Kay Hemlock Brown


Kay Brown grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and is currently a part-time instructor at a small university in the northeast. She has been writing since she was in high school, and loves classical music, ballet, gymnastics, figure skating, the martial arts, tennis, and science fiction. (To be honest, she is an indifferent performer in any of these areas.)

The picture isn't Kay. She is also paranoid about her privacy, which makes it very difficult to get to know her.

She also likes dogs, cats and birds, and hates spiders. She hasn't quite made up her mind about rabbits. All that stupidity looks like an act to her. Kay has been adopted by a Beagle cross (who belongs to a friend), and she has become a slave to this doggie. Okay, that's enough information for the present.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did NOT set out to be an author. I took up writing at a time when I was very much alone, simply because I was at home in a remote part of the country, and I was beginning to become a bit of a recluse. I just wanted to create a bunch of friends with whom I could associate, who shared most of my values, and who would go out and do the things I wanted to do, but was too much of a coward to follow through on! None of my characters are authors, as you will see, so an author was not something I wanted to be.

Quite by accident, one of my older friends discovered the manuscript of Alexandra, and I was "outed", as they say. His praise was so enthusiastic, I began to see myself as a writer for the first time. I was persuaded to share portions of the book with his daughter, and ... well, that should be enough of an answer!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

One thing I enjoy is writing dialogue. I decided very early that each paragraph would only contain words from one character, and that I would not write out an entire conversation every single time, but would report big blocks of the conversation without quotes, if that was more convenient (and easier to read). I do tend to editorialize a bit, and I hope I will be forgiven for that. I've also spent a lot of time with foreign people, and I enjoy trying to represent their tricks of speech.

I also enjoy dreaming up crazy things that happen to people, such as suddenly finding themselves with a runaway hit on a series of paintings sold on Ebay, or a viral video on YouTube!

And I also like to write about decent people. There are few or no villains in my writing, which is probably a weakness.
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Where to find Kay Hemlock Brown online


Helen at Ballet Camp
Series: Helen, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,970. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
This (so far, the earliest) episode of Helen Nordstrom's adventures is when she is about twenty, has dropped out of College, and is persuaded to be an assistant at a Ballet camp in France. Helen is not only a lesbian, but has such a fearsome sexual appetite that only her great compassion helps her to keep herself in check. Somehow everything works out, and the camp is a brilliant success.
Helen and Lalitha: The Lost Years
Series: Helen, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,970. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
This episode starts after Helen at Ballet Camp, brings her back to finish up her senior year at College, and then follows her to India, pursuing her lovely Indian girl friend Lalitha. But tragic events intervene, and Helen and her beloved Lalitha return to the US independently, neither knowing where the other is. With great determination, Lalitha hunts for Helen in rural California.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,330. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The Green Princess and the Blue Princess, twins, watch as the army and its captives make their way towards the walls of their city. Among the captives is a young girl of their own age, dressed in rags. The girl comes to be the Green Princess's personal slave, and falls in love with her mistress. But it is her twin sister who returns the slave's love, and they begin a passionate affair.
Helen and The Flowershop Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,630. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
During the summer break, Helen meets Sheila, who manages a Florist shop, and they have a brief affair. Warning: there's a little explicit sex, and it might be a little more than you really expect.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 328,880. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
In the distant future, a human colony on an Earth-like planet has established a civilization, which has degenerated to a level of technology comparable to the early 20th century on Earth. Notably, same-sex relationships and marriages are common, and the story focuses on a young Queen, Alexandra, who is faced with an invasion just weeks after her marriage to a lovely Southern princess, Genevieve.
Price: Free! Words: 124,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Jane, a college dropout, has to earn a living as a glamour photographer. Her true talent is painting portraits, and once she begins to sell her artwork for fabulous amounts of money, disaster strikes, and she loses her girl lover tragically. Then Gillian comes along just in time, but then Lisa Love's arrival threatens to ruin everything.
Little John Finds a Friend!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,190. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Awkward Little John is surrounded by beautiful girls, all of whom are off limits. But down the hill is Spooky, the Goth chick from his college, who has a sort of crush on him. It's Christmas, and Little John doesn't know exactly why he is feeling so glum. And that gorgeous Sophie, a glamor model from the Czech Republic whom his half-sister Tommy has brought along is driving him crazy with lust.
Sweet Hurricane
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 65,410. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Helen and Amy, their three adopted daughters Gena, Erin and Alison, and Helen's own little boy James, are vacationing incognito by the sea. Helen is a music professor at a small college, a brilliant violinist, a TV actress, and head of a corporation. But Helen has always been incorrigibly promiscuous, and she falls in love with a brother and sister, but most tragically with sweet Hattie.

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