Hello! I’m Niki Crow and I’ll be entertaining you today. I am a writer of lesbian and bisexual erotica and the reason I’m guest blogging here today is that I have a story in the excellent anthology “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”. So does the lovely Sacchi Green, who I’ll be interviewing today as a part of the anthology’s release blog tour. Sacchi Green is an American writer of erotica and speculative fiction, a lovely lady, and her contribution to “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” is an amazing (and hot!) story titled “Sunset, Sunrise”. But before we get down to the Qs and the As, I would like to thank another great author, Erzabet Bishop, for letting me use this space. Thank you, Erzabet! Now, on to Sacchi Green’s interview.
1. Your bio states you write erotica “and other stimulating genres”. What are the other genres, and which is your favorite?
Science fiction and fantasy, lumped together as speculative fiction, were my first loves, and I published just enough short stories under the name Connie Wilkins to qualify for SFWA, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Then I was distracted by the erotic side of The Force, and have been writing mostly erotica (sometimes blended with fantasy) for the last ten years or more. As to which is my favorite, well, I don’t see them as all that different from each other.
2. What made you start writing erotica?
I jumped right in as soon as I saw a Call for Submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 1999. I’d been writing speculative fiction with erotic undercurrents anyway, and the market for erotica anthologies was really taking off, so I went with the flow.
3. What are your current projects?
I have an anthology called Me and My Boi: Queer Erotic Stories coming out from CleisPress next spring, and there’s still work to do with contracts, galley proofs, etc. I’ve also got another one contracted, stories chosen but not yet edited and turned in a as manuscript, called The Princess’s Bride: Lesbian Fairy Tale Erotica, which is a big thrill because it lets me blend erotica and fantasy. As far as writing stories of my own—well, the deadlines for the ones I plan to write aren’t all that close yet. I hope.
4. And now something completely off-topic: I heard you (like me) like to make preserves. Which is your favorite and why?
Long ago I used to go the whole route, pressure canner for veggies, etc., but I haven’t done that for many years. I freeze a few veggies from my garden, mostly stewed tomatoes and ratatouille, but making jams and chutneyis the most fun. I’ve taken to blending recipes, for instance using one third raspberries,one thirdpeaches, and one third pears, or adding crystallized ginger to peaches or pears. I’m also experimenting with reduced-sugar recipes.
5. Tell me about your story “Sunset, Sunrise” in “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”.
“Sunset, Sunrise” was one of the rare stories that seem to write themselves. I seldom model my characters on real people, but this time I came dangerously close. Maybe the less said about that, the better. I do know the (slightly fictionalized) setting well, though, and have always wished I had a talent for arts like sculpture and painting, so writing the point-of-view character was a self-indulgent pleasure. I also enjoy writing about characters who aren’t all that young or conventionally attractive, so that part was self-indulgent, too.
“Not that Trouble, with a definite capital T, was actually looking my way. The big salt-and-pepper butch had eyes (and hands—such broad, strong hands.) only for the gorgeous young redhead who made voluptuous seem like a four- letter word.
Audrey sized up the situation fast. “So what else do I get?”
“All right,” I muttered,“ come around tomorrow tonight.” Audrey might be more intriguing if her interests weren’t strictly confined to getting her posterior paddled. I always make her earn it.
At table six I stood by the young lady’s shoulder, gazing deliberately down into the lush cleavage revealed by clinging azure silk. Then I glanced at her companion, hoping for a reaction. It didn’t even much matter what kind.
Clear hazel eyes in a sun-ruddy face surveyed me with a hint of amusement, and recognition.
“Good evening, I’m Rory,” I said demurely. “I’ll be serving you tonight.”
The corners of her mouth twitched. (Her? Sir, on occasion, without doubt; definitely a Daddy; but yes, in my own private lexicon, Her.)
“Hi Rory,” she said. “You must be moonlighting. Didn’t we last see you covered in mud?”
“Close enough,” I acknowledged. “Art feeds the soul, but that’s about all.”
I’d been smeared with clay when they’d wandered through the collective gallery that afternoon and glanced into my studio, obviously looking for a corner just secluded enough to pretend no one could see them making out. The butch had resisted the kid’s tug on her muscle-T long enough to look appreciatively at my nudes in porcelain and stone. “Go ahead,” I’d said, as her hand hovered over the rounded marble ass of a full-bodied figure crouching on all fours. “Go on, it’s meant to be irresistible.”
The carnal magnetism of her grin hit me like pounding surf. When her big finger stroked the smooth buttocks and probed down between the tempting thighs my crotch got wet enough to dampen the clay dust layering my jeans.”
The next stop on the Forbidden Fruit blog tour is Emily L. Byrne http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com who is interviewing Niki Crow.
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