1. When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
Well, let’s see … my first published story was in the late-lamented magazine FutureSex, back in 1994. The story – “InterCore,” by the way, was then picked up for Best American Erotica (same year) and it all just kind of snowballed from there. While I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer it wasn’t until I stepped into the slippery, steamy, world of smut that I had any real success so – surprise – I’ve done most of my work there. But I also write non-fiction (including a book of my weird history pieces, Welcome to Weirdsville, which is coming out soon, and How To Write And Sell Erotica — my book on smut writing, and Pornotopia – which is non-fiction sex pieces); science fiction, fantasy, and horror (such as my collection, Love Without Gun Control); romance (see my novel Brushes), and lots of other stuff.
Here’s a quickie bio:
M. Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.
He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.
He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Coming Together Presents M. Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Fingers Breadth, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com.
In addition he is an Associate Editor for the adult industry web site YNOT, and is an Associate Publisher for Renaissance Books (which publishers groundbreaking BDSM as part of its Sizzler Imprint).
2. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I’ve been in the scene since ’88 (1988, smartass) or so and while I seriously love the folks I’ve met there I’m actually more a sensualist than a hardcore player. One reason I love the scene is that the people I’ve met have all pretty much been in touch with their sexuality – a very refreshing thing compared to the ‘real’ world. If you want to look me up, by the way, I’m “MChristian” on Fetlife … and pretty much everywhere else.
3. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
To be honest, at first it was simply because that’s what people (and publishers) were buying , but since then I come to really love writing power-dynamic stories — there is just so much to play with! It’s like having sex, and relationships, dialed up to 11 … plus being able to get really into the added dimensions of power dynamics and more. What can be better than that?
I’m also an Associate Publisher for the really-really-really great Renaissance Books, which puts out fantastic BDSM erotica as part of its Sizzler Imprint. So if you’re an author with have enough stories for a collection (about 40,000 words) or a novel let’s talk! We handle erotica but also SF, horror, suspense, and romance as well. I really can’t say enough good things about them – and that’s not just because they pay me.
4. Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
I’ve promised the fantastic Renaissance Books a male dom novel, so I am kind of stoked about that – and I have a few other kinky/crazy books in mind as well for the future and my pal R. Greco and I are working on an age play anthology, called Daddy’s Little Girl (which I believe just closed for submissions, sorry) which I’m looking very forward to. But as far as a kink that I haven’t touched yet I have been curious about doing something that explores the deep-down stuff … the underlying forces in everyone that comes out as BDSM. I touched a bit on that in my new book, Finger’s Breadth, but I’d like to explore it even more.
5. What is your favorite fetish? Why?
I do have a certain fondness for BBWs — though I wouldn’t call that really a fetish as I’ve always been attracted to people and not bodies: what gets me going is being with someone who is playful, imaginative, sensual, kind, and smart – no matter what they look like. Beyond that I’m always interested in trying all kinds of new things – sexual or otherwise – and so am open to all kinds of things. As I like to say, you never know what you may like – or be good at – until you try. That works for writing as well as sex….
6. What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?
Let’s see … my hobbies include photography, robotics, making weird little art things, and food (eating and not, alas, making); and running a few fun blogs: Meine Kleine Fabrik is a celebration of the fun and the just-plain weird, and Frequently Felt is the same but sexy. I’ve also been photographed a few times – and a little research on your part (cough … Michael Rosen … cough) might turn up a rather famous shot of moi.
7. What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
Funny story: back some years ago I was at a party and ended up chatting with this fellow writer – who, it turns out, had written a piece for a magazine that I, too, was in. When I told him what story I’d written his face went a little white and he said that he’d like my story so much that he’d masturbated to it. Punchline: because I had more than one story in that magazine I’d been asked to use a pseudonym for that one particular tale – a female pseudonym. While I hated tricking him like that I felt a surge of pride that he’d never once felt that I was a guy and not a girl. Ah, the power of fiction….
8. If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
That’s a very tough call as I’ve written a lot of stuff – gay thrillers, lesbian SF adventures, straight romances … you name it – but one of my ‘famous’ books is my gay collection Dirty Words, which is being reprinted by Renaissance Books and should be out very soon. My non-smutty vampire novel, Very Bloody Marys, is also being reprinted as is my cyberpunk erotic book, Painted Doll, and my gay thriller, Me2 – all by Renaissance. My other queer collection, Filthy Boys, is available and so are my science fiction erotica collections Rude Mechanicals, and Better Than The Real Thing (both out in print as Technorotica, out soon) and The Bachelor Machine (this one is from Circlet Press). Finger’s Breadth – my very, very strange queer erotic horror novel – is also out from Zumaya. I also have info on all my other books – plus the new ones in the works – on my site at www.mchristian.com.
9. Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?
I do try to make it to as many events as I can – money and time permitting, of course: both as a lecturer as well as a participant. I also attend and teach at a lot of San Francisco Bay Area venues – so keep an eye on my site for info on where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. Oh, and if you are running a venue drop me a line: I’ve taught at everything from kinky shindigs like Floating World, the Northwest Leather Celebration, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, and Winter Solstice to non-smutty events like Baycon, Fogcon, World Horror, and World Science Fiction conventions.
Photo credit to Shilo McCabe.