Reaching Out from a Mind as Dirty as All Outdoors
If you get lucky enough, I might post adult-only material from time to time, so be 18 or over, or please be elsewhere.
I'll be discussing erotica here, the writing of it and the people who write it, as well as what we've written. I find all these aspects stimulating, but if any of them bore you, feel free to skim. You never know what you might miss, though.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Girl Fever: The Writers Speak
Now, as promised long ago, I'm posting the lo-o-o-ng list of the author's bios, since there was no room in the book for that essential information. (A few have chosen to remain seductively silent.)
Debra Anderson is the winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2009), a grant awarded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada to an emerging gay Canadian writer for a body of work. Debra’s writing has been anthologized in the Lambda Literary Award finalist Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press), Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity (Arsenal Pulp Press), Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws (McGilligan Books), and Bent: On Writing (Women’s Press). Code White (McGilligan Books, 2005) is her first novel, which Herizons Magazine described as “…a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets” and Xtra! Magazine called, “both tragically hilarious and unabashedly sexy.” Visit debraanderson.ca
Jennifer Baker, a native New Yorker, works as an editor as well as freelances as a writer/reviewer and proofreader. Jennifer is currently working on a variety of short stories and flash fiction. Her work has been published in Boston Literary Magazine & Eclectic Flash, she was a featured artist on RainTiger.com, and wrote book reviews for SexHerald.com. You can visit her website at www.jennifernbaker.com.
Nat Burns is a professional writer and editor who retired from a publishing career in Virginia and relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a now a full-time novelist although her short stories and poems have been widely published. At present, she has five novels with Bella Books and one with Regal Crest. In addition, Nat is the music editor for Lesbian News magazine writing a monthly column called “Notes from Nat”. Complete information and samples of her work can be found at www.natburns.com
Rachel Kramer Bussel (www.rachelkramerbussel.com) has edited many books of erotica, including Up All Night, Glamour Girls: Femme/Femme Erotica,
First-Timers, Spanked, The Mile High Club, and the non-fiction collections
Best Sex Writing 2008, 2009, and 2010. She also writes about sex, cupcakes, and other delicious topics.
J. Caladine lives and writes in California. She hopes her story turns you on, and that you do something about it. "Mina's Train Ride" is her first published erotic work. Her story “A Thing or Two About Discipline” is currently slated for publication in the forthcoming anthology “My First Spanking” by Ravenous Romance.
Elizabeth Coldwell lives and writes in London. Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies including Lesbian Cops and Lesbian Love 1, 2 and 3. She can be found at http://elizabethcoldwell.wordpress.com
Heather Day dances to the beat of life and writes to the beat of rock n roll. Her weapons of choice are coinbelts and corsets and she chooses the pen over the sword every time. Heather's erotic fiction has appeared on Lovehoney.co.uk and forthegirls.com. Shimmy over to her website at www.heatherxday.co.uk.
Delilah Devlin is an award-winning author of erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing edgy stories with complex characters. She has published over a hundred stories in multiple sub-genres and lengths with Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington, Kindle, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.
Zoe Eagan, recently barred from practicing medicine for her cloning experiments, has turned to erotica as an outlet for her creativity. She now resides on a ranch in Montana where they raise Naugahyde beasts and grow Polyester trees. Her most recent hobby is breeding pygmy Megalodons. Her greatest wish is for world peace. She hopes you enjoy reading her writing as much as she did living it. Maybe don't mention this to her Amish friends.
Jeremy Edwards is the author of the erotocomedic novel Rock My Socks Off, the erotic story collection Spark My Moment, and, most recently, The Pleasure Dial: An Erotocomedic Novel of Old-Time Radio. His quirky, libidinous tales have appeared in over fifty anthologies, including recent volumes in the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica series. Jeremy’s greatest goal in life is to be sexy and witty at the same moment—ideally in lighting that flatters his profile. Readers can drop in on him unannounced (and thereby catch him in his underwear) at www.jeremyedwardserotica.com .
