edited by Kristina Wright
I have a favorite military short story collection, does that count? It’s “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien. I could read that a hundred times over and still feel a little breathless at its brilliance and intensity.
The first military-themed story I ever wrote was something of an accident. I was reading about a photo shoot that took place during a navy SEALS training exercise — it was one of the first times a photographer had been invited into the experience, and the photos were both heartbreaking and sexy. I ended up writing a story about a man who fell in love with one of his fellow SEALS and sees him many years later during a very difficult mission. The story, “Sand and Steel,” first appeared in DON’T ASK, DON’T TIE ME UP: MILITARY BDSM and has been reprinted a couple of times since then.
I don’t take orders very well — unless they’re from a handsome, dominant man who’s well-dressed and has a firm hand… Hm… so, probably the same thing that would be the most daunting would also have the potential to be the most rewarding.
Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on Geek Love: An Anthology of Full-Frontal Nerdity and finalizing an erotic novel that will be out next year. You can find all my current and past goodies at www.shannagermain.com