The Writer Writes (and Reads Reviews)

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 • 5 Comments on The Writer Writes (and Reads Reviews)

Editors must be doing some spring cleaning because I’ve sold four stories to three anthologies in less than two weeks.  It’s lovely to have a string of sales like this, especially since my fiction writing has suffered the past couple of months due to graduate school writing.  I’m very much looking forward to getting back to my regular writing routine.  I’ve missed it.

Along with getting back to writing, I need to upload a bunch of new book covers.  My sidebar is woefully out of date and I have several fabulous new covers to share.  I love book cover art.  It’s exciting to see a new cover and know I have something inside.

In other news, one of my editors, Rachel Kramer Bussel, has been promoting her recent Cleis Press anthologies He’s On Top and She’s On Top with a “Kinky Virtual Book Tour.”  My story, “The Mistress Meets Her Match” appears in She’s On Top (go figure) and the story has generated some interesting feedback from reviewers, including those who make their living as professional dominatrices.

Mistress Matisse (who was somewhat of an inspiration for the story, actually), posted an excerpt from my story and had this to say:

The story goes on to detail how the dominatrix meets a man who can be all things to her: submissive, lover, and occasionally, the boss in bed. It’s hot, I recommend it!

I think it’s high praise when a professional mistress thinks my writing is hot!

Meanwhile, Radical Vixen wasn’t quite as enthralled.  She posted an even longer excerpt of the story along with her thoughts:

My sex worker anniversary is this month so I’ve been musing on being a professional mistress for the past couple of weeks. This made me read The Mistress Meets Her Match with interest. In it Mistress Katarina discovers that the excitement she gets in her pro sessions has seeped into her personal fantasies. If you’re not a prodomme you’ll probably like the story. As a professional mistress I’m torn. The story is well written, no doubt about that. But I don’t see how a domme would fail to realize her own kinks until a lover tells her. We deal with sex on a daily basis. Discovering a person’s fantasies, especially the deep, hidden ones is part of the job description. How can doing this day in and day out not lead to personal reflection?

Well, at least she thought the story was well-written!  I appreciate her opinion, though.  I’m not a professional sex worker, so it’s nice to get feedback on what didn’t work for her.

Finally, Steven Hart, a writer and reviewer at Erotica Revealed, posted extensive reviews on both books and had this to say about my story:

Kristina Wright’s “The Mistress Meets Her Match” is wonderfully original.  A very able mistress encounters a man who wants to be authentically dominated with the highest skill and authority.  So, through a process of tease and challenge, he educates her to the point where he is truly forced to submit.  It is a complex dance and a refreshing change from the usual doleful, groveling submissives of this genre, who will settle for any sort of female attention as long as it is painful and delivered with scorn.

I will admit, I wasn’t sure this story was going to work even while I was writing it.  It doesn’t fit the theme of the anthology 100% and it has far more humor—and even romance—than the usual stories of this genre.  To have a reviewer (albeit, one who is not a sex worker) call it “wonderfully original” is tremendous validation.

It makes me want to write something, actually.

Posted by Kristina in Writing
  • Jennifer says:

    Look at you go! Congrats on all the sales! wink

  • Kristina says:

    Thanks, Jennifer!

    Alana, no thesis for me.  I’m getting a M.A. in Humanities and had to take a capstone class and write a long paper, about a third the length of a thesis.  I jokingly call it Masters Lite because I lucked out on not having to do a thesis or take comps.

    Thanks, too for the good wishes on my recent sales.  I haven’t had a chance to submit anything to Sir/Ma’am, but we’ll see.  I think the new deadline is May 15?

  • Michael says:

    Congrats on the outstanding reviews.  Another one for me to hunt down!

  • Alana says:

    Hi Kristina,

    Congratulations regarding your recent publishing success. Hopefully we’ll see you in Rachel’s next installment, Yes Sir/Yes, Ma’am.


    By the way, I’m also a grad school geek. I received my MFA from the University of Oregon. Are you having to write a thesis? I presented a collection of short stories, including a couple considered “erotica.” I also had to pass one bitch of an exam. Just about killed me, writing eight pages about Elliot’s “objective correlative,” not to mention sixty more responding to a variety of other canon inquiries. 

    Best of luck with your degree. You’ll knock em dead, for se.


  • Alana says:

    Hey K,

    Yeah, the deadline is May 15. Hope you send Rachel something!


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