The women who wrote said those themes in the book spoke to them–and they liked the story, too! Romance is romance, after all, and in a lesbian romance you get double the love from the female point of view.
I refuse to be goaded into setting aside my positive choice and agenda about my lesbian identity and community in order to support hers.
How could bookstore clerks suggest me to customers if they couldn’t say my name, I reasoned. So I suggested a phonetic compromise: Kallmaker.