Lissa Reed is a novelist who is published in the contemporary LGBTQ+ romance genre and is dipping toes into writing Scandi Noir. Born in Lake Charles, LA, Reed picked up writing as a childhood hobby and hasn’t much put the pen down since. She blogs frankly about life with depression and anxiety, the writing process, cooking, and cats. Reed’s most recent book, Absolutely, Almost, Perfect was published by Interlude Press in August of 2017.
She lives in the DFW area of Texas with her cats Mina, Trilby, and George. The blog name comes from the fact that Lissa is from Louisiana (and its many, many swamps and bayous) and really does have a secret past as a sort-of debutante.
Lissa Reed identifies as queer feminine non-binary, and is largely indifferent to pronouns (she/they generally) but would super appreciate it if people would stop calling her “ma’am” or referring to her as a lady. As Sasha Velour says, gender is a construct; tear it apart.
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Definitely, Maybe, Yours: Baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine, and has a weakness for damaged people. Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is about to discover he has a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual?
Certainly, Possibly, You: Sarita Sengupta is in her last semester of grad school and has finally realized she doesn’t have a career plan, a girlfriend, or a clear outlook on life. She works as a Seattle bakery’s head decorator, but is otherwise drifting without direction until a friend’s birthday party ends with her waking up in the unexpected company of Maritza Quiñones, a pretty ballroom dancer whose cheerful charm and laser focus sets Sarita on a path to making all of the choices she’s been avoiding.
Absolutely, Almost, Perfect: Craig Oliver and Alex Scheff lead a charmed life. Craig is part owner of Sucre Coeur, the bakery he’s loved and managed for years. Alex is an up-and-coming Seattle photographer. Their relationship has been going strong for a year, and everything is absolutely perfect—right up until Craig receives a wedding invitation from his long-estranged brother. As Craig grows tense over seeing his brother for the first time in years, Alex can’t control his anxiety over meeting Craig’s family. At the wedding in an English hamlet, boisterous Scottish mothers, smirking teenage sisters, and awkward ex-boyfriends complicate the sweet life they lead.
Hi Lissa! Unusually slow night at work, decided to wander the interwebs and found you again. We haven’t talked in ages, good to see you have a book coming out, I remember how you used to talk about writing one. Anyway shoot me an email, would love to catch up!
I just read your latest post, “Could Be Gayer.”. You look happy and lovely and I am happy for you. I especially relate to the bit about creating a life instead of it being something that happens at you. Love and light!