Radclyffe is the acclaimed best-selling author of more than 40 published novels and 100 short stories. She has also edited dozens of anthologies, and is the founder and publisher of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies.
This year Radclyffe has been named winner of the Lambda prize for Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist. In addition her latest work, Code of Honor is a finalist in the Golden Crown Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure category, Homestead is a finalist in the Traditional Romance section and she is editor of two works in the Anthology/Collection category.. busy lady!
So of course we sent her the 6 questions you had helped us choose:
1) Who/What is your favorite book/author? Why?
I read all sorts of books, but I favor romances (of course, since that’s also what I love to write), detective/police procedurals (also what I write), and paranormal romances (ditto). I have many lesbian author favorites who write these kinds of stories as well as mainstream titles from Nora Roberts, John Sanford, Nalini Singh (awesome paranormals), Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series), and Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock series).
2) What has been your most surprising or interesting inspiration for a book?
I get many of my story ideas from news articles that catch my eye and biographies of people with unique occupations – for me one of the most exciting discoveries was that the President of the US has one doctor assigned to travel with him at all times who is responsible for his safety and no one esle’s. The biography of a recent female “First Doctor” was the inspiration for Oath of Honor, a cross-over novel bridging the Honor and First Responder series. Another biography of an undercover agent in a motorcycle gang inspired the follow-up, Code of Honor.
3) Writing is emotional and can be isolating. From where do you get your support?
Reader responses in email and facebook are a great source of encouragement. Knowing people enjoy my books and are waiting for more helps keep the forward momentum going. I also have very supportive beta readers who encourage the ongoing process during the writing phases.
4) What does it mean to you to see your work in print and then up for an award?
Having a book honored with an award nomination is very meaningful, especially when the awards are selected by readers. I think every author wants to know their readers are happy with what they are writing, even though awards from other writers or industry professionals are also hugely satisfying. I am always very grateful to be recognized among the many fine writers we have working in lgbtq fiction today.
5) What is next on your personal bucket list to accomplish (literary or otherwise)?
I want to keep writing better books every time. That’s my primary professional goal. I’d also like to do more teaching.
6) What are you working on now and what’s next up for publication (if they aren’t the same)?
Taking Fire, a First Responders novel is due out in July of this year – this features a Navy medic and a Red Cross worker under siege by rebel forces in the jungles of Somalia. My next book, which I will be starting soon, is Against Doctor’s Orders, and is a medical romance set in a small town in Upstate New York (due out Nov 2014)
HUGE thanks to Radclyffe for sending us her blogspot answers. I know the readers love to get inside the heads of these amazing authors, and it’s so great they take the time.
To find out more abut Radclyffe and her books click though to the Author Biog page.