The Literary Valentine


From one who writes those…

To one who writes bigly. 

1) What are you working on?

Right now I am working on a series of stories that are sexily emotional called “The Suedes.”  I’m going to write about 30 of these tales and some of them have run at ERWA.  “Pink Suede” will be up in the galleries next month and you can catch the very difficile “Red Suede” in the archives where I’m published.  So far the Suedes are tackling sexuality from many directions.  Each tale an emotion, or a whisper of something for the reader.  I write heterosexuality from every angle there is, and some have distinct feminism at base, on purpose.

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Emotions on the page.  Literary styling.  I want to leave the audience thinking hard.  Very hard.  I’ve  gotten a gorgeous review in Goodreads for my Gardenias, and also made the Best of 2013 over at Big Brain Erotica which has been huge.  More has been said over here…  I want the stories to make Carver-esque points I suppose.  I want to win the good sex in writing award, one day.  When that exists.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because I can.  Sexuality is about as intimate as a writer can get, and I like to challenge stereotypes.  I’m interested in writing curative fiction for a generation that has been very wounded as well.  On the male and female sides — the tail end Baby Boom group.  Also, I’m working on some novels that address coming of age for girls as hetero.  There is a gap there.  The first of these is Heart of Clouds.

4) How does my writing process work?

I do best in the morning, with coffee, after reading the news.  I will often listen to music to set the theme — almost always.  I love Waterman pens and Sketchbooks and colored pencils or crayons if I’m not at a machine.  I like to start and finish a piece in one sitting, for short stories at least.  I need a window.  I’m very easily distracted if I look at too much in the web.


(for Alison)

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