Author Spotlight - Mina Kelly (GLBT Pride Celebration)
As part of our GLBT Pride Month Celebrations, this month we are featuring profiles and interviews with authors who have written GLBT themed works at ForbiddenFiction.com. As part of a Pride Month Membership Drive, we will have a drawing on July 1st. Every member (memberships are free) who logs in (new and old) to their account on ForbiddenFiction.com in the month of June 2012, will have a chance to win a free ebook and a key-chain size mini-flogger. (See rules at link.)
Mina Kelly lives in one of England's most historic cities. During the day she cooks from Roman recipes and swings medieval swords, trying to convince the tourists that history is more than just a pretty background to a photograph. From this she draws inspiration for her mixed up myths and flirtatious fairy tales, and has an especial fondness for things that go bump in the night.
How long have you been reading and writing erotica?
I'll admit some minor lawbreaking here: I've been reading erotica since I was thirteen. All those pop ups that tell you to click to confirm you're over eighteen? I lied. And, to be honest, I learnt a lot about the human body doing so, though it took me a few years to work out what was true and what was only achievable with dislocated limbs and strangely positioned orifices. I probably had a few goes at writing it back then too, but I didn't really start writing erotica in earnest until I was in my twenties. Being old enough to buy the good stuff made a real difference!
What do you like about writing GLBT themes?
I have a real soft spot for repressed characters. Just in general, but with erotica there are some very interesting stories you can tell about repression using GLBT themes, even if the characters in question are already 'out'. We never know what we've internalised about ourselves until we're confronted by someone representing the alternative, and if that confrontation happens in an intimate setting there's nowhere to hide.
What kind of GLBT stories do you write and why?
I like a bit of variety, so I write both m/m and f/f (sometimes I'm really daring and even try writing a bit of heterosexual erotica too!). One of the stories I have coming out with ForbiddenFiction is my first m/m/m; I think next I might try some threesomes in other combinations. I enjoy pushing myself and my imagination, though it takes a good proofreader to help me keep track of everyone's limbs!
What do you feel you can say with erotica than other genres?
Even casual sex has a degree of intimacy to it that forces us to think about ourselves and how we relate to other people. Erotica allows me to explore that intimacy in infinite variety, and to share my conclusions with my readers.
What do you enjoy most about interacting with readers?
I love getting different perspectives on my work. As a writer I like to think of myself as 'trying on' other people's lives when I write, but at the end of the day nothing can beat interacting with people already living those lives.
by Mina Kelly
Short Story (4190 words)
Genre(s): Contemporary, Supernatural, Fantasy
Becky knows better than to be trapped by the tide at night, but it's funny how a bottle of cheap vodka can overcome an entire upbringingby the sea. She grew up with all the myths, too, but when her cute rescuer invites her into deep waters for a swim it's notso much the mer as the maid that makes Becky hesitate. (F/F)
Will also be available as part of Special Collection - Wicked Fairy Tales.
More stories in development!