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Check Out Jacob Louder’s Interview on Sex Writing!

ImageThis is a post on writing taken from the Grub Street Daily, with thanks to interviewer Sue Williams:

Courage deserves our encouragement. After all, when we are brave, our writing often grows stronger. Below, I interview queer erotic author Jacob Louder, who has published his erotic writing with Go Deeper Press. He is also the author of the forthcoming erotic novella, First, which features Nico—a queer teen—as he begins his journey of sexual self-discovery, and Robbie—a young trans person—who longs to escape from shame.

Jacob, how did you summon up the courage to first publish your erotic work?

I used to write dirty stories for my friends in high school, right around the time when they all started reading Jackie Collins and Fern Michaels novels. I have no idea how or why I decided to volunteer, but they loved them. So, I guess I didn’t need courage so much in the beginning, just an eager audience, and I had that.

I’ve always used writing as an outlet, right? Like most writers do. And I never found a reason to censor myself, and I know that I’m writing from this very authentic place and with a very strong sense of self. I figure, if I’m doing that–if my heart’s in it and I believe in what I’m writing–why not try and get it published? I’ve never felt shame […] Read more here!

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Sex-Bomb Writer, Angela Tavares, Interviewed at The Round Up Zine

Angela herself.

Angela herself.

Our Angela has been interviewed at roundupzine, where her gorgeous piece “Sunday Night” is published. It’s a great interview that includes Angela’s discovery of erotica when she was a bright young thing, the reasons she writes about sex, and much much more. You can read the whole interview here. And here’s a snippet:

RU: I’m  kind of a fan of Dennis Cooper, who edited the anthology “Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground” in which your piece “Fast Ones” appears. How did you get involved in that?

AT: Dennis Cooper is one of my favorite writers and one of my biggest inspirations. He taught me what it means to use daring and brave language, to tell stories that can be uncomfortable. And, of course, for these reasons, I visit his website every day. Very long ago, he invited all his blog readers to submit a short story for an anthology he was putting together—specifically to spotlight some of the writers who participated, if I’m not mistaken—and that’s when I sent “Fast Ones.”

RU: You seem to have a propensity towards erotic fiction given your work with Go Deeper Press, amongst other things. What is it about erotic fiction that interests you, and do you remember the first piece of erotic lit you ever read?

AT: It’s sex that interests me, I think. Erotic fiction, yes—that, too, but I love writing the complexities and vulnerabilities of sex, its emotions and manipulations. Strip your characters bare, and see what they got and what they do with it—for me, this is the most fun. Even before I started Go Deeper Press with Lana Fox and began writing erotica, I always seemed to find a way to have my characters get it on.

First piece of erotic lit was something my mother had hidden in her bookcase near her bed. It focused on an escort service. I only snuck tiny reads from it, but it was hot enough that I managed to sneak back in and find it every time she was out of the house. I allowed myself two paragraphs at a time, and then got out of there.

First piece of erotic lit in a non-shame way: 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. [Read the whole interview at RoundUpZine.)

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A Hotter State: An Interview with Laila Blake (Part 2)

Y0Z_2e4m33EA1AikWpFA3-bZSIG04gM4mLkjj_vZJYkYou can read the first part of this interview here.

4. Why do you think erotica can be so important for society?

I think that well-written erotica can help women reclaim their sexuality. It can give them the language and the tools to begin creating the sex life and the self-image that they want to have. And maybe, in the long run, that will affect young people, too – both men and women – and in that way actually help society. But I think that is already happening on so many other channels as well, like Laci Green’s YouTube channel, to name just one.

I am still constantly baffled and saddened by the amount of negativity thrown against anything that contains sex – from blogs being deleted, to search engine blocks and whole porn bans instead of a real, honest discussion on how to work against the exploitative and shocking aspects of the industry, and how to give parents, and young people the tools to process what they see online. So I suppose on days when I feel particularly hopeful, I might think that writing erotica can help there. That’s one reason why I decided against using a pen name for my erotica.

I’m happy if I touch people with my writing – that’s enough for now.

5. Can you let us know of any other books/stories that you have in the works at the moment? Any forthcoming publications? And how can we get hold of them?

My next publication is actually, and fittingly, an erotic novella. It’s called Driftwood Deeds, coming out with the Ladylit Publishing imprint A Hotter State. During the writing process, my friend and I called it “consent-and-communication-in-BDSM PSA erotica,” and that made me giggle a lot. It’s simply the story of a young woman and a man exploring a little bit of BDSM together, with a lot of talk and a lot of sex.

In fact, it’s really a complete rewrite of the first time I wrote anything involving BDSM and erotica when I was about 18. It shaped a lot of my ideas about writing erotica and my own self-image, and it felt fitting to reimagine it as my first stand-alone erotica publication.

It will come out in November and will be available as an ebook at all major retailers.

6. Do you have any advice about writing great sex scenes?

I am still trying to figure out what other people like, or what the majority of people like – I have absolutely no clue. But if you’re asking what I like to read – then a great sex scene needs to have just as much voice and individuality as any other scene – maybe more. I like sex scenes full of personality – both the writer’s and the characters’. I want to care about the people I read about, I want to feel them, their issues and aspirations, their dirty secrets and their vast range of emotions, even if the scenes just covers sex. I love it, for example, when erotica is coupled with some other kind of hobby or aspect of their life – I’ve written erotica about larpers and about a woman obsessed with the planet Mars, about photography and yoga. There’s nothing I find less erotic than reading some fantasy played out by bland, doll-like characters. I actually blogged about this at length.

