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The Lesbian Review

‘Turn Again to Life has been my favorite book this year. The research is sound and the results absorbing. It is well written, and with some superb descriptions. It is well worth an afternoon of your time. You may need a tissue too.’


Release of Turn Again To Life

Release 13 November 2020

I stared at the photographs, mesmerised by the mystery of the two women. Their bodies and skin have been frozen in time, turned porcelain white and uncovered on the north face of Mont Blanc. They were once lost to the eternal silence of the snowy peaks, waiting to tell their stories. Who were these two unknown mountaineers to each other, and why were they summiting unaided, alone at the pinnacle of wilderness? My search unfolds as a love affair in early twentieth-century England comes to life.

Tags: lesbian fiction, woman mountaineers, woman pioneers, suffragettes, London (early 20thCentury, interwar), ownvoices

Buy links:

Beaten Track: https://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/turnagaintolife
Amazon: http://mybook.to/turnagaintolife
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1053432?ref=b10track


I leaned against our bedroom door and watched over her.

A mellow light, coming from the almost-full moon and tempered by the linen curtains, cast a crown over Heidi’s shaved and shapely head. We always laughed about her name and how it explained her affection for the Alpine hills. She was the mountain girl in Johanna Spyri’s story, her upbringing in the Alps accounting for her aversion to Frankfurt.

The city was incongruent with my girlfriend Heidi’s being, trapping her until she was once again free to trek up the high peaks. Ironic since we lived in London, close to my work and the centre of British academia.


I haven’t read a lot of self-help writing books. When I was training to be a screenwriter, I read Robert McKee’s Story which is useful. Later, I could see how his ideas are analogous to the Russian Formalists (excuse the science) in terms of story types, character development and the three-act structure. Also around the time of my writing scripts, I met an actor/scriptwriter who recommended Stephen King’s On Writing. I know, I know. Everyone says, ‘You want to be a writer, go read On Writing.’ I have seen plenty of his film adaptations but none of his books. This is, however, useful. It is kind of the writing 101 book.

Lately, I realised very few of these seminal writing crafts books are written by women. There are lots of great blogs and podcasts that have been started by women writers or those with experience in the publishing industry, though, so I’m going to list a few:
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/podcasts/ Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M.Welland
http://blog.janicehardy.com/ Fiction University by Janice Hardy
https://www.well-storied.com/ Well-Storied by Kristen Kieffer
http://wiredforstory.com/free-resources Wired For Story by Lisa Cron

Enjoy writing! #stayhomeWriMo #LGBTQWriMo #QWriter


Copywriter: Jessica Krcmarik

Autism Awareness Week

To celebrate

World Autism Awareness Week 30 March to 2 April

I am revisiting my lesfic novella Courting Light, currently $1.20 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/884396

Our days were numbered but precious.
Courting Light is the story of Josie, an eighteen-year-old about to leave home to start university in London. She volunteers at a summer camp for disabled children. When Josie is paired with the autistic teenager Lucian, she faces intense experiences that are truly eye-opening. To her surprise, Lucian is not the only one who captures her attention. Over the weeks, Josie develops powerful desires evoked by the camp’s enigmatic young leader with a shaved head and tattoo on her skull.

This book captures the unique essence of your first love. ~ The Lesbian Review

Genre: LGBTQ+, YA contemporary, lesbian lit
Keywords: lesbian, coming-of-age, disability, teens, young adult, friendship, romance