Sunday, January 28, 2007

Interview with Justanne Farrow.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be bringing you a glimpse into the lives of some of our talented "Coming Together" authors. The first victim, I mean volunteer is the wise and wonderful Justanne Farrow.

Where in the world are you from?

I'm English, living with my partner in a small seaside town in the south of England.

When did you first start writing erotica and why?

I posted my first story, 'Summer Outing' on Literotica and Nifty, in May 2003. I had been in e-mail conversation with a fellow Literotica author forsome months, as a result of reading many of her stories, and after somediscussions on story lines, and showing one to her, she persuaded me that it was good enough to post on line. So I did, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your stories?

At first, my stories were the direct result of conversations, anddiscussions on scenarios, most of them being written in second person, whichto me was the natural way as I saw them as 'conversations', or 'letters'.Later, when I became more confident in my ability, I began to write in third person, and discovered that those stories seemed more professional, morecomplete, and definitely gained more appreciation from readers. My inspiration comes from many places; conversations will still inspire me, anoverheard snippet or one of my own. Scenarios will set up ideas in my head,whether seen on tv, in a magazine. When out, I people watch all the time,and in my head I continually make up story plots from glimpses of couples,individuals. Real life is a wonderful inspiration for fiction, which sounds bizarre, but it so true. What's that old saying...."There's now't so queeras folk."

Do you have any advice for budding writers?

Write. Anything, anytime, anywhere. Just write. It doesn't matter whatyou write, just write. Work on your craft, hone your technique, add to your vocabulary, but don't use complex words and phrases unless they areessential to the piece.

And read. As much as you can. Reading other authors will inspire you.

How did you get involved with Coming Together?


There had been much talk about the possibility of publishing a compilationof work from members of the Author Hangout on Literotica, and when Alessia Brio started the ball rolling, asking for members who wanted to become involved, have their work vetted for inclusion, I jumped at the chance to be part of this wonderful idea. To date, in the 4 published volumes (Vols, I,II and III and the Hurricane Relief issue), I have 2 stories and 4 poems published, and hope in future volumes, to have more of my work included.

Thanks for your time, Justanne. It wasn't that painful, was it?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Charles River Press

We are delighted to announce that we've contracted with Charles River Press to republish the first three volumes of Coming Together! These volumes benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The first volume is scheduled for mid-March release with subsequent volumes to follow monthly.

Coming Together: An Erotic Cocktail (v1)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Call ... For the Cure

Phaze, the erotic imprint of Mundania Press, LLC, is NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for an anthology to benefit breast cancer research!

Coming Together: For the Cure
  • TITLE: Coming Together: For the Cure

  • EDITOR: Alessia Brio

  • PUBLISHER: Phaze

  • TENTATIVE RELEASE DATES:
    August 14, 2007 (eBook), October 2007 (print)

  • SUBMISSIONS DUE: June 1, 2007


At some point, virtually everyone's life is touched in some way by breast cancer. Whether it's a friend or family member, or even yourself, the journey is one of courage and compassion. Phaze continues its tradition of fundraising for this cause with Coming Together: For the Cure, an anthology of erotic romance edited by Alessia Brio.

We invite you to participate in this philanthropic project by submitting a short story. Accepted authors will receive a one-time payment for inclusion and author copies in print (when available) and eBook formats. ALL net proceeds from this book will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Coming Together has never felt this good!

All pairings and sub-genres will be considered: M/F, M/M, F/F, interracial, BBW, contemporary, romantic comedy, historical, etc. Show us that love and passion know no arbitrary bounds. Stories need not deal with breast cancer or have a breast-related plot.

STORY LENGTH: We're looking for stories up to 15K words. Please visit the Phaze website at www.phaze.com for formatting guidelines, and send your submissions to submissions[at]phaze.com with FOR THE CURE STORY SUBMISSION in the subject header.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY PLEASE! Reprints will be considered if you have complete control of the rights.

ABOUT ALESSIA BRIO
Alessia Brio is the author of fine flickering hungers, "Erotique," and, with her partner Will Belegon, "Switch," and "Amichu" -- erotic short stories and poetry published by Phaze. Alessia's work has earned her respect and kudos from both peers and readers. She resides in the mountains near Pittsburgh where she masquerades as a soccer mom. Visit her online at www.alessiabrio.com or www.eroticanthology.com