by Coco Gem
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“The Tryst” tells the story of one woman desperate for the approval of her very dominant partner and the lengths she is willing to go to in order to earn it.
“Me, Her, and Him” suggests that the best way to get over an old man is to get under a new one... especially when his gorgeous wife comes as part of the deal.
From stories of love and passion like “The Elevator” to stories of sheer carnal, insatiable desire like “Bad Girl,” Sweat chronicles the stories of women who take control of their sexuality and go after what satisfies them most—at any cost.
Excerpt from "The Tryst"
I take a swig from my flask to calm my nerves. I sit and wait a few minutes for my hands to stop shaking. Another swig. A deep breath. I close my eyes as I feel the warmth of the vodka consuming my body, and I will myself to calm down.
I am sitting in my car on this quiet side street, waiting for the butterflies in my stomach to subside. My makeup is perfectly applied, and my sexy lips are covered in bright red lipstick. My short, tight dress, under which I am wearing a red lace thong, barely covers my ass. On my feet are heels appropriate only for the bedroom or for the stage and my full breasts are straining against the thin fabric of my dress. My body is absolutely perfect, and my shaved pussy is already wet with anticipation. I refuse to lose my nerve. Tonight, I will go through with my plan. All the pieces are in place.
I examine my reflection in the rearview mirror and decide my already perfect pout needs more red lipstick. As I reach up to apply it, the 3-carat diamond in my wedding ring catches the glow of the streetlight outside, and I immediately pause. My heart, which had just slowed to its normal pace, starts racing again. I almost- ALMOST- start the car and abandon my mission.
I am the wife of one of the most prominent attorneys in our city. I am beautiful, I am charming and charismatic, I am well-educated, the very epitome of grace and class. I keep our home immaculate, and our children are well-behaved, well-mannered angels. All I have ever known is opulence. I wear my long hair perfectly styled, because it is important I remain camera ready at all times. I love the woman I am. I love my husband.
I love my life.
Tonight, however, I am preparing myself to be explored, degraded, and fucked in ways my husband could never imagine fucking me. I pull my ring off and put it in my glove compartment. I say a silent prayer that I remember to put it back on when the night is over.
I gulp from my flask again. And I wait.
Interview with Coco Gem:
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
This book wasn’t difficult to write because I didn’t write it on purpose. I wrote several erotica stories in my spare time that I never intended to share, but I shared the stories with a friend, who urged me to consider publishing them. I put them together and sent them to my publisher, and here we are. This was an accidental project, more or less.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I like talking about sex, especially from the female perspective. I enjoyed getting lost in my characters and telling their stories. I also enjoyed creating dynamic, emotional characters in erotic fiction, which means that the emphasis is on the stories themselves and not just the sexual aspects of them.
What inspires you?
One of my favorite authors, Gayl Jones, has influenced every aspect of my writing. Jones writes female characters who are dynamic and strong. She is the reason why I choose to tell the story of sexual situations from the female perspective. So many times, the power is taken from women in regards to sex, because they are not allowed or expected to be sexual creatures. She inspires me to write strong female characters that are in control of their bodies.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
My favorite authors are Wally Lamb, Gayl Jones, James Baldwin, Jeanette Walls… It would be almost impossible for me to list all the writers that influence my work. I think that I am influenced by some aspect of each one of them.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Collaborations with other authors, another compilation of short stories, a book of poetry and personal short essays
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Writer’s Block is an excuse, in my opinion. Writing is grueling work, and if I allowed myself to believe in writer’s block, I would ALWAYS use it as an excuse to avoid the difficult work of writing. When I find it difficult to write, I color. I have several coloring books, and coloring jumpstarts my creativity. I also play word games, Sudoku, or read one of my favorite books or blogs.
Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
I wrote a short story once about a young woman who experiences some embarrassing event in a night club. Although I don’t know what that event was, it resulted in her crying in the dirty bathroom, wondering how she could ever face the people outside the restroom again. I wanted her to emerge from the bathroom, victorious and unaffected by their opinions, with her head high, ready to leave this event behind her. Instead, she committed suicide on the dirty bathroom floor. I believe myself to be driven by what my characters want. So many times, the stories tell themselves completely differently than I meant to tell them.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
CoCo Gem was born on June 1, 1982, in Washington DC. An only child to older parents, CoCo became an avid reader at a young age, and has always had a love for words. “I didn’t have any siblings, so I found my friends in books,” CoCo says. “It wasn’t long before I’d read every book on my bookshelf and was asking for weekly library visits.” All throughout school, CoCo maintained As in English, and she went on to major in English Arts at Hampton University. She graduated and became a high school English teacher, and, for the next 9 years, shared her love of literature and writing with high school students in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
CoCo is an avid fiction writer who tends to focus on the less explored aspects of humanity, including overwhelming sexuality, the heaviness of human emotion, and the constant battle of consciousness. She has several published short stories available for purchase on Amazon, and she continues to write and publish stories on her personal website, www.alisahyman.com. Sweat is CoCo’s first book. Set to release in June, Sweat is a compilation of erotic short stories and poems that explore the sexual limits of her characters and entice readers to be more exploratory in their own sexual practices.
CoCo is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and content developer, helping entrepreneurs to develop the content necessary to build their websites and promote themselves. She is also ghostwriting two novels, and is planning to collaborate with other authors in the future. CoCo has one 14-year-old son and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She sees herself one day landing on the New York Times Bestseller list… if she can ever sit still long enough to write a novel of her own.
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