Lesbian fiction book ‘Floodlight’ follows adventure to rescue wife from supernatural villains

“Floodlight” is the debut book from Long Beach attorney Reba Birmingham. The story follows Panda Fowler, a nonbeliever in all things magical, who must rescue her wife, Mitzi, from supernatural villains. Photo: Daniel McKeon.

LONG BEACH — Panda Fowler, the protagonist in the lesbian-mystery-fiction book “Floodlight,” was a nonbeliever in all things magical and supernatural, well, until her wife, Mitzi, was kidnapped.

Faster than you can say Severus Snape, Fowler’s world is turned on its head, and she suspends her disbelief to rescue Mitzi.

‘FLOODLIGHT’

“Floodlight” is the debut book from Long Beach attorney Reba Birmingham, who’s also a hardcore Harry Potter fan.

Panda and Mitzi are based on Reba and her wife, Stephanie Loftin, the renowned family law and criminal defense attorney. The Birmingham and Loftin were married in 2008.

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PANDA APPEARANCES

Birmingham, and Loftin, is in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at Women’s Week, the largest lesbian cultural event in the United States, to celebrate and promote the book’s release. “Floodlight” is available on Amazon and via the distributor, Bella Books, which is lesbian owned and operated.

Birmingham has shared numerous photos on her Facebook page, including a picture of her smiling at the first bookstore that has purchased copies of “Floodlight.”

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ANTI-GAY VILLAINS

As she struggles to rescue Mitzi, Panda enlists her best friends, Juniper and Valerie Gooden, to help. Together, they battle a group of dastardly villains who practice a dark religion, Wolf Raven, that hates homosexuality.

A sequel to “Floodlight” is in the works, Birmingham said.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.