a range of projects, from academic monographs to cookbooks, from genre fiction to ESL textbooks.

BSB_Amor_&_MoreStacia has edited numerous award-winning titles, and with co-editor Radclyffe has won a Lambda Literary Award for Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments; an Independent Publishers Awards silver medal and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions; an Independent Publishers Awards gold medal and a Golden Crown Literary award for Erotic Interludes 5: Road Games; the 2010 Rainbow Award of Excellence in the Short/Novella category for Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets, and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Women of the Dark Streets. Their most recent anthology is Amor and More: Love Everafter. She has short stories in several anthologies and also has essays in Visible: A Femmethology (Homofactus Press, 2009) and Second Person Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009).

Author Spotlight: C.J. Harte

CJHarteAuthor spotlight: C.J. Harte. 

C.J. Harte was born in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in New York. The next sixteen years were spent living in a variety of Navy towns. During the many days of packing and unpacking and moving, she always had a book in her hand. By the time she was eleven she was writing short stories and poems. Fortunately, she had parents who thought anything their children did was wonderful. This was all the encouragement she needed to keep writing.

When her father retired from the military, the family settled in north Florida. C.J. graduated from high school in Jacksonville. She then received her bachelor’s in education from Florida State University, her master’s and doctorate from University of Florida. While in college, she wrote for the student newspaper, became involved in student politics and discovered a passion for justice.  After college she became involved in the civil rights movement in the South, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and women’s issues, and GLBT causes. “At times, I felt like an accidental activist. Once I got involved, however, I didn’t want to stop until I saw the problem fixed. It’s 2014 and we’re still struggling.”

Time_Test_6The first time C.J. saw her words in a written publication she was in awe. “I was asked to write a story for the school newspaper. It was my first assignment and I was in a panic. I turned it in, sure that I would be told to rewrite. When it ended up being the lead story on the front page, I was hooked.” Writing became almost as much of a passion as being an activist. She has poetry and short stories published in Glass Faces, High Plains Register, Cheyenne Poetry and WomaNews.

“Rita Mae Brown once told a friend of mine that the secret to being a good writer is to read, read, read and write, write, write. I have at least two books I’m reading at the same time while I have at least one novel-length story and a couple of short stories I am working on.”

C.J. currently teaches doctoral students for University of Florida and enjoys spending time with friends, her two dogs, traveling and enjoying each day. She continues to be an activist while living in Wyoming. “When I first came out, there were very few positive images of GLBT people in movies or literature. Today, we have many more strong and powerful role models. We still need to be more inclusive. I hope my activism and my writing will help us get there.”

C.J. Harte is the author of Dreams of Bali, Magic of the Heart, First Love and, coming in October 2014, Making Time. She also is the author of “Crossing over, Jordan” and “Georgia on the Mind” in two anthologies. Her books are available at Bold Strokes Books.  “Each day is an adventure. I will either learn from it or use the adventure as fodder for a great story. OR both!”

 

 

 

Author Spotlight: Ali Vali

BSB-BattleOfForcesSeraToujoursAli Vali is back! Join us two weeks from tomorrow (Saturday, April 5) for the Sixth Annual Lone Star LesFic Festival!

Ali Vali is the author of The Devil series, which includes The Devil InsideThe Devil UnleashedDeal With the DevilThe Devil Be Damned, and The Devil’s Orchard. Her Forces series include Balance of Forces: Toujours Ici, and Battle of Forces: Sera Toujours. Her standalone novels are Carly’s SoundSecond SeasonBlue Skies, The Dragon Tree Legacy, the Lambda Literary Award Finalists Calling the Dead, and Love Match, and The Romance Vote, which will be released in 2104.

Ali is originally from Cuba, and now lives outside New Orleans with her partner of twenty-eight years. When she isn’t writing she works in the nonprofit sector. Ali is also one of the 2011Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award winners.

Author Spotlight: Barbara Ann Wright

BarbaraAnnWright, mdThe Lone Star LesFic Festival welcomes returning author Barbara Ann Wright!

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online’s recommended reading list. Her first novel, The Pyramid Waltz, was one of Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice books of 2012 and was a 2012 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist as well as a Golden Crown Award finalist. It won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy. She is a member of Broad Universe and the Outer Alliance and helped create Writer’s Ink in Houston. She is also a member of the Round Rock Writers Guild and the Austin Speed-Writing Challenge, both writing meet-ups in Austin.

Th Pyramid Waltz 300 DPI 1Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Author Spotlight: Melissa Brayden

photo-31The Lone Star LesFic Festival welcomes returning author Melissa Brayden!

Melissa Brayden received her bachelor’s degree in film production and speech communication from Baylor University. After ten years of teaching and directing high school theatre, she is currently at work on her Master of Fine Arts in directing at Texas State University and enjoying the ride.

Melissa has recently fallen down the rabbit hole and rediscovered her love of creative writing. She is the three-time Goldie award–winning author of Waiting in the Wings, Heart Block, and How Sweet It Is, all published by Bold Strokes Books. Her fourth novel, Kiss the Girl, is due out in July. She is happily at work on her fifth.

IMG_2668For personal enjoyment, Melissa spends time with family, friends, and her Jack Russell terriers. She tries to check out the New York theatre scene several times a year. While a reluctant patron of the treadmill, she enjoys hitting a tennis ball around in nice weather. Coffee is her very best friend.

March Book Release from Festival Author!

We’re always excited about new lesbian fiction! Check out the new release from Justine Saracen, who will be attending the 2014 Lone Star LesFic Festival for the first time.

ViolinsCoverWaiting for the Violins by Justine Saracen, out this month!

Antonia Forrester, an English nurse, is nearly killed while trying to save soldiers fleeing at Dunkirk. Embittered, she returns to occupied Brussels as a British spy to foment resistance to the Nazis. She works with urban partisans who sabotage deportation efforts and execute collaborators, before résistante leader Sandrine Toussaint accepts her into the Comet Line, an operation to rescue downed Allied pilots. After capture and then escape from a deportation train headed for Auschwitz, the women join the Maquis fighting in the Ardenne Forests. Passion is the glowing ember that warms them amidst the winter carnage until London radio transmits the news they’ve waited for. Huddled in the darkness, they hear the coded message, “the long sobs of the violins” signaling that the Allied Invasion is about to begin.