Blog Tour Featuring Fiona Zedde

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Blog Tour Featuring Fiona Zedde

Meet Fiona Zedde, author of several novellas and novels of lesbian love and desire, including the Lambda Literary Award finalists Bliss and Every Dark Desire. Her novel, Dangerous Pleasures, was winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Lesbian Novel or Memoir of 2012.

Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies including the Cleis Press Best Lesbian Erotica series, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica, and Fist of the Spider Woman.

Writing under the name “Fiona Lewis,” she has also published a novel of young adult fiction called Dreaming in Color with Tiny Satchel Press.

Born in Jamaica, Fiona currently lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tell us about Desire at Dawn.desire_at_dawn_cover

Desire at Dawn is an erotic novel about vampires, finding love in unexpected places, and about the importance of family. Recently turned from human to vampire, Kylie wants nothing to do with her new life or with the clan that claims her. She certainly wants nothing to do with her mother, Belle, who is completely infatuated with her vampire wife and clan leader.

To escape her unwanted existence, Kylie befriends a beguiling human, Olivia, who has been abandoned by her family. But unknown to Kylie, someone is watching her – an enemy that has targeted her and her clan. While battling this enemy, Kylie also grapples with the surprising desire she feels for the human woman; a desire she’d once seen as wicked and wrong. Read Chapter Excerpt…

When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?

When I’m not writing, I love to travel. Mostly to places I’ve never been before, but I also love revisiting places I’ve enjoyed and opening myself up to having completely new experiences in these familiar settings.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured in Desire at Dawn?

I like to think so. Growing up, I loved vampire stories. But it was extremely rare to see myself and my culture represented in them. After I read Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, though, I re-realized that it’s up to us to add our own tales and our own legends— vampires included— to what’s already out there. My characters in Desire at Dawn (and its connected novel, Every Dark Desire) are my contributions to that cultural collection.

What aspects of Desire at Dawn are based on your real life experiences?

In the novel, there is a character named Olivia who battles breast cancer, just like I did. I wrote part of the novel while dealing with my own wellness journey and some of the questions Olivia asks are ones I had while I thought about death and dying. Parts of the book are like a journal entry, very raw and revealing.

What’s next? Tell us about your work in progress.

Right now, I’m working on a novel called Rise of the Rain Queen. The title may change though. It’s a historical and paranormal story set in pre-colonial eastern and southern Africa. The main character is Nyandoro, a young woman who falls in love with a man’s wife. This love is selfish and all-consuming, a love Ny gives herself over to with the reckless enthusiasm of the young. But while she revels in the passion she and her lover share, otherworldly forces beyond her control are moving heaven and earth to pull her from her small village life and into a world of legends.


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The LEZ TALK BOOKS BLOG TOUR is a collaborative effort by Black lesbian writers of fiction and nonfiction works. These writers will also be featured on LEZ TALK BOOKS RADIO. Visit for details on upcoming shows.


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