Shanna Germain is a writer, editor, leximaven, vorpal blonde and Schrodinger's brat. Her work has appeared in places like Best American Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, Best Erotica Romance, Best Gay Romance, Best Lesbian Erotica, and many more. Visit her online at www.shannagermain.com
Cal Gimpelevich is unable to settle into one name, place, or gender long enough for anyone to follow his work. The best hint he can give is to follow the Slavic surname through The Best Lesbian Erotica 2009 and 2010. Cal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariel Graham is a Reno native who lives to run in the summer desert heat. She's happiest surrounded by sagebrush and sunshine. She shares her Reno home with her husband and a pack of demanding felines. Ariel's work has appeared in previous Cleis Press anthologies, including Best Lesbian Romance, Please, Sir and Please, Ma'am,and in online magazines like Oysters & Chocolate. She can occasionally be found on Facebook.
Tigress Healy’s short stories have been published in Zane’s lesbian anthologies, Purple Panties and Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2, and her work is also included in Zane’s New York Times Bestselling Anthology, Succulent: Chocolate Flava 2.
Victoria Janssen has published 3 erotic novels with Harlequin Spice as well as many short stories. Her latest novel is THE DUKE AND THE PIRATE QUEEN. She's currently a regular blogger for both Heroes & Heartbreakers (romance) and The Criminal Element (mystery). Find her on twitter @victoriajanssen or at victoriajanssen.com
Michael M. Jones is a writer, editor, and book reviewer. He lives in Roanoke, VA, with way too many books, a pride of cats, and a wife who totally gets his obsessions. His other appearances include Lustfully Ever After, She-Shifters, and Rumpled Silk Sheets. His favorite movie sex scene is the one from that movie. Yeah, you know the one. With the people, in the place, doing that thing. To learn more, visit him at www.michaelmjones.com
D.L. King, editor of the IPPY Gold Medal winner, Carnal Machines, Spank, The Sweetest Kiss and the Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Where the Girls Are, also writes short stories that can be found in Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Girl Crazy and Broadly Bound, among others. She’s published two novels and edits the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed. Find her at http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com.
Geneva King (www.genevaking.com) has stories appearing in over a dozen anthologies including: Best Women's Erotica 2006, Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009, Ultimate Undies, Girl Crush, Peep Show, and Travelrotica for Lesbians 1 & 2.
Jessica Lennox, besides her love for writing, lists hobbies and interests that include playing poker, tattoos, motorcycles, books, psychology and gender theory. Jessica’s erotic work can be found in the following anthologies: Curvy Girls); Bondage by the Bay; Spank!; Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica; Hurts So Good: Unrestrained Erotica; Rubber Sex; Best Women’s Erotica 2008; and Tales of Travelrotica for Lesbians: Erotic Travel Adventures, Vol. 2.
Anya Levin is the author of numerous erotic stories, some of which feature women with desires that they simply must indulge, even though those desires sometimes lead them to places they never thought they’d go. Her stories run the gamut from contemporary fiction to tales with speculative elements. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Kirsty Logan lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her very own ghost-train girl. She has published stories in many 'best of' books, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, and Best Women's Erotica 2011. She has a semicolon tattooed on her toe. Say hello at kirstylogan.com
Sara Lynde is a retired Project Engineer who recently moved to the LGBT mecca of Palm Springs, CA. She heartily recommends retirement, Palm Springs, and the writing of erotica as sources of great pleasure.
Nikki Magennis is mutable, fickle, and mildly obsessed with avians. Author of two novels and many short stories, find her work all over the erotica bookshelf and in a few places on the sticky wide web, too: nikkimagennis.com
M. Marie (www.mmarie.ca) lives in the heart of downtown Toronto. This passionate young Canadian is soft-spoken, inquisitive, and addicted to art, travel, writing and videogames. Having previously won several writers’ awards for her poetry and short stories, she is excited to now be branching out into erotic publications.
