How did you come up with the idea for your story “Now You See Her” in Peep Show?
"Now You See Her" is a companion piece to my story "Come to My Window," which appears in Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica (Cleis Press, 2009). The protagonist in "Come to My Window" is a naive small-town girl who moves to the big city (Montreal) to be an assistant to a sexy, confident, dominant woman. The woman introduces the girl to the city on many levels, including fucking her against a plate-glass window looking out over the city and telling her to imagine the people watching, enjoying, maybe taking pictures...
So when the call for submissions came for Peep Show, my first thought was, well, who IS watching? The answer was a couple who knows the woman, has met the girl, and who discovers they're more voyeuristic than they realized...
Did the story change as you were writing it from your original conception of it?
Not really, no. I had it pretty much sussed out before I started writing. The little scenelet at the end wasn't planned, but grew naturally from the writing and was a nice capper to the story, I thought.
What’s your favorite line or paragraph from your story?
Shane was taking picture after picture, glancing up from the camera every so often to just watch the action across the street. Emilie was spanking Katy, and while Katy’s hips jerked forward every time Emilie’s palm landed, they rolled in pleasure in between the blows. I doubted Katy was even aware she was doing it, and I wished we had a video camera as well.
Is your Peep Show story similar to or different from your usual erotic writing style?
I'd say it's pretty similar. I had a stronger sense of the characters in my head than I usually do, but in a story this short, I can't say that translated as much to the page.
What do you think is sexy about exhibitionism and/or voyeurism?
It's all those fun words: Illicit. Naughty. Wicked. Forbidden, even. We're taught that sex should be private--and in many occasions, that is how it should be. But it shouldn't necessarily always be, and breaking free of "should" and "proper" is incredibly hot. With voyeurism, it's fun to see what you can't see while you're having sex yourself...I actually like to see some close-up penetration shots in my porn! With exhibitionism, I think it's sexiest when one person is a little too shy or embarrassed or reticent, and the other person "makes" them do it (because it's what the shy person really wants, deep down!).
If you care to answer, are you more of a voyeur, exhibitionist, or neither? Do you think there’s something inherently exhibitionistic about writing, especially writing erotica?
Probably more of a voyeur myself. I love people watching, whether innocently or when I'm thinking "I wonder what he kisses like? I wonder what she looks like when she comes?" It's part of being a writer--plus I'm being voyeuristic with each and every one of my characters!
For me, I don't think writing is exhibitionistic. I'm writing about characters, not myself (even if there might be elements of myself), and I'm writing fiction (even if a detail or desire might come from my life). If someone asks me, with waggled eyebrows, whether I've done everything I've written about, I like to point out that I've never had sex with a vampire, a merman, or a shape-changing cat woman. Or, sadly, with a kinky rock star... Dammit!
What are you working on next?
It changes daily! I've got one novel in revision, one novel I'm finishing up, and there are at least three anthologies I'd like to submit stories to in the next month or so. As tempting as NaNoWriMo is, this year I'm just not in the right place to start a new novel! Maybe in December...
Andrea Dale’s ("Now You See Her") stories have appeared in Do Not Disturb and Afternoon Delight, among many others. With coauthors, she has written A Little Night Music and Cat Scratch Fever. “Now You See Her” is a companion story to “Come to My Window,” in Where the Girls Are. More at www.cyvarwydd.com.
Below is an excerpt from "Now You See Her" by Andrea Dale. To read the whole story, check out Peep Show: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists. Read excerpts from all 18 stories in Peep Show by clicking here.
“Her main thing is exhibitionism. She likes to show off, likes to show off her partners. Likes to humiliate them a little bit, but not in a mean way.” I was having trouble thinking, between the aftereffects of the martinis and Shane’s skillful hands making my blood rush from my brain to pool in my groin. “Am I making any sense?”
“Oh, yes,” he said. “You definitely are. Keep talking.”
“Don’t want to,” I said, reaching for him.
He braceleted my wrist with his fingers, pulled me away. “Yes,” he said. “You’re enjoying this just as much as I am.”
I sighed, tried to focus through the haze of pleasure. “She likes to have sex in front of mirrors, to have her girlfriends watch themselves as they come. Or in a semipublic place, where someone might see. In front of a window. Nothing turns her on more than knowing her girlfriend is walking next to her in a short skirt and no panties when it’s breezy. She won’t let them reach down to catch the skirt when it fluffs up…”