Music, Me and Between the Lines

I know for a fact I’m not the only writer who uses music as inspiration or to just set the mood. I used to need complete quiet to write but it hasn’t been like that for a while now.

There are certain songs that fit the characters I create including the secondary ones.

For me, there are even certain songs that are synonymous with their story.

Every scene in Between the Lines with Haley, Tonya, Tracy, Nate, Tim and so on is etched in a song on my playlist whether it’s humor, violence, sex, conflict or tragedy. The playlist is an eclectic mix and I mean that in the literal sense. It ranges from Pop, Rock, Alternative, R&B all the way to a little Bluesy. Some of it is recent and some of it isn’t.

Since Between the Lines is going to be released on March 15th, I wanted to give all of you a glimpse inside my head, which in turn will give you a glimpse of the characters. Listen to the songs and then, when you get the book listen to them again.

Feel free to voice your opinion whatever it is. I’m not shy no reason for you to be either. Here is the link to the playlist simply titled, Between The Lines.  The book, which is Cops and Docs #3, is available for pre order at Ylva.

 

Between the Lines…Pre-Order

Good morning!!!

between-the-lines-800-cover-reveal-and-promotionalShit is all sunshine and rainbows in my opinion, especially since I have the honor of telling you that Cops and Docs #3, Between the Lines is now available for pre-order on the Ylva Website. Guess what else? You can also read an excerpt from the book. The first couple chapters are available for perusal.

Allow me to drop one more bit of knowledge too. ARC (Advance Review Copies) will be available soon. Yeah, that’s a lot of availability…

Have a good one!

Naming the next Cops and Docs

Sooooo…

I have a good solid idea for the fourth Cops and Docs book, but I need a title. Anybody willing to help me out? I’ll pick the top three and those people will receive free ebooks of the first 3 novels (BTL not out yet but on or after March 15th it’s on). Sound good?

The title has to contain the word LINES and I will pick a winner by March 15th. That’s plenty of time so put your thinking caps on!

You can leave a comment on Facebook, Twitter, on this blog or in my email at KD Williamson

Want strong LGBTQ+ representation? Supergirl isn’t the ship you’re looking for

I ended up in an intense discussion on Facebook about this article. Some of the response on the blog itself is spot on in my opinion. I have to wonder if the writer saw season 1 at all or even did research to support her view point. A lot of it sounds like pure bitterness concerning Clexa and I am appalled that the coming out process seems to be belittled. I’m convinced that Alex’s story is similar to quite a few and until its safe for everyone to just be those experiences should never be panned. IMO AD’s coming out and experience was one of the best on TV considering what is and what has been out there.

The Queerness

Stephanie Farnsworth examines why the popular new ship ‘Sanvers’ is a deeply toxic relationship.


Supergirl is the show that queer girls are flocking to post-Clexa. For those who were lucky enough to have somehow lived in a void in 2016, The CW’s popular show The 100 featured the “bury your gays” trope – and to a disastrous reaction. Clexa has been one of the most popular and lauded ships in history and so killing off the lesbian part of that duo wasn’t the best move. Yet, ironically, The CW has sought to cash in on that, but Supergirl shows that the network hasn’t really learned anything at all; and the worst part is that fans are falling for it.

The CW has been quick to smirk at its own shows, with Supergirl depicting lesbian Maggie being potentially fatally injured but her new love interest saving her life (something Clarke failed…

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Racial Diversity in Lesfic

I am black. There I said it, but I’m sure most readers already knew that considering there is a likeness of me on my Ylva Author’s Page.

Regardless, let me get something out of the way first.

I do not speak for the entire black or (romance) lesfic community that would be a blanket statement of sorts which is so not okay. This is my opinion.

OPINION!!!!  5864952

 

 

 

When I first started on my publishing journey, it never occurred to me that I would…that I could write about black main characters. To me, it was just a given. Nearly everything I’ve read had white women as the characters of interest (the romantic leads). Anything else was relegated to the POC subset that exists for blacks, Latinas, and so on, which I thought was strange to begin with.

I mean, how could I be so ignorant?

I really was until I opened my eyes and started looking around and talking to people. Then, I just couldn’t understand why there was a separation between white lesfic romance and lesfic with POC. After my moment of enlightenment, I started reading, researching, etc on this topic. You know what I found? Publishers who were hesitant to feature POC on the covers. Publishers who were scared to get behind stories with POC. Readers who were, on the one hand, voraciously waiting to read about diverse characters. On the other hand, there were readers who stated they just didn’t think they could identify with someone who didn’t look like them.

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?

Did I miss a memo or something? We all fall in love. Most of us live for the chase. We all struggle within relationships and would do anything to restore the equilibrium, the heat, the connection between lovers. That is universal.

Romance is romance.

So, it must be a cultural thing? Right? Ebonics? Latina, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Asian history or beliefs then? It’s so strange. It’s so different from how you were raised or how you were taught to be? Which makes it soooo hard to get into. Reading is a form of escape. Who wants to escape to the subset of somebody else’s culture especially when there are so many offerings similar to their own experiences? I’m gonna go further out on the limb here and say that reading about the racism POC face (if it’s featured) isn’t part of that escapism either.

I surely think that everything I’ve mentioned is part of the problem, and that’s somewhat due to the stereotypes perpetuated by pretty much all forms of media. Accordingly, black women are loud, angry brash, sassy, drug dealers, thugs, victims of broken homes, poor, etc.keep-my-name-out-your-mouth

 

 

 

 

Then, there is the flip side where they are powerful, rich, angry, loud… tumblr_lkxb2wgv4x1qh8hleo1_500

Yes, we can be that, but so can women of any color.

