Neve Black’s words, often described as foreplay for your mind, puts you front and center at a private sex show where the performers don’t realize they’re being watched. Neve enjoys this voyeuristic approach to writing because she thinks most of the delicious story telling happens when no one thinks anyone is looking – usually behind locked doors. And Neve doesn’t bother finding the key that unlocks the doors, because she’d rather have you peeking in the windows, or perhaps down on your knees, peering through the keyhole with her. Writing is nothing new for Neve, she has been writing since she can remember and opted for a degree in English Literature. Between studying the classics and surfing the Southern California coastline, Neve discovered she also had affection for writing erotic literature, which she believes comes from her interest in scratching at the under-belly of society. Neve’s debut novel Sex through the Zodiac was published in January, 2009. You can also read her erotic work in the on-line magazine Oysters and Chocolate, and various anthologies: Swing, Erotic Stories of Every Flavor, Ambrosia, Men in Shorts, and Sex and Shoes.
Donna George Storey can’t seem to write anything that doesn’t have a lot of sex in it. Her adult-only tales have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, Best American Erotica, the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica and X: The Erotic Treasury. Her work has been featured in magazines in the UK, translated into Italian and received special mention in Pushcart Prize Stories 2004. She is the author of an erotic novel, Amorous Woman (Neon/Orion 2008), which was based on her own experiences living in Japan and praised by American geisha, Liza Dalby, as “literary erotica at its best.” She currently writes two columns for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association, “Cooking up a Storey” about her favorite topics— delicious sex, well-crafted food, and mind-blowing writing—and “Shameless Self-Promotion,” the banner for which is, naturally, a picture of her butt. She loves to read—or rather, purr—her work aloud and is producing a series of erotic podcasts. Self-exposure of every kind is a major theme in her work.
Shanna Germain is a leximaven of the highest order, exploring her love of the written word through a multitude of formats and styles. Shanna (pronounced like ‘Shaun’ with a sigh of pleasure at the end) also claims the titles of (in no particular order): girl geek, lust/slut, wanderlust-er, avid walker and biker, tree kisser, knife licker, steak-maker, book-nerd and She Who Fears Spiders Ticks. With a whole lot of writing years under her belt (or her collar, depending on the day), Shanna’s poems, essays, short stories, novellas, articles and more have found homes in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and websites. She’s even garnered an award here and there, including a Pushcart nomination, the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry and the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship. She keeps her ego in a tiny glass jar and feeds it drops of sea water and baby crickets so that it will never outgrow its cage.