For the month of DECEMBER, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is looking at homosexuality and writing, and we have five wonderful writers who marry the subject into their writings in engaging, page-turning ways!
Today, we spotlight Monica Nolan, author of Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary!
About the book: Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary pays affectionate homage to the lurid pulp novels of the 50s and 60s. A sexy, titillating spoof of the illicit world of lesbian pulp fiction, Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary tells the steamy story of a former cheerleader with a penchant for filing. When Lois finds a job in the big city and a room at the Magdalena Arms women-only boarding house, she discovers just how seductive the society of other career girls can be.
For December, I got greedy and asked the panel THREE questions: How have your works been received by readers of all orientations….In the stories you have written and are planning to write, what ideas and themes do you see reoccurring that shed light on homosexuality….At the end of the day, if there was one thing you wanted your readers to remember in regards to homosexuality, what would that thing be?
In answering the question, “In the stories you write and are planning to write, what ideas and themes do you see recurring that shed light on homosexuality,” Nolan began her response with, “First, I have to rewrite the question a little bit—I never use the word homosexual and would feel silly using it seriously. For me the term carries overtones of the 1950s attitudes towards gays and lesbians. I think of “Homosexuality” as medico-legal jargon used in headlines warning about a homosexual plague or the cover blurb for those pseudo-sociological books promising “a searing portrait of today’s homosexual.” This is the kind of language I try to parody in the books I’ve written and am planning to write. For example, I have my heroine, Lois, exclaim in a moment of self discovery, “I think I’m a deviant too!” In my book, of course, this is a positive thing.”
To read the rest of Monica Nolan’s responses, head to All the Blog’s a Page! And definitely check out our other guests this month: Lee Hayes, Eternity Philops, and J.M. Snyder!
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