Writing Erotica for Trans Readers Part 2: How I Write for Trans Readers

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series, written for #OutWriters. Part 1 is here. Part 3 is here. In my smut, I endeavor to describe sex and bodies so trans readers are less likely to be jolted out of erotic engagement. That is one of my primary goals in my erotica. I write with […]

Writing Erotica for Trans Readers, Part 1: Being a Trans Reader

When I heard about #OutWriters, I knew that I wanted to write about this subject, which is one of the central projects in my erotica writing. This is Part 1 of a three part blog series. Here is part 2. Part 3 is here. Being a Queer and Trans Reader There’s a thing that queers […]

Sometimes you have to stop and write something else.

I’m in the middle of working on the novel, but found myself captivated by an idea, and rode it quick and hard to a finish just in time to submit it to one of the dozen erotica calls due yesterday. I’ve been spending some time recently talking kink with another dominant sadist and there is […]

What do you read to spark your writing?

I’ve been thinking a lot today about how reading informs writing. I read voraciously, and re-read frequently, especially books that engage with questions that I find deeply relevant, and books that feel comforting. The limit for library materials at the SF library is 50, and I’m often close to, or at that limit. That said, […]

My Trans and Genderqueer Erotica

As a trans reader of erotica, I spend a lot of time looking for representation of trans and genderqueer characters, especially stories that center those characters. So I thought I might make it easier for trans and genderqueer readers to find my trans work, by providing a list of my published erotica that centers trans […]

Desiring Faggotry

“Baxter’s Boy”, my story printed in the new anthology, The Big Book of Orgasms, was a long time coming. I’ve written elsewhere about how this piece is connected to my development as a smut writer, and is set in a very specific moment in my dykey college town, when trans men were coming out in […]

Reminder: reading at Pre-Folsom Perverts Put Out in SF tomorrow!

This is a friendly reminder that I will be reading my erotica (which I write under the nom de plume Xan West) at the Pre-Folsom Perverts Put Out, in San Francisco. When: September 28, 2013. Doors open at 7pm. Reading starts at 8pm. Where: The Center for Sex and Culture in SF. 1349 Mission St. […]