9 August 2012
What's the sexiest city, in your opinion, and why? Have you written any erotica set there?
Venice. It’s otherworldly, atmospheric and a little creepy . . . like my erotica! They like to have saintly corpses on display in the churches there, and I wrote a vampire story set in Venice, called “The Blood of the Martyrs,” which played on this.
Felix Baron, author of petite novel Look at Me!
London, because I know its nooks and crannies, and some of its secrets. Yes.
Sexy - not sure. Evocative, Rochester in Kent, England. My novella What I Did On My Summer Vacation is set there, and though I've not been back there since I wrote it, when I think of the city... yeah, it's sexy.
New York and Las Vegas, because they are excellent cities for insomniacs. There's a sense that anything can happen, especially in the wee hours, and I've certainly gotten into my share of sexy trouble in each city. I think when you're there, whether visiting or you live there, you need to be ready for anything, and that makes them ripe for repeatedly revisiting in my stories.
Wow. So many cities come to mind and the time period is so much a consideration. Paris in 1920…Berlin a few years later…New York City during most of the 20th Century…New Orleans…
All in all though, I think I have to choose San Francisco, both for its rich history, beautiful neighborhoods, and for its history of hedonistic tolerance. I set “Rent”, one of my stories for Mischief's The Visitor, in SF just a few years after the 1906 quake and I’m sure I will return there for some future tale. When I have been in San Francisco, more than in any other American city, I can feel the past around me, not in any oppressive way but as a vibrant thread in the skein of life and love that defines the best part of this nation. Amazing food, beautiful, open-minded people, and a constant feast for the senses all make the city my favorite, though the competition is tough!
Gwen Masters, contributor to My Secret Life
I recently moved to a little place just outside of Philadelphia, and I have to say that Philly strikes me as a city that simply oozes sensuality. It has all the diversity and intrigue of New York City, but moves at a slower pace that allows for savoring every moment. The more time I spend here, the more I love this gorgeous place. I’m translating that love into writing with a few short stories set in the City of Brotherly Love.
Hmm. I’m not sure I have chosen a sexiest city yet. I tend to set my work where I live or in made up towns. Maybe I just haven’t written my sexiest city yet!
I think Ottawa, Canada's capital city, is sexy as hell. I like the Rideau Canal, the Parliament Buildings, the French influence and the marching Mounties. I've set one story there but will likely use it again. Even the smell of the place turns me on.
New York or London. Both impersonal and intimate.
Kristina Wright, author of Seduce Me Tonight (October 2012)
My favorite city in the world is London, but I'm originally from South Florida and I think Miami Beach might be the sexiest city. With temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s for three quarters of the year, endless beaches, a rocking nightlife and very little need for more than a couple of pieces of clothing, it would be hard to consider Miami Beach anything but sexy. I have probably written half a dozen stories set in South Florida over the years, but I do plan on revisiting the area (if only in my imagination) soon.