Sunday, November 13, 2011
My Desire Made Me More Interesting to Myself
I'm really excited to announce my latest interview over at the blog of Anna Cook, The Feminist Librarian. The interview is part of the blog tour for Women in Lust, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Rachel's latest anthology is particularly strong precisely because it's about strong women who have the courage to explore their desires--it's a very inspiring and empowering read. My story, "Comfort Food," is a favorite of mine because it deals with appetites of all kinds, for food, sex, and enjoying sensual pleasure of all kinds. In the story, the narrator has an epiphany that really resonates with me: "My desire made me more interesting to myself."
Isn't that what attraction and lust are all about?
The questions Anna asked me in the interview really got me thinking about erotica, my own writing, and our unfortunate cultural habit of thinking sex is "out there" in Hollywood or sexy magazines. That other people decide who is sexy, and the rest of us have to watch from the sidelines. Writing erotica helped me understand sexiness is inside of me, and that sense of empowerment ties back to the theme of Women in Lust as well. I highly recommend you head over to Anna Cook's blog and read the interview, as well as her other posts. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking blogger, and I was delighted to be invited!
(The photo above is of my collection of erotic books related to Japan and Japanese culture. Makes me want to roll around and read for hours!)
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Makes me want to roll around for hours! Thanks, Donna!
Gina Marie! Thanks for stopping by, it feels like a long time. I miss you and suspect no one would enjoy rolling around for hours among books or pudding or the waters of a churning hot spring or a field full of flowers more than you!
That "My desire made me more interesting to myself" line is indeed one of those observations that really resonates. [I think my desire makes me more interesting to myself—and goodness knows I can use all the help remaining interesting to myself that I can get! : )]
But enough about me. "Comfort Food" is as satisfying a serving of "deep-dish intimacy" (to quote myself* from Amazon) as one could wish for. Brava, Donna!
*So much for "enough about me," eh? Maybe I'm a little too interesting to myself...
Thank you, Jeremy. I think our desire makes us all more interesting to ourselves, you're not alone! And I do think as we get older, we also get more interesting, so it's good to be interested :-).
Great interview, Donna! She picked a magnificent subject to interview, and I'm so glad! ;) "Comfort Food" is one of my favorite stories of yours.
It has been a long time -- miss you, too! Such a wonderful intereview & I love this:
"The stories that blossomed from my imagination were an education as well. Because of my writing, I’ve come to realize that sexual fantasy is not just a straight reflection of what you desire, it’s like a foreign language you have to decode."
Thank you, Emerald! And Gina, wow, when you say it back to me, it does sound pretty good, lol.
I'm a brand new fan. :) Loved your book, Amorous Woman. I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog as well. :)
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