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Sex and Mermaids: An Entrepreneurial Start-Up Story

GDP Square1We’re fortunate enough to have had our entrepreneurial start-up story published at Project Eve. Here’s the opening (to read the full story, go here.)

Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
We publish character-driven erotic stories, and we also run a sexual-spiritual course for women called The Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery. Not only have we been authors and editors for years, but we’re also reiki practitioners and angel readers, so our erotic stories and courses promote erotic wellbeing on every level. We’re passionate about sexuality, peace, and self-love. And we take the erotic very seriously.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
When I was a girl who was deeply ashamed of her body and sexuality, I discovered the erotic works of Anais Nin. Suddenly, I wasn’t alone any more, and my whole life changed, because I realized that I wasn’t warped or twisted, but simply human. I hid that book under my mattress and prayed it would never be found. Without Nin, I don’t know what I would have done.

So, decades later, my partner Angela and I decided to launch Go Deeper Press and the Mermaid Voyage, in order to promote sex-positivity. We’ve been around less than a year, creating erotic materials that promote love, enjoyment, and pride.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Right now, with Russia attacking its LGBTQ citizens, and families telling their children that sex is shame, we know that erotica—through its pride in sexuality—can save lives. We also know… [Continue reading here]

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Help Go Deeper Press Select Our Team T-Shirt

Hi ho! Angela here, and I’ve got to say, I love hearing your opinion. So, I’m looking once again for your shrewd eye, your sound advice, and, of course, your high sense of fashion. Have a look below, and then add a comment that’ll let me and Lana know which shirt design you prefer. You know, the one you’d likely wear to Christmas mass or to your ex-wife’s wedding.

One more thing: I need to thank this handsome gentleman from vgkids.com for the unauthorized use of his pretty face.

Now, on you go!

Shirt No. 1: Indie Is Our Game

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This is our introduction-to-the-world shirt: who we are and what we do, what our passion is. We’re thinking it could be your passion, too, and of course you want to share your passions with your community. But, you know, we need to confirm this. 

Shirt No. 2: A Tribute to the Forefolks of Our Genre

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These folks are the ground breakers–the innovators!–for what would become modern-day erotica: Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Pauline Reage, and Vladimir Nabokov. Thanks to the kind people at deathwishinc.com, from whom we stole this idea (their original was “Tribute to the Greats”). So, what do you think: Did we hit the nail on the head here or what?

As always, thanks so much, GDP family.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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Fox Gets Erotic with Fellow Writers

Anais Nin always plays an important role in "Go Deeper, Baby."

Anais Nin always plays an important role in “Go Deeper, Baby.”

Hello, dear readers!  And what’s that you say?  You love the erotic?  Well, aha, so do we!  So much so, in fact, that Go Deeper Press Co-Founder and Senior Editor, Lana Fox, and Go Deeper Press author Zoe More, will be running an erotic poetry workshop at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem this Saturday, May 4th.  We’re going to have lots of fun with erotic language and sex-positivity, and you’ll hear me reading hot words with a British accent.  (I’m a Brit, you see, yes.)

Do come, do come!  It’s always such a pleasure to meet Go Deeper supporters, readers and friends.

Also, if you’re a writer, why not come along to my May workshop on writing erotica?  Go Deeper, Baby: Writing Meaningful Erotica always proves to be an amazing night of supportive, fun, creative erotica.  We read lovely sex writing and pen some ourselves.  And the atmosphere is always delightful.  In fact, I have been informed by fellow instructors that the warm laughter emerging from the erotic writing classroom is always contageous.  Oh, and there’s even chocolate…

Here:

Go Deeper, Baby: Writing Meaningful Erotica

Thursday, May 30th, 6:30-9:30pm at Grub Street headquarters.  You can sign up here.

In this one-night seminar, we’ll celebrate erotic fiction, looking at why it’s both emotionally valuable and increasingly popular. Drawing on well-respected authors such as Anais Nin and Steve Almond, we’ll explore what makes a sexy story sexy, while also tapping the transformational qualities of the genre. Come along with a willingness to be open about feelings and sensations, and you’ll leave with a short, sexy story of your own. All sexual and gender identities warmly welcomed. Led by an instructor who regularly publishes erotica and views it as some of her most meaningful work.  You can sign up here.
If you’re coming along, feel free to shoot me an email, or comment below, and say hello ahead of time.  Always lovely to hear from you.  And if you’d like to read Lana’s erotic writing absolutely free of charge, here’s the first chapter of Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here

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Confessions of Lana Fox, Part 2

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Here’s the concluding part of Lana’s interview, where she will entertain you, no doubt, with references to girl-on-girl sex and her dissertation on Joss Whedon. And don’t forget! Lana’s first book, Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee, comes out tomorrow on Mischief Books. Get it from Amazon or Google Play!

