How to Write a Love Letter
by the authors of Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire (Carina Press)
The ladies from the first Carina Press Love Letters Anthology recently got together via Skype to talk about their upcoming releases and how this exciting project came to be. The following is a highly-fictionalized-but-still-pretty-much-true-to-life transcript of that conversation.
Maggie Wells: I’ll pretend to be the straight man, okay?
Ginny Glass: You have to pretend?
Emily Cale: To be straight or to be a man?
Christina Thacher: Maggie, does your husband know you pretend to be straight?
Maggie: *Clears throat* It all started with a tweet.
Christina: I looked back and Ginny put the call out on Twitter on January 1, 2012. Ginny, why don’t you tell us what inspired you to put it out there.
Maggie: I’ve heard that she likes to put it out there.
Emily: And we’ve lost our straight man.
Ginny: She was only pretending, anyway.
Maggie: Sorry. Ginny can tell us her story now.
Emily: Ginny can’t talk right now. She’s too busy searching for Nathan Fillion pics to email us.
Christina: I thought she had that particular Google search bookmarked as a “Favorite.”
Ginny: I wasn’t looking for pictures! Yeesh.
Maggie: Sure you weren’t.
Ginny: No, I was looking for glasses. The red frames I have are clashing with Volume 1’s cover. [Editor’s note: see below for the cover!]
Emily: You’d think someone with a dozen pairs of glasses would be able to focus.
Ginny: I initially thought about writing the series myself, but what fun would that be? Since there would naturally be a lot of letters to cover, I thought it might be better to have a variety of voices and writing styles throughout. Even I would get crossed-eyed with my own writing over six volumes!
Emily: We were all asked to pick a title letter, give a short synopsis of our story, and send the first two pages as a sample.
Maggie: And being a woman of discerning tastes or limited options, Ginny picked us!
Ginny: I hadn’t really thought much beyond the initial inspiration of the series, so we got together via email and Skype and pounded out the details.
Chris: Turns out I managed to lure the other three into writing stories with BDSM-related elements, so we made that the theme of our first collection.
Ginny: We then decided to feature a different theme with each volume.
Emily: Once we had all that settled, we packaged up our bundle of smut and sent it out into the world hoping to find a publisher who understood our vision for the project.
Ginny: I was so excited when Carina Press decided to snap it up. I’d worked with them on the Dirty Laundry series and it was great!
Maggie: So there you have it. That, in a nutshell, explains this nuttiness that came to be the Love Letters Anthologies.
Emily: The word ‘nuttiness’ mainly describes the authors. There are twenty six stories in this collection and every one of them is downright HOT.
Chris: Hot and plentiful – just how we like ‘em. So, we want to tell everyone to be on the lookout for all six volumes.
About the Book:
A Is for Assignment by Ginny Glass
Lane Heywood is the last person Cameron Isley wanted as his partner in an undercover investigation at a sex club. But with the sexy psychiatrist masquerading as his Domme, he’ll have to submit to her erotic torment–and try to control his all-too-real lust.
B Is for Bondage by Christina Thacher
When Rachel Cooper begins BDSM lessons, she soon starts fantasizing about her instructor, Marc Thibaud. They’re not supposed to have sex–until one lesson crosses the line…
C Is for Curious by Emily Cale
Mistress Rebecca Greer has had her eye on The Black Rose BDSM club’s shy receptionist, so when Hilary “accidentally” interrupts one of her sessions, Rebecca decides to give her a taste to satisfy her curiosity.
D Is for Detained by Maggie Wells
He was the preacher’s son; her parents owned the local sex shop. Sherry Adams and Tyler Prescott’s attraction was forbidden when they were teenagers, but years later Deputy Tyler takes out his trusty handcuffs to show her just how good they could be together.