It’s a thrill to be here amongst the vampire-lovers; paranormal/fantasy fiction, erotic or otherwise, is one of my first loves, and I started out writing in the fantasy genre (or at least my alter-ego Connie Wilkins did.) I haven’t been writing or editing as much of it lately as I’d like to, but I’m working on remedying that lapse. I do have a gargoyle/demon erotica piece, one of my rare straight stories, in Kristina Wright’s Dream Lover anthology, and a lesbian vampire tale (post-Civil War wild west setting) in Cecilia Tan’s Women of the Bite, but that’s about it, depending on how liberally you define paranormal. I have one in Kristina’s upcoming Steam Lust, too, but I suppose calling Steampunk paranormal is stretching things a bit.
How do you define paranormal? I’d really like some opinions. My alter-ego has an m/m (very rare for me!) fantasy piece in the Circlet Press anthology Best Fantastic Erotica, a WWI British setting with an iconic Green Man figure; does that count? And I have a lesbian one in their sequel, Best Erotic Fantasy and Science Fiction, where WWII intersects with an ancient legend in Brittany and an explosion ensues; does that count as paranormal? The latter is reprinted from an anthology edited by my alter-ego, Time Well Bent: Queer Alternate Histories (Lethe Press). Does alternate history count? Especially with fantasy elements? I’ll have a story out soon in Like a Treasure Found (Circlet Press) that may qualify as paranormal, a lesbian Asian pirate adventure that also plays with history, but the paranormal part is fairly minor.
I’ll try harder to get back to the realm of out-of-this-world love and sex, as soon as I finish up my current anthology for Cleis Press, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians. (69 stories? What, in or out of the world, was I thinking?) Meanwhile, please do help me out in defining paranormal romance and erotica. Only the readers know for sure.
Sacchi Green is a Lambda award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. Her stories have appeared in scores of publications, including seven volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, four of Best Women’s Erotica, three of Best Lesbian Romance, Best Transgender Erotica, Best Fantasy Erotica, and Penthouse. In recent years she’s taken to wielding the editorial whip, editing or co-editing seven lesbian erotica anthologies: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet (Suspect Thoughts Press); Hard Road, Easy Riding (Lethe Press); Lipstick on Her Collar (Pretty Things Press), and Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust, and Lesbian Cops, all from Cleis Press. Three of them have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists, and Lesbian Cowboys, co-edited with Rakelle Valencia, won the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian erotica in 2010. A collection of her own work, A Ride to Remember, came out recently from Lethe Press.
She can be found online at sacchi-green.blogsot.com, FaceBook (Sacchi Green,) Live Journal, the Lesbian Fiction Forum and as a frequent columnist on writing lesbian fiction at Women and Words. Her next anthology will be Girl Fever: 69 stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians from Cleis Press.