From the 2008 Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades
author interview series. See the Sacchi Green post for more general info about the book.
Can you talk a bit about your inspiration for your story "Authentic"?
Gladly! Government House, as described in my story, is now a historical site furnished in the style of 1905, when Saskatchewan (where I live) first became a Canadian
province. The building was originally the residence of the Lieutenant-Governor, local representative of the reigning British monarch. (The Governor-General of Canada is the
national version.) The wife of the first Lt-Gov of Saskatchewan was a progressive woman for her time. My ghost character is loosely based on her, though I have no evidence that she ever yearned for another woman. (I love writing fiction.)
Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost?
I've seen passers-by in public places who looked stunningly similar to dead people I've known. Coincidence or something else? In summer 1996, Mary Pitawanakwat (locally famous activist for native rights) seemed to appear in the audience of a community play that I
performed in - even though she died of cancer in 1995. Other people who also saw her are convinced that Mary came back to watch our play, and that we performers could
What's your favorite ghost story (you can pick a movie if you prefer)?
"The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde is probably the sweetest. I also like to read and hear supposedly-true ghost stories, especially those set in places where I've lived. Few of these anecdotes are full-fldged stories - mostly just eye-witness accounts of ghostly sightings.
Information about the ghostliness of my local environment is available on the site for the television show, "Creepy Canada" - www.creepy.tv - and in the two volumes of Saskatchewan Ghost Stories edited by Jo-Anne Christensen - www.lonepinepublishing.com.
What are you working on now and where can readers find out more about you?
I'm always working on pieces for my monthly columns. I am one of five staff reviewers for "Erotica Revealed," edited by D.L. King - www.eroticarevealed.com. I have my own essay column on the website of the Erotic Readers and Writers Association, in the "Smutter's
Lounge" section, named "Sex Is All Metaphors" - www.erotica-readers.com
I also write erotic stories. My mixed-bag erotic story collection, Obsession, is available in e-form here: Eternal Press
. It is scheduled to be published in print several months from now.
I also have a story forthcoming in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009. This story, "The Placement of Modifiers," is told by Dr. Athena Chalkdust, my character who also appears in "Splitting the Infinitive" (BLE 2001 and Best of the BLE 2), "My Debut as a Slut" (BLE 2005) and "Down Below" (in Slave to Love, 2006). Approximately 60 of my erotic stories have appeared in print anthologies. Three articles of mine will appear in LGBTQ America Today, an exciting new reference work on all things lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/
queer. It will be available from Greenwood Press in November 2008.
Kayla Kuffs, co-editor of BDSM site, "The Dominant's View" (www.thedomsview.com), where some of my reviews can be found, is currently updating my website, JeanRoberta.com
. Go, Kayla!