I was sweet 16, never been kissed, and nervously pushing open the door to Grass Roots Books in Manchester city centre. A year later I was repeating this move at Sisterwrite in Islington. Fast forward another three years and it was West and Wilde Bookshop in Edinburgh.
Those early, formative years are bookmarked in my memory by the places that provided me with my teenage drug of choice: reading.
I bought Spare Rib and Shocking Pink. I sought out publications from the Women’s Press, Virago, and other small independents. I read lesbian romances, dykey detective stories, and classics like The Well of Loneliness. Then, after my first kiss, after my first forays into the world of sex, as I outgrew the posters of kd lang on my walls… I discovered erotica!
I jumped right in at the deep end with BDSM writing by Pat (now Patrick) Califia. Those stories are still vivid in my mind, even after over two decades.
I read more. And then began to write my own…
Writing erotica allows me to explore and express my desires and curiosities. It turns me on, and I love the thought of it turning on my readers too, and helping them to explore more of their sexual selves. I can’t imagine my life without it.
So it is with great pleasure and much excitement that I invite you to join me for
Erotic World Book Day!
5th March 2015
This World Book Day (also 5th of March) includes a special party to celebrate erotic readers and writers. It will be taking place on Facebook from 7pm-midnight (GMT), and there will be lots of fun happening in the group before that date too.
There will be over £1000 worth of prizes to be won, online entertainment, erotica extracts, and the launch of a new erotic anthology “An Intimate Education” (proceeds to Brook).
As well as celebrating erotica, the event also aims to raise money for Brook sexual health charity. You can find out more and donate to Brook by clicking this button.
Finally, to help get you in the party mood, I have recorded an erotica appreciation sing-a-long … See you at the party!
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