Over at Writestream Publishing, we just posted a feature article with the beautiful, talented #CurvyGoddess Leila Lacey about her books, career, and future plans. Visit Writestream Publishing to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:
Why did you create the Curvy Goddess series?
Originally I didn’t intend for there to be a Goddess Series. The first book in the series is The Vixen. I have always wanted to read books with women that I could relate to, women who are smart, strong, successful, plus size, and loyal. To me that is the average everyday woman that isn’t getting a voice in romance. As I wrote the book and finished I realized these women (the core Goddesses are Vixen, Nya, Camille, Phoenix and Jackie) all had such a strong voice and distinctive personalities it would be cheating the readers not to give them all a book. So the Curvy Goddess Series was born
How have your own experiences shaped your plots?
I try and keep two main things in any plot that I come up with: laughter and a little bit of what myself or another woman may be going through on a day to day basis. While I want to entertain my readers, I want them to feel a sense of sisterhood with other women in the world, which I hope with translate to a movement of women having more respect for themselves and therefore other women.
Are your distinctive Curvy Goddess characters based on real people?
Yes, each woman is loosely based on women that I have known, for a great many years. Now while I know a lot of women, I chose these women because of the level of respect that I have for them faults and all. I guess the books are my tribute to the “type” of women these ladies are.
And if you would like to chat with the #CurvyGoddess, I invite you to join us on Twitter tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern when Leila will also give away four of these beautiful shirts to randomly drawn participant winners. You must chat with us for the full hour to qualify.