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by Anna Meadows
I don’t make much of a secret out of the fact that I have a type. Kate Moennig on “Young Americans” was my high school crush. If I still had a locker, the inside of the door might have a magazine tear-out of Rachel Maddow.
Dykey, butch, whatever you want to call it, I often write about it. A debutante’s tuxedo-wearing escort. A gardener who prefers to ignore the fact of her breasts. And, for Girls Who Bite, a fallen angel the narrator first mistakes for a boy.
Are these stories lesbian? Can love between two such masculine women be called lesbian? I say yes. Others might disagree. But if we write characters who claim their womanhood, and their desire for what women have under their clothes, no matter what those clothes might be, our stories are lesbian.
Does this mean I’ll never write stories about love between two feminine women? Hardly. Does this mean I don’t read such stories? Definitely not. In fact, they’re some of my favorites. But my attention as a writer is often captured by women who dress or act in a way more commonly thought of as male. There’s power in it, a power not so far from that of the female vampires revealing their magic in the stories of Girls Who Bite.
Now for the contest: Leave a comment here for a chance to win an 8” x 10” print of the above photo. I chose this print because I think it captures the feel of Girls Who Bite, and because I love photographing flowers that are soft, feminine, but not shy or demure. I can mail the print anywhere in the US (if you’re outside of the US, we’ll figure something out).
Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to stay tuned for new posts and contests. I’ll be back in September to talk a little bit about the mythology behind my story “La Caída.”
Anna Meadows lives and writes in California. Her work appears in Best Lesbian Romance 2010 and 2011, and is forthcoming in Girls Who Bite: Lesbian Vampire Erotica, Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance, Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, and Best Lesbian Romance 2012.