Lois Cloarec Hart
An Accidental Author

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The novel, Coming Home, got another terrific review, this time by Ruth Hohnke in Curve magazine. CLICK HERE to read it.

Upcoming: In January's edition of Curve magazine, which focuses on late bloomers/older lesbians and spirituality, my short story, "Animarum," will be featured along with an interview.

Also: On May 1st, I'll be doing a thirty minute Skype Q&A with the Portland/Vancouver Lesbian Book Salon about the novel, Walking the Labyrinth.

AVAILABLE in December!

from Lois and
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For eight years Grae Jordan has been trapped in a hell of her own making. After her youthful involvement in a tragic accident, she spirals from the privileged life she was born into, to the lowest stratum of society. Grae inhabits a stone, adorned with tattoos, metal, and multiple convictions for minor crimes that keep her old world at bay. But the stone begins to crack when she rescues and cares for a skinny street kid named Marcus. When Grae is arrested for defending herself and Marcus against an attack, it appears to be yet another nadir in her hard luck life. But instead, her birth family and an assortment of new friends are determined to chip away at her stone exterior as they fight to free her from the years of despair and desperation. The prospect of redemption and even love are tantalizingly within reach, when tragedy strikes. Will Grae run again, as she's been doing for eight long years? Or will the love of family, friends, and one special woman, be enough to halt her flight?



from Jae, Fletcher DeLancey
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A Holiday Anthology


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Ylva Publishing continues their annual tradition of a holiday anthology, with this collection edited by Jae and Fletcher Delancey. Twelve lesbian fiction authors bring you a heart warming collection of holiday-themed short stories. From a tattoo artist hiding an origami angel in her lover's desk to a seventy-year-old woman hesitating to accompany her partner to a family celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, this anthology will delight you with romantic holiday moments.

My contribution is entitled "Kicker's Christmas" and picks up the story of Kicker, Madelyn and their friends, seventeen years after Kicker's Journey ended. It's Christmas Eve, 1917, and for three years war has taken many of Madelyn's best and brightest students to the trenches of Europe. But Christmas can illuminate even the bleakest of times. Join Kicker and Madelyn as they celebrate a Christmas miracle.

Ylva will be donating all profits from this anthology to YouthCare, a shelter for LGBT homeless youth in Seattle, and to Angalia, a group giving shelter and food to refugees in Greece.

We Won Gold!

UNWRAP THESE PRESENTS: A Holiday Anthology and WICKED THINGS: Lesbian Halloween Short Stories both picked up Goldie Awards at the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society ceremony. Congrats to all the contributors and to the editors, Jae, Astrid Ohletz, and R.G. Emanuelle.


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Bitter Fruit is now available! Click on the links under the cover to the left to get it. Here's the summary:

Fuelled by booze and boredom, Jac Lanier accepts an unusual wager from her best friend. Victoria, for reasons of her own, impulsively challenges Jac to seduce Lauren, her co-worker and a young woman Jac's never met. Under the terms of their bet, Jac has exactly one month to get Lauren into bed or she has to pay up. Though Lauren is straight and engaged, Jac begins her campaign confident that she'll win the bet. But Jac's forgotten that if you sow an onion seed, you won't harvest a peach. When her plan goes awry, will she reap the bitter fruit of her deception? Or will Lauren turn the tables on the thoughtless gamblers?

Kickers Journey
has just received an amazing review at Lambda Literary.

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Above the Tree Line is now available. Click on the links under the cover to the right to get it. Here's the summary:

Liv and Kai, old friends and ex-lovers who own a gift shop together, decide to play hooky on a gorgeous fall day and go for a hike up a nearby mountain. Their day off ends with physical and emotional consequences neither could've foreseen when the mountain they love turns deadly. Can they find their way home together? Or will it all end…above the tree line?

The Previous Novel


WALKING THE LABYRINTH, from Ylva Publishing is available.

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The last two years have been full of changes, in both personal and professional respects. My stepdad died in November 2011 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, and my mom moved from our family home of sixty years to a more suitable senior's bungalow. It was a wrenching experience for my family, most particularly my mother, but we've come through to a better place now.