I also have a special fondness for physical attributes often societally impressed on us as flaws.

Thank you so much for having me. This was a blast!

Author, Laila Blake

Author, Laila Blake

Thank you, Laila, for your fascinating interview!

You can find Laila Blake at www.lailablake.com, where she lists her publications and blogs about writing and society. She also co-hosts the podcast Lilt.

Her social media haunts are pinterest and goodreads, but she also hangs out on twitter and she has a facebook page. For updates on new publications, there is also her newsletter, which she promises will be very sparing and unspammy.

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An Interview with Erotic Writer Sybil Rush

Sybil Rush

Sybil Rush

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?

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

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/.

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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How We Like Our Sex (Let’s Show You!)

Available now from GDP!

Available now from GDP!

We read a lot of submissions, folks.  Really.  A helluva lot.  We’re lucky, because we love reading sex scenes, and we do receive a great deal of good work.  But sometimes, we come across well-penned sex scenes that just aren’t for us.

This is a very personal thing.  It’s to do with our aesthetic, rather than a clear judgment of “good” or “bad.”  If a scene is too flowery with language, for instance, or uses words that we find distancing (like “penis” or “member” or “vagina” — words that aren’t part of our preferred aesthetic), or if the scene is slushy or romantic in a chintzy kind of way, it’s easy for us to press the “reject” button.

So what sort of sex writing do we love?

In a word, edgy.

If you’re over 18 (the rest of this post is adults only reading, folks) take a look at this excerpt from Zoe More‘s “Our Courtship, Our Romance,” in Femme Fatale (which is still our bestseller — it has a full five stars on both Amazon and B&N, which totally wows us).  I think the following lines are even more fun if I don’t give you the context…

“I love to decorate my chamber with their flesh, their sighs, their screams.  Draping one across a settee and softly pressing her breasts to mine; pounding another into the pianoforte, my thrusts fisting her spine into the stained ivory; and then the quick slap of a blushing face peeking out from behind the velvet portieres.   They are lovely, and they are mine.”  To read more, you can find Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women at our online store, or at Amazon, or at Barnes&Noble.

We also love sexual fantasy.  We know that can be just as hot as a sex scene itself.  In Alison Tyler‘s “Those Girls,” for instance, Sandy, a bisexual male dom, fantasizes about the gossip columnist, Vanessa, who he has just been being punished beneath his whip:

“I had that flash again.  Blue porcelain bowl on my black-and-white tiled floor.  Vanessa naked in only a collar licking champagne from the bowl.  I started to tell her.  I started to explain, watching her body as the climax built within her.”  You can find Those Girls at our online store, Amazon, or Barnes&Noble.

In “Compassion’s Seed,” my story from As the Bishop Said to the Actress, my bishop also fantasizes…but his fantasy takes place in a less forgiving environment. (And this is another thing we love.  Erotica that gives voice to the “taboo”):

“Lost, the bishop continued his clumsy sermon, trying not to stare at the woman in blue.  But it was no use.  As the woman took a seat in the front pew, he imagined her falling to her knees and taking his sex in her hands and mouth.  She’d suckle him hard, rubbing and licking, hands as busy as her eager lips, and when he climaxed in this vision, he felt it vividly–his hips bucking in pleasure as he came so plentifully that her mouth overflowed…”  You can find As the Bishop Said to the Actress at our online store, on Amazon, or Barnes&Noble.

Just a taster (pun intended.)  But what about you?  Do you have any quotes that show us your own erotic aesthetic, or one that you love?  We’d be pleased to read them, so feel free to comment below.  Plus, if you quote your own stories and they happen to be posted or published (bravo!), you can always leave a link, of course, so that we can visit your page.

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Pearly Cummings (Or Writing Sex Under a Pen Name)

Zoe More, wearing her pen name...

Zoe More, wearing her pen name…

My father was an accountant, back in the day.  (No wait, this does have something to do with sex, I promise).  I used to work for him during the summer break, filing files, and the only interesting part of this job was the names that people had.  Mr. Leaker, the plumber.  Miss Potter, the purveyor of toilets and baths.  The Hatters, who…you guessed it…made quality hats.  Oh, the list went on!

A dear friend once told me that there is a theory about this — it’s called “nominalistic determinism.”  That said, there isn’t much online to suggest that it’s official!

My own name, Lana Fox, is a pen name.  Why did I choose it?  Because it’s a very real name — there are other Lana Foxes around — and it also sounds and feels sexy for me.  Plus our Zoe More, author of Hunger, who also has a story in Femme Fatale, uses a pen name too.  And guess what?  She’s written a fascinating post about the benefits of using a pseudonym.  There are many, in case you wondered, so do take a look!  Also, you can check out Zoe’s dark and sexy writing blog here.

On a crazier note, I was once told that you can “find” your pen name by marrying the name of your first pet with your mother’s pre-marital name.  This, of course, isn’t a great system.  For one, it assumes that you’ve had a pet and a mother you can track down.  What’s more, not every mother changes her name.

Also, would I want to be called Pearly?  Nope.

Anyhoo.  What would your pen name be?  Or if you already have one, why did you choose it?  And how, indeed, does it support your work?

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