Author Interview: Jessica Taylor

I recently had the opportunity to contribute to Licked, a wonderful pansexual anthology of short stories about oral sex edited by Jillian Boyd. One of the other writers to contribute to the anthology is Jessica Taylor, a versatile writer of erotic romance and literary fiction. Enjoy this short interview with her!

What’s your story about?

“Vapour, Venom, Oleander” is a historical erotica piece set in ancient Greece and is an exploration of the final prophecy of an oracle of the Temple of Aphrodite. Located just down the laurel lined lane of the Temple of Delphi, the oracles of Aphrodite tell prophecy through spit and spunk.

What made you want to write a story for Licked?

I think oral sex is brilliant. As soon as I heard about this anthology, I started pondering ways in which oral sex acts can have a double meaning or double function. In all of my writing, I aspire for the sexual encounters I write to have a transformative effect for my characters.

What was the inspiration behind your story?

At the time that I had started writing this piece, I had just fallen deeply in love with a new partner. Oddly, our pen/stage names both have the same last name. Anyway, I was extremely inspired by my massive new passion for him and our overwhelming new relationship energy. This story incorporated many of his totem and anthropomorphic facets.

When did you first become aware of oral sex being a thing people did?

I first became aware of oral sex in my middle teenage years. I remember discussing how to perform fellatio at like 14 and 15 years old. What’s the best oral sex scene you’ve ever read/seen (in any form of prose or film, not just erotica or pornography)? The best oral sex image I have ever seen was a photograph that Elle Chase had on Lady Cheeky. It was a man with his jacket, tie, and shirt on with his pants off standing on a bed with his back to a wooden headboard. Below him was a woman in her cotton nightie at his feet, staring up at him with love and passion, about to suck his bright, engorged cock. That photo is usually my oral sex writing inspiration, and it actually was what inspired my story “Mid-Life Career Changes” featured in Spy Games Anthology. I love the devotional and lustful expression of the two people in the photograph. They both know something is about to happen, some major dick is going to be sucked with great joy and enthusiasm.

Do you think oral sex, in all its forms, gets fair coverage in the media? Or do you feel it’s still something that people need to reconsider their attitudes about?

I think that oral sex needs more coverage of a deeper nature. There is a lot of information on the basics of giving oral sex. I would really like to see more advanced topics in oral sex for those of us that have the basics down.

Do you like incorporating variations of the act into your stories? Or was it something you wanted to try specifically for this anthology?

My stories always include oral sex. I think oral sex is epic. I want people to embrace all of the fluids, scents, textures, and nuances of the entire experience.

If you could ask your main character one question, what would it be?

I get the sense that you had a deep connection with Romulus. You dreamed of him and knew him before he even came to you. Is it sad that you won’t see him again? Is it sad that this was your only interaction?

What’s your favorite euphemism for oral sex, if you have one?

Suck. As in “I want to suck you off.” Or, “I have a list of dick sucks going that I am giving you as rewards for the good deeds you have done.”

Teaser: Mi Alma

Image of snowflake with text: "Flakes of snow had caught on Alma’s eyelashes. They glittered like tears. Or maybe they were tears. Damian was overwhelmed with the urge to kiss them away."

Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help with his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?

A  little teaser for “Mi Alma,” coming from Torquere Press on December 9. Contact me if you’d like to review.


Photo by Alexey Kljatov. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Update 3/17/2017: This edition is no longer available, but you can find “Mi Alma” in Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love.

Loggerhead by Dale Cameron Lowry

torquerepress: Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – … Read more

Book Review: The 19th Wife

I spent the last few days listening to The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It has an interesting framework, going back and forth between the fictionalized autobiography of Ann Eliza Young, one of the plural wives of the late Mormon prophet Brigham Young and author of the 1876 memoir Wife No. 19, and a murder mystery in a modern polygamist community, where the 19th wife of a polygamous man has been jailed for his murder.

Jordan, gay son of the accused wife no. 19, was thrown out of the community as a young adolescent for holding hands with his step-sister. (Boys in dysfunctional polygamist communities frequently get kicked out for petty reasons in order to keep the ratio of adult men to adult women low, enabling any remaining adult men to have more wives. You can learn more about this downside of dysfunctional Mormon fundamentalist polygamy in the ‘Lost Boys’ episodes of Mormon Stories.) His mother woke him up in the middle of the night, drove with him out of the community, and dropped him alongside a highway. He survives on hustling and carpentry and remains estranged from her for years, until she’s accused of his father’s murder. While trying to get his mother exonerated, he accidentally rescues another Lost Boy and falls in love with a young man who was raised in the mainstream LDS church. I didn’t come to this book expecting a gay romance, but once I knew it was there, I desperately wished it was longer.

Read moreBook Review: The 19th Wife

Story Snippet: Sucker for Love

My M/M romance “Sucker for Love” comes out Monday as part of Licked, a House of Erotica anthology edited by Jillian Boyd. I loved writing this piece about a British expat and his American boyfriend—the first time I really let my inner Brit fly in fiction. (People keep telling me I sound British online, so I might as well embrace it.)

Thanks to @agent-girlsname for the Brit-pick!

a review of Eagle’s Blood

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