Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance might seem like a rather unusual choice of theme to appear right on the heels of the recently released Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, my raunchy retake on the Jane Austen classic, but I say hey, why not? I prefer to do different kinds of projects rather than getting stuck in a groove. So to go from sexual madness and mayhem in Meryton, Netherfield, Pemberley and Hunsford Parish to sexy Gothic thrills and chills with all sorts of supernatural beings seems perfectly natural!
Gothic fiction is a genre I’ve always loved ever since childhood. I used to consume Gothic novels like some people consume popcorn at the cinema – I just couldn’t get enough. For several years I’ve wanted to do a book that would draw on this rich literary tradition – a book that would offer readers that goose-bumpy sense of excitement, but combine it with the erotic. With the popularity of films and television series such as “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries,” the timing seemed perfect for Red Velvet and Absinthe.
Editing an anthology is hard work. For me it isn’t simply a matter of pulling a few stories out of a stack and choosing a running order. I had a very specific vision for how I wanted this book to be, and I wasn’t about to waver from it. In fact, I was probably a very demanding taskmaster, but I believe that everyone’s hard work paid off in the end with the quality of material in the book. The stories run the full range of the paranormal, offering something for pretty much everyone who enjoys a good sexy read with a bit of Gothic bite.
As for what I’m planning to do next, I’ll leave you to guess on that!
Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, has her own blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog,” and is the creator/presenter of the Web TV channel “Mitzi TV,” which covers “quirky” London. Her books include Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series; Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto; The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005; and the M. S. Valentine erotic novels. She’s pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and Europe, and lectured in creative writing at several British universities. Originally from the USA, she lives in Greater London.