I asked Jennifer what inspired her to write this story, and this is what she had to say:
Originally, I had no intention of making a collection of short stories. I was having a "tell me I should do this" conversation with a friend of mine about a piece I was nervous about writing, which eventually became Volume I's "The Blue Bullet", and, they way she talked about needing visibility in books led me to writing this series. After that talk, I knew I wanted to have a series focusing predominantly on women and sexuality. I wanted to write something that the younger me would've liked to read, or simply know was in existence--and maybe even feel that identifying with it was more than okay. Down On The Other Street, as a series, is all about creating story-lines that address that want.
Many thanks for hosting me today,
Scars dripping over broken skin and whispers silenced, there can be no point of return. Wrapped in the ripples of warm waters, staring down at unkempt mountains, Stefanie can feel the thrum of the old world’s song. The first conversation, stained into ceramic cups and shadows in the night, gave birth to the last confession. Before metal bars clanged shut or chanting grew quiet, there was the woman with the violet smile. Somewhere in the gaggle of exposed bodies, worn cassettes and children’s fairy tales, he is waiting for the red coat. Woven together through trials of sexuality, political dissonance, and self-discovery, this heady collection of six short stories examines who we become after finding love
Pages or Words: 152 pages, 29,122 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Sofia Aguilar changed that.
I literally fell into her at a restaurant in East Memphis. I was there with a friend who swore that little shack had the best hot wings in the city. I don’t recall if that was true. I just remember tasting her.
I tripped over a chair while coming out of the bathroom and landed in her lap, with my lips drilled into her shoulder. It was a sweet kind of salty, like brown sugar thrown on top of salted nuts. I tried apologizing. She grinned at me and rubbed my back.
The warmth returned.
Each glance at her grin-turned-smirk, dark brown eyes, or touch of her hand swirling electric heat into my skin brought on even stronger flushes than before. She knew it too. The way she cooed, “Amor? Está bien,” as if her lap was my rightful place, as if we were lovers, could only have been an effort to make me combust.
When I finally lifted myself off of her, hoping there were no signs of what I was feeling, she held my hand. She pulled me close, whispered that she was happy about my fall, and slipped a napkin with her number written on it into my hands.
About the author:
Jennifer Cie is a Tennessee native who loves taking aimless road trips and diving into social issues through her writing. A fan of poorly playing tennis, using snail mail, and longing for the return of Brach's Red Twist, when she is not indulging her guilty pleasure of taste testing whiskey and low grade tequila—for science, you can find her rambling about poor life decisions, book formatting, and everything in between on her blog:www.journeytopaperback.com
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Author Page: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5215342.Jennifer_Cie
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5215342.Jennifer_Cie
Publisher: Jennifer Cie
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
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