photo of Karin KallmakerKarin Kallmaker’s devotion to lesbian fiction began after the film Desert Hearts led her to the library and onward to the women-in-print network of publishers and bookstores. Her lesbian fiction novels include multiple Goldie and Lammy award-winners. Best-selling works include 18th & Castro, Captain of Industry, The Kiss that Counted, Maybe Next Time and Sugar and span lesbian romance, lesbian erotica and lesbian science-fiction/fantasy.

Translations of her novels include Spanish, French, German and Czech. More than five dozen short stories have appeared in anthologies from publishers like Alyson, Circlet, Cleis, Bold Strokes, Yellow Rose and Haworth.

Her writing career began in 1989 with the storied Naiad Press where she was fortunate to work with Barbara Grier and Donna McBride. Katherine V. Forrest was her first editor and continues to edit her recent works as well. She has also worked with numerous other editors as a writer and during her tenure as editorial director for Bella Books.

Current novels are published with Bella Books and her bibliography includes nearly thirty novels in print and dozens of short stories and novellas. She is a Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author and a Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer.

The California native lives near San Francisco. She and her partner are the mothers of two. She blogs regularly at Romance and Chocolate, and is quite pleased to be descended from Lady Godiva.

Search on social media for “Kallmaker” – there’s only one.

Regarding…

Lesbian romance stories are the only novels where a woman can go to find affirmation of her hopes, her dreams and her choices in life. They reflect and celebrate the evolving nature of our relationships, friendships and community. Lesbian fiction of all kinds creates a mirror for who we are and who we might be in a world where we are received as equals by others.

For many women, even in our rapidly changing world, the only community they can safely find is in books and stories written for and about lesbians. Depictions of real lesbian lives — or lives we hope some lesbians somewhere are leading — remind us that we have a right to respect and happiness. I believe in a big tent that welcomes all identities and leaves room for everyone to find their own space.

And I like reading and writing about them.

Writers in a small niche market feel piracy intensely. Books are the only form of entertainment that has gotten cheaper and cheaper over the past decade, and there are still those who refuse to pay for their reading or to work with a library.

If you won’t pay for reading, you will get reading that’s not worth paying for. Voices you love will go silent. Please support the only writers who are telling your stories for you to enjoy.

See blog for further information about the damage piracy does to lesbian fiction.

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Karin has been exclusively devoted to lesbian fiction since the publication of her first novel in 1989. As an author published by the storied Naiad Press, she worked with Barbara Grier and Donna McBride, and has been fortunate to be mentored by a number of editors, including Katherine V. Forrest.

In addition to multiple Lambda Literary Awards, she has been featured as a Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author. Other accolades include the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and other awards for her writing, as well as the selection as a Trailblazer by the Golden Crown Literary Society. She is best known for novels such as Painted Moon, Substitute for Love, Captain of Industry, Maybe Next Time and The Kiss that Counted.

The California native is the mother of two and blogs at Romance and Chocolate: http://www.kallmaker.wordpress.com/. The California native is the mother of two and blogs at Romance and Chocolate. Search on social media for “Kallmaker” – there’s only one.

Lesbian novel-length work, novellas and short story collections: https://kallmaker.com/allabout/.

Karin has been exclusively devoted to lesbian fiction since the publication of her first novel by Naiad Press in 1989. In addition to multiple Lambda Literary Awards, she has won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice, multiple Goldies and has been selected as a Trailblazer by the Golden Crown Literary Society. Her latest novel is Captain of Industry from Bella Books.

The California native is the mother of two and blogs at Romance and Chocolate. Search on social media for “Kallmaker” – there’s only one.

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