Society of Women

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing

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I hope everyone will pardon a brief commercial for my absolutely most favorite lesbian event ever (okay, event with more than 2 women in the room) and that’s the Golden Crown Literary Society annual convention. This year it is in Atlanta, June 8-11, and already the list of attending writers, publishers and editors is lengthy and star-studded. And we’ve just been informed that Ann Bannon will be speaking! Read More

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Might I be so bold as to ask how much sex is enough?

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing

love spelled in scrabble tiles

Every genre has its conventions and the sex should always be about the characters and the plot. I think it is possible, even in these days of explicit romances, to pen a lesbian romance that does not have a “sex scene” per se – but it must have lust and passion or the reader won’t buy that “love and happy ever after” premise you spent several hundred pages selling. Read More

Why the Racier Content After All These Years?

Karin Kallmaker All the Wrong Places, Craft of Writing

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What’s racier? Who determines that?

When I first started writing, my “rules” for what could and couldn’t be done between the sheets, err, pages of a romance novel were distilled from what I read, which was primarily lesbian romance and mystery. I wrote within those limitations for the first half dozen books or so because I was sure they were acceptable to the publisher (Naiad Press). Over time I broke a few of the rules, but in very subtle ways. Read More

Lesbians Hate Women

Karin Kallmaker LIFE + STYLE

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Itwas an odd thing when a new member of a club I belonged to suddenly announced that the club’s members and founders were women-hating because the club goal was the support of not women, but “just” lesbians. Read More

Frosting on the Cake mouthwatering

Extra Frosting: And Now a Word or Two

Karin Kallmaker Car Pool, Embrace in Motion, Frosting on the Cake Volume 1, In Every Port, Making Up for Lost Time, Painted Moon, Paperback Romance, Touchwood, Tunnel of Light, Unforgettable, Watermark, Wild Things 2 Comments

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At the time that Frosting on the Cake was published there was no “blog” concept on the Internet, or the contents of the final portion of this collection of short stories would have likely been a blog. I’m going to reprint it here because it answers a number of frequently asked questions. Read More