Guess what? We can be the girl next door too. We can be the woman who loves her family, her friends; the woman who works hard; the woman who is funny, fierce and independent; the woman who is lonely and wants more; the woman who is scared and has been burned; the woman who is hot blooded, passionate and loves sex; and the woman who is so smart she can’t get out of her own way.

You get my drift?

Further pushing stereotypes in lesfic isn’t helpful either. Which brings up the question, should white authors write about POC and vice versa? I think it’s possible to an extent if the stereotypes/tropes are vetted. Because, like I said, some experience is universal. However, to create a character greatly affected by her culture, the writer has to go deeper and be willing to learn and delve into that culture in order to make that character so life like she jumps off the page.

Yes, I wrote about white women, but my situation is unique. All in all, they were characters readers grew to love or hate, which as an author makes me do a little dance. Kellie and Nora were real for some of you, and that lets me know I did my job. In my upcoming book, Between the Lines, Tonya Preston is biracial and Haley Jordan is white. Some readers will have a problem with this couple for some reason or another. I’m settled with that. I wrote a love story. I wrote a romance through and through, and for other readers they will get that love and romance can be universal.

Hell, wouldn’t it be nice if all romance was just romance and authors who wrote for lesbians were accepted at the big publishing houses? But I digress. That’s probably another blog. Let me get back on track.

I wish publishers took the chance more often concerning diversity instead of looking at the bottom line. I wish people did too. I know change is happening. I know people have opened their arms to it, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening fast enough. Now, with the state the world is in, I fear that slowly, eventually the traction gained in many areas will halt and roll back on itself.

But, I seriously hope not. That would be a fucking shame of epic proportion.

 

 

Two things…

Blurred Lines is an honorable mention for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

Between the Lines will officially be finished and going through late stage edits by this Sunday. I’m excited but I’m also in a strange mood about it. Either way that means I’ll be getting ready for my tattoo next week! Suggestions anybody?

My coming out story…

Since it’s National Coming Out Day, I decided to take some time out of finishing up Between the Lines to tell my coming out story. Ahem, so here goes.

About twenty or so years ago…

My view of my sexuality was shaky when I went to college the first time back in 1991. I had a boyfriend then. Yup, big ol’ butch me had a boyfriend at one time. Hell I’ve had a few actually, but it just never felt right. Was it him? Was it me? Did I not have feelings? It took me years…years to figure out despite little clues including the way my eyes would wander toward and over the fairer sex.

Then, late one night I was working at the library at Indiana State University (my second stint at college and my third degree). I browsed the Internet, looking for the TV schedule for Xena. I had just discovered that too. What I found was fanfic.

Epiphany hit me in the head and man, I bled out all over the place. Talk about your ah ha moments. I was voracious, reading anything I could get my hands on. My understanding of myself grew, and I started seeing someone. That was over twenty years ago. We’re not together now. I’m with the woman I’m meant for. But, at the time, it never occurred to me to hide what I was feeling or hide who I was.

I told my friends at college first. Most of them rolled their eyes and snorted. “Like we didn’t know.” Was a phrase I heard many times over. Some didn’t like it so much but I said fuck’em either get over it or get gone. When I was home on spring break, I told my sister. She revealed that she’d suspected.

I wish somebody had told me!

The only person left was my mom. Some of my gay friends had told me horror stories about their parents and to support me they were on standby in case they had to come get me. I had no idea how it was going to go. While I was home, my girlfriend and I talked on the phone daily. Sometimes for hours.

This didn’t go unnoticed. My mother came to me before I could get to her. She’s a religious woman. She cried. I cried. She told me she didn’t want this for me. She told me she didn’t want my life to be that hard. Being black, a woman, and a lesbian?

She told me what the Bible said.

Things between us was strained for a long time, but somehow, we made it through. She accepts me, defends me against the people in my family who have still shown they have issues with me. Most of all, when she met the woman I’ve now been with for over ten years, she opened her arms and hugged her.

Hell, I’ve even gotten relationship advice from her because I can be an ass. I freely admit it.

So…

Things worked out. It doesn’t for everybody. I know that for sure.

It did for me.

The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

Well…damn. I’ll leave this right here and go on my way…

The Contrarian Blog

An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He lamented long about how terrible both candidates are in this election and I guess we just have to choose the lesser of the two evils or, as he put it, “…put on a blindfold and just pick. It doesn’t really make any difference.”

And that’s when I went off.

I am really sick and tired of people saying both candidates are equally horrible choices, how much America thoroughly hates both of them to the core, that there’s not a single positive trait in either one of them and wow, if only we had voted for that guy behind the deli counter or the neighbor’s cat, America would be WAY better off.

Fuck you. Fuck the…

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Between the Lines: Take the good the bad and the in between

I have some news. Some of you will not like it. I, myself, had to let it marinate. Between the Lines will not be released on December 7th as planned. It has been pushed back to March.

I know….

I KNOW…

But, it is a good thing. This is about quality. Could I have finished it in the next couple of months? Probably. However, Ylva is about quality and I will be too. This book is a completely original work with no fanfic origins. It took me a while to get started but now I’m in it deep. I think I’ve created a cast of main and side characters most readers can really relate to. They are down to earth, funny, and deal with real problems. I’ve also been able  to build a villain (if you can call her/him that) so that the motivations are understood and as a reader, you may feel for him/her to a degree. I think every character in this book will have an impact with readers in one way or another.

I’m gonna bust my ass to give you the best of my abilities. I will continue to post updates to keep all ya’ll informed!