I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m talking about this week’s issue of Erotica Plus: an anthology of erotic stories written by female writers that has received considerable acclaim.
I am not.
It’s an anthology, not a collection.
I mean, I know that the Erotics Plus section of Eros & Pleasures is the kind of place that can’t be missed.
But what does that mean for the books on offer in this particular anthology?
It means that they’re not as good as they might appear.
What I’m going to tell you about these books is not the work of a writer who just happens to write erotic stories.
It means I’ve spent a lot of time with them and I’ve seen some of the best work that they’ve written.
And it means that this anthology is better than some of my other erotic works.
In the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot more of the things that I’ve done as a writer, including interviewing women writers and interviewing women who write erotic fiction.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this list of female authors was that they might be interesting.
So, for example, I’m looking for a story that will allow me to explore the possibility of women’s sexual exploration without giving too much away about their sexual identities.
Or, I might want to explore how a woman who is bisexual might be sexually empowered in a work of fiction.
I want to understand the ways that a woman’s sexual agency is expressed through the ways in which she experiences sex.
I’d like to explore these things in ways that aren’t so much about sexual objectification, but about the ways we all experience sexual pleasure.
I have a very broad, even broad range of interests.
One of the reasons I started doing Eroticas Plus is because I feel that women writers have so little representation in the erotic field.
I’m not talking about people like me who write about sex or about sex, I mean women writers.
So I started with a list of stories and essays from women writers who are interested in writing erotic fiction and I started writing those stories.
And I hope that the stories that I write will be as engaging as the ones that I read and the ones I write.
But I’m also looking for stories that will be provocative, that will provoke new ideas about sex and relationships.
So these are not stories that are meant to be read by women, but that are just the stories I feel are appropriate to be told by women writers to men.
This is a story about an 18-year-old who wants to find out how she can get her lover to kiss her without breaking the law.
The writer’s name is Margo McLeod.
Margo McNeil is a writer and artist living in New York City.
She has published eight short stories, one of which was nominated for a Hugo Award, and her short story collection, the Womb, won the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.
You can find more of her work on her website, margomcmclear.com.
Thanks for reading!
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