Duty and Desire

edited by Kristina Wright

Interview- Sacchi Green

In a poignant story about two women who served together in Iraq, Sacchi Green shows there are no limits to desire when love is at the core in “Sergeant Rae.”



Do you have a connection to the military? (Married, dated, served, related?) What branch?

My father was in the Army Air Corps in WWII, teaching basic meteorology to pilots. He wanted to be a pilot himself, but a childhood infection had damaged his inner ears, so that was ruled out. I heard many stories as a child about how my mother followed wherever he was based in the US, by bus and train, carrying baby supplies for me in a pair of bicycle saddlebags, taking her turn standing on crowded trains while whichever soldiers were sitting down held me, and sharing my graham crackers with them when there was nothing else to eat. My dad’s bags were all packed to go the Pacific theater of war when VE Day was announced, and having a child gave him just enough “points” at that time to stay in the US.


Do you have a favorite military novel, movie or author?

The movie Memphis Belle gets to me every time. Then again, so does Gettysburg, but WWII feels personal to me, maybe because I was born in the middle of it.


Have you written other military-themed stories? 

“To Remember You By” in Hanne Blank’s Shameless: Women’s Intimate Erotica, 2002, Seal Press, reprinted in Maxim Jakubowski’s The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Vol. 3, 2004, Mammoth Books, and reprinted again in my own collection for Lethe Press, A Ride to Remember, 2011. (In WWII London, a WAC nurse meets an American woman pilot who ferries planes for the RAF.)

“At Liberty” in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005, edited by Nicole Foster for Alyson Press, 2004 (An Iraq War vet with PTSD climbs Miss Liberty.)


“Dietrich Wears Army Boots” in Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, edited by Mitzi Szereto for Cleis Press, 2005, reprinted in my collection A Ride to Remember, Lethe Press, 2011. (Fictional treatment of Marlene’s actual service entertaining the Allied troops during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.)


“Lipstick on Her Collar” in Lipstick on Her Collar and Other Tales of Lesbian Lust, edited by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia for Pretty Things Press, 2008, reprinted in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009, Cleis Press (In Vietnam a WAC jeep-jockey shows a woman reporter the ropