The Big Book of Orgasms author bios

The Big Book of Orgasms is an anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, to be published by Cleis Press in October 2013. Kindle and Nook ebook editions, TK. You can also mark it to read at Goodreads. For review copies or excerpt/interview requests, contact orgasmantho at with name, mailing address and publication.


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As we get closer to the publication date for The Big Book of Orgasms, here are the bios of most of the 69 contributors (the rest are coming!) as well as Ecstasy is Necessary author and foreword writer Barbara Carrellas.

Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century, Ecstasy is Necessary and Luxurious Loving. She delights in helping her Sex/Life coaching clients, her students, and her readers create expanded orgasmic experiences of all sizes, shapes and flavors.

Rachel Kramer Bussel ( is an author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She is the editor of over 50 anthologies. She writes widely about sex, dating, books, pop culture and hoarding. Find her at her blog Lusty Lady and @raquelita on Twitter.

BD Swain is a butch dyke who enjoys writing queer smut – not just because it’s fun, but because sex and exploring new ways of sexual expression is what makes her feel most alive. She is turned on by trust and by pushing the boundaries of it. Read more of her writing at

Thomas S. Roche

Annabeth Leong’s flash fiction will appear in Cleis Press’s XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Erotic Romance, as well as in Dirty Little Numbers from Go Deeper Press. She also writes longer work for Ellora’s Cave, Breathless Press, and others. She loves music, particularly bass notes that create those low, low vibrations. Unfortunately, her musical skill level requires her to resort to the Rock Band video game when she wants to perform. Learn more about her work at and follow her on Twitter @AnnabethLeong

Malin James is a writer and librarian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories have appeared online in Peaches Magazine, as well as in print anthologies for Xcite Books and Cleis Press, much to her surprise and delight. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing, which is almost as good.

Chris Komodo is a California-based artist and writer.  He expanded into erotica in 2012 and his creative, character-driven work now appears in several erotic anthologies. When he’s not working, the 30-something Komodo restores furniture and experiments growing strange varieties of chili peppers. He splits his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and southern California. View Komodo’s Author Page.

Preston Avery resides merrily by the sea with her husband extraordinaire, three darling mutts and pack of wild children. She works and lives with only slightly less than reckless abandon and loves reading and writing almost as much as she adores red velvet cake. Her work is featured in the upcoming anthology Can’t Get Enough as well as Geek Love, and Morning, Noon, and Night. She is currently living in a fantasy world where she pretends to have the time to write a novel.  

Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek Suleikha Snyder published her first romantic short in 2011, going on to multiple releases in 2012, including two novellas from Samhain Publishing and a short in Cleis Press’ Suite Encounters. Suleikha lives in New York City, finding inspiration in Bollywood films, daytime and primetime soaps, and anything that involves chocolate or bacon. Visit for all her latest release news, and follow her on Twitter, @suleikhasnyder.

Jenna Bright lives and writes near London, in the UK. She’s a strong advocate for fantastic lingerie, high heels, pencil skirts, and finding the sensual in the everyday. A lifelong writer, she delights in creating worlds filled with sexy scenarios, libidinous lovers and very arousing outcomes. She hopes that you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.

Giselle Renarde is an award-winning author of kinkalicious books like Nanny State, Audrey & Lawrence, Adam and Sheree’s Family Vacation (banned by Amazon!), and the Wedding Heat series. She’s contributed short stories to more than 100 erotic anthologies, including Best Women’s Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, and Best Lesbian Romance. Find her at or on Twitter @GiselleRenarde.

Tenille Brown is a southern wife, mother, author and editor. Her erotica has been featured over the past ten years online and in over fifty print and eBook anthologies including Best Women’s Erotica 2004, Chocolate Flava 1 and 3, Curvy Girls, Going Down, Best Bondage Erotica 2011 and 2012, Sapphic Planet, Suite Encounters, Open, Best Lesbian Erotica 2013, Only You, How to Write Erotic Fiction, Sudden Sex, Smut Alfresco, Smut for Chocoholics, Baby Got Back and Smut by the Sea Volume 2. She contributes to Mischief Books erotic collections, the most recent being Take Me and Thrill Seekers. Tenille blogs at and tweets @TheRealTenille. 

