The Short and Sweet Version:
My name is Bridget Essex, and I write love stories. Many are about werewolves, vampires and lady knights; but always, they’re about two strong, courageous women who fall deeply in love with one another, living love stories that transcend time. I’m married to the love of my life, author Natalie Vivien.
I’m best known for my Knight Legends series, stories about women knights, real world hi-jinks and love stories that are out of this world. My Sullivan Vampire novellas are a popular series lauded as “TWILIGHT for women who love women,” and I have several other series and stand-alone novellas, and I’m always putting out something new. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when I release something!
Together with my beautiful wife, we live in a little fairy tale cottage in Pittsburgh, and take care of several furry children who we love with all our hearts. ♥
You can contact me here–I’d love to hear from you! : ) Or add me on Facebook! I’m very active on Instagram and post lots of pictures of adorable puppies and kittens, and I talk a lot about lesbian things and politics on my Twitter. ♥
I formally wrote lesbian YA (young adult) under “Sarah Diemer” and “S.E.Diemer.” I’m best known for my award-winning YA novel, The Dark Wife.
The Long and Romantic Version:
When you came you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour,
But I am completely nourished.
~ “Decade” by Amy Lowell
I’m an utterly incurable romantic, because I live a love story that inspires me every single day.
I fell in love with my wife, author Natalie Vivien, when I was fifteen years old. It’s the kind of story that makes your heart ache–I was too young, my family was too strict and Christian, and my life was already a living hell for having come out in my teens. Several years (and a lot of heartache and hard circumstances) later, Natalie and I finally came together. So much had kept us apart, and we had overcome so much…our love was a passionate and everlasting affair. I was nineteen years old, and knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was with my soul mate and other half.
Natalie and I have been together for over a decade now, and I am amazed by her still.
I’ve been a writer since I was very small. Now you know why I write romances: because that’s the best and brightest thing I know.
As for the werewolves and vampires and lady knights who populate my stories? I’m endlessly inspired by the forest, by the wild woods and how free and magnificent a wolf is. I’m inspired by the idea of living forever–of the closeness a vampire could achieve with a human, how poignant their love story would be, filled with two hearts, blood and a love that could transcend time.
I grew up on the fantasy greats like Mercedes Lackey and Robin McKinley, and never once did they tell a story of a strong, courageous female warrior who fell in love with another woman…and I craved those stories so much that I promised myself that I would tell them.
I live to tell these stories, to write about a love so great that it changes the world, about two women so strong and courageous and in love that they can change everything. I love sharing these stories with you, and am so, so grateful that I get to do what I love best for a living.
We live in a brightly-colored gingerbread house in Pittsburgh with several fur babies, a lot of cookbooks and a pretty big stash of yarn and knitting needles. When I’m not writing, I’m petting one of said fur babies, baking, bicycling, doing yoga, knitting, playing the piano, gardening, hiking or walking to our little local coffee shop with my beloved wife while we hash out plot details on a story we’re working on. I love to dress in vintage fashions, and post a lot of pictures related to this on Miss Kitten Vintage.