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Giveaway: The Flesh Made Word

FMWFree smut! Get it while it’s hot! Oh, who am I kidding? This one will stay hot indefinitely. Ten writers (including me) writing erotica about writing. What more could you want? The Flesh Made Word is published by Circlet Press, and it’s one of their rare print editions, being a publisher that specializes primarily in ebooks. What makes The Flesh Made Word extra special? There are blank pages for you to write your very own naughty, sensuous, and thrilling tales. All you have to do is comment below (or if you’re particularly shy, send me an email at a.c.wise (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I’ll enter you into the drawing. The winner will be chosen by the power of a┬áRandom Number Generator. The giveaway will be open until May 16, 2015.

The contributing authors include A.B. Eyers, Andrea Zanin, Benji Bright, Trish DeVene, Nadine Wilmot, Delilah Bell, Kannan Feng, Sasha Payne, Sunny Moraine, and yours truly. You can┬áread an excerpt of my story at the Circlet website, and while you’re there, maybe pick up another book or two that catches your fancy? If you’re in a listening mood, you can also hear the full text of my story at the Nobilis Erotica podcast.

That’s it. Throw your name in the ring by May 16, 2015, and you might just get lucky. (See what I did there? See?)

 ETA: Random number generator says email entrant MLH is the winner. Thank you everyone who entered!

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Write What Scares You

That’s a saying, isn’t it? The flip-side of Write What You Know? Regardless of whether it’s a saying or not, I do believe there’s value in pushing your limits, finding your comfort zone as a writer and stepping over the line. For me, that meant venturing into the territory of erotica.

That’s not to say that sex scares me, but writing about it is intimidating. While I have it on good authority that most humans enjoy sex, talking about isn’t always easy. The same goes for writing about it. Hell, there’s a whole award dedicated to writing sex badly. Writing for publication in and of itself is frightening enough. You’re taking an essentially intimate act and making it public. No matter how much you say the work is not the author, it is still something the author created, something they put time and energy and a piece of themselves into making and it hurts when people judge that piece and find it wanting. Combining that process with subject matter that already makes many people uncomfortable/embarrassed/judgmental? Well, that just seems like a recipe for disaster.

In short: It’s scary. Which is precisely why I wanted to do it. I wanted to prove to myself I could. And so I set myself the challenge of writing a story for Circlet Press’ Like Slipping Under Cover, an anthology of erotic spy fiction. And lo and behold, it worked.

In an odd way, my story, Spook, is a tribute to James Bond. Obviously there’s a strong current of sexuality running through the Bond films, misogynistic as it may be. But that’s not what I wanted to focus on. Particularly with the three most recent films (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall) there’s a sense that Bond is ultimately lost. A spy who casually uses his real name in a business built on aliases and false identities can either be seen as someone with nothing to lose, or someone who has already lost so much they have no sense of themselves. I prefer the latter interpretation – a spy who has spent so long hiding who they are that they essentially do not exist anymore.

With Spook, I wanted to push that idea to the extreme, presenting a spy who has literally forgotten whatever self they used to be, absorbing bits of every person they touch to further inform their secret identity. Plus also there’s sex.

All of which is to say that Like Slipping Under Cover is now available from Circlet Press. You can even find an excerpt of Spook by following the link if you want a little taste of what happens when I push my limits and write what scares me.

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