Logan Zachary ( or lives in Minneapolis, MN and has over hundred erotic stories in print. Calendar Boys is a collection of his short stories.  Big Bad Wolf is an erotic werewolf mystery set in Northern Minnesota.  His stories can be found in: Going Down, Best Bondage Stories of 2013, Tricks of the Trade, Big Men on Campus, Beach Bums, Sexy Sailors, and The Spy Who Laid Me.

Salome Wilde is a big fan of orgasms—giving, receiving, and writing them in genres from historical to contemporary and hard-boiled/noir to Southern Gothic.  Inspired by writing pansexual erotica for fabulous editors, including Susie Bright, Maxim Jakubowski, Shane Allison, Rob Rosen, and Rachel Kramer Bussel, Wilde recently began her own editing adventures with Shakespearotica: Queering the Bard (forthcoming). With Talon Rihai and Storm Moon Press, she has also co-authored After the First Taste of Love (2012), book one in a m/m friends-to-lovers trilogy, and Turning Trick (forthcoming), their wicked-hot boywhore novel.  Find Wilde at or on Twitter @salomewilde.

Valerie Alexander is a freelance writer who lives in Arizona. Her work has been previously published in Best of Best Women’s Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica and other anthologies. Please visit her at or connect with her @vaxder

Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of Slow Surrender, the book RT Book Reviews said “redeems the billionaire Dom genre,” as well as many other erotic books, short stories, and romances. She is also the founder of Circlet Press. Learn more at

Mistress Kay

Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion” (Seal Press 2012) and holds a master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a specialty in the intersections of size, race and gender. Virgie lives in San Francisco. Find her online at 

Often based on her own explorations in the world of D/s and BDSM, Tess Danesi looks into the darker side of erotica, writing with raw honesty about that shadowy area where pain becomes pleasure and pleasure becomes pain. Tess has been published in anthologies edited by Alison Tyler and Rachel Kramer Bussel as well as in Time Out New York.

Emerald is an erotic fiction author and general advocate for human sexuality as informed by her deep appreciation of the beauty, value, and intrinsic nature of sexuality and its holistic relation to life. Her work has been featured in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief, and Logical-Lust, and she serves as an assistant newsletter editor for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Find her online at her website, The Green Light District:

Raziel Moore believes that writing – and reading – frees us of the constraints of the civilized, moralized world. He loves and writes about the landscape of desire, and those who dare explore their own unknown territories. He’s written erotic fiction for a couple decades, and has been published in print and e-press anthologies. Raziel resides in the Northeastern United States.

Kelly Rand

By day, Sherry Reid is a technical writer and grad student. By night, she’s a spec-fic and erotica author. Keep up with her at

Victoria Blisse is a Mother, Wife, Christian, Manchester United Fan and Award Winning Erotica Author. She is also the co-editor of several sexy Smut Anthologies. Equally at home behind a laptop or a cooker, she loves to create stories, poems, cakes and biscuits that make people happy. Born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories. Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her busy life. You can find Victoria procrastinating on Facebook , Twitter  and Pinterest To find out more check out

Sam Angioli

Medea Mor

David Salcido is the former publisher of the adult literary arts ‘zine Blue Food and has spent the last 25 years or so writing for and editing regional and national entertainment magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Pop Smear, Video Business, Adult Video News, IONAZ, Red and Playtime. As a fiction writer, his credits include various periodicals, websites and the recent anthologies Blood Lust: Erotic Vampire Tales, Redsine Ten and Hard Working Men: Gay Erotic Fiction. He has a short story appearing in the upcoming anthology For Science!, and a collection of erotic fiction, entitled Dimensions Of Desire, available from Renaissance E-Books.

Maxine Marsh is a writer from a very wet and very hot part of Florida. She is attracted to themes of marginality, the horrific, the weird, and of course, the sexy. She has titles with Total-E Bound, Vagabondage Press, Xcite Books, and Cleis Press.

Sinclair Sexsmith ( is an erotic coach, teacher, and writer. They write the award-winning personal online project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at, have contributed to more than twenty anthologies, and edited Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. They travel frequently to teach workshops on gender and sexuality.

