Amy Butcher is a writer, artist, bodyworker, business consultant, and liminal guide who lives and works in San Francisco. Her debut novel Paws for Consideration showcases her varied skills in graphic design, illustration, and writing in order to capture a unique slice of San Francisco life. She is proud to say that this novel got its (very rough) start during National Novel Writing Month.
Butcher’s short story “Touched” appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2012.
Follow her many adventures at www.amybutcher.com.
You’ve never written a book before. What gave you the audacity to think that you could?
Well, I honed my craft by writing a lot of erotic short fiction, a discipline I highly recommend. I hoped that writing a book would be very much like that, only requiring more paper. Honestly, I had no idea if I could write a book. Who does, really, unless filled with hubris? Without the support of NaNoWriMo (see below), I’m not sure I would even have tried. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write a murder mystery. It’s my favorite thing to read. It felt cozy and familiar like a bunch of friends hoisting a pint together. In my imagination, it also set the bar low—especially in other people’s eyes—so that I was free to just try. Whether I tripped over that bar or soared over with room to spare, you’ll be the judge, but either way, I’m damn proud of the effort.
What surprised you most about the NaNoWriMo process?
Pretty much everything about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was a surprise—how crazy and fun it was, that a person really can write 50,000 words in 30 days, that so many other foolish people are trying to do the same thing at the same time. One of the NaNoWriMo mottos is ‘quantity over quality.’ This freaked me out until I discovered that firing the inner critic could liberate some very creative ideas. I am so grateful to the mad scientists at NaNoWriMo for making an arduous task feel not just fun, but down right heroic.
From the Erotic Reading Circle at the Center for Sex & Culture comes the new award-winning anthology Sex Still Spoken Here. Containing a diverse collection of stories from 27 authors, a how-to guide to start your own erotic reading circle, plus essays on why it matters to read erotic works in community.
I'm one of the editors of this book and I'm so proud of how it turned out! Activist erotica, electric reading, and hints on how to stir up trouble by forming your own erotic reading circle. And it's pretty. What's not to like?