Gooood morning everyone! Another Tuesday, and another amazing author interview! Today I have the lovely Shiralyn Lee with me, along with my review of her novel, Pink Crush! Enjoy!
I began to write in 2006. After the frustration of my favourite lesbian shows ending and nothing replacing them I needed to fill the void. My wife challenged me to do something about it so I did. I began to write my own lesbian story with my first book Loving the Pink Kiss. It is mostly based on my life, apart from the immigration scam, and then I turned it into a comedy. After that I wrote Pink Crush, about a female firefighter, this one leans toward the drama section. After that I wrote several shorts and all of my work is erotic. Some stories are based on BDSM, these are explicit. I love writing about sex and when I am asked, ‘why sex’ my answer is, ‘why not!’
Hello Shiralyn, it’s a pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!
Thank you for the chance to share my life.
As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! Your first novel is a comedy, do you have any comedic inspiration that you use?
I use life itself, so many funny and stupid things have happened to me and my friends so I took the opportunity to induce them into my book.
Your first novel, Loving the Pink Kiss, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?
This book is based on my life, apart from the immigration scam that is. Sarah has drunkenly agreed to go ahead with a marriage of convenience to a total stranger. She meets this stranger at the registry office just before she is to wed them. She is now face to face with a woman, yes that’s right a same sex marriage. Sarah had failed to take in any details. She goes ahead with the scam and then soon realises that she is falling in love with her spouse Robbie. Sarah is a very testing person and has to fight for what she wants as Robbie has a little baggage of her own that she needs to get rid of.
So what inspired this novel?
This novel came about because I grew agitated and frustrated when my favourite lesbian TV shows ended. I had withdrawal symptoms so my wife challenged me and said, “Do something about it then.” Yes that’s right I’m a lesbian if you hadn’t guessed by now.
Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?
Being a lesbian is the main reason but also there’s not that much out there for lesbians. We are starving for lesbian dramas and comedies.
If your book was made into a film, who would play your main characters, and why?
If Loving the Pink Kiss was turned into a film, I would choose Isla Fischer to play Sarah, she just has that same quirkiness about her, and Catherine DeBuono would be a great Robbie as I have seen her in several lesbian roles.
Where can we find your novels?
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Well a lot more lesbian stories for sure. I am currently working on a football themed story and also an explicit BDSM story that will soon be up for release. I have several other works on Amazon so check out my author page. Vampire Changeling, Pink Crush and The Submissive Scullery Maid seem to be the most popular choices.
Last question of randomness! If you could become a character from any book for a day, who would it be and why?
Well I love all of my characters good and evil but if I had to choose just one then I would choose Danny Cooper from Pink Crush. She is a female fire-fighter going through some dramatic scenarios. I chose her because I dedicated this book to a female fire-fighter from Vancouver who was killed in a hit and run whilst she drove her motorbike on holiday in India. She was a big part of the gay community when she took part in the pride parade. Even though we never met on a personal level she has left an indent in my heart.
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Absolutely true! It’s been fantastic having you here Shiralyn
This full length novel containing 79,000 words is about Danny Cooper; a female firefighter living in London, England. She meets a mystery girl and is instantly attracted to her, but unknown to Danny this girl (Izzy) is keeping a secret. She is a well known actress in her country and is undercover using Danny for research to gain insight into the lesbian world for her next movie. Danny is crushed when she discovers Izzy’s hidden agenda but through unusual circumstances soon finds a new love interest when she meets Sasha. But Danny has to be patient as Sasha has been trying to save her relationship with her girlfriend Deb’s; a girl who Danny has someone in common with.
I loved the plot in this book. It is definitely not a genre I would normally read, and I admit I was apprehensive as to what kind of story was waiting behind the pages for me. After just a few pages in, I was hooked to the story. Danny to start with seems so fed-up with her life, and the character was raw and there for all to see, which made it more compelling from the first page. The pace was perfect, and unfolded the story scene by scene. I loved the dialogue between the characters, as it was very true to life, full of the usual slang people use rather than being very perfect and stylized, which made the story more realistic. There was also the strange mystery around the Izzy that kept me flicking the pages to find out what was going on! Without giving too much away, the romance that develops is not the one you think it will be! And it was charming to see how well it developed; you could really feel the love building between the two characters, not to mention with the heated sexual tension that built up!
I really hate to have bad points on such a good story, but the novel could really do with some more editing. There were parts that didn’t have commas or breaks for each character, so sometimes it was hard to work out who was talking, and if they were actually talking or if they were talking in their own heads. There were a few apostrophes in the wrong places as well, one at least in a chapter heading. It was a shame, but it really is a great story that could be made better with just a little editing.
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, and I was pleasantly surprised! The overall storyline was brilliant, with more than a few twists and turns in it, and the emotions really showed through strongly on the page, especially with the main character, Danny. I also loved Shiralyn Lee’s dedications to Cindy Kampmeinert and her wife, Janice, at the beginning were very touching. I would mark this book down on the editing, which unfortunately I can’t ignore, but I also loved the storyline, and thought overall it was a great book.
So, I would give this book…….3.5/5 stars! I would like to note it would easily be a 5 star, once the editing was taken care of.