Whatever Gods May Be during Women’s Week in Provincetown


By Sophia Kell Hagin


I’m taking up Kathi’s offer to post for a couple of reasons. One is so I can introduce myself and, more importantly, introduce my novel, Whatever Gods May Be, which will be available from BSB in October. The other reason is to blatantly pimp all the BSB events during the upcoming Women’s Week in Provincetown (October 9-16).

My friends seem surprised when I tell them what Whatever Gods May Be is about; apparently they don’t think of me as the sort of person who’d write that sort of book (you can check out an excerpt over at This Month’s Book Excerpts)

Fact is, I couldn’t help it. A few years ago, I found myself thinking about the various reasons people go into the military. Then I started wondering what might happen to a young woman who joins up in a time when there’s no ban on lesbians and, also, women can qualify for combat jobs. Pretty soon, I could see her. Then I began to notice her surroundings in a time just a little ahead of now — ten years out, or twenty or thirty. Hard to tell exactly.

And, of course, I had to write it down.

Whatever Gods May Be is about someone young and alone and desperate ending up in the middle of a war — who she meets, who she loves, how she copes, who she becomes.  Writing it was a powerful, rewarding experience because both the characters and the setting seduced me.  I hope it turns out to be as rewarding for readers.

The official release date of Whatever Gods May Be is October 18.  But it’ll be available before that during Women’s Week in Provincetown. 

A lot goes on in Provincetown during Women’s Week, and one of the best parts is all the BSB activities that make it easy and fun for readers to connect with authors and get a sense of the range and variety of BSB novels available to them.

Last I heard, 18 BSB authors will be coming to Women’s Week 2010.  Eight different BSB author readings/panels (followed by book signings at Now Voyager) have been scheduled — and this year they’re themed, so readers can get a good taste of the kinds of BSB novels they might like.  Also, each panel session begins with a Spotlight on a particular author — and then that author moderates the panel that follows.

I’ll be participating on two panels — Cliffhangers: Writing Un-put-down-able Books, moderated by Radclyffe, and Bad Girls, moderated by Nell Stark and Trinity Tam (guess that tells you something about my novel, huh?). 

This will be my second Women’s Week as a BSB author.  Last year, as a newly-signed author, I did a very brief reading that I can barely remember to a SRO crowd at Gabriel’sCliffi Henderson moderated it, and she had us authors pull questions out of a hat (yes, literally!); somehow we all maintained sufficient presence of mind to respond to whatever was on the piece of paper we each unfolded.  In front of that SRO crowd. 

My brain refuses to recall the question I ended up with or what my answer was.  All I remember now is being totally grateful that I didn’t get the question about the state of the contents of my underwear drawer (is it neat or…?).  Anyway, at least I lost my author-reading virginity that day. 

This year my novel will actually be available, so I’m even more nervous and excited than I was last time.  But hey — did I mention that this year my novel will actually be available and you can buy it and read it and if you want I’ll sign it …?

3 Responses to “Whatever Gods May Be during Women’s Week in Provincetown”

  1. 1 bookgeek October 5, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    I look forward to reading your book! See you, may be, in Ptown.


  2. 2 kathiatbsb October 6, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time!

    So different from any lesfic out there. It’s a war story from the perspective of a young female soldier who finds courage and honor and maturity as she experiences the toughness of boot camp and then the horrors of combat and imprisonment. It is not a DADT book and does not suddenly switch to the character’s romantic adventures.

    It is a difficult read with its reality and the emotionalism it evokes, but well worth it. I could not shake the story after I finished. It haunts one.


  3. 3 clifford henderson October 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Hey Sophia. Looking forward to reading it. And I don’t remember the question I asked you either. Do remember that you seemed quite relaxed in front of an audience.


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