It’s hard to believe that more than a year has passed since “Canadian Spot-On” took place at The Virtual Living Room. What resulted from that weekend interview marathon was the creation and maintenance of this website by six of the writers involved, cheered on by The Bookgeek. We felt that, unlike some other countries, there were few resources available to make lesbian fiction by Canadian writers easily accessible to readers. At the same time we hoped that the writers would become more aware of each other, something that we were shocked to discover was often not the case.
You’ve probably heard the old joke, “How many lesbians does it take to change a light bulb? Six. One to screw it in, and five to process.” Since there is more than a grain of truth in that, you can believe that there was quite a lot of processing going on (all via emails), as we attempted to hammer together our ideas into a workable plan. Nevertheless, at the end of January 2014, the Canadian Lesfic website was launched.
The site includes a weekly blog entry by either one of the members of the admin. team, or a guest author, as well as relevant news items that are brought to our attention from time to time. There is an ever-growing community of authors who have chosen to be listed, and each has her own page within the site. Should a reader be interested in a specific genre, the books of all the writers are neatly categorized on the “Books” page with links to comprehensive information for each.
One thing that we didn’t want the site to become was just an advertisement for our books, and through the scope of the blog, we have succeeded in that. Our entries talk about such things as the job of writing, publishing, travel, books we love, authors we love, movies, Pride, and even our families. The result is a glimpse at the people behind the books. Readers don’t often have that opportunity on a regular basis, and neither do authors.
I think that my fellow founders would agree when I say that because of this site, we have become a bit like a virtual family; we are here because we have something in common, something that is important to us on which we are willing to spend time and effort. As in any family, however, each member has a very distinct personality, and each works and relates in very different ways. If you follow our blogs, over time you will have noticed our individual styles, our views, and our quirks. Even though I have still never met any of the other writers, I now feel as if I know them. That’s a bonus that I hadn’t expected.
In honour of our one year anniversary, we are planning some special treats for our readers. It’s our chance to have some fun, and say Thank You for your visits and feedback. Drop by the site next Friday (Jan. 30) for details and the start of something a bit different.
Visit me at www.lizbugg.com