PIERS ANTHONY ( was born in Oxford, England in 1934. His family was doing relief work in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, so Piers spent a year in Spain. The new fascist government expelled the family from Spain, and Piers had his sixth birthday on the ship to America. He was not a great student, taking three years and five schools to make it through first grade because of his trouble learning to read. Yet in due course he became a writer, making his first story sale in 1962 and going on to have twenty-one novels on the New York Times bestseller list. Today he lives with his wife on their tree farm in backwoods Florida. He is still writing stories and novels.

MEGAN ARKENBERG is a student in Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless SkiesClarkesworld, Strange Horizons and dozens of other places. She edits the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance and the historical fiction e-zine Lacuna.

JANINE ASHBLESS is a multi-published author of fantasy and paranormal erotica. Her stories have been published by—among others—Spice, Black Lace, Nexus, Xcite, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain and Cleis (including the anthologies Red Velvet and Absinthe and The Handsome Prince). She lives in England and blogs at

M. H. CRANE is a writer and artist in Arizona. Her fantasy novel Blackfire won a finalist award in the 2011 Writing Contest sponsored by Random House. Her mainstream fantasy stories have been published in anthologies from Meisha-Merlin and Copper Publishing.  Her first novel sale under the pen-name M.C. Hana is the erotic romance space opera Moro’s Price, set loosely in the same universe as “Saints and Heroes,” to be published in summer 2012 by Loose Id, LLC. She is well known for mainstream book arts sculptures and fiber art pieces.

ERIC DEL CARLO’s ( erotic work has appeared in numerous Circlet Press anthologies as well as with Loose Id and Ravenous Romance. He also contributed to the Cleis Press collection Beautiful Boys. His mainstream sci-fi and fantasy have been published by Futurismic, Talebones and many other magazines, and is upcoming at Asimov’s and Redstone Science Fiction. He lives in California’s wine country.

AURELIA T. EVANS ( is the author of several erotic short stories in such anthologies as Amber Dawn’s Fist of the Spider Woman and Kristina Wright’s Fairy Tale Lust. When she isn’t writing, she attends school, makes jewelry and watches horror movies. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

SACCHI GREEN’s stories have appeared in a hip-high stack of publications with erotically inspirational covers, and she’s also edited and co-edited eight erotica anthologies, including Girl Crazy, Lesbian Cowboys (winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian erotica), Lesbian Lust, Lesbian Cops and Girl Fever, all from Cleis Press. Her alter ego Connie Wilkins writes and edits science fiction and fantasy.

KIM KNOX ( brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of northwest England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing.

ASHLEY LISTER ( is the pseudonymous author of more than two dozen erotic fiction titles and countless short stories (one of which appeared in Mitzi Szereto’s Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance), as well as two nonfiction titles exploring the secret lives of the United Kingdom’s swinging community. Aside from working as a performance poet, he currently teaches creative writing in northwest England.

ANNA MEADOWS is a part-time executive assistant, part-time Sapphic housewife. Her work appears on the Lambda Literary website and in nine Cleis Press anthologies, including Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. She lives and writes in Northern California.

MADELINE MOORE has published three novels: Wild CardAmanda’s Young Men and Sarah’s Education. Her stories have appeared in many anthologies. The Erotic Awards 2011 declared Madeline “Story Teller of the Year” for “Get Up! Stand Up!” from the anthology The Cougar Book. Madeline lives near Toronto, Ontario.

NYLA NOX is author of the story “Heart of the Desert” (Needles and Bones) and the essay “The Midnight Moralist,” a winner of the 2010 Seven Fund international competition. In 2007 she was shortlisted for a UK first novel prize. She is a magazine columnist in Southeast Asia.

ZANDER VYNE ( can find something erotic about most situations, so she writes about it. Her macabre story, “La Belle Mort”, was a reader favorite in Mitzi Szereto’s anthology, Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. She lives in Chicago and is currently writing her second novel.

JO WU ( is a UC Berkeley student, an aspiring novelist, and the author of two columns for UC Berkeley’s Caliber Magazine.