Nicholas Turner, aka Vivica Blue
from Killer Queen
by L.H. Cosway
Phil: *Crosses one leg over the other and takes a sip of tea* So Nicholas, do tell me, what personal achievement are you most proud of?
Nicholas: *Laughs* Aside from streaking in front of the Eiffel Tower, you mean? Well, I’m quite proud of the fact that I’m still alive. I’m all about embracing life these days.
Phil: *Smirks* And public nudity too, it seems. What traits do you find important in a friend?
Nicholas: Are we hedging for compliments here, Philip? I think a good friend will be free of judgment. They will be there for the bad times as well as the good. They will provide impartial advice and they will have no qualms telling me when I’m being an arsehole.
Phil: What brings you the greatest joy in life?
Nicholas: Freda’s breasts.
Phil: *Scowls and purses lips* Can you take this seriously for a second, please?
Nicholas: *Sighs* Fine. I won’t say the real answer, because that will spoil the book for those who haven’t read it yet. Goodness, Phil, did you think these questions through at all? The thing that brings me the second greatest joy in life is finally having a place where I belong. Now that I have Fred, I have a home.
Phil: Ah, how sweet! And on to my next question, what is your greatest fear?
Nicholas: Losing my mother’s things. I have often had nightmares about thieves breaking into my home and taking her stuff. Fears are so irrational, because her trinkets have no value to anyone but me. Sentimentality is a strange thing.
Phil: How would you define a perfect love?
Nicholas: A perfect love is soul deep. Though it may begin with a simple attraction, at its core it has nothing to do with the physical. It is when two hearts link despite flaws and imperfections. It is perfect because it is imperfect.
Phil: And finally, please tell us a secret about you that no one else knows.
Nicholas: I once snuck into Elaine Paige’s dressing room on the West End and stole a tube of lipstick.
Phil: *Bursts into laughter* Do you still have it?
Nicholas: Of course! Sometimes I put it on and sing “I Dreamed a Dream” in front of the mirror.
Phil: And on that suitably odd note, I think I’ll bid you good day.
Nicholas: *Chuckles* Thank you for having me, Philip dear.
About the book
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…
Come inside The Glamour Patch club to see the star of our show, Miss Vivica Blue.
Do you want to read my diary you nosy little devils? Have a glass of champagne (you’ll need it) and get comfortable because you’re in for some crazy shenanigans brought to you straight from the horse’s mouth.
I can be whatever you want me to be: boy, girl, a little bit of both.
If you have a problem with a man in a dress then best be off with you. If males in make-up give you the willies, then I’ll say au revoir and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
So, who are we left with? Ah, a fine collection of curious souls. I want to tell you a tale of love, because those are the most glorious kind. I want to tell you about real love, a love that transcends labels and gender stereotypes.
The moment I first laid eyes on my Freda I knew that we were kindred. Well okay, I also knew I wanted to get into her pants, but that’s beside the point. My world was a grey place. I was at my lowest ebb. Then she came along and patches of colour began to spring forth. One day the daffodils were yellow and before I knew it, colour was everywhere, lighting up my life.
Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within.
Our story was not a conventional one, but it was ours, and that’s what made it shine.
Killer Queen is a companion novel to L.H. Cosway’s contemporary romance, Painted Faces. It contains scenes that take place before, during and after the original story. It can also be read as a standalone.
About the Author
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.