My wooden spoon-wielding occasional partner in crime Anastasia Vitsky has yet another new release. She claims she sleeps, but I'm not convinced.
Without further ado, let's pump Ana for some details on Living in Sin!
Q&A with Anastasia Vitsky
What’s your book about?
Living in Sin is about two new adults who are ready to split up because one cannot come out to her family and the other hates being hidden like a shameful secret lover.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
Despite ample reassurances to not do so, an organization tagged and posted a public video of me. My sense of betrayal and violation made me think about the costs of coming out and who has the privilege to do so. When I conducted initial research, most readers I met said they would refuse to stay in a relationship unless their partner came out. I wondered why we have so much judgment on this issue from people who have experienced marginalization. I wanted to tell the story of a woman who could not come out and the woman who loved her.
What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character?
I love and miss both of my grandmothers, who no longer are in this world. I understand Ciara’s desire to maintain her family ties, and I empathize with making hard choices that seem to hurt someone no matter what is chosen.
Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?
Coming out and whether people can afford to come out is a hot topic within LGBT communities.
Does your book take place in a specific region that would make people take an interest?
While subtle, there is a New Orleans flair to an important scene. I can’t give away more without spoiling the story.
Do you have other project in the works? If so, what are they?
I have more projects than time to finish them! I recently finished a short story, “Anchored,” that tells of a sixty-one-year-old retired librarian who moves to Florida and falls in love with the president of her homeowners’ association. It’s one of the first stories to show lesbian love at an older age, and beta readers have been thrilled to see themselves represented in romance.
I’m also working on sequels to Taliasman, Mistress on Her Knees, and a special project for Pride in June. Also, I have most of the sequel to Seoul Spankings planned out. There will be a few other projects for the summer and fall, including my first half-fairy, half-human story.
Living in Sin
by Anastasia Vitsky
Come out to your family, or we're through!
Sick of playing "roommate" for the sake of her girlfriend's religious, tight-knit family, Audra issues an ultimatum: Tell your family, or I move out. After all, Audra's family supports her and loves Ciara as a second daughter. Why would Ciara’s family be any different? Audra's tired of hiding the reality of their lives. She puts Ciara first, so why can't Ciara do the same?
Caught between her family and her girlfriend, Ciara resents being forced to choose. She tries to keep the peace by accepting her aunt’s endless blind dates and comforting her mother who care for Ciara’s dying grandmother. How can Ciara shatter her family by forcing the truth on them? How can she face life without Audra if she does not
Agonized and at her wit's end, Ciara receives an unexpected spirit visit that asks her hard questions. Does love require self-sacrifice? How much can she give up without losing herself?
Exquisitely crafted and filled with life truths, Living in Sin will challenge your definition of love and heal your soul.
Audra slides her hand over my collarbone, slipping the satin pink bra strap over my shoulder. I bat her hand away and adjust my bra.
"Ouch," she says, withdrawing to her end of the couch. "I did take a shower this morning." She picks up her neon pink coffee mug and takes a sip.
"I love you." I scan my pile of papers, frantic to finish my report before the deadline. "I'm just..."
"Busy," Audra offers. She takes another sip, watching me.
"I've got to finish before Grandma's birthday party."
At the silence, I realize my mistake. "Look, I'm sorry. I know you want to go, but it'll be tapioca pudding and cake with dull conversation."
Two patches of pink appear on Audra's cheeks, and she clinks her cup onto the ceramic mosaic coaster. We chose the set together when she first moved in. "You act like you're ashamed of me."
I groan. "We've gone through this a thousand times. That's not how my family works."
"Huh." Audra stands up and carries her mug to the kitchen sink. "Thought I was part of your family."
She returns to the living room and sits in the chair furthest away from me.
I pound away for five full minutes until I give in. Audra has silent treatment down to a science. I can apologize, but it won't change anything. "I need some space," I plead.
"That can be arranged." She stalks out of the room and slams our bedroom door.
ABOUT ANASTASIA VITSKY
Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events. She has recently confessed to enjoying her new hairbrush in addition to the beloved spoons. She can be found at governingana.wordpress.com and on twitter @AnastasiaVitsky.