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Welcome to The Advent Calendar 2011!

The posts will go up around 14:00 hrs GMT daily – so no peeking in advance! And we will know if you try! Come back daily to check for new posts, and every day there will be a prize up for grabs for at least one person.

There will also be a BIG FESTIVE MYSTERY PRIZE (ok, not that big) so there will be a question posted every day. Save them up, email them in to me on Christmas eve on erastes at erastes dot com and be in the running for a bag of goodies.


Double day!


Double Day!


Author Interview: Rochelle Hollander Schwab

I’m delighted to kick off our author interviews with the author of the recently reviewed “A Different Sin”, Rochelle Hollander Schwab.
Rochelle Hollander Schwab lives in Washington DC and has been active for nearly 15 years in Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Her work in PFLAG, and her relationship with her two daughters, spurred her most recent work “A Departure from the Script” – a fictional exploration of family issues and lesbian themes, which won a recent Lambda Literary Award. Her other novels are “A Different Sin”, “As Far as Blood Goes”, and “In the Family Way.” I reviewed “A Different Sin” recently and named it one of my favourite books of the genre.

SiN: Welcome to Speak Its Name, Rochelle, thank you for agreeing to be grilled. That’s a very unusual name, by the way, what are its origins?

RHS: I’m named after my grandmother, Rachel, a Russian Jewish immigrant. My mother thought Rachel was old-fashioned, so called me Rochelle. (Immigrants wanting to sound more “American” often used only the first initial of a name when naming a baby after an ancestor. And among New York Jews at that time, a baby was never named after a living person.)

But if your question was referring to my title, A Different Sin, that was taken from a line toward the end of the book when the protagonist, David, contemplates whether loving another man is really the great sin he’s imagined it to be.

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