Lesfic Book Club: Blurred Lines

For our July meeting of the Lesfic Book Club, we discussed Blurred Lines by KD Williamson. If you weren’t able to make it, check out the transcript below.

A couple of notes on the transcript:

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Reader 1  4:10 PM

Thanks so much for joining us – we’re happy to have you

KD Williamson  4:11 PM

I’m glad u reminded me. I’ve probably got a lil too much on my plate this week sorry

Reader 1  4:11 PM

So what did everybody think of Blurred Lines?

Reader 2  4:11 PM

I only made it to chapter 12 so far in the 4th book. I was hoping to have completed the series before the book club meeting today. I got sucked in. 😀

Reader 3  4:12 PM

It was fantastic

Reader 4  4:12 PM

I love the series it’s one of my favorites

Reader 5  4:13 PM

Book was amazing I love the chemistry and the teasing between them!

Reader 6  4:13 PM

It’s great! I love Kelli

KD Williamson  4:13 PM

well don’t stop if you wanna shout more accolades! lol

Reader 3  4:13 PM

I got to ask the most important question first. Metallica? I luuuurrrvvvvvveeeee them so was thrilled they guest starred

KD Williamson  4:13 PM

I’m a metallica fan

old metallica

Reader 7  4:14 PM

Yes, their chemistry is wonderful! I found that I didn’t like either Kelli or Nora at the beginning of the book, but I always liked them when they were together, from their first interactions.

Reader 6  4:15 PM

Aww, Kelli is totally my type of person though :slightly_smiling_face:

Reader 1  4:15 PM

Yeah Kelli seemed like she would definitely be a challenging patient haha

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Kelli is a challenging person period lol

Reader 7  4:16 PM

There are parts of them that I really identify with… but I think what made it hard to like them initially (but what also made it more powerful when they came together) was that we got a really good look at the “walls” each of them put up against the world, before we got to know the women inside those walls

Reader 3  4:15 PM

How did you decide on the characters, were they based on any real life peeps?  (edited)

KD Williamson  4:16 PM

Kelli and Nora were actually based in fanfic ans Rizzoli and Isles

Reader 5  4 days ago

I got that vibe!! I wish on the show they had got together

Reader 8  4 days ago

I’ve never watched Rizzoli and Isles, lol. :see_no_evil:

Reader 10  4 days ago

READER 8 you need to, and I wasn’t wrong when I kept seeing Maura in Nora… tho I just got the Rizzoli fam resemblance in Kelli’s family.

Reader 4  4:17 PM

Yes I called that

Rizzoli and Isles is only the best show EVER I love Maura and Jane

Reader 5  4:17 PM

Kelli is the best totally! I wonder were is my Kelli BUT I am just find out that I have a spot for Ice Queens!!

Reader 6  4 days ago

The chemistry is so strong they should have put them together.

Reader 4  4 days ago

Yes they should have! They were practically together without all the kissing and stuff. Even Hoyt saw it

Reader 3  4:18 PM

Did you always plan it to be a 2 part book?

So the baddie could get what was coming

KD Williamson  4:19 PM

No my publisher at the time, Ylva thought it was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to long as it was

so they wanted to split it in two. Character growth big time for the second book

Reader 3  4:21 PM

What about books 3 and 4? Where they just additional stories or did you purposely think them up to fit the docs and cops theme?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I purposely didn’t want the series to be about the same ppl over and over but I wanted to keep the theme

Reader 1  4:22 PM

Do you have a favorite profession to write about between the two, cops vs. docs?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Kelli and Nora started out as my favorite but Tonya and Haley ended up stealing the show for me. She was a psychiatrist

Reader 2  4:22 PM

Will there be more books in the series?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

If I can find something original possibly

Reader 9  4:23 PM

I’ve only read the first one, with the second ready to go. Is extra slow burn your thing @KD Williamson?

I mean those two were just fizzing and popping and downright smouldering!

KD Williamson  4 days ago

LOL I don’t do it on purpose! Honest! It just worked out that way. But I’m starting to think maybe it is

Reader 3  4:24 PM

If this is too nosey then ignore. But I saw a group of you seemed to defect from Ylva and form a new publisher. Is there a reason or you just all wanted a change?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Nope mad love for Ylva just wanted a change. I may even be going toward self publishing some day

Reader 2  4:25 PM

What was the most enjoyable thing to write for the book?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

the humor and the sex lol

Reader 3  4:26 PM

Do you have a background as either a cop or a doc?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I have a mental health background, My mom was a nurse. My sister is a nurse too

Reader 9  4:28 PM

Don’t know the show but did you base Carina on anyone. Some of her questions were outrageous!

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Yup Jane Rizzoli’s mom on the show. I added a lil extra spin on her of course

Reader 1  4:30 PM

What’s your favorite part of a romance to write?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I don’t like so much to do the conventional romance. To me the best part is the getting to know you stage it’s full of awkwardness, humor, heat or it should be

Reader 9  4:31 PM

If the characters weren’t based on the show, who do you see playing Kelli and Nora in a film version?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Ohhh hmmm I’m gonna hav to think on that for a min. I’ll come back to it

Reader 4  4 days ago

I would want Sasha to play Nora still

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Who would yall like to see? Kelli is a redhead so..?

Reader 1  4 days ago

Do you have a strong visual image of your characters/setting/etc while you write? I always tremble in fear at the possibility of being asked this question because I do not lol

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Sometimes I do Reader 1. Sometimes I don’t.

