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Feb 2 2015 3:15pm

Staying True: Exploring Lesbian Romance Novels

Something True by Karelia Stetz-WatersToday we're delighted to welcome author Karelia Stetz-Waters to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Karelia's Something True is a romance about a Portland, OR, barista and a closeted corporate employee whose company is about to shut the coffeeshop down—and then things get complicated. Karelia is here to talk about  how she found the romances she loves to read and write. Thanks, Karelia! 

I remember my first romance novel, loaned to me by a friend in 6th grade gym class. I was immediately hooked. I loved the genre: the pathos, the passion, the first glimpse of adult love. But as I grew older, the men on the covers began to trouble me. I studied their chiseled abs and enormous biceps. More and more they struck me—much like my neighbor’s Rhodesian ridgebacks—as beautiful, majestic creatures with which one would never want to copulate. It was 1987. I had never heard anyone say the word “lesbian” out loud.

Needless to say, there was no Amazon. The only place a gay teen in rural Oregon could go for validation was Powell’s Bookstore, 80 miles away in Portland. The year I turned sixteen, I found my way to the lesbian fiction section and picked up a copy of Isabel Miller’s Patience and Sarah, that beautiful, poignant historical romance about two early 19th Century women forming what was then called a “Boston Marriage.”

[New Century, New Women...]