I was wondering: Is Confessions the first time you wrote girl-girl sex? I know I should know the answer to this.

I’m glad you asked! The first time I published girl-girl sex was in a story entitled “Untouchable Tabby,” which appears in Threesome by Xcite Books. I did write a few gay sex scenes after that, but none of them felt ready to develop into stories. Then along came Confessions—and, around the time I started the book, I was already having a relationship with you, Angela Tavares!—and I found I couldn’t write lesbian sex fast enough. Impassioned sex was flowing out of me!

Okay, now, when you’re not writing or publishing erotica, you’re coaching…all types of coaching. Can you explain the evolution of the Mermaid Voyage? And Whole Arts, too, if you’re not too tired? Man, are your days longer than mine or something?

Hmm, great question! Yes, I do love coaching.

Well, firstly, I’ll explain what the Mermaid Voyage is. It’s is a two-week online course of guided visualizations, meditations, and lovemaking activities, plus a gift pack filled with transcendent sensual goodies. This “Voyage” evolved because of my non-fiction book that is currently represented by the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. Like the book, the Voyage looks to transform our vision of solo sex and erotic self-love so that we can experience them as pure, loving and empowering. Also, by thinking of ourselves as “mermaid women,” we can recreate folklore and society’s myths to reflect only love, pride, and pure enjoyment.

The Voyage evolved because I have found erotic self-love to be extremely healing in my life. Yet I heard so many women speak of the burdens of sexual shame in my work as a sex columnist and erotic writing instructor. People would leave my erotic writing classes all aglow, saying that they felt changed—they’d received nurture and praise in that classroom, along with permission to express their sexual imaginings. If my erotic writing classes could have that transformative effect, I realized that a course in erotic self-love could do even more.

As for other coaching, yes, I’m an arts, writing, and confidence coach, both long-distance (via phone/Skype) and face to face. I love it! Helping other people to refine and develop their ideas, and change the world through their visions, is extremely satisfying for me! I find that there is so much talent in this world, and all of it so unique. What could be more inspiring?

Lana reads from “Smart Girls Won’t Screw Witless Girls” from Femme Fatale

Anais Nin or Joss Whedon: If you absolutely had to pick just one, which would it be?

Argh, you just made my head explode! You know me so well.

That is a very hard question because, ultimately, these two are my absolute heroes. No one does what Whedon does with such emotional truth. He shows us how we feel—really and powerfully—over and over again, in the most imaginative and transformational of ways. Truly, he has inspired me so much to speak my truth no matter who disapproves or misunderstands. He honored Willow’s gayness, in spite of the audience he lost, and in Dollhouse, he shows sex in all its colors—as empowering, beautiful, terrifying, vital, and a source of incredible love, cruelty, and creativity, depending on who values it or abuses it. What’s more, Inara in Firefly is the most empowered, stunning, emotionally transcendent sex worker I’ve ever seen depicted in story. If only we could all understand sexuality as she does. Beautiful.

Nin, however, wrote sex as a woman during a time when it was virtually impossible to do so. Her diaries are exquisite—so honest and deep. And she expressed sex with such truth, power and feeling. She was also a polyamorous woman when no such thing existed in terms of language. She honored who she was. That’s HUGE.

But ultimately, though it almost explodes my heart, I have to go with Whedon, et al. That’s probably because Whedon is so with us today, now, commenting on our society in ways we so need. He, and his team, saves us person by person, saying, “Everyone has darkness, everyone is sexual, everyone is human, everyone can love.” I have been moved to tears by Whedon’s gang time and time again. What a being of light! What love!

What are you buying me for my birthday?

Nice try, Sherlock.

This is where you get to say something amazing that no one will ever forget.

The chemical that you release during sexual pleasure gives you more energy to be generous to the world. After orgasm, experiments suggest that people give away up to eight times more money. Seriously. Imagine a world that is so at peace with itself that it becomes eight times more generous! So please, never see sexuality and erotic self-love as selfish. They are self-full, and that makes all the difference.

Namaste.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press by reading our blog.  If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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Confessions of Lana Fox, Part 1

lana headshot3The way I see it, there aren’t enough interviews with Lana Fox. Sure, you might find it strange that I’m the one to take initiative, seeing how I’m in business with her. And you could call me biased: I’m a fan, her partner, folder of her laundry and all that. But the real reason I wanted to interview Lana is because she’s doing amazing things in the realm of erotica and sexual-spiritual healing. Sometimes, she combines the two. Other times, she’s writing taboo like I’ve never seen it, and it’s this combination of aesthetics, of keeping focus on both the transformational and what most consider the “darker” parts of us, that makes her writing sexy and unique. To me, she’s a trailblazer.