Reader 4  4 days ago

Hmm… Kat Barrel or Chyler Leigh

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Lena Headey as Kelli

she could do the red hair and the attitude

Reader 1  4 days ago

Ooh, I could see Chyler or Lena for sure. I was thinking a little younger, Isla Fisher

Reader 6  4 days ago

The attitude is everything

Reader 9  4 days ago

The actress who plays Joan in Mad Men maybe?

Reader 1  4 days ago

I would watch Christina Hendricks in anything

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Nooo I see her for Nina in my newest book Big Girl Pill

Now for Nora…hmm who does damaged well?

Reader 3  4 days ago

Me!

I do damaged real well :joy:

Reader 10  4 days ago

What about Bridget Regan as Nora?

Reader 11  4 days ago

But in the book, you write Nina as a blond. I liked how she came into herself during the book

Reader 9  4:37 PM

What about writing in a different genre @KD Williamson? Any plans?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I’ve written spec fic before wayyy wayy way back won a goldie for it but the book is out of print

I do think about it but I think romance is my thing…done my way

Reader 6  4 days ago

And your way adds a lot of ‘color’ that we need. Not just in the characters literally ethnicity but in the way they talk and act. Much more down to earth.

Reader 1  4 days ago

I would be very interested to read that – any possibility of self-publishing to get it back into circulation?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

It would need a major MAJOR rewrite lol I’m so different as a writer now but I’ve thought about it

Reader 2  4:38 PM

Who are your favorite lesfic authors?

KD Williamson  4:39 PM

Meghan Obrien is very underrated

I did a podcast with Tara scott about her lol

Reader 9  4:39 PM

Would you ever do a collaboration?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

god no…no no no I don’t think I’d be able to my writing voice is my own

Reader 2  4:41 PM

Any advice for new writers or those looking into getting into writing?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

if u self published get an editor first if you go through a publisher read ur contract and haggle if you can and then listen to your editor! Argue but be willing to listen

Reader 9  4:42 PM

Do you have a potty mouth like Kelli :laughing:

KD Williamson  4 days ago

For the most part fuck yeah lol

Reader 1  4:44 PM

What’s your favorite non-lesfic genre to read/watch?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I do a lot of superhero stuff. I can’t help myself. I’m a big kid so I love the Marvel and DC live action shows

Right now I’m listening to Sandman its based on a graphic novel from the DC universe

Reader 9  4:45 PM

Do you do much stuff like this, interaction with fans, and do you enjoy it?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

All the time and yes for the most part I really do. The unsolicited DM’s get a lil invasive and weird sometimes tho lol

Reader 1  4:48 PM

Do you consider yourself a plotter, pantser, or something in between?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

A pantser to a degree until I get near the end I tend to map that out more

Reader 12  4:50 PM

What is the one book you couldn’t live without?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Wild by Meghan Obrien it’s just something about that book

I listened to the audiobook

Reader 3  4:53 PM

There is a need for more POC in books but there’s a big debate about white peoples shouldn’t write a character who is a POC because they don’t know their lifestyle. So which is better, just hoping for more POC authors or allowing white writers to add characters they want without having to make them all white.

Apologies if this offends anyone

KD Williamson  4 days ago

thats a good question. publishers generally are reluctant to put out books written by POC because they still think they don’t sell or they only sell to that particular race. That’s not true. I’m an example of that. As far as letting others write what they want? I think it’s a fine line because white writers have been guilty of using stereotypes seen in the media for their characters. If a writer does write about a POC they need a very good sensitivity reader

Reader 3  4 days ago

Thanks for your answer. I don’t care what the author looks like, I judge purely on the book.

Reader 6  4 days ago

My take in general is that we have enough bad representation. What we need is good representation. Support authors of color. And if you’re writing outside your experience, research and get sensitivity readers, if you write it at all.

Reader 1  4 days ago

As a traditionally published author, is there anything you think readers can do to put the pressure on publishers to pick up more POC manuscripts?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

They can be willing to read it. I hear so much call for diversity and then when it happens….readers dissappear cuz it isn’t exactly what they thought it was or wanted

And review those books, buy those books, spread the word as well as letting the pub know

Reader 2  4:53 PM

Would you ever consider writing a romance set in a world of super heroes?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

I’ve thought about it. That takes some world building I don’t know if I would be good at that. But I also think about just writing about a Jessica Jones everywoman character

Reader 9

If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

Captain Marvel

Reader 3  5:03 PM

I saw a twitter post where you single handedly took on gcls about their diversity issues. Do you feel you won your battle?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

No not until I see some actual change. I did a skype chat with a couple reps the other day so we’ll see. I think the common misconception is because I spoke the Reader 3dest and longest I can fix everything but that’s not my job

Reader 3  4 days ago

No it’s not but it certainly helped raise awareness

Reader 3  5:07 PM

What’s your next book and when will you find time to write it?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

At the beginning of the year I was working on a follow up to Big Girl Pill my latest. Unfortunately, things got derailed. My mother died from COVID and I’m trying to get back on the writing wagon. So this year I’m hoping a new book will be out

Reader 2  5:09 PM

Would a vet and an animal control officer fit the cops and docs theme?

KD Williamson  4 days ago

A vet yes but an animal cop? Idk sounds too cutesy lol

Reader 13  5:09 PM

Blurred Lines has been in my favorites file for awhile now – read it 3 -4 times. Thanks for that treat.

KD Williamson  5:11 PM

thanks all for having me!

Reader 1  5:11 PM

Thank you so much for joining us KD and if you all haven’t been there yet, please check out her charity auction going on now: https://www.facebook.com/events/706052596885127

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