Sommer Marsden is the wiener-dog-owning, wine-swigging, wannabe runner responsible for Restless Spirit, Learning to Drown and Angry Sex. She's written numerous erotic novels and her short work has appeared in over one hundred anthologies and counting. Visit her at sommermarsden.blogspot.com for updates, contests and excerpts.
Maxine Marsh is a writer from a very wet and very hot part of Florida. She is attracted to themes of marginality, the horrific, the weird, and of course, the sexy. She has titles with Noble Romance, Freaky Fountain Press and short stories with Vagabondage Press, Xcite Books, Oysters and Chocolate, and Cleis Press.
Evan Mora loves traveling, long walks on the beach, and writing about all sorts of sexy things. Find her in anthologies like: Best Lesbian Erotica ’09 & ’12, Best Lesbian Romance ’09, ’10, & ’12, Lesbian Cops, and The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica. She lives in Toronto.
Emily Moreton has been writing since childhood, but only started trying to get things published a few years ago. She's had short stories in a number of anthologies, including several for charity, and is working on a novel (well, if opening the file then closing it in despair counts!). Emily lives in Bristol, UK, where she shares her flat with her cat Rosie, and the soft toy army.
Gemma Parkes is a freelance writer from the UK who specializes mainly in Erotic fiction. Her writing covers a variety of sexual genres which include: Mild BDSM, voyeurism, Lesbian love, Ménage, and more. She welcomes people to her blog where they can expect to find poetry and short pieces of writing that usually reflect how she is feeling on any given day. Gemma’s work can be purchased in eBook format from all of the major eBook retailers.
You can contact Gemma by visiting her blog http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/ Or follow her on Twitter: @gemmapar and Facebook:
Catherine Paulssen (www.catherinepaulssen.com), after great years of living in England and Israel, now enjoys the magic and excitement of her new hometown Berlin. She loves old Hollywood movies, Motown music, and cooking for friends and family. At daytime, she works as a freelancer; every spare minute is dedicated to writing Erotica. Her stories have been published by Silver Publishing, Cleis Press and Constable & Robinson.
Eroticist Giselle Renarde (http://www.wix.com/gisellerenarde/erotica) is a queer Canadian, avid volunteer, contributor to more than 50 short story anthologies, and author of dozens of electronic and print books. Ms Renarde lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.
Toby Rider seldom sits still long enough to write down the stories in her head, but she’s published pieces in Rode Hard, Put Away Wet and Hard Road, Easy Riding, and has decided she likes getting those steamy contributors’ copies well enough to try it again.
Jean Roberta teaches first-year English courses in a Canadian university, where she is currently co-editing a book of articles to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the queer faculty speakers series, kicked off in 2007 by her talk on 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness. Her less academic writing includes approximately 90 erotic stories in print anthologies. She is tech-challenged but is getting help to update her website (www.JeanRoberta.com). Meanwhile, she blogs here: www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com Recent and forthcoming f/f stories include “Moon Like a Sickle, Wind Like a Knife” in Seductress (Cleis, October 2012),“Touchee” in Stripped Down: Best Lesbian Erotica (Cleis, June 2012), “Fame” in Sapphic Planet (http://sapphicplanet.com ), “Madame Blanche,” a retelling of “The White Cat” (17th-century French tale) in Rumpledsilksheets, Lesbian Fairy Tales (Ravenous Romance, 2010), and “The Art of Communication” in To Love and To Cherish (Love You Divine/Alterotica, 2010).
Reina Sobin is a 31 year old writer of Bizarro and erotica from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work has been featured in Collaboration of the Dead: Putrid Poetry & Sickening Sketches, The Big Book of Bizarro, and Halloween Frights Volume I.
DD Symms was led by a desire to explore life to study fiction in university and create stories that peeled away facades and peered into the heart. Also a journalist, DD has written on holidays around the world and how families live in different cultures. A desire to explore sexuality grew and finally led to a serious pursuit of erotic and sensual fiction with three stories currently published and a novel in the works. DD is pleased to be included in Girl Fever.