On a professional level, PD Publishing, which I'd been with for many years, sadly announced their closing in December, 2012. I was approached by several publishers interested in re-issuing my previous books, and I chose Ylva, a German-based publisher. It has proven to be an excellent choice as I've very much enjoyed working with publisher, Astrid Ohletz, and editor, Sandra Gerth (aka: the superb, award-winning writer, Jae.) A new novel, Walking the Labyrinth will be released in print and e-formats this summer. Then revised versions of my older novels will be re-issued in print and e-formats. Broken Faith is slated for autumn of 2013, Kicker's Journey for winter, 2013, and Coming Home in spring of 2014. In addition, some of my short stories will be offered for sale as single e-stories.

I'm excited about my future with Ylva, and my work finally being available in e-formats. Though I've been a lifelong addict of print books, I had an amazingly swift conversion when my wife gave me an e-reader three years ago. It's made my life much easier as I no longer have to pack a big box of books to sustain me on my commute between Calgary and Atlanta - a commute which should end in a couple of years as Day reaches retirement and moves north. Life just keeps getting better.

A Little Bit About Me
If you're not family or friend, you've probably arrived here because you've read my stories. Perhaps you're looking to see what I've got coming up, or maybe you're just interested in more information about "an accidental author."

I call myself that because unlike many, if not most, authors, I was never possessed of a burning drive to write. I'm still not. A burning drive to read - yes, absolutely, without question - that I have in spades. I can't remember a time when I didn't read. Reading has been my joy, my rock and my solace throughout my life. As a girl, I read while riding my bike to deliver newspapers; I read while on fishing outings with the family - I deliberately didn't bait the hook so fish wouldn't bother me while I sat on the river bank; I read while walking to and from school; I read during recess while all the other little girls were learning to skip, thus forever missing the opportunity to learn how to do double Dutch, though I could turn a mean rope if called upon. In sum, I found there were almost no activities that couldn't be improved with the addition of a book, and that really hasn't changed in my adult years.

So how did I evolve from rabid reader to published author? By accident, of course. Just as I cannot remember a time when I didn't read, I also could not remember a time when I didn't conjure up stories to put myself to sleep at night. Without intervention, however, those stories would never have seen the light of day. My brother-in-law initiated the whole thing when he introduced me to the wonders of the Internet in the late nineties. I gleefully absorbed the many stories and later, newspapers freely available on-line. At the time I was housebound, caring for my late husband who was disabled by MS. Between caregiver duties, it was normal for me to read my days away, only now on-line rather than solely with print books and newspapers.

I also began to tentatively reach out, and met a young woman on-line who, unlike me, couldn't remember a time when she hadn't been driven to write. We became friends, and after we had corresponded for several months, she began to urge me to try my hand at a story. It took her a few more months to convince me, but finally I wrote the first chapter of what would become Coming Home and sent it to her. For almost a year, my young mentor coaxed, cajoled and critiqued until, much to my amazement, I had written a novel-length story. Even then I had no intention of doing anything with it, but once again my friend altered my life as she arranged for it to be posted on-line, where it was noticed and, in the spring of 2000, published.

I'm still not, and never will be, a prolific writer. Unlike my first two novels, which each took about a year to write, my new novel (Kicker's Journey - winter of '08) was four years in the making. Hopefully the next won't take nearly as long, but I make no promises. I did discover early on that writing holds as many pleasures and rewards as reading. Creating characters and plots was something I had done for years inside my head. Moving them onto a page is a very natural, if not always painless, evolution.

The rewards of writing are often intangible, but for me, the greatest 'royalty' of all came when I was assigned an editor for Coming Home in January 2000. In April 2007, that woman, who still edits every word I write, became my wife. I still love reading best, but writing has proven to be one of the great delights of my life. So while I may be an accidental author, I am also a very grateful author.

Lois Cloarec Hart

My Publishing Home:
Ylva Publishing


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