Fast 5 with Kiki Archer

1. Do you have any phobias?
Yes. Cotton wool. If I see a woman reaching into their makeup bag for one of those itchy, scratchy, balls of nastiness I run a mile. I had jaundice when I was born and the hospital put a cotton wool hat over my head – no clue how that was meant to help – but they did, and I must be able to remember the gnawing grating sound as it squeaked against my ears because there’s nothing I hate more in the world than cotton wool.

2. What song can you not get enough of right now?
I absolutely love Gold by Neon Hitch. It’s all about someone who lights up a room. Someone who makes you smile. Someone who brings light and laughter to all situations. Someone you just love to spend time with. In summary it’s saying: There’s no light in this room, but it’s all right because I’ve got you, and you shine like gold.

3. Which celebrity would render you totally star struck if you were to meet him/her?
Any of the big singing Divas. Mariah. Celine. Beyonce. Whitney (obviously, I’d be rendered speechless for a different reason entirely if I were to meet her). But any of these power women who have the ability to enchant the entire human race with a simple song are worthy of my adoration.

4. What would be your best piece of relationship advice?
Be brave. Always. That’s where you’ll find true happiness.

5. If you could wake up tomorrow with one talent or skill you don’t presently have, what would you want that to be?
To be a power ballad singer. To be up there with Mariah, Celine, Beyonce, possibly not Whitney. But to have that skill would be a dream come true. I can’t sing, at all, and anyone who has pipes should use them, loudly.

Lambda Literary Award finalist, Kiki Archer is the UK-based author of eight best-selling, award-winning novels. Her debut novel But She Is My Student won the UK’s 2012 SoSoGay Best Book Award. Its sequel Instigations took just 12 hours from its release to reach the top of the Amazon lesbian fiction chart, and Kiki’s third novel Binding Devotion was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. All quickly became bestsellers in their genre. Kiki’s fourth offering One Foot Onto The Ice broke into the American Amazon contemporary fiction top 100 as well as achieving the US and UK Amazon lesbian fiction number one. The sequel When You Know went straight to number one on the Amazon UK, Amazon America, and Amazon Australia lesbian fiction charts, as well as number one on the iTunes, Smashwords, and Lulu Gay and Lesbian chart. Too Late… I Love You won the National Indie Excellence Award for best LGBTQ book, the Gold Global eBook Award for best LGBT Fiction and made that transition into the mainstream contemporary romance charts. It was a Rainbow Awards finalist and received an honourable mention. Lost In The Starlight was a finalist in the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards best lesbian romance category and was named a ‘Distinguished Favourite’ in the Independent Press Awards. Her latest novel A Fairytale of Possibilities is out now.
Kiki was crowned the Ultimate Planet’s Independent Author of the Year in 2013 and she received an honourable mention in the 2014 Author of the Year category.

She won Best Independent Author and Best Book for Too Late… I Love You in the 2015 Lesbian Oscars and was a finalist in the 2017 Diva250 Awards for best author.

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