Heather Towne's writing credits include Hustler Fantasies, Leg Sex, Newcummers, Naughty Neighbors, 18eighteen, Forum, Foreplay, Scarlet, and stories in the anthologies Skin Deep 2, Mammoth Book of Women's Erotic Fantasies, Wicked Words, Love on the Dark Side, Sexy Little Numbers, Nexus Confessions, Show & Tell, The Good Parts, Travelrotica 2, and Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005, 2008, and 2009.
Piper Trace has had an interesting career path, from car wash girl to strip-club cocktail waitress, roller derby girl to Fortune 500 corporate attorney. She spent a year working at the women's center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, Everywoman's Center, in part as their director of lesbian literature, and she’s a regular contributor to the Erotic Readers & Writers Association. www.pipertrace.com
Sharon Wachsler lives in rural New England, where she blogs, trains dogs, and flogs for disability access. Her erotica appears in several dozen publications, including Best Lesbian Erotica and Best American Erotica. Sharon is an Astraea Foundation fiction grantee. She blogs at http://aftergadget.wordpress.com (@aftergadget) among other places.
Fran Walker has held the usual odd assortment of jobs: office receptionist, fast food restaurant worker, horse-drawn carriage driver, show groom, and lab technician. She and her spouse, the novelist L-J Baker, live in New Zealand with their various cats, chickens, and cows. Her recent short fiction can be found in the online magazine Khimairal Ink (October 2008) and in the anthologies Read These Lips (volume 2, 2008) and Chilling Tales (P.D. Publishing, 2008). Fran can be contacted at email@example.com
Anna Watson is a married old school femme mom who queers suburbia west of Boston. Along with writing and publishing as much steamy butch/femme erotica as possible (see BLE 12, Take Me There, BLR 12, and The Harder She Comes among others), she lends a hand in supporting and organizing for the queer community, especially families. In the past few years, she has helped start two GSAs, one in the middle school and one for teens in the homeschooling community; she also does social justice work around LGBTQ issues at her UU church.
Cha Cha White is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and recently sold her first short fiction to Silver Blade magazine. She’s also a published non-fiction writer whose byline has appeared in Wired, Metropolis, Art Papers, and other national magazines.
Veronica Wilde is an erotic romance author whose work has been published by Cleis Press, Bella Books, Liquid Silver Books and Samhain Publishing. Please visit her at www.veronicawilde.com.
Leigh Wilder has been previously published several times, most recently in Riding the Rocket, edited by Sascha Illyvich.
Rose William got a library card before she got groceries as soon as she moved to California. So when she’s not writing, you can often find her at the local branch. She also knits and bakes a mean bundt cake. She recently discovered that hiking is just walking somewhere pretty and has been enjoying exploring trails in Northern California. You can find her work in Cleis Press’s Best Lesbian Erotica series, and she is always happy to receive email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MJ Williamz has been published for almost a decade. She has over twenty-five short stories published, mostly lesbian erotica with a few paranormal and the occasional romance thrown in for good measure. She has three novels published through Bold Strokes Books. Her most recent book, Initiation by Desire, came out in January.
Nicole Wolfe is a writer from northern Indiana who enjoys cult movies,
good food, fitness, music, and women of all shapes. When she's not
writing, teaching, sleeping, or working out, she spends time with her
amazing wife and goofy pets. Her work has been previously published
in Cleis Press' Best Lesbian Erotica 2010. Her story for this
anthology, "The Flight Home," was inspired by a woman who sat next to
her wife on a flight returning from a fun vacation.
Allison Wonderland is one L of a girl. Her writings appear in Coming Together, Milk and Honey, Sapphic Planet, Bound by Lust, and Locker Room. In addition to lesbian literature, Allison's indulgences include cotton candy, kitten heels, and Old Hollywood glamour. Find out what else she's into and up to at http://aisforallison.blogspot.com.