Identity showcases a diverse collection of personal essays and stories by over twenty sex toy reviewers, non-fiction sex writers and erotic fiction authors. It boasts a breadth of talent from a range of new and established writers alike, all of whom are attendees of the 2017 Eroticon conference in London. It’s a sex-positive anthology, moving from the heteronormative to show a truly representative cross-section of erotic identity.
In this unique compilation, the central theme of identity is explored from many different angles. Some authors describe their personal identity as a writer, others how their fictional characters explore who they are through sex. Yet other writers examine the impact of erotic identity, sexuality or personality and how this is celebrated or for some, must remain hidden.
Identity tackles intimate topics such as BDSM, bisexuality and gender dysphoria with an honesty and clarity borne of experience, as well as stories of desire, erotic awakening and more.
Edited by Anna Sky and with cover art by Tabitha Rayne, Identity contains work by Velvl Ryder, Malin James, Eve Ray, Marie Rebelle, Meg-John Barker, Teresa Caves, sub-Bee, Emily Jacob, Jenny Guérin, Ella Scandal, Alun Norley, Ina Morata, Jerusalem “Jaime” Mortimer, Miss Ruby Rousson, cleareyedgirl, Heather Day, The Other Livvy, Zak Jane Keir, F.F. Sexton, Zoë King, Charlie Powell, BibulousOne, Emmeline Peaches and Girl on the Net.
I am incredibly proud to be part of this Eroticon anthology, even though we had to cancel our plans to go to the conference this year, due to my mom’s illness. When I saw the submission call for the anthology and the theme ‘Identity’, I knew I wanted to participate but I had absolutely no idea what to write. I put it to the back of my mind and then one day, I realized how much I was thinking about my upcoming fiftieth birthday and what it meant to me. That’s when I connected the two with each other: ‘identity’ and my birthday. This is how my piece in the anthology starts:
On the eve of my fiftieth birthday, I wander through the landscape of my memories. Memories play in my mind like short scenes from a long movie. Some scenes are sweet, others not so, but all of them clearly have something to do with where I stand in life today.
The time of your life when you review the past, but live for today. The age where self-reflection seems to be inevitable.
Who am I?
Who do I want to be?
The last question is easy to answer: I want to be me. I like me. I like who I have become. It has taken me a lifetime to be this person I am today. Looking back on my first fifty years, the scenes from my life movie show me the phases of my life. They jump around in no specific order and show me how those different phases have formed each facet of the diamond that is me, my personality.
Another excerpt from my piece of writing for this anthology:
So, to get back to where I began this piece: who am I?
Words that come to mind when I describe myself are: introvert, empathic, friendly, driven, perseverance, hard worker, strong, sexy, exhibitionist, submissive. I identify as a strong-willed woman, but still I am submissive. I am an introvert, but also a sexual exhibitionist. I am an introvert, but I love letting my sexy self out. My identity might be filled with contradictions, but to me this is just who I am.
Do you want to read everything that I have written and that of all the other fabulous writers in this anthology, then you can buy Identity: An Eroticon Anthology at Amazon. Come on, do it, and please be so kind to leave your reviews on Amazon, or post a review of the book on your blogs.
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