Lana’s new petite novel, Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee, is available this Thursday from Mischief Books.

Hi Lana. It’s Angela. You are such a busy woman. I’d list all the projects you’re working on and books you’re writing and publishing, but I’d hate to overwhelm you. So, I’ve got to ask: what’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Aha! Well, the first thing I do in the morning (aside from kiss my angel hello) is to put on my exceptionally furry slippers. This, naturally, is a highly erotic experience. Think: naked feet slipping into furry fabric—fake fur, I will add, seeing as I’m sort of a vegetarian… “sort of” (ahem) because I also eats clams. Then I answer about 30 emails, at least ten of which usually have something to do with sex and sexuality. Not bad, eh?

urlCan you remember the first book of erotica that caught your eye? How come it did?

I was seventeen, I believe, when I first encountered Anais Nin’s “Delta of Venus.” I was in a bookstore in Leicester—the British city where I lived at that time—and as I was browsing the tables of books, I saw this amazing cover design. It was a boy in a peaked cap pressing a woman against a wall for a fiery, accept-no-prisoners kiss. The woman was wearing stockings, and I could see her stocking-tops. How could I not pick up that book and finger through the pages? Considering that I’d been raised with tons of sexual guilt, Nin’s descriptions of debauched barons and exotic dancers, not to mention lesbian threesomes, incest, and secrecy, were breathlessly exciting. Nin’s scenes were like those that I had imagined myself, yet always felt so guiltily alone with! I invested in the book and hid it beneath my bed. I read it from cover to cover—and often.

Why Go Deeper Press? I mean, not the name itself, but what persuaded you to tackle the business side of publishing?

I had always found it hard to find really well-written erotica. Now, I know “well-written” is subjective, but there is a particular style that I’ve always sought. Angela Carter, Anais Nin, Sarah Waters, and Steve Almond were writing about this enticing sex that was filled with imagination and heart-racing need. So I learned to write erotica. In fact, I trained under Steve Almond at Grub Street (where I now teach erotica). And the more I published, the more I read. I felt so free when I read and created erotica. In fact, it was erotic fantasy that first showed me I was queer: I saw that I was often watching the woman as I wrote my fantasies down, or imagining that I was the man in a heterosexual scene. Erotica found me. I started to talk about sex, to express myself. I found Susie Bright, Betty Dodson—heroes of mine. I started to teach erotic writing, became a sex columnist, a sex blogger, a sex-positive activist, and moved into an amazing sex-positive community. And wonder of all wonders, I met Angela, my soulmate, who is endlessly inspiring, passionate, and talented. You wait until you read Angela’s erotica—I mean, wow! Without her, Go Deeper Press would not have been born.

The long and short of it? Erotica has played a huge role in my life. It taught me to be shame-free, to be who I was, to see my sexual self as beautiful. And as anyone who has felt saved by art will know, we want so badly to help others feel that too.

Name three things that, if you didn’t have them, your days and nights would be simply miserable.

Angela, my friends, and PG Tips (that’s very strong British tea, fyi).

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Your new novella, Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee, is coming out from Mischief this Thursday. Do you want to plug it a little? If you don’t, I will.

So, I started with two ideas. I wanted to write a book about a woman who actively benefits from her husband’s infidelity! And I also wanted to write about kinky shoes and how good they can make us feel. See, because high heels are often sexy, people often treat them as if they are frivolous—sexiness, after all, isn’t always respected in our society. But. in my eyes, the notion that a pair of stilettos can transform our confidence and make us feel proud means that they can be every bit as deep as a Van Gogh painting (which, as it happens, can do the same, right?).

This is the story that I ended up with:

Debs is devastated when, by playing peeping tom, she catches her husband cheating. But as she watches his tryst from her hiding place, she finds herself lusting after the blonde he’s screwing. Amazed that she apparently isn’t heterosexual, Debs divorces her husband and sets off to find out who she really is sexually. And, my goodness, she has quite the kinky adventure! Firstly, as the manager of Pussyfoot Shoes, she uses her love of stilettos to great effect in the boudoir. And secondly, she starts having fabulous sex with women. But in spite of her liberation, she can’t help falling for her young tenant, Janey, a college student who is studying the history of the stiletto. And while Janey is delectable to peep on, Debs believes she is entirely out of bounds….

