Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Saturday, May 07, 2011
  She writes them naughty words
Mario here:

Next week I'll be at the South Carolina Book Festival. Come check me out!

And now, it's our pleasure to pimp a regular from the RMFW Colorado Gold Conference and the Mile Hi Con, author Thea Hutcheson.

I caught up with her at the über chic Park & Co where we split a delicious burger and basket of fries.

Biting-Edge: How are you?

Thea: Doing fine but busy. Working three jobs if you include my writing.

Biting-Edge: What's going on with your writing?

Thea: First of all, I write erotica under the name of Theda Hudson. I decided to rebrand myself to emphasize my erotica so that's why I adopted a pseudounym. As for what's going on, I'm excited to announce my short story "Blossom, Cherry," in the anthology Sex In San Francisco coming out from Renaissance eBooks. I also have a magical fantasy short story, "Good Husband," coming in an upcoming issue of Realms of Fantasy magazine. And another short story, "Taking Steps-Stripped Down," is reprinted in Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, trade paperback in September 2011. I've got a steampunk short fiction in Best Lesbian Erotics 2011.

Biting-Edge: What's your definition of erotica?

Thea: To me, erotica is where the central conflict is of a sexual nature with the graphic parts implied. I like it gritty, with no satin or velvet.

Biting-Edge: Why do you write erotica?

Thea: I want to address the issues of sexuality from a sex-positive woman's point of view. I want to combat a lot of stereotypes and misinformation that exists in the media about women and sexuality. But if you ask me, why do I write at all? Because if I don't, I suffer withdrawals.

Biting-Edge: What are the challenges for you as an author?

Thea: Well, there's the big one we writers all face: trying to stay published. I've decided that I won't write for the sake of getting published. I've set my professional bar at a level that I'll write work of such quality that I expect a certain amount of money in return for my efforts. On a personal basis, my first challenge was when I discovered that writing fiction wasn't about stringing a bunch of pretty words together, there has to be conflict and tension. Trouble is, for me, I have a hard time being mean to my characters.

Biting-Edge: What's next?

Thea: I've got four novels that I'm polishing and hope to sell. I have two time-travel romances, an erotic-paranormal, and a science-fiction. At this year's Colorado Gold, I'll be facilitating a workshop, Erotica is More than Plumbing.

Biting-Edge: We like playing with the plumbing. Thanks much, Thea. Keep us posted on your success!

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Really interesting, Thea. I've been meaning to read some erotica. I think you just gave me a reason to. :)
Karen: You shouldn't need much of a reason to read erotica. I would advise privacy in case you get carried away ;-)
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