It was a joy to interview Sybil Rush, whose erotic story, Mesmerized, will appear in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame (due for release in early September–sign up for the GDP newsletter to stay up to date with the launch.) Here, take a peek at her world:
We’re thrilled that you have joined us at Go Deeper Press, Sybil. You’re a fabulous writer. Anyhoo, we’d love to know why you became an erotic author. Will you spill the beans?
Aw, thank you. I’m blushing!
When I was younger, a lot younger, I was a strip tease artist and a topless dancer. It was my fantasy, and I lived it, and I loved almost every minute of it. I also knew a lot of other people who were sexually adventurous and got to hear their stories. Now, a bunch of those experiences are wanting to come back out as fiction.
Can you give us an idea of what your story in Shameless Behavior is about?
It’s about a woman who shames other people for being sexual. I know too many people like that, unfortunately, and what I wanted to explore in this story is ‘Why?’ Why do they feel the need to shame other people? And could anything happen that would make them stop doing it? Honestly, I find people who shame other people, especially sexually, REALLY unlikeable. So it was a big challenge to try to humanize her and have her be at least somewhat sympathetic. I hope readers are going to root for her, but I don’t know.
How do you think our world would be different if there was less sexual shame and more sexual pride?
I have some pretty out there ideas about this. I believe that sexual shame and sexual deprivation lead to a lot of the violence in the world. I’m not talking just about sexual violence, like rape, but all kinds of violence, from wars to bar fights. I mean, just look at the statistics on how sexual violence has decreased as porn has become more available. So, yeah, I think a world with more sexual pride would be a more peaceful world.
How do people respond when you tell them you’re an erotic writer? Do you have any stories about that?
Ha ha. No one knows!
I’m really fascinated by secrets like that. The old lady who lives next door might write erotica. The soccer mom across the street might have been a call girl before she got married and had a family. And the couple on the corner might be swingers. You just never know.
What advice might you give to a writer who wants to pen a great sex scene?
I’d like to get some advice on that! I’m still trying to figure out how to write a great sex scene.
When I read a sex scene, what really turns me on is when I can feel the character’s enthusiasm. Like, if in real life, you really love giving blow jobs and, as a writer, you can put those specific things that you love about it into your story. Even if those aren’t the same things that I love about giving blow jobs, I’m going to feel it because it’s real to you.
And for those who want to read Sybil, here’s what she says she’s up to in the writing department:
I’m writing an erotic ghost story to submit to a Halloween anthology. I was working on it at home the other night, and I scared my own damn self. Really bad. I’m going to finish it, but I don’t think I’ll be writing any more supernatural stuff. I scare too easily.
I also had a story come out in an anthology called Valentine’s Day. It’s about a man who surprises his wife on her 40th birthday by arranging for her to dance at a strip club. I’m also going to have two stories on the Erotica Readers and Writers website during September. One is a dystopian, futuristic erotic story about hoarding, rock n’ roll, totalitarian government, and groupies. The other is about a girl who wants to be a topless dancer and her affair with the ‘sound guy’ at the club, who is a woman. Those will be up on September 1 (at this location) and gone at the end of September.
Of course, you can read Sybil Rush’s erotic “Mesmerized” in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame, when it comes out in early September. To stay in touch about the launch and get a FREE e-book, sign up for the GDP newsletter. You can also get a noir erotic novelette free from the GDP website…and this offer won’t last forever! Also don’t forget Huddle: Sex with Sporty Queers, the most exciting erotic collection Lana Fox has read for a long, long time.
Sybil Rush is currently a research scientist and part-time writer of erotica. However, she learned most of what she knows about sex during her former careers. She has been, at various times, a striptease artist, a topless dancer, an enlisted soldier, and a midwife. She occasionally blogs at http://nouveaugrotto.blogspot.com.au/.
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