We caught up with our first author Jovis Glans, whose book Trees Ex Libris is released October 1st.
Jovis, in your note at the back of the book you describe how you came to write about tree sex. It seems an unlikely coming together (excuse the pun).
Sure, I get that. This is what I wrote:
Ten years ago I stood in front of a group of students in Pennsylvania, following the delivery of a guest lecture, answering polite questions about my work as a tree professional. A slender hand, belonging to a pretty redhead, rose from the back row of the hall. “How can you make a living writing about nature — I heard there’s no money in books?”
“You’re dead right!” I replied, “I’ve always had a full-time job, and I simply treat writing as a hobby.”
Perhaps it was the youthful audience or more likely my attraction to redheads — looking back I can’t be sure — but without really thinking I added, “I suppose the only best seller I could ever hope to write would be one about tree sex!” The audience laughed and my muse blushed, yet I had unwittingly sown a seed in my own mind.
You also mention that you’ve been frustrated by the range of erotic writing out there. Can you tell us more?
As a relatively intelligent adult with a thirst for good fiction and good erotica, I’ve not found a great deal of writing that caters for my tastes. So much is either on the ‘trash’ side, with little more to it than thrusting and throbbing, or is too much on the romance side. I like hard erotica that turns me on, interwoven with a plot that challenges, excites, amuses and captures my imagination.
So who are your favorite erotic fiction authors?
Across a wide timeline really, from Anaïs Nin’s Delta of Venus and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, to John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, and even as far back as the bawdy The Miller’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer.
None of them featured our environment as a central theme.
Yeah, but is that really so surprising? I mean, what’s the connection between sex and trees?
There’s something elemental about being naked or nude outdoors, and masturbating or having sex in nature. The touch of soil, bark, rock or even sand on parts of your skin where you don’t often feel it. There’s nothing like the warm glow of the sun or a tickle of wind on parts of your body usually hidden away. Think about it – sex in tune with nature is the most natural thing.
So what’s your hope for this book?
I want to connect with readers who share my passion for the environment and erotica, for trees and sex, and I hope they enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing it.
I’ve got an idea for a follow-up that could feature stories submitted by readers – I’ve long been inspired by Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden. I imagine a book featuring environmental erotica by contributors of all genders (unlike Nancy’s) and sexual preferences. After all, fact is often more exciting than fiction isn’t it?
That’s why we’ve have created a submission page at EEP, so maybe you’ll hit gold (or is that green!).
[Ed – see Submit a Story]
Thanks for talking to us today Jovis. And good luck with the book!