If you're interested in lesbian true romance, then "Some Girls Do" by Jennifer Dugan is the book for you.
Please describe the content of "Some Girls Do," and what can readers expect from it?
"Some Girls Do" tells the story of a closeted beauty queen and an out and proud track star who find themselves falling for each other. It’s a total “opposites attract” story, with a rivals-to-romance vibe. Told in dual point of view, we experience the different ways each of them relates to their queerness, and how they choose to navigate that in the hopes of their relationship going the distance.
Readers can expect laughs, pining, a deep exploration of love and queerness… and a lot of flirting and romance.
What was your inspiration behind the book?
I had always wanted to write a story about an issue that’s so common in the queer community — one partner being out and one not — and the impact that has on the lives of the people involved. I was excited by the idea of adding my book to the conversation, and of presenting it in dual point of view so readers could truly feel what they feel and understand there is no right or wrong answer here. Ruby and Morgan need to find their way through this together as best as they can, in a way that they are both comfortable and happy with.
Coming out isn’t the point. Their love is the point.
What character do you most relate to and why?
I think I relate to Morgan a little bit more than Ruby, because I came out at a pretty young age and was very comfortable with it—not that there weren’t hard times because of that decision, but like her, the difficulties just made me more aggressively out. I also tend to be a bit too idealistic at times, although I’ve been working on that.
But there’s also a lot of me in Ruby. Her chaos and mess. Her desire to people please. I think a lot of us can relate to that.
Why do you feel novels with powerful and unique characters are so popular and have such a voice right now?
I think readers are always looking for fresh takes on things, and although there is a very long way to go, it’s been exciting to see the industry beginning to embrace fresh and diverse voices. It’s clear that readers are hungry for them. The thrill of finally seeing parts of yourself on the page is next level.
What's next for you in the bookish world?
After "Some Girls Do," I’ll be gearing up for the release of my first graphic novel with Kit Seaton next year, "COVEN," which is about a queer teen witch who gets dragged from sunny, coastal California to a small town in Upstate New York in an attempt to protect their coven after a murder. The art that has come back is incredible, and I can’t wait until I get to share it with everyone!
Who is your current favorite writer? Why?
My current favorite writer is Kalynn Bayron hands down. I was absolutely obsessed with her debut, "Cinderella is Dead," and I’m just finishing up "This Poison Heart" now, which comes out July 6.
I would honestly read her shopping list at this point! Her characters are vibrant, often queer, fully fleshed out individuals that leap off the page and her plotting and placing are next level. I admire the way she can take something like a common fairy tale or Greek mythology and absolutely turn it on its head in a unique and compelling way. She’s definitely an auto-buy author for me.
Any writing advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing! But do it in whatever way works best for you. There’s a lot of advice out there that you have to write every day or have a set schedule, and that’s just not possible for most of us! Whether you’re writing 20, 200, or 2000 words a day, progress is progress. Drafting is one of the only parts of this process that we have total control over, so enjoy it and celebrate every word you put on that page.