Questioning Lesbians: Barbara Winkes

Questioning Lesbians: Barbara Winkes

Barbara Winkes writes suspense and romance with lesbian characters at the centre. She has always loved stories in which women persevere and lift each other up. Expect high drama and happy endings.

Discover a variety of genres, serial and standalone. Women loving women always take the lead.

Whilst the more cunning of my readers may be able to work it out from the picture I stole from your website to run with this interview, I’m still gunna ask. What book are we gunna talk about today?

#10 of my Carpenter/Harding series will be out in February 2020. The gang is spending some time together at a weekend getaway, and…things aren’t going as planned.

Ooo… teasery and suspensy… I actually bought book 1 in this series last week, so don’t give too much away, but tell me, what, if anything are your fictional lesbians questioning?

My first book publish book was a coming out story, so that’s where the questioning came in. In later books, characters question themselves in other areas…being good enough, as a partner and on the job, is one of the issues. But it will all work out in the end – I make it so.

OMG, you get mega props for the Picard reference there. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows he’s my go to gif… But this interview isn’t about my issues… Tell me, do you think non lesbians (like Picard) have questions too?

I think everyone has questions… I was a psychologist before I became a writer, and I’m curious, so the answer is yes.

A psychologist you say? So, what do we do if… no, wait, wrong interview. What about bisexuals? Half the questions? Twice the questions? I was never great at maths…

Depends on personality more than on sexual orientation, I believe.

My world may be over if I can’t pigeon hole people… no, it’s fine… let’s move onto sandwiches. Do you have a favourite?

Grilled cheese with jam.

Like, together? In one sandwich…? Fine, dogs or cats (as pets, not sandwich fillers)?

Both. I used to be a dog person only until I moved in with my wife. If we ever have a pet again (the cat she had then passed away), it will be a cat, but we’re not sure when or if that will be. We were too sad the last time.

Losing a pet is horrible, I sympathise. I had a lovely boxer pointer cross who used to love dressing up and had a multitude of outfits. She looked fabulous whatever the occasion. I now have a wonky ninja kitten I have yet to introduce to fashion. So, where do you stand on the great pet couture debate?

It gets very cold here, so you’ll see a lot of dogs with little boots and coats. If it helps…

I mean… yes? Speaking of animals, if your book was an animal which would it be?

A cat curled up under a blanket (because it’s warm and cosy).

Aw, so cutes! So what inspired your cute and cosy book?

Hallmark Christmas movies, which is timely and also strange, because I usually write about women hunting serial killer and similar tales…but around the holidays, I like something light. So I wrote it with lesbians.

Hallmark with lesbians? Hope you don’t get complaints… Anyway, speaking of lesbians, give me your top 3 lesfic reads.

Katherine V. Forrest: Daughters of A Coral Dawn (because it’s provocative and would make a great movie) *** RA LaShea: 21 Weeks (I’ve enjoyed all of her works, but I love to see more thrillers in lesfic *** CL Hart: Facing Evil (more thrillers!) I must mention J.M. Redmann and Penny Mickelbury as well. They created some of my all-time favourite serial characters.

Awesome. That question is literally just to expand my TBR pile… anyway, if you could question any lesbians, any at all, who would you choose?

Val McDermid. Her books are also among the first lesbian fiction books I read, and I’d love to chat about the publishing industry in general, and writing lesfic and mainstream.

And, speaking of questioning lesbians (which, let’s face it, we are…) who would you like to see next on Questioning Lesbians?

Riley LaShea

So far they are not one of the respondents, but if anyone knows them, send them my way, after all, questioning lesbians is in the business of making dreams come true…

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