Interview: Joan Price

Jen: Please help me welcome Joan Price to the blog today. Joan, will you share a short bio with us?
Joan: Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media, such as “senior sexpert” and “wrinkly sex kitten.” Joan’s wrote her spicy memoir and love story, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty, to celebrate the joys of senior sex. Next followed Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex – winner of Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and 2012 Best Book Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Her latest book is The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life (Cleis Press 2015). Joan edited the steamy anthology, Ageless Erotica. Visit her zesty, award-winning blog about sex and aging at http://www.NakedAtOurAge.com, where Joan continues to talk out loud about aging and sexuality, partnered or solo. Her Naked at Our Age Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/JoanPriceAuthor and her Twitter handle is @JoanPrice.

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Joan: Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex won several prestigious awards and got a lot of attention. After that, honestly, I thought I had said all there was to say. But readers continued to ask me questions and request more detailed information about medical issues and relationship issues, among other topics. I realized that I was far from done. There was so much more to learn and to pass along to this huge population of seniors who were not getting answers from their doctors. The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life addresses all the issues that my readers tell me they’re seeking.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Joan: I did a ton of research. It was important to make sure I was conveying reliable, accurate, up-to-date information. I’m very proud of the result.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?  Easiest? Most rewarding?
Joan: The most challenging part for me is writing the first draft. I love the research, I love revising, I love it when every change makes my work better. The hard part is facing a blank screen and forcing myself to stay in my ergonomic chair until I have a chunk of writing.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Joan: I laugh at the idea of “free time,” because I’m doing so much. Besides writing books, I keep my blog active, I write the Sex at Our Age Q&A column for www.seniorplanet.org, I travel the U.S. giving workshops on senior sex, dating, and relationships. When I’m home, I teach contemporary line dancing–the most fun you can have with both feet on the floor!—three evenings a week. I’m committed to regular exercise: dancing, walking, Pilates, strength training. I love to read novels, and listen to audiobooks. I’m enjoying online dating.

Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Joan: Ankle-replacement surgery. In 1979, I was in a near-fatal automobile accident that shattered my right heel and ankle. Despite a partially fused ankle joint and a lot of pain from both the original injury and now from arthritis, I dance and walk many hours a week. It’s my dream to have a new ankle to eliminate the pain and give me back full range of motion. This kind of mobile ankle replacement is fairly new and isn’t appropriate for everyone. I’m waiting to find out whether I’m a candidate. Wish me luck!

Jen: What’s next for you?
Joan: I want to continue to travel, giving workshops. There’s something magical that happens with a live audience, the looks in their faces that tell me, “I never knew that!” and the growing smiles that say, “Ooh, I want to try that tomorrow!”