Elizabeth Coldwell

Mina Murray is an Antipodean, whisky aficionado and smut-peddler. Her work is featured in several anthologies, including Best Bondage Erotica 2013; Brief Encounters: Tales of Fast Love (Mischief); Sudden Sex: 69 Sultry Short Stories; The Mammoth Book of Quick & Dirty Erotica; and Baby Got Back. Mina loves company, so do drop by:

Cecilia DuValle writes in bits and spurts near Seattle. After earning a degree in journalism, she turned to writing fiction because it is so much more fun than worrying about all those pesky facts. She cut her erotic teeth with online role play before turning to individual short stories. Her work can be found in several anthologies. You can find links and more about her at: She tweets from @DarlingCecilia 

Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, as well as anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.

Xan West ( is the nom de plume of an Oakland based queer BDSM/sex educator and writer.  Xan’s “First Time Since”, won honorable mention for the 2008 NLA John Preston Short Fiction Award. Xan is widely published in anthologies like Best SM Erotica 2 & 3, Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, 2012 & 2014, Best Gay Erotica 2009 & 2013, Best Women’s Erotica 2008 & 2009, Hurts So Good, I Like to Watch, Got A Minute?, Pleasure Bound, Cruising for Bad Boys, Love at First Sting, and Say Please. Xan wants to hear from you at

Brantwijn Serrah

Stella Harris writes stories that celebrate the many flavors of love and lust. She has a special interest in poly, kinky, and queer characters both in her writing and in her life. When she’s not reading or writing smut you can find her teaching or making trouble at the local dungeon or haunting bookstores and coffee shops dressed impractically in high heels.  Visit her online at

Lily K. Cho is a suburban working mom living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been collecting erotica of all flavors for 25 years and recently decided to write it as well. She adores exotic perfume oils, being partial to roses and musk. Lily is a member of Mensa but has always celebrated the sensual over the intellectual. Write to her at

T. Fox Dunham resides outside of Philadelphia PA—author and historian. He’s published in nearly 200 international journals and anthologies. His first novel, The Street Martyr will be published by Out of the Gutter Books, followed up by Searching for Andy Kaufman from PMMP in 2014. He’s a cancer survivor. His friends call him fox, being his totem animal, and his motto is: Wrecking civilization one story at a time. Site: Blog: & Twitter: @TFoxDunham

In addition to a lifelong love for writing, Lula Lisbon has an AA in Fine Art and a BFA in Fashion Design — both earned magna cum laude. Trained in voice, Lula has sung in several prestigious choirs, and has also written, recorded, and performed original music for over ten years. When not hunched over her laptop, Lula enjoys cooking with locally-sourced ingredients, drinking craft beers, bicycling, and perfecting her pole dance moves. “Icing on the Cake” is Lula’s first story included in a print anthology. Her indie ebooks are available at major online retailers. She resides in Philadelphia, PA

Writer, speaker, coach and sexuality educator, Lady Cheeky (Elle Chase), curates  popular, sensual images blog, which depicts photos of both elegant and salacious desire, sensuality and passion. Her sister site,, is a sex and body positive editorial and educational companion where one can find discerning articles on sexuality and tales of erotic indulgence. Both sites have garnered accolades from outlets ranging from to the The LA Weekly and The Rumpus. As a writer, Lady Cheeky’s work won the Domi-Dollz True Tales of Erotica Competition and has been published on various sites including; The Frisky, and Fleshbot.”

Riley Shane is a native Californian who has spent the years since graduating high school bouncing around the world at every opportunity. Riley is an avid reader who spends much of her time engrossed in romance novels…when she’s not being shanghaied by the loud, demanding, often-crazy characters that live in her head. Right now you can find Riley in Northern California, but who knows where she’ll be next? So long as she has her laptop and most discerning critic with her, she’s ready to travel and write from wherever the wind may take her.

Evoë Thorne is an educator, an erotic photographer, and the sex maven behind She has five beautiful, brilliant children and is in love with two very different but equally wonderful men. Female ejaculation fascinates Evoë, who approaches sex with the curiosity and dedication of a scientist and the creativity and spontaneity of an artist. She is truly a sensualist and can enjoy a meal almost as much as making love. She has a bad habit of blogging her sex life and she wants to change the world one orgasm at a time. Can she count on yours?

