Interview with F. Leonora Solomon
F. Leonora Solomon is the editor of several erotic anthologies. Her anthology Tie Me Up published by Riverdale Avenue Books, won the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for Best Anthology. As an author, her short stories have been included in several anthologies and websites including Kinkly, where she was the January 2016 Sex Blogger of the Month. She has written nonfiction articles for ETO, Slutist, Romance Beat and Unbound Box. Her blog fdotleonora.com, has received several top sex blogger accolades. At BDSM Writers Con 2015 and 2016, she was invited as an industry expert on their publishing panels. She presented a session on creative editing techniques at Eroticon 2016, and was part of an expert panel discussing writing erotica. In 2017, she served as a juror for Cinekink, and as a guest fiction editor for Math Magazine.
She is currently editing a collection of femdom stories to be published by Riverdale Avenue Books this fall.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing for me is like breathing really. I was making up stories in my head, even before I even thought about putting the words on paper. I talk out all of my thoughts to myself—I never answer myself back so it is okay! And now that I do write all of the time, I love actually typing on my MacBook, and I love the feeling when I read over what I have written and it is like magic! It is always the best release.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I love Damage by Josephine Hart. It has a slow beginning, but it is an erotic thriller tour de force. Once Anna is introduced, every scene with her is perfect. Anna is a flawed character—deeply flawed—but there is a rhyme to her reason. There is a line where she says to paraphrase, that people who are damaged are dangerous because they know how to survive—it is one of my favorite literary quotes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like erotica and romance naturally, but I also like psychological thrillers—particularly ones about relationships gone wrong. I love seeing the characters lose control out of love. As mentioned in Damage, I also love Asylum by Patrick McGrath and The Collector by John Fowles. The Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott is also—amazing. I love dark stories I guess!
Describe your desk
My desk is a combination of my iPad, MacBook and iPhone. I write on the go so much, that sometimes a full keyboard feels foreign and I use my phone instead. The potential energy of all those items always inspires me.
What are you currently working on?
Currently editing a new femdom anthology, and writing an array of fiction and nonfiction pieces. I have had a lot of pieces published lately across a variety of erotic fiction and nonfiction platforms.