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper press by reading our blog.  If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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Reasons We’re All About Sex: No. 2, Anais Nin

imgres-1This post was first published at Erotica For All.  I believe it communicates some of the many reasons why Anais Nin has been so important to my development as a sex writer:

When I’d first started writing erotica I thought there was something wrong with me.  I’d been raised to believe sex was sinful, yet here I was in my early thirties entranced by explicit intimacy, and the more I read and wrote, the happier I felt.  So why was I still ashamed?

Enter:  Anais Nin.

Back then, I didn’t realise the author of Delta of Venus had written diaries – in fact she kept them for most of her life and many of the volumes deal with sex and writing.  When I discovered these, I was particularly engrossed by the entries from 1932-1934, which are grouped together in the volume now published as Incest – here, Nin describes how she felt about her extramarital affairs, her creative process and the father who had left when she was a girl.  As a woman in her thirties, she grew infatuated with her father, and when he proclaimed his ardour, she confessed her own.  As I read Nin’s descriptions of their incestuous lovemaking, I was horrified and aroused.  She seemed panicked by her father’s embraces, yet also intensely desirous.

What follows is an excerpt from Nin’s daring entries about the heated nights she spent with her father.  As you’ll see, Nin’s diary was a place where she accepted herself entirely – such is the power of sexual introspection, I believe, if we’re bold enough to go there.

“‘Let me kiss your mouth.’  He put his arms around me.  I hesitated.  I was tortured by a complexity of feelings, wanting his mouth, yet afraid, feeling I was to kiss a brother, yet tempted—terrified and desirous.  I was taut.  He smiled and opened his mouth.  We kissed, and that kiss unleashed a wave of desire.  I was lying across his body and with my breast I felt his desire.  I was lying across his body and with my breast I felt his desire, hard palpitating…” From  Anais Nin’s Incest: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin 1932-34.

As many readers will know, Nin wrote essays and fiction too.  In fact, the more I began to read, the more I fell in love.  She saw life as a “creative work” – a story we can actively craft in order to free ourselves from society’s constraints.  She reminds us that through art we transform ourselves while also connecting powerfully with others; and she saw desire and arousal as an important part of that.  What a gutsy woman!

Not long after I’d discovered Nin’s Incest, I was invited to read my work at a literary event.  I’d never shared my erotica in public before (and this was quite an edgy piece) but when people told me they’d been moved by my work, I began to understand:  That’s what we do when we write honestly about sex – we learn to love our vulnerabilities, our longings, our needs, while helping others to love theirs.  And we turn people on!  What could be more giving?

To find out more about Anais Nin, check out the Anais Nin Blog published by Sky Blue Press.

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Anais Nin’s Garters and Go Deeper’s Launch

Hello, dear sex-positive readers.  Trust Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus to generate delightfully erotic cover art.  I love the aesthetic of thigh and garter-straps, and this image makes the viewer a voyeur.  A delicious little morsel just for you, dear ones. Now back I go to GDP Launch planning. December 20th is the date.  Woohoo!

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From IndieReader: “Anaïs Nin: 50 Shades’ Foreplay”

Anais Nin herself

Great piece at indiereader.com from Pavarti K Tyler on the history of erotic fiction. Completely worth your time, when you get that free moment.

Anaïs Nin: 50 Shades’ Foreplay

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Anais Nin: Desirous

As I have often said, Anais Nin should never be censored, particularly with respect to her diary entries.  The following is from Anais Nin’s “Fire: the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1934 to 1937” from her lifelong diary, “A Journal of Love.”  Here she describes a scene from her love affair with Gonzalo…

All night, all night we dreamed.  He slept a moment.  Awoke desirous, slipping into me and out, swiftly, pushed away his desire, our fever mounting, words like caresses, caresses like words, like drugs.  His desire again, renunciation, fever, the dream, ecstasy.

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Henry Miller Goes Deeper

Anais Nin

This is the first in a series of posts in which the Go Deeper editors quote sensational erotic writers, past and present, who show sexual desire as beautiful, or messed up, or deep, or crazy, or addictive, or romantic…or just plain hot.

Here is Henry Miller, in a letter to his lover, Anais Nin:

Yes, Anais, I was thinking how I could betray you, but I can’t.  I want you.  I want to undress you, vulgarize you a bit—ah, I don’t know what I am saying.  I am a little drunk because you are not here.  I would like to clap my hands and, voila—Anais!  I want to own you, use you.  I want to fuck you, I want to teach you things.  No, I don’t appreciate you—God forbid!  Perhaps I even want to humiliate you a little—why, why?  Why don’t I get down on my knees and just worship you?  I can’t.  I love you laughingly. 

Do you like that?

From A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller 1932-1953

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