The first gay novel I ever read was ‘Make Me A Lesbian’.
And it almost did.
It was so hot. The steamy encounters in elevators between professional working women were incredibly hot even for this gay teen. But in the years that have ensued, nothing I’ve read has really come equal to that amazing piece of prose. Until now.
A review of a Jackie Collins‘ novel once said it was “so hot it should be printed on asbestos”. The same goes for Different For Girls. Perfect summer beach reading, make sure you have quick access to the ocean – because in between chapters you will need to take a plunge to stop yourself bursting into flames. And it’s not just packed full of delirious unashamed and unabashed and ever-inventive sex, it also has a plot with fabulous twists and turns and cliffhangers aplenty – especially the end, that will leave you panting for the sequel! Jacquie used to work at World of Wonder, and headed up the development department in the UK where she unleashed on British viewers a string of saucy same-sex docs about the secret lives of lesbians that would make ‘The L Word’ blush.
Now a devoted – but not demure – mother of two, Jacquie has turned to fiction – tho’ I suspect some of the stories between the covers have a non-fictional origin.
As Jacquie herself explains: “Different for Girls originated as an idea for a television drama series about a group of women whose lives and loves were different. It was a project that I put on hold, whilst looking after my two pre-school age daughters. When my youngest started nursery, I took the original concept of these six single women, whose love lives were entangled, and thought about how they would be living their lives seven years later. During this seven-year hiatus, changes in family law, fertility treatment and gay marriage has given an even different context to these different girls so I created relationships for them and, in some cases, families.”