I am over the moon!
My novel Love and Lemonade won Best GLBTQ+ Book of 2019 from the Love Romance Café! How amazing is that?
When Love and Lemonade was nominated, I was very moved. That book took a lot out of me to write. It’s the third in a story arc so there were a lot of different storylines to wrap up. It’s also the first time I’ve written about a character with a disability.
When I began writing it, I knew that the novel would focus on all different kinds of love. I knew that I would have a character that was disabled, I just didn’t know which kind. It occurred to me by the time that I got to the part where I wanted to introduce Zack, I knew that he couldn’t use a wheelchair. I knew nothing about using one. If I had to write about a disability, I would write about one I knew. I gave Zack my disability, multiple sclerosis.
I knew that I wanted the novel to be about all kinds of different love and really wanted to highlight the difficulties of being disabled within the gay community. Zack lives with the same multiple sclerosis that I do. He goes through the same pains as I do. It felt like I was living through my first forays into the dating world. I really wanted to convey his sadness and how much he wanted to be loved.
I’m so proud of writing this novel and so very proud of the fact that it won the title of Best GLBTQ+ Book of 2019. I am overjoyed and I don’t have the words to express my thanks. It was nominated alongside other really amazing books!
Having Love and Lemonade win Best Book of 2019 is such an amazing thing. You can get your copy, along with the other books in the series so far, here:
I truly hope you enjoy it!