Belinda Y. Hughes, author of Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2 and blogger at Café Belinda, is here to share a character Q&A from her work in progress, Jean Be Gone, an LGBT romance and crime novel set in her native Southwest Louisiana. Today she interviews Camille Sallier, the main character.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
That would be my new stud, the detective investigating my case. Belinda hasn’t named her yet. She smokes, eats meat and thinks I need a keeper, but cher, she is THE keeper! National champion in martial arts and marksmanship, chiseled physique, confident, poetry in motion. I can sit and watch her teach and spar for hours. She loves my animals and they adore her. She’s helping me remodel the house with her carpentry skills and I’m teaching her veganism. My new hottie is also tutoring me in basic self-defense, karate and T’ai Ch’ih. Our feelings are definitely mutual, but we’ve both been badly burned in previous relationships and she’s more afraid of committing to a new relationship than she is of getting shot in the line of duty.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that my ex and her ex will kill my new lover, me and/or my animals in their quest to recover the money they stole from their former employer, a casino chain with locations in Nevada, Montana, New Jersey and Louisiana. Every time I turn around, gunfire and explosions are tearing up my safe places.
What is your greatest regret?
Without a doubt, that would be getting together with Jean, my ex, in the first place, back when we were in a blues band together. I’m only a beginning vocalist, but Jean, like Steven Tyler, can play any instrument you hand her and sing circles around everyone else. It’s confusing, because I learned so much from her, and we really did love each other. She was my first lesbian lover. These days, she’s a thief, a wife beater and, with her ex, is endangering my new partner, my fur kids and me at every turn. I should have known better than to hook up with a butch who came from a Mafia family and never let me dance with anyone else, not even our mutual friends.
What is your current state of mind?
A mix of deeply in love, terrified out of my wits and pissed off, wanting to get this crime solving mess over with. I want to fix my home, replace my SUV, get back to work, meet my new lover’s family and plan our wedding. I only know one detail so far. It won’t take place in Louisiana, because same sex marriage is still illegal here. Fortunately, we now have several other states to choose from.
Tell us about yourself.
Belinda Y. Hughes is the author of Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2: Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Recipes. In addition, she blogs on food, natural health, writing, editing and social media. Belinda is currently working on her first collection of erotic poetry, an LGBT romance and crime mystery and the third edition of her cookbook. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, meditation, yoga, reading and country living with her labradachs and wildlife friends.
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Where can readers purchase your book? (purchase links)
Jean Be Gone is an LGBT romance and crime mystery work in progress. Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2 is available on Amazon.