Aunt Georgia Lee
Latest Book: Hot for Teacher
Where did the inspiration for the book come from?
Life, and my adoration for my mentors/teachers. I also want to provide realistic depictions of the different types of lesbian women of color and dispel the stereotypical views that people have outside of our community and even within our community of what it means to be a lesbian woman, and one of color as well.
Why was the story so important to you?
This story is important to me because of my love of children. I think so many children these days are raising themselves through social media and video games. Parents have become so free-spirited with their children and the idea of family is distorted. I wanted to share a story about a family that comes together not just based on biological relation, but a family that they hand pick to help a young troubled child. But I also wanted to tell the love story of two women who find themselves under these circumstances and learn to heal their own childhood wounds while enjoying each other both sexually and emotionally.
Tell us about the characters
Our main characters, Evelyn Hargrove (guidance counselor, teacher) is a statuesque beauty that comes from a controversial past. She was brought up in a middle class home by a mother who married multiple times, but although a socialite and respected in their community, was secretly being abused by her husbands. Evelyn witnessed this abuse and her mother's murder. Luckily for Evelyn her close friend, Tori and Tori's mother, Ms. Jackson adopted Evelyn and she continued the rest of her young life in a loving and more protective, if not less influential home. So, Evelyn has a deep dark past that prevents her from trusting others, but also makes her drawn to young, Colin Rivers, one of her students and the reason she is brought together with Colin's adopted mother/aunt. Then there's Danielle Rivers, nightclub manager, former stripper, and now adopted parent of young, Colin. She also grew up in a troubled environment with two parents who were addicted to drugs, violent and irresponsible, and a younger sister that she tried to protect, but only ends up addicted to drugs as well. Together with her best male friend, Rod, they raise Colin in a healthy and loving environment, despite their own childhood traumas. At first Evelyn and Danielle are at odds with each other based on their own opinions about Colin's behavior and their quick judgment of each other. But neither can deny the instant attraction as well, which continues to simmer until it explodes in some of my most favorite sex scenes to write. What makes this story well rounded is the supporting characters that you will be introduced to who come from all walks of life.
As a writer...
What are you reading now?
Although it's hard to find time to read these days with the responsibilities of my professional career as an instructional designer during the day, and my passion projects as a lesbian romance author and all other multimedia projects that I work on, there are two books that I have on my nightstand waiting for me to pick them back up. I mention them here because they have left such a great impression on me and are ones I will definitely return to later on this year. The first is Michelle Obama's Becoming, and Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn. Both are extremely emotional tales about these two very different women's lives, yet there are similarities in their work and both will leaving you wanting more and in awe of who they are as women.
What was your favourite book as a child?
As a child, I read a lot of Harlequin Romance novels. Instead of social media and video games, my mom allowed the monthly subscription to Harlequin romance to babysit me. Now, don't get me wrong, I spent quite a bit of time with my mom watching old movies and tv shows. She also had a great collection of 8 track music that we inherited from my father who was always in and out of our lives. So, I spent much of time reading those romance novels and watching movies and tv shows, and listening to various types of music. It is because of that childhood, I realized at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a writer. It wasn't until I was 24 years old that I realized that I wanted to be a lesbian romance writer. When I write, I see my books as movies, and often they read like a movie. They are engaging, fast-paced, and full of the love and drama that you'd find in a movie or a Harlequin romance. I loved the way Harlequin romances tease you for half of the book and then you finally get to those great sex scenes in the middle, and then when everything seems wonderful, they tear the two lovers apart just for a little while only to bring them back together for some more hot sex scenes and ultimately to solve the major conflict and live happily ever after! God, you just have to love that formula. LOL! Because of that influence, you will see a similar approach in my novels, but just from a very different point of view when it comes to my characters.
What can you tell us about your work in progress?
I'm super excited by my current WIP. During the pandemic and racial strife we've been experiencing in this world, I started to find myself going into a deep depression. Finally, I swore off the media for awhile and tried to get back into a good workout routine, but that didn't last as long as I'd like. Then a co-worker from my day job, who is also a writer recommended writing short stories. She also introduced me to some wonderful author tools, and that just took me on a wonderful path of discovery! So, now I'm working on an erotic series, "Real Lesbians of Atlanta (RLOA)" which will be a series of six books about a different main character. Although each book focuses on one main character, all of the women in the six books are friends or will become friends throughout the stories. I want to share as always a depiction of the different types of lesbian women of color that exist of all shapes, size, ages, etc., and RLOA is allowing me to do just that. I'm also working on another full length novel, "They Call Me Dr. Feelgoode," which is about a successful security software entrepreneur who is HIV positive, This woman has sworn off love for obvious reasons, but finds herself caught up in an unexpected love affair with a former military soldier now employee at her company. The employee also has her own challenges with PTSD and heartbreak, and a secret that will unfold and may risk their happily ever after. But as all of my stories they will have great friends/family members to help them along the way.
What is your biggest fear as a writer?
Writer's block, which happens often for me. LOL! This is the very reason why it's taken me 10 years to get back into the swing of things.
For new readers what book should they read first?
I would recommend reading "Hot for Teacher" first. It displays the maturity in my writing, and it's a story that even I am in complete love with at the moment.
As a person...
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
From the words of Tony Horton, P90X guru/creator, "Do your best and forget the rest!"
Where/what is your happy place?
In my small little office late at night creating the worlds that I want to live in through my writing.
What is your favorite food?
Dessert. I'm a sweet-a-holic. My favorite is red velvet cake and butter pecan ice cream.
What is your favourite movie?
It has been and probably always be, "Claire of the Moon" by Nicole Conn.
What annoys you?
Mean-spirited and selfish people.