Interview: Sacchi Green

Jen: Today we welcome Sacchi Green to Romancing the Book. Sacchi, will you share a short bio with us?
Sacchi: Sacchi Green is a writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. Her stories have appeared in scores of publications, including eight volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, four of Best Women’s Erotica, five of Best Lesbian Romance, Best Transgender Erotica, Best Fantasy Erotica and Penthouse. In recent years she’s taken to wielding the editorial whip, editing ten lesbian erotica anthologies including Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust, Women with Handcuffs, Girl Fever and Wild Girls, Wild Nights, all from Cleis Press, and Thunder of War, Lightning of Desire (Lethe Press). Seven have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists, and two of them, Lesbian Cowboys and Wild Girls, Wild Nights, have been Lambda winners. A collection of her own work, A Ride to Remember from Lethe Press, was also a Lambda Finalist.

Sacchi can be found online at and . She resides in western Massachusetts, with frequent getaways to a cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and occasional forays into the real world.

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sacchi: The idea for the Best Lesbian Erotica anthologies came from well-known sexuality expert Tristan Taormina twenty years ago, when lesbian erotica was much harder to find than it is these days. Tristan was the editor for many years, and then Kathleen Warnock took over for five years and Laura Antoniou was at the helm last year. This year, I’m pleased and honored to be presenting the 20th Anniversary Edition of this iconic series, featuring seventeen of the best authors of lesbian erotica writing today.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Sacchi: I’m more or less a pantser in my own writing, but once my characters and setting light up in my mind it does seem as though my subconscious has been working on the plot the whole time. In my editing of anthologies, it’s a combination of having a general idea of what I want, and then letting the quality and originality of the writers who send me their work shape the whole book in better ways than I could have imagined.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Sacchi: Once I have an idea that demands to be written down, I start with a paragraph or two, mull things over, let possibilities bubble up from my subconscious, and move along in fits and starts for a while until pressure builds from an approaching deadline and things seem to fall into place. Not a routine, exactly, but it’s the way things happen. I don’t go by daily word counts or any measures like that, but I do usually spend time every day on various kinds of editorial tasks, so I don’t feel too guilty when I’m not actually writing. Frustrated sometimes, but not all that guilty.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?  Is there one you’ll probably stay away from?  Why?
Sacchi: I actually started out writing science fiction and fantasy short stories (under a pen name) and still dabble in that genre from time to time, but ever since I was lured to the erotic side of the force I’ve scarcely looked back. I also get to write stories with historical settings from time to time, which is a treat. I’m not sure there’s any genre I’d stay away from if inspiration hit me, but I may well never write anything of novel length, so that’s a limitation of sorts.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Sacchi: I do quite a lot of research when I’m writing stories of my own, searching out details on settings, cultures, and sometimes historical periods. (The erotic research pretty much takes care of itself.) But as an editor, especially the editor of Best Lesbian Erotica, my research has consisted of finding the best work from the best writers that fits into the theme I’m working with. I circulate my Calls for Submissions widely, and read through hundreds of submitted manuscripts, choosing, with considerable difficulty, those few that I can fit into an anthology to provide the best balance and reading experience possible.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Sacchi: You mean besides spending all too much time noodling around online? Well, when the weather permits I like to hike (in moderation) along forest trails where I live in western MA, near Quabbin Reservoir, and in NH where I spend vacation time in the White Mountains. I also garden compulsively, so I’ve been ordering my vegetable and flower seeds and planting some of the flowers now to raise under lights indoors until they can be safely set outside. By late spring I’ll be furnishing friends and family with flowering plants, and searching desperately for homes for all the surplus tomato plants I’ve raised. And I read, although these days so much of that is tied into the editing and writing that I know I’m missing more than I should.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Sacchi: I’ll have another anthology coming out in June from Cleis Press; Me and My Boi: Queer Erotic Stories, and I’ve completed a third one, The Princess’s Bride: Lesbian Fairytale Erotica, that I hope to see later this year or early next year. Meanwhile, I keep on writing stories of my own and seeing them published in a wide variety of books.