Lately Lesbian

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J. D. Simmons

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Good Southern girls follow the rules and walk down predictable paths. Jenna predictably married Paul and believed in the happily ever after. Although Jenna played by all the rules, she had no idea the tragic turns her life would take. She needed the support of her husband, his shoulder to cry on, and strong arms to hold her, but he cast an absentee ballot most of the time. Then out of the blue, Jenna crossed paths with a young woman and her life changed in ways that she never would have imagined. For too long Jenna drifted through life searching for answers to understand her desires and uncover her truths. Denial of Jenna's attraction and longing for the woman reigned supreme until one phone call changed everything.


Memoir, LGBT,

Short Summary

Lately Lesbian is Jenna’s story and my true story. It is the story of an unfulfilling marriage, heartbreak, loss, and the long search to self discovery. One day a phone call changes everything. After a marriage-ending affair, Jenna discovers the abundant power of love and a renewed life.


In the South

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jenna

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Faithful, Insecure, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Confident, Secretive, Decisive, Engaging, Empathetic, Funny, Obedient, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Jessie

Age: 30

Gender: LGBT

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Decisive, Educated, Honorable, Secretive, Confident, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul, ex-husband

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Andrew

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex, Funny, Educated, Naive, Outspoken

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: BookBaby

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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Jenna has lived the American dream life with a husband, two kids and a fulfilling life. Her marriage is not all she wished for but she accepts it as her reality until she meets Jessie. Jessie ignites an attraction and a passion she has never felt. Jenna is confused by her feeling but when Jessie reconnects after years apart, Jenna goes all in for her happy ending.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is an intimate look into the life of a woman who does all that she was bred to do. She goes to college, gets married, has a family and does the best she can with what she has. The idea that people often settle for less than what they want because it helps them reach a goal is not told often. Jenna didn't find a great love of her life in her husband Paul but he afforded her the home and the family she wanted. It is a very honest view of the choice women often face in life.

Possible Drawbacks

I didn’t want to put the book down. The story was well written and has many interesting and entertaining moments. It is overall an inspiring story with heart.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Jenna has lived a life trying to find fulfillment and happiness even if her marriage is far from perfect. Her life is turned upside down when she finds herself attracted to a young woman named Jessie. When they reunite, after years apart, the attraction is still there and love blossoms. I would watch the movie to see the courageous actions of a person going for there best life. It is a story of "you're never to old". Jenna lived a full life before her world changed and she find true love.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase. It is a story with LGBTQAI representation which is in demand. It also has a strong female lead who lived a very normal life but decided to follow the opportunity for happiness that was being presented. There are many inspirational moments of female empowerment and the power of changing your life at any age.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. While it is a solid and inspiring story, there isn't anything groundbreaking about it. It is very predictable.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not very original. At it's core, it is the age old story of a person realizing they want more out of life and going for it. Most of those stories deal with a heterosexual person and here it is a LGBTQ story. The premise is universal with minor changes.

Lead Characters

Jenna stands out in her courage to leave behind a life that does not satisfy her and seek happiness. She blows up her life but is steadfast in her decision and everything works itself out.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an inspiring story that but not a rare gem. It's one women's life story that is very similar to many other women. The fact that she discovers her sexual orientation much later in life is not the only focus of the story but would add more depth if it were.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation



This story is a sweet and inspiring read but very predictable. Jenna lived a privileged life for the most part until this change in her life. That story has been done and might not be relatable to many audiences. It does have LGBTQAI representation which is important for many and has a sweet and tender love story that is endearing.