In Oct./Nov. 2014 we went on a 20-blog tour.
All of our Fifty Shades of Green writers participated.
Each wrote a post on what inspired his or her sexy Fifty Shades of Green story.
I think you'll like reading these posts on the story-behind-the-story. It's fun to peek behind the narrative and discover the history, the spark that ignited the creative process, the personal experience that launched a naughty garden tale.
Check it out. You’ll learn:
—how Jean Ashbless (“Love Lies Bleeding”) originally wanted to write about a ghost in a garden.
—how Slave Nano’s Edwardian BDSM story (“Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester and the Walled Garden”) is really all about class warfare.
—how America’s Spanish Colonial history inspired the setting for the tender eroticism of Evey Brett’s “The Pulse of the Earth.”
—how (like me!) T. C. Mill, inspired by her negative reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey was actually beginning the process of putting together her own anthology of feminist erotica (emphasizing mutual consent and communication in sexual relationships) called, at that time, 50 Shades of Negotiation when she came across the call for submissions for Fifty Shades of Green. Although Mill’s not a gardener it inspired her to write the enchanting “Rosewitch.”
There are also some slightly silly (but I hope humorous) posts by me on plant sex, insect sex, all kinds of sex in the garden. Because, you know, the garden is a sexy place. And it certainly was a big inspiration for me in creating the book’s concept.
Janine Ashbless, “The Gardener and the Vampire” & excerpt from “Love Lies Bleeding”
T. C. Mill, “Now Underway: Fifty Shades of Revolution” & excerpt from “Rosewitch”
Sandra Knauf, “How Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Fifty Shades of Green” & excerpt from “The Pulse of the Earth” by Evey Brett
Post: Rebekah, “A Horned God in Her Garden—‘Phallus Impudicus’” & excerpt from “Phallus Impudicus”
Spotlight (no post). Excerpt from “Sunlight and Water” by Colleen Chen
Gloria Holden, “Hot for (Native Plant) Teacher” & excerpt from “Exploding Alfalfa”
Simone Martel, “Teaching a Techie Gardening . . . and More” & excerpt from “First, Take Off the Hoodie”
Evey Brett, “Padre Kino and ‘The Pulse of the Earth’” & excerpt from “The Pulse of the Earth”
Sandra Knauf, “Dirty Hands, Dirty Minds/Naughty Things to Say in the Garden’”& excerpt from “Seed” by Michael Bracken
Becky Trachsel, “Love’s First Bloom” & excerpt from “The Education of a French Gardener”
Slave Nano “Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester: A Story of Power in Class in the Edwardian Country Home” & excerpt from “Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester and the Walled Garden”
Sandra Knauf, “Ten Places to Have Sex in the Garden” & excerpt from “Seed” by Michael Bracken
Sandra Knauf Interview & excerpt from “Love Lies Bleeding” by Janine Ashbless
Andrew Peters, “The Gods Screw Around” & excerpt from “The Judgment of Eric”
R. R. S. “Sex Among the Rationalists” & excerpt from “Lavished”
Sandra Knauf, “Other Kinds of Kinky Sex in the Garden” & excerpt from “First, Take Off the Hoodie” by Simone Martel
Sandra Knauf “Plant Sex 101″ & excerpt from “Exploding Alfalfa” by Gloria Holden
Michael Bracken, “The Seeds of ‘Seed’” & excerpt from “Seed”
Colleen Chen, “The Cultivation of Love” & excerpt from “Sunlight and Water”
Sandra Knauf, “Flowers That Look Like . . .” & excerpt from “Rosewitch” by T. C. Mill