INTERVIEW WITH MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ
by Cecilia Tan
Many moons ago, I was editing an anthology for Circlet Press called SexMagick 2. At the time, the press had only been around for a few years. It was the mid-1990s, the Internet was still kinda new, and we had just gotten real national distribution for the press. A young woman sent me a clever, witty, and very sexy story and I bought it. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was her very first published story. At the time she was a college student and just embarking on her writing career. Fast forward to today. That college student is now a professor, and that little erotic fantasy story was followed by a number of stories, novels, and anthologies (link), many of them with erotic and fantastical themes. I went from buying her stories to selling mine to her. She also jumpstarted a number of going concerns, including some of the “early adopters” of the online magazine model, including Clean Sheets (erotica) and Strange Horizons (science fiction). She’s always been good at bringing people together and now she’s doing it again on a completely new project–Demimonde–and in yet another embrace of the Internet’s power, through Kickstarter.
Given that Demimonde is “An Erotic Science Fiction Novel in Stories” I thought it would be something Circlet’s readers would be keenly interested in.
Cecilia Tan: So, let me see. You started in erotic science fiction, eventually wandered from it into the mainstream, and now you’re coming back to it? Or is just the writer in me that wants to make this a “come full circle” sort of story?
Mary Anne: It’s funny, but I actually just wrote a piece about why I’ve come back to erotica, after a decade away from it, for the Body Impolitic blog. It’s a long answer, so I’ll first just point people to the entry (http://laurietobyedison.com/discuss/?p=5849). But the short version is yes, yes, yes. I’m quite promiscuous in my tastes, working in multiple genres — fantasy, science fiction, mainstream, even a little fling with mystery. But I’m excited to come back to my long affair with erotica.
CT: What’s the basis of Demimonde and why did you decide to write it?
Mary Anne: It actually started with a poly space opera story I published recently — in “Jump Space,” we meet a threesome (one male, two female) who encounter a cat-like sex slave — trouble ensues when one of the threesome falls in love with cat-guy, and their love is put severely to the test.
Mirrored from Circlet Press: Welcome to Circlet 2.0.