Here's a first pass -- what do you think? Does this make you want to support the book? Good, bad, terrible? Cut it all and start over? Lord.
(And if I haven't said it before, thanks. Thanks to all the folks who have been giving me feedback on the project all day. Appreciated!!!)
Hi! I'm Mary Anne Mohanraj, and I'd like to tell you about my new book project. It'll be a collection of new erotic fiction, linked short stories that fit together to tell a larger story. It's set in a strange, faraway place, amid people who might not always look like the people you're used to. And while every story will have its sexy moments, the stories may not always be about sex. They'll be about family, and history, and memory. They'll be about food, because food can be awfully sexy. Sometimes the stories will be about love, and sometimes they might be about hate. I hope these stories will make you fall in love, a little bit. I know that's what I want when I read fiction -- to meet people so real, you could fall for them.
I've been missing erotica-- I wrote it for ten years, and then stepped sideways into grad school, mainstream lit., several moves across country and state, a partner, two children and a dog. I might technically be bi, but there hasn't been a lot of time for sex in the last few years -- when the kids were babies, I would tell people that my sexual orientation was 'tired.'
But I'm actualy getting to sleep again now, the spark is returning, the twinkle in the eye, and I think I can remember what it actually means to turn someone on with just your words. I'd like to try. If this project gets funded, the money will go straight into extra childcare so I can write for a few more hours every week, and maybe sleep a little later in the mornings, dreaming of sexy things.
The list of my credentials is long, including ten previous books and a scattering of awards. If you're interested in the details, please check me out on Wikipedia, or visit my home page and read my journal, which has the odd honor of being one of the five oldest on the internet. I know, I can't quite believe it either, but the Online Diary History Project says it's true. Come by, visit, say hi.
I've written a lot of erotica, a fair bit of mainstream lit, and a little science fiction and fantasy. My last book was translated into six languages, and at least one story has been print published about half a million times, last I checked. If you'd like to read it, it's titled "Seven Cups of Water," and you can read it for free on my site. Two girls, a string of hot nights, and yes, a little chili powder. Enjoy.