A.M. Hartnett wrote and sold her first erotic short in 2006 after a disastrous experience with a career counselor. Since then, she’s contributed to over a dozen anthologies featuring some of erotica’s finest scribes. She’s also written three erotic romances as Annemarie Hartnett. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Crystal Jordan is originally from California, but has lived all over the United States. Currently, she serves as a librarian at a university in her home state, and she writes paranormal, contemporary, futuristic, and erotic romance. She has published stories with Kensington Aphrodisia, Harlequin Spice Briefs, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press, and Samhain Publishing.

Dominic Santi is a former technical editor turned rogue whose stories have appeared in many dozens of anthologies, including the recent Under Her Thumb, Foreign Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Best Erotic Romance 2013, Tricks for Kicks, Indecent Proposals, Bound by Lust, Voyeur Eyes Only – Vegas Windows, Backdoor Lovers, and Hot Under the Collar.  Current projects include a very kinky holiday novella and a lot more dirty short stories.

Shane Allison

Vanessa Madison

Andreas Amsterdam is the pseudonym of a former journalist, now EMT and nursing student. He resides in Suffolk County, New York.

Jeremy Edwards ( is the author of the erotocomedic novel Rock My Socks Off, the erotic story collection Spark My Moment, and, most recently, The Pleasure Dial: An Erotocomedic Novel of Old-Time Radio.His quirky, libidinous tales have appeared in over sixty anthologies, including four volumes in the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica series. Jeremy has been a featured reader at In the Flesh and Essensuality in New York, the Erotic Literary Salon in Philadelphia, In the Flesh: LA (via telephone), and Arts Night Out Northampton (Massachusetts). In 2013, he hosted Sexy Scribes Speaking in Turners Falls, Mass.

Neve Black

Jon Fulton

Elise Hepner

Jade Melisande is a sex, kink and relationship blogger living in the Midwest with her two partners. She has been published in numerous erotica anthologies, is the winner of the 2012 RFT Best Sex Blogger award, and blogs and tweets about her life as the lover of two kinky men at Edgy, explicit, and deeply personal, her long-running blog is a mixture of personal anecdotes, photos and reminiscences. You can also follow her on Twitter at

Anya Levin

J. Sinclaire is a Toronto based writer by profession but erotic by nature. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Cheeky Spanking Stories, Lips Like Sugar and The Happy Birthday Book of Erotica. A firm believer that sex and masturbation are both healthy and necessary, she considers it her civic duty to write smut. The rest is up to you.

Marina Saint

Heidi Champa

Michael A. Gonzales has written about sex culture for, Best Sex Writing 2006 (Cleis) and The Baltimore City Paper. An erotica writer for more than a decade, his stories have appeared in Brown Sugar 2, Gotta Have It and Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories. He lives in Brooklyn and blogs @

Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York. 

Sommer Marsden

Critically-acclaimed, bestselling erotica author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories including Overheated, and The Enslaved Trilogy from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Star. Her work has been featured in numerous Cleis Press anthologies, such as Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, along with the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and BDSM erotic romance novellas like Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief (among others) from Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Shoshanna is a New York native who now lives with her family and two big dogs in Los Angeles, California. She welcomes emails from readers and writers, and loves to interact on Twitter and Facebook. Sexily *Evers* After…

Eleanor Proctor

Kathleen Tudor is currently hiding out in the wilds of California with her spouse and their favorite monkey. She should be considered armed with a pen and extremely erotic, and should be approached with caution. Her wicked words have already broken down the doors to presses like Cleis, Mischief HaperCollins, Circlet, Xcite, and more, and she is said to be disguising herself as an acquisitions and developmental editor for Storm Moon Press. If you see her (or want to say hi!) please contact Keep an eye on for updates on her antics and possible snippets of sexy material. 

Walter Pratt

Jade A. Waters began her literary naughtiness when she convinced a boyfriend that the sexiest form of foreplay was reading provocative synonyms from a thesaurus. While repeating smoldering and all of its synonyms was fun for a while, Jade soon found she preferred penning entire erotic stories instead. Her latest piece, “Toys,” can be found in Best Women’s Erotica 2014 from Cleis Press. Find out more at

Donna George Storey (  is the author of Amorous Woman, an erotic novel based on her own experiences living in Japan. Her adults-only tales have appeared in numerous places including Penthouse, The Mammoth Book of Erotica Presents the Best of Donna George Storey, Best Women’s Erotica, Women in Lust, and Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women. She also writes a regular column on writing, erotica and sexuality for the Erotica Readers and Writers blog.

Kay Jaybee wrote the novels The Retreat (Xcite, 2013), Making Him Wait, (Sweetmeats Press, 2012), The Voyeur (Xcite, 2012), and The Perfect Submissive (Xcite 2012). She also write the novellas, Not Her Type (2nd ed. 1001 NightsPress, 2013), Digging Deep (Xcite, 2013), A Sticky Situation, (Xcite, 2012), and The Circus, (Sweetmeats Press), and the anthologies The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 2012), The Best of Kay Jaybee (Xcite, 2012), Tied to the Kitchen Sink, Equipment, (All Romance, 2012), Yes Ma’am (Xcite e-books, 2011), Quick Kink One and Two (Xcite e-books, 2010). Details of Kay’s work can be found at

Drew Griffiths

Lillian Ann Slugocki: Published in Seal Press, Cleis Press, Spuyten Duyvil Press, Salon, HerKind/Vida, Bloom and Beatrice.

Heather Day has been writing erotic fiction since 2009 and greatly enjoys having this excuse for dreaming up imaginative ways to orgasm. She has previously been published in Cleis Press’ Girl Fever anthology, on and by Oysters & Chocolate. Find something to get you off at or follow Heather on twitter @heatherxday.



The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories table of contents

The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories is an anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, to be published by Cleis Press in September 2013. Email orgasmantho at for press requests.

Foreword: Foreplay: Figments of Erotic Imagination by Barbara Carrellas
Introduction: Orgasm Is Just the Beginning

The Beginning B. D. Swain
How You Christen a Bed Thomas S. Roche
All You Do Is Play Annabeth Leong
Hard Knocks Malin James
The Gallery Exhibit Chris Komodo
White Preston Avery
Matinee Suleikha Snyder
All Talk Jenna Bright
Scarecrow Giselle Renarde
In Her Hands Tenille Brown
Remote Control Logan Zachary
Weathering the Storm Salome Wilde
Hellfire Valerie Alexander
Her Lover Is a Flame Cecilia Tan
Me Vengo! Mistress Kay
Count Out the Strokes Virgie Tovar
Steamy Tess Danesi
Payback Emerald
Come On Raziel Moore
The Pink Team Kelly Rand
Headache Sherry Reid
Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport Victoria Blisse
Runner’s High Sam Angioli
His Three Conditions Medea Mor
The Morning After David Salcido
Look at Yourself Maxine Marsh
Do It Again Sinclair Sexsmith
Under the Table Elizabeth Coldwell
Light Sleeper Mina Murray
The Big Cat Cecilia Duvalle
Opening Doors Thea Landen
Baxter’s Boy Xan West
Suds and a Two-Piece Bathing Suit Brantwijn Serrah
The Jeffrey Factor Stella Harris
Chains of Love Lily K. Cho
By the Beat T. Fox Dunham
Icing on the Cake Lula Lisbon
The Massage Lady Cheeky
Feast for the Senses Riley Shane
Squirt Evoë Thorne
Piano Man A. M. Hartnett
Out of Control Crystal Jordan
Tantric Home Dominic Santi
Queer for Mike Shane Allison
Meeting Cute Vanessa Madison
Cheryl Andreas Amsterdam
Beer and Orgasms Jeremy Edwards
Sullied Innocence Neve Black
The Rub Jon Fulton
The Park Elise Hepner
Coming Together: The Elusive Simultaneous Orgasm Jade Melisande
Meeting Myself Anya Levin
I Am Not Cruel J. Sinclaire
Cooling Agents Marina Saint
Seeing Is Believing Heidi Champa
The Velocity of Roaches Michael A. Gonzales
After the Funeral Jeanette Grey
There Sommer Marsden
Forced Orgasms Shoshanna Evers
Blue Jean Baby Eleanor Proctor
Learning Experience Kathleen Tudor
A Teachable Moment Walter Pratt
The Flogger Jade A. Waters
Book Lover Donna George Storey
Tied by Red Kay Jaybee
After Party Drew Griffiths
I’m on Fire Rachel Kramer Bussel
Should You Ever Be Allowed to Feel This Good? Lillian Ann Slugocki
The Final Challenge Heather Day