Hi everybody, and welcome. I'll be your host for these next three days of author chattiness, serving up ideas, questions, and a hint of p0rn for whoever wishes to partake.
I've been a fan of Circlet Press for many years, starting back when the internet was new and I was reading archived versions of stories like laurenpburka's "The Specialist" on newsgroups. Once I got up the nerve to order books from Circlet's website I obtained a copy of ceciliatan (then ctan)'s little chapbook "Telepaths Dont' Need Safewords". I never looked back.
Okay, I lie. I looked back and reread many, many times. I also dreamed of an era when my own little tales of sci-fi pervitude might work their way into one of Circlet's anthologies.
With perseverance on my part and helpful encouragement from the editors, that era seems to have begun. It's important that Circlet welcomes and even encourages kink, bi-ness, tech, gender-bending, threesomes, moresomes, and aliens, among other things. Where else could weird-ass fiction like that find a voice?
Speaking of weird-ass, behind the cut is an excerpt from a story that came out in Best Fantastic Erotica. The short is called "Venus Rising". It explores the connection between sex and guilt. It also forms the basis for my first question.
I enjoy having my characters run aground on the shoals of taboo. In "Venus Rising", the proscriptions are race and age. in "Seoul Train", published in Skin Deep: More Real-Life Lesbian Sex Stories it's culture. in "Sakura", part of Wet: More Aqua Erotica it's about culture and consent. The characters initially feel guilty about their desires and it gets resolved in various ways.
What have been your experiences with taboos? What have you written about them, or what have you fantasized about, but never done? Have you ever thought "where's the harm, really" about any particular taboo? Or have you crossed into a long-forbidden realm of desire, felt strange, and never returned?
Or better yet, read the excerpt an then tell me.
The tease is
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Other teasy bits are available over at my website.