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NO FEAR

JANE CZYZSELSKA SPEAKS TO AUTHOR VERONICA FEARON ABOUT HER NEW NOVEL AHEAD OF HER APPEARANCE AT THE DIVA LITERARY FESTIVAL

When Veronica Fearon debuted her first novel in 2014, DIVA readers flocked to hear her read from The Girl With The Treasure Chest. Led by the novel’s black lesbian antihero Dani, Fearon’s characters vividly evoked London’s gangland. Now Dani is back to protect the streets, herself and her reputation.

DIVA: If you were going to option The Thirsty Stranger [your new novel] to a Hollywood film director, what would your elevator pitch be?

VERONICA FEARON: In the first book in the series, The Girl With The Treasure Chest, we met Dani, a black lesbian who negotiates disputes between gangs in London. In the second instalment, The Thirsty Stranger, the reader sees our protagonist trying to improve her behaviour and settle down with the also deeply flawed love of her life, Susanna. Unfortunately there are opposing forces trying to bring Dani to her knees. I might also say “if you are tired of the formulaic macho, not-afraid-of-anything, canconquer- everything hero, I have in Dani a character who presents you with greater freedom and range in terms of what you can do with her. You might find yourself rooting for her no matter what she does.” I’m hoping the elevator is in a very tall building!

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Looking bloody adorable on the cover this month is the incredible Ellen Page, who talks to DIVA about her new film Flatliners, being gay in Hollywood, and how coming out has changed her life for the better. Also in this issue… Win a wedding worth £15,000! Below Her Mouth: We speak to the stars of the hit lesbian film Suits you! Bridal fashion for the gentlewoman Nicole Faraday: Bad Girls helped me accept my sexuality Happily ever after? One cynic’s search for long-lasting love Living History: Marguerite McLaughlin on why older generations are our strongest link to our future Rainbow Honeymoons Fantastic books and where to find them Plus travel, culture and much much more!
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