Alessia Brio was born & raised in the
Pittsburgh area, which is where she now
lives.  She has moved around for about a
decade after finishing college, but came
back “home” to roost.  Alessia is a gifted
writer, having been a finalist in the first
annual Fruity Awards for
Fine Flickering
Hungers a collection of eight erotic short
stories with accompanying poetry. It
features sexual scenarios varying from
hetero- to mono- to homosexual to group.
Alessia is not just an erotic writer, but is
also an activist that spends most of her
time crusading for the disadvantaged,  
"I’ve seen too many friends and family be
segregated or mistreated due to their
differences (age, disability, race,
orientation, etc.), and it made me sick.  
That’s why/how I became an
activist/advocate."
says Alessia.
THE INTERVIEW:

Bare Back Mag:  Alessia, I want to thank you for interviewing with Bare
Back Magazine. Can you tell us about your background and how did
you decide to become an erotic author?

My “background” has nothing at all to do with writing or publishing.  I have a
degree in mathematics, of all things, and I worked for the federal government
as a computer scientist for almost 10 years before quitting to have a family.

I started writing – essays, articles, OpEds – when I became a civil rights
activist.  However, I didn’t pen a word of fiction – erotic or otherwise – until just
over three years ago (in the late summer of 2003).  Apparently, the erotic
fantasies in my head reached critical mass and demanded to be set free.  
Poetry is an even more recent fetish.

Bare Back Mag:  How would you describe your style of writing?  And
what would readers expect from your stories.

I write very concise prose.  Every word counts – much like poetry – yet my
work is evocative and flowing.  My style is ideally suited for short stories.  I
pride myself in being able to pack a lot of emotion into a small package, and I
have a knack for dialogue.

Readers can expect strong women, lots of humor, a heaping dose of
irreverence, and very hot erotic encounters.  No alpha males and damsels in
distress for this author.  I can’t write what I wouldn’t want to read.

Bare Back Mag:  How many erotic stories and poems have you written
in total?

In addition to the eight short stories & eight poems in fine flickering hungers,
I’ve completed another twenty-two short stories & twenty-eight poems.  I also
have two novel-length works in progress and several short stories.

Bare Back Mag:  Where do you get your ideas for your stories? Do you
have a process that gives you your inspiration to write?

Inspiration comes from all angles and can hit at any time.  A lot of times a story
idea will grow out of a conversation with my bestest buddy.  I’m not (yet)
disciplined enough as a professional writer to have a “process.”

Bare Back Mag:  Are your stories and poetry from your personal
experiences or purely from your fantasies?  Also, do you enjoy writing
stories better or poetry?

You really think I’m going to fess up to writing autobiographical erotica?  
*snort*  How ‘bout you read my work – and then you can decide for yourself if I
have an intimate knowledge of what I write, eh?

I enjoy writing poetry and prose equally, but my poetry muse is a fickle bitch.

Bare Back Mag:  What is the most challenging part of writing erotic
stories?  And what advice would you give others who are interested
in becoming erotic writers?

The biggest challenge, for me, was letting go of any trace of propriety.  You
simply cannot write sizzling hot sex if you’re holding back for any reason.  
Advice to aspiring writers?  Release your inner slut!  There is an element of
exhibitionism in writing erotica.  Get over it.  Better yet, revel in it.  Only then
will your erotic prose feel authentic to the reader.

Bare Back Mag: How long have you been a Phaze author?  How did the
opportunity to write with Phaze come about?

Just over six months.  I got “the call” from Phaze in late June of 2005.  I’ve long
been a fan of Piers Anthony, so Mundania Press (and Phaze, its erotic imprint)
held a certain name appeal.  After reading the no-nonsense sample contract, I
knew I need look no further.  I’m not interested in pursuing other relationships
unless it’s for work which Phaze chooses not to publish.

Bare Back Mag: Do you have any up coming writing projects and what
can we expect from any of those projects?

I’m working on several pieces at the moment.  First, a novel-length work called
Snatch.  It’s about sexuality and rape and mother-daughter angst.  Oh, and
football.  Next, is a novel-length piece of historical fiction which I started for
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month – see
www.nanowrimo.org for
details) last year.  It’s entitled Zane and is the story of Betty Zane, her brother
Isaac, and Wyandot princess Myeerah – set on the Ohio River frontier at the
end of the Revolutionary War.

I have two completed short stories, which were co-written with Will Belegon:  
San Diego Sunset and Artistically Inclined.  (Excerpts of each can be found on
my blog!)  We’re hoping both with be picked up by Phaze.

A short F/F piece entitled Hallowing Eve will appear in the March issue of
Torquere Press’ Turn of the Screw.

I won’t bore you with the LONG list of partially-completed short stories.  *grin*

Bare Back Mag:  Let's talk about "fine flickering hungers."  The name
is very intriguing.  Can you talk about what the term “fine flickering
hungers” means to you?

The title is taken from a poem entitled The Moon Is Always Female by my
favorite poet, Marge Piercy.  Here is the passage:

There is knowing
with the teeth as well as knowing with
the tongue and knowing with the fingertips
as well as knowing with words and with all
the fine flickering hungers of the brain.

It has come to symbolize all of the desires we keep locked inside – all of the
wicked sexy thoughts that we don’t dare voice or act upon.  Things like tying
your best friend to a tree and mercilessly seducing her – like masturbating in a
confessional – like having ghouls tongue fuck you – like blowing a tour guide
in the rain forest.  Yeah, things just like that. ;)

Bare Back Mag:  Besides writing erotica, you spend a lot of your time
crusading for the disadvantaged, ranting about injustice.  What kinds
of things have you done for the disadvantaged and regarding
injustices?

You name it!  I’ve picketed.  I’ve soapboxed.  I’ve written a gazillion letters to
legislators.  I’ve kissed ass, and I’ve kicked it.  I’ve testified before legislative
committees.  I’ve lobbied.  I’ve chaired boards and committees.  I’ve fund
raised.  I’ve done radio shows.  The only thing I haven’t yet done is get
arrested for civil disobedience – but I’m young(ish), and it’s always nice to
have goals.

Bare Back Mag:  How would you describe yourself and your
personality?  And are you like any of the characters that you write
about?

The easiest way to describe myself would be to tell you than I am an “INFJ” on
the Myers-Briggs Personality Profile.  (Google if you’re unfamiliar.  Fascinating
stuff!)  Every description I’ve read of that type is so accurate it’s downright
spooky.  I’m like most of my strong, female characters in several ways:  
resourceful, irreverent, bisexual, witty, and … humble. *grin*

Bare Back Mag: What would you like to see for your career as a
writer?  Do you want to write any other writing genres?  Do you have
any long term or short term goals either in writing or other than
writing that you would like to share?

Wow!  My “career” as a writer.  Has a nice ring to it.  First, I suppose, I should
start THINKING of it as a career instead of a deliciously naughty little (well,
BIG) secret, huh?  I have no aspirations to branch into other genres.  Sex is
just too damned much fun!  I simply want what I do write to be published and
appreciated.  Judging from the reviews for both Erotique and fine flickering
hungers, it is certainly appreciated.

Read an excerpt
Please visit her erotic blog http://alessiabrio.blogspot.com/
Readers can contact her at Alessia@EroticAnthology.com
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