The historian Robert Darnton said that somewhere once, in homage to Claude Lévi-Strauss, who said that food was good to think with. Anyway, it’s what I’ve always thought, it’s sort of the mainspring of all my erotic and romance writing, and it’s rather taken a beating in the current post FSoG climate. So I’m grateful … Continue reading Sex is Good to Think With
When you have an idea for a book — really have an idea — it’s more like the idea has you. Or anyway that’s what happened to me when I thought I might like to tell a BDSM story in the voice of a smart, wisecracking, highly literate San Francisco bike messenger. Carrie isn’t real, of … Continue reading Carrie and her Readers
Is this a hoot or what? I just found out via Twitter that The Kink Shoppe (an upscale adult toy and fetish boutique in Old Town, Philadelphia) is staging a Fifty Shades of Grey Book Exchange. According to Philadelphia Magazine, the store is “urging those interested in incorporating BDSM into their sex lives to bring in their … Continue reading Philadelphia Stories
Last Saturday, Jan 10, I participated in a lively panel discussion about erotic writing. Thanks so much to my local Romance Writers’ outgoing events coordinator, Jane George, for putting it together, Chapter President Theresa Rogers for facilitating, and to Jackie Yau for the photos. And thanks especially to my smart, talented co-panelists, Alice Gaines (who … Continue reading Sexuality: Endangered Resources and National Treasures
What a lovely surprise. Michael and I were 30,000 feet up in the air (on our way to Istanbul) when I got an email from the fabulous Susie Bright, congratulating me for Carrie’s Story winning a 2014 Audie, for Best Audiobook of the Year in the Erotica Category (2014 being the first time that category has even existed).
AND, as Susie points out on Facebook, “This is the FIRST recognition, ever, of [the] erotic literature genre in ‘Audie’ history.” Not to speak of “the first time an erotic writer/work/actor has been given a mainstream, across-the-board literary award of ANY kind for its merit.”
Consider that for a moment. As I am (for the first time actually). In our hotel lobby in Cappadocia, where after almost a week of soaking in Turkish art, scenery, and food, Susie’s words are finally sinking into my overworked sensorium.
Mainstream. Literary. Merit. Gosh.
I might still be 30,000 feet above the ground.
Over at Twitter, I’ve added my 2 cents to a discussion of a recent Salon.com piece on romance and erotica. And of course, I’ve also been writing my heart out about Regency romance at Goodreads. Here’s another sidelong contribution, a poem by a recent Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, who’d probably be surprised that I’m putting … Continue reading More on Why I Love Romance (when I do)
As my birthday approaches (tomorrow!) I’m once again struck by how totally Gemini I am: always of two minds, alternatively Pam the swooning romantic and Molly the shy p0rn0gr@ph#r. Two genres, two ways of shaping a story. On the romance side I see arcs of redemption, the closure and satisfaction of the HEA always immanent … Continue reading How to Read a Remarkable Work of Erotica: Greta Christina’s “Bending”
Finishing up today. Come catch up with us, and meet some fantastic writers along the way. SOME RECENT STOPS (still available for visits) are: March 24 – Shanna Germain — an excerpt and a few lovely words (thanks!) March 26 – Alison Tyler — a different excerpt, a lovely reminiscence… and (check out this illustration!) … Continue reading Official Molly Weatherfield Blog Tour Guide
The cage at Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe and Boutique turned out to be not much. More like one of those pieces of garage-sale furniture you kind of negotiate around in a coffee house than fetish object. At least to me; I wouldn’t have noticed it if I weren’t looking for it. But the group joining … Continue reading Annals of Fetishism: Another Entry in the Diary of a Shy P0rn0gr@ph#r
First the confession. That I’ve gone a little gaga over a recent modest spike in Carrie’s Story‘s Kindle sales. Have I been getting a little 50 Shades of Grey action for my own smart-girl-meets-moody-older-guy BDSM, w/a Molly Weatherfield, and going amazingly strong for a small-press book first published in 1995? Maybe. But since checking out … Continue reading A Confession. A Resolution. And a Rant.