Storm Season By Pene Henson
Storm Season By Pene Henson
Category LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Lesbian
FIC027020 FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
FIC027210 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Lesbian
FIC027230 FICTION / Romance / Multicultural &
ISBN (Trade) 978-1-945053-16-0
ISBN (eBook) TBD
Publication Date February 2, 2017
Trim 6×9 Trade
Pages 226 (61,300 words)
Price $15.99 print/$6.99 US multi-format eBook
Publisher Interlude Press
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The great outdoors isn’t so great for Sydney It-Girl Lien Hong. It’s too dark, too quiet, and there are spiders in the toilet of the cabin she is sharing with friends on the way to a New South Wales music festival. To make matters worse, she’s been separated from her companions and taken a bad fall. With a storm approaching, her rescue comes in the form of a striking wilderness ranger named Claudia Sokolov, whose isolated cabin, soulful voice and collection of guitars bely a complicated history. While they wait out the weather, the women find an undeniable connection—one that puts them both on new trajectories that last long after the storm has cleared.
Two weeks ago, Lien had to resign herself to coming up north in the first place. Now she’s resigning herself to going home to Sydney. Of course, not everything will be terrible. She’s pretty sure a shower with no line outside the door will change her life. She’ll have her local restaurants back, rather than dealing with her friends’ inconsistent cooking. She can’t wait for clean sheets and clean clothes and a full length mirror so she can feel like herself again. Also, there’ll be way fewer flies.
But Sydney also means she has no chance to bump into a gorgeous park ranger while grabbing groceries or walking to the train. Somehow Claudie’s had no last minute change of heart. Not that Lien was holding out hope but—damn it, Lien was completely holding out hope.
About the Author
Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue, her first novel, was published by Interlude Press in 2016 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Storm Season will be published by Interlude Press on February 2, 2017. Connect with author Pene Henson at PeneHenson.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/penewrites and on Twitter at @penehenson.
What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
I’m Lien Hong. People call me Li and my childhood friend Annie calls me Li-Li.
What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?
Black hair, currently with bright aqua sections. It’s cool right now because the aqua is mostly hidden under a sheet of black but if I lift my hair or tie it up or move my head around it’s all aqua underneath. But I’m thinking of going with something shorter. Oh and brown eyes.
Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?
I’m mostly scar free and all of them are boring. There’s a little round scar on my arm from when I needed a TB shot. And one runs up my pinkie from the time I tried to open a can of soup and the ring pull messed up. And my knee has a pretty impressive surgery scar.
Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does he surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish he were closest to?
I don’t see a lot of my parents and my aunties and uncles and cousins in Hong Kong and Singapore. I mean, I love them. They’re great. But I’ve been kind of focused on Sydney. I should see more of them.
I count my queer family as family too. Beau’s my flatmate and closest friend. He’s someone who really gets me and I can talk to him about anything. He’s kind of bitingly smart and reserved but when you know him he’s loyal and so kind. And my oldest friend is Annie. She’s known me since we were little and there’s something amazing in that. Also she has great taste and is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. But all the kids I hang out with are family. I could go to them with anything.
Where was your character born? Where has he lived since then? Where does he call home?
I was born in Hong Kong and I’ve lived there and in Singapore and now in Sydney. The Eastern Suburbs. This place feels like home.
Where does your character go when he’s angry?
I don’t really get angry that much… I mean I guess if I’m angry I’d like to just head into my room and get over it. Mostly that works.
That is her biggest fear? Who has he told this to? Who would he never tell this to? Why?
Look, I’d hate to disappoint all the people who care about me. Not just my friends and family but also all the social media guys. My followers and online connections. That’s my biggest fear. And I’d hate to miss out on something. Also I’m not a big fan of crocodiles or dingoes or spiders. Beau knows all that. He knows everything. Sometimes I ddon’t even need to say.
Fun & In-Depth Questions
What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? On her bedroom floor? On her nightstand? In her garbage can?
Oh god, don’t look in the fridge. There’s mostly just leftover take out and some big bottles of water for every second time I decide to be healthier.
The floor is pretty clear, I like my room to be a haven. But the bed is sometimes covered with all thee new and vintage clothes I’m trying to sort through.
My bedside table has my phone charger. There’s a book I started about investigative reporting in the Internet age which seems a lot behind the times. Then there’s a bunch of magazines, mostly ones I write for. And a book of essays by women of color. Not much else on the table.
I’ve no idea what’s in the garbage can. Garbage I hope.
Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Does he wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is he in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is he wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by his grandmother?
Right now I’m wearing these perfect aqua kind of lacy socks with little roses at the top. I’ll pull on my chocolate brown lace up ankle boots soon. They’re kind of Victorian looking and will be perfect.
When your character thinks of her childhood kitchen, what smell does he associate with it? Sauerkraut? Oatmeal cookies? Paint? Why is that smell so resonant for her?
Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?
It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If he’s eating breakfast, what exactly does he eat? If he’s stretching out in her backyard to sun, what kind of blanket or towel does he lie on?
I’m at my desk in my room. The street is just waking up outside and I can hear Beau in the shower down the hall. I’ve had some coffee (thanks Beau!) and I’m just quickly updating some things online and answering an email from one of the publishers. We’re supposed to meet the guys for brunch at 1. Does it even count as brunch if it’s the afternoon? I’m still in my pajamas so I’d better think about what I’m going to wear. I might try those high-waisted shorts I found. Those’ll look cute with a button up shirt.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is he going? What does he wear? Who will he be with?
Does your character have pets? What kind? What are their names? If they don’t, what kind of pet would they like?
I’ve never had a pet, not my whole life. I wouldn’t mind a cat, but I’m always going places so it wouldn’t be fair to the poor thing. My friend Annie has a cat so I look after him sometimes. It’s weird, you’d think Annie would have some kind of cute toy poodle or fluffy dog. Instead she has this big, kind of aloof rescue cat called Rafe. Annie thinks he’s part Russian Blue. He’s definitely all unimpressed.
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