It's a new year and I'm feeling a buzz of excitement. I'm hoping for great things in 2009 - like stumbling upon writers whose work fires my imagination and surprises me. Especially ones who share recipes and ice-melting stories!
Welcome Kirsten Monroe, and her sweet pleasure pineapple ...
Why do you write?
In fact, the imagining and then the act of writing can feel like a sexual experience, though much less slippery. It's fun, it feels good, it's free, it's environmentally friendly, it makes me smile, it helps me focus, and it's good for the complexion – or maybe that's just sex. Beyond the creativity, being able to express myself in a way that feels natural, and knowing that my words made an impression or touched someone in some way is just – wow! That's so powerful. It's like being able to make the wind blow! (A very stiff wind if I've done it right).
Is there something in particular that you'd like to express?
I get a big thrill out of cooking – combining flavors, and experimenting with textures and presentation and taste. It's similar with writing sex and erotica. I especially love knowing that the way I string words together can stir a reader's mind and body. A friend once read a piece of mine and said, "Damn, I need to go punch the clown!" Now that is a high compliment.
What is the most successful piece or work you feel you've written, and why?
Years ago writing sex felt awkward. One day Shanna (who is also an amazing teacher) was literally rolling on the floor over one of my sex scenes. The words were stilted and shy and embarrassed. I never used the word "fuck" and I couldn't bring myself to use naughty body part names. I'd written something like, "Oh yes. Oh baby. I want you to wrap your lips around my sweet pleasure pineapple down there." Anyway, Shanna basically told me to get some balls and stop being afraid to put the juicy stuff on paper. She said, "Don't turn away from it. Don't look away from the fucking."
So….about six years later, yeah, a really long time, with the encouragement of Shanna and a male writer friend (you rock Sam!) I took a swig of whiskey, looked the sex square in the eye and said, "Bend over bitch. It's time." I have a long ways to go as a writer, but I feel like I'm finally making forward progress and having lots of fun as well.
I'd also like to say how grateful and thankful I am to the erotica community for being so incredibly supportive and welcoming newcomers to the genre with open arms. I have been absolutely blown away by the encouragement and kindness that's been offered by so many.
Hey, it's a pleasure Kirsten! Thanks so much for kicking off 2009. Next week I'll be interviewing the kissable Kristina Wright. Join me!