By Sommer Marsden (Guest Blogger)
To celebrate Pride Month, I figured I'd talk about why I can often be found in lesbian anthologies. In fact, once in a while I'm in then as alternate pen names and no one but me (and my editor) knows it's me! There's no big secret that I've been happily married and tethered (sometimes literally) to the same man for a million years. But you will often find me waxing poetic about the female of the species. In fact, some of my favorite short pieces ever have been lesbian pieces. Spitting Seeds (Girl Crazy) and Hot Child In The City (Where The Girls Are) spring immediately to mind. A story called In The Only Girl I Want (Best Lesbian Romance '10) was a story that had me giddy while writing it. I loved every single character and yes, the main character was based on a real girl. Then there's the recent story I chose to pen for the upcoming You Say Tomato (Pretty Things Press) called Waiting For The Harvest. That was a f/f piece that sprang to mind and took root (pun intended) until I sat down and wrote it out.
I never turn down or alter the way a story presents itself to me. If it comes into my head as M/F I run with it. F/F...sold! M/M....go for it! I'm not hung up on the gender or the genitalia of the players, Just their story. And while M/M fiction has taken off like a brush fire in the romance and erotica genres lately (a large amount of it written and purchased by women) I wanted to turn the spotlight on why I choose to write F/F as often as I do.
Firstly, women are hot. Let's just put that out there. Hot and sweet and soft~ big, small, skinny, lush, black, white, whatever. Women are enticing. Telling the tale of two women being attracted to one another, flirting, or falling for each other—or hell, being in love and staying that way—is something I love to do. My first F/F piece ever was about two women in love, a couple who found each other as fiercely sexy as they had in the beginning. And the fact that their relationship was seasoned, so to speak, and that each one knew exactly how to get the other going, is what made the story hot. The story "Apron Strings" is in my upcoming Coupling anthology because I knew from the first moment I had the idea for the book that the story of Kerry and Tina had to be included. To date, those two spicy women are one of my favorite fictional couples.
Secondly, okay, I have a girl crush or ten and I can imagine what I would do with some of these lovely ladies. A prime example was the story "The Scream Queen" found in Mile High Erotica. That story is the result of a long and vivid girl crush on actress Jamie Lee Curtis. There is something I find so appealing about the thought of being able to deliver my personal pleasures expertly to a member of the same sex. Let's just say, I know my way around the equipment, so while I write these steamy love stories, I can put myself on both ends of the equation. The woman giving the pleasure and the woman getting it. Trust me, if I got you in my bed and did all my favorite things to you...you'd never leave. [toot toot...that was my own horn].
Lastly, to me a love story is a love story is a love story. Or you could say, given my alter ego Smut Girl, a smut story is a smut story is a smut story. The bottom line is that sex and attraction and lust—and yes, love—know no boundaries. They are fluid and they are magical and I believe, in my heart of hearts, that they do not discriminate in any way. I truly believe that one soul speaks to another and if they resonate they resonate. Regardless of packaging. Gender, color, height, weight, eye color and musical preference really do not come into play.
It's really all about the love.
(A note from Lisabet: If you like M/F shapeshifter romance, check out my review of Sommer's recently published novel, Base Nature!)