So yall know I like hosting guest every once in a while. I’d like to do it more often just to let yall know. Today, I have Sacchi Green who has what looks to be a scorching new anthology available called Wild Rides published by Dirt Road Books.
First, I loooove that name Sacchi. I’m not sure how to pronounce it, but in the way I choose to do so, it just rolls off the tongue.
Say it with me. Sacchi…
I haven’t had coffee yet so don’t look at me like that. But yes, let’s move on. My lil website cum blog is Sacchi’s…(see almost lost myself again) next stop on her illustrious blog tour.
3/19 Host: Sacchi Green
3/20 Host: KD Williamson
3/21 Host: Annette Mori
3/22 Host: Andi Marquette
3/25 Host: R.G. Emanuelle
3/26 Host: Beth Burnett
3/27 Host: Women and Words
3/28 Host: Cheyenne Blue
You think that’s all? I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. How about an audio excerpt and a book giveaway?
How’s that for right on the nose? BTW, the book/Ebook giveaway includes the paperback version of Lipstick on Her Collar edited by Sacchi Green (US Only). The full Ebook set of the Cops and Docs Series, ebooks by Cheyenne Blue, R.G. Emanuelle, Annette Mori, Beth Burnett, and Andi Marquette. Plus a 20$ gift card for Amazon. How’s that for swag?
Now, in case Sacchi Green is new to you. Let me make an introduction…
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 her Facebook , her Website , and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m sure that after looking at the cover yall like to know more about the Wild Rides. Sacchi was nice enough to answer a few questions about it, herself and future works.
- Why did you decide to write a full anthology at this time, and how long have you been working on it? You could say I’ve been working on it since 2008, since the oldest story in the book. “Lipstick on Her Collar,” was published then. The only reason I didn’t use that one in my 2011 collection was that it had been reprinted in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009, and I figured most folks who might be interested would already have seen it there. I think what really sparked my interest in doing another collection now is that three out of four of the anthologies I’ve edited most recently have been in the Best Lesbian Erotica series, and as editor it wouldn’t have been right to include my own work, so my inner exhibitionist was getting impatient to get more of my own work seen. That, and the fact that many of the other editors’ books where my work was published weren’t geared specifically for lesbian fiction readers, so I wanted to share my stories and characters with readers who might have missed them. Which, basically, comes down to my inner exhibitionist.
- Do any of the stories have particular meaning to you, and why? Once I’ve spent time and effort (and often research of one kind or another) on stories they all come to have particular meanings to me. Sometimes I start out basing characters on people I’ve known, and then, of course, building them into someone distinctively different, but I can still see the original in my mind. Settings are important to me, too, and sometimes a setting I know very well, or a particular time period, comes to me before any other aspect of a story. Sometimes, I think, the meaning of a story is that I would like to have lived it myself, but there are others that I would only like to experience at the safe distance of being a writer of fiction.
- What are you hoping to achieve or accomplish with the release of Wild Rides? Do you have any particular message(s) for the reader? When I write erotica, my message, when I have one, is that fiction that includes sex as a major theme can and should be the equal of any other subgenre of fiction. It’s fine not to want to read about sex in stories, but it’s not fine to dismiss erotica as intrinsically not worth reading. Enough of my usual rant, though. Really, with Wild Rides, I want to entertain readers, and also to give those imaginary friends, my characters, more of a chance to be seen. All pert of the exhibitionist thing.
- Where does your inspiration come from? I wonder about that, too. I think we all have depths of our minds where things we’ve read, or seen, or dreamed accumulate in a kind of sub-memory somewhat like the subconscious, and when some incident or experience or even random musing triggers them, they surface and come together to inspire or add to a story. And the longer we live, the more useful sub-memory we have, or so I’d like to believe. That said, my inspirations can be as recent as daily news articles. For instance I became very interested in news stories about the Kurdish and Yazidi women fighting in the Peshmerga forces against ISIS in the Mideast, and their story became the major part of my new and only novel, Shadow Hand.
- What is your writing process? Chaotic neutral. Although I guess writing to a deadline isn’t exactly chaotic. Since I write short stories, I’m usually responding to calls for submissions to anthologies or magazines. If their themes spark an interest, I let some ideas simmer, and if that results in a pretty good idea about characters and setting and potential story arc, I begin to write. I have the bad habit of tweaking what I’ve already written every time I start to write more, which slows me down. I’m more of what they call a “pantser” than a “planner,” but I can usually rely on that sub-memory to come forth with details to flesh out a story, and I even have the uncanny luck often of coming across things in news or books or real life that fit in just when I need them, or verify what I’ve already written. And then, when I think a story is done, I edit. Severely. And even then I often wish I could tweak some part of a story that’s already been published.
- What can we expect next from you? This is one of the rare times when I’m not working on editing any anthologies, which is kind of refreshing, but I haven’t settled down to anything else quite yet. I plan to lean more toward science fiction and fantasy, which is actually where I started out as a writer. Maybe even, one way or another, an anthology again, but that’s a long shot. I had a wonderful time with my lesbian fairy tale anthology, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms, though, and it’s done pretty well, so I might do something similar with a slightly different angle. Or not. Or I just might try a second novel. Some of my characters have been in more than one of my short stories, so maybe I’ll let them have their own novels one of these days.
Be on the look out for more from Sacchi but in the mean time enjoy Wild Rides.