Hollywood in the late 1940’s has always held a strong fascination for me. It seemed like such a romantic age. The war was over and people were going back to the movies. The leading ladies were strong, sensual women. We’re talking Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, and Ginger Rogers, just to name a few. And of course, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. There were more, but you get the gist.
These women were beautiful, and more than one actress from that era was rumored to be a lesbian. The House Un-American Activities Committee was in the process of rounding up homosexuals and communists in an attempt to keep them out of Hollywood. So, these women had to be doubly careful in hiding their sexuality.
With this in mind, I wrote Summer Passion. It is a book that takes place in 1946 Hollywood and the main character, Jean Sanders, is America’s Sweetheart. She’s also a lesbian. Now, in the book, I changed the name of Joseph McCarthy, but his character is still there and still hounds Jean about her sexuality.
The man who directs many of Jean’s movies, David Duvall, is a gay man and they are seen as often in public as they can to fuel rumors that they’re together. But each of them is secretly involved with someone else. And they will do anything necessary to keep their private lives private.
Summer Passion is a trek through the scary, dangerous world that was being a lesbian in Hollywood in 1946, but Jean Sanders is nothing if she’s not smart. She figures out a way to be with her true love. If only her true love will go along with it.
Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you’ll enjoy the book!