Naughty Words is proud to present not only interviews with four prominent erotica authors, but present a conversation of sorts about the business of editing anthologies.
Included in the interviews are the questions many of you would love to know the answers to, but are too afraid to ask. Don't worry, Naughty doesn't mind looking stupid so you don't have too ;)
Since each editor/author has taken the time to seriously address the questions, I'm breaking the group interview up into a series of shorter Q & A. This should make for more digestible web-based reading.
In Part One of Talking with Anthology Editors I'll list their abbreviated bios/resumes, in alphabetical order:
Hanne Blank is a writer, editor, public speaker, and educator whose work has appeared to great acclaim in many print and online publications, anthologies and collections, as well as in book form. She has been writing full-time since 2000.
The former co-editor of Scarletletters.com and Scarleteen.com has been a sex columnist for the Boston Phoenix and Good Vibes Magazine. Her work has been featured in Penthouse, Lilith, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, PRIDE Magazine and numerous others. Her short fiction and essays are also frequently anthologized. Her books include Unruly Appetites, Shameless: Women's Intimate Erotica, Best Transgender Erotica, Zaftig: Well Rounded Erotica, Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex for People of Size and Those Who Love Them and the forthcoming Virgin: The Untouched History. As a public speaker and educator, Hanne has appeared on the campuses of many universities and colleges as well as at national and regional conferences of various types. You can find out more at her website, HanneBlank.com.
Susie Bright is an American social critic, lecturer, columnist, and anthologist of erotica. Her personal interest in sex combined with her love of literature created a desire to bring American erotica out into the mainstream and enhance its literary merit.
Susie Bright is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including The Best American Erotica series, Susie Bright's Journal, and How to Write a Dirty Story: Erotica Reading, Writing, and Publishing. She has written for Esquire, Playboy, Village Voice, New York Times Book Review, and is a regular columnist for the on-line magazine Salon.com. In 2001 she began her own Internet audio show, In Bed with Susie Bright, on Audible.com. In addition, she lectures and performs at theaters and universities nationwide. For more on Susie, visit her website, SusieBright.com.
Rachel Kramer Bussel is an editor, writer, and blogger. She has edited or co-edited 9 published erotica anthologies (with several more on the way in 2007), and is working on her novels Everything But... and Eye Candy, to be published by Bantam.
Rachel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, writes the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and hosts the monthly In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series. She conducts interviews for Gothamist.com and Mediabistro, reviews books for BUST and the New York Post, and has written for AVN, Curve, Diva, On Our Backs, Penthouse,and Playgirl. Her books include Up All Night, First-Timers, Glamour Girls: Femme/Femme Erotica, Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles, Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage, Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2, Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists, and the forthcoming He's on Top: Erotic Tales of Male Dominance and Female Submission, She's on Top: Erotic Tales of Female Dominance and Male Submission, Second Skin, Sex and Candy, and In The Flesh. Her erotica has also been published in over 80 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. Her website is RachelKramerBussel.com and her blog is LustyLady.Blogspot.
Jewel Scott/Marsha Rogers taught for 30 years in the public schools systems, in 3 states, leading to the use of a pen name. Born Marsha, Jewel is the writer and editor of erotic works. As the Managing Editor with Ephemera Bound Publishing, she not only edits erotica at Tit-elation (both the web and print anthologies) but works on manuscripts in all genres.
She writes erotic short stories, mainstream poetry, sexuality essays, and industry articles. She writes regularly for Sex-Kitten.Net, Backwash.com Adult, and Tit-elation.com. For a full bio, go here. Her erotic writings are found at ShadowJewel's Castle, and The Musings of Jewel Scott is her blog.
Are you excited to begin? I am! Tomorrow, we begin the Q & A.