Hello wonderful people. I’m so very pleased to host a stop on my fellow author and good friend Sacchi Green’s blog tour for Wild Rides. I’ve known Sacchi since *counts on fingers* about 2002 when she included one of my earliest pieces of lesbian erotica in one of her anthologies. I’m not sure which story or what anthology, to be honest, as there’s been quite a few more since then.
Sacchi has always been one of my writing inspirations. Her short fiction is the sort that makes you stop, think, blink a few times, and sit back to appreciate the story you’ve just read. They’re as erotic as hell, but there’s a depth to them quite often missing from short erotica. Her characters are true-to-life women in real situations, and her stories are written with grit and finesse.
I hope you read on down through this post, check out the Q&A, listen to the audio clip, and of course enter the Rafflecopter giveaway where you can win all sorts of books. And, too, click on the links and check out Sacchi’s book, which is available now from Dirt Road Books.
Q&A with Sacchi
You are known primarily for your work as an editor of award-winning anthologies, with a focus on erotica. Did you choose the genre or did it choose you? Please explain.
Both. When I was writing science fiction and fantasy short stories, they often had a lesbian undercurrent and subtle sensuality, but I didn’t know anything about erotica anthologies until one sf/f market listing zine included a call for submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 1999. I thought, “Wow, I could do that!” and it turned out I could, partly because I had already learned about writing fully-formed stories. The editing part came later, when someone interested in editing wanted to team with someone with a good track record of writing, so I co-edited three anthologies, each for a short-lived publisher. It wasn’t my fault! Then when we tried to interest a couple of bigger publishers, we were ignored, until suddenly one day I got a phone call from Cleis Press. It turned out they were looking for an editor after one of theirs had screwed up badly, and I’d been recommended as someone who could handle the administrative details. So yes, I chose the genre, and eventually the genre chose me.
In addition to erotica, you’ve published in several other genres. Which is your favorite? Why?
Erotica, historicals, and fantasy are my favorites, and a combination of all three would be my very favorite. But I’m told that historical short stories don’t sell well, and erotica is in rather a decline in popularity these days, while fantasy is still doing pretty well. But most fantasy requires its own world-building, which is hard work. Hmm. I really don’t know which is my favorite.
Do you have plans for a longer work, meaning a novella or a novel, anytime in the future?
I have one novel out, which has had a very mixed reception, so I don’t know whether I’ll try one again. The idea of a novella-length piece using some of my existing characters is seductive, though, so I may do that. And I have half a mind to expand my short story in DRB’s anthology Learning Curve to novella length. If it gets to three quarters of a mind I’ll give it a try.
I love the way you write, especially your use of language. What’s your favorite word? Why?
What? Tell you my favorite and make all the other words mad at me? And it depends so much on the context. My favorite word at any given moment is the one that’s just right for whatever I need it to say. As Mark Twain said, more or less, “The almost-right word is to the right word as the lightning bug is to the lightning.”
The early reviews for Wild Rides, especially the one from Publisher’s Weekly, have been full of praise. After publishing so many works and receiving so many rewards for your work, has the bloom faded a bit? Or do you still get that happy jolt when you get positive feedback like that?
How could the bloom ever fade? In fact it doesn’t take much to make one addicted, although having had praise does cushion disappointment when one doesn’t have it, just as having published quite a bit makes the occasional rejection easier to take. At least I think so now, but going too long without…well, let’s not go there.
Which of your books, whether it’s an anthology that you edited or a novel you wrote or anywhere in between, is your favorite? Why?
Some days I think my favorite is Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms, because I got to do both fantasy and erotica, and my writers were especially brilliant with a theme like that to work with. I could have one of my own stories in it, too. Still, Wild Rides may turn out to be my favorite, with my first collection, A Ride to Remember in 2011, a close second. That one was a Lambda Finalist, which was more of a thrill than having my anthologies get that far. Don’t all we writers have that old exhibitionist streak?
Listen to Sacchi read from Wild Rides. The story she’s reading is “Pulling”, which is one of my favorites of hers.
And finally, there’s a giveaway. Go here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for some awesome prizes. As well as a copy of Sacchi’s book and other great prizes, you can also win your choice of my single titles available from Ylva Publishing as well as titles from the other authors on Sacchi’s blog tour.
Wild Rides is available from Dirt Road Books
Sacchi Green is a Lambda Award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. She lives in western Massachusetts, with an alternate retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire and occasional forays into such real world spots as NYC for readings. Her work has appeared in scores of publications, including multiple volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Transgender Erotica, and Best Fantasy Erotica, and she’s also edited seventeen anthologies over the last fourteen years, most of them lesbian erotica. Nine have been finalists for Lambda Literary Awards, and two of those have been Lambda winners, while four have won Golden Crown Literary Society awards. All these awards, of course, are actually due to the fine writers who trust her with their work.
Sacchi has most recently edited Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year 20th Anniversary Edition, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2 and Volume 3, and, possibly the most fun of all, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales. Her very first novel is Shadow Hand, a superheroine book that puts a new twist on the genre, and her newest publication is a collection of her own short stories, Wild Rides and Other Lesbian Erotic Adventures, from Dirt Road Books. You can find her online at: https://www.facebook.com/sacchi.green and http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com, and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missed any of these posts? The full blog tour schedule below:
19 March: Sacchi Green
20 March: KD Williamson
21 March: Annette Mori
25 March: R.G. Emanuelle
26 March: Beth Burnett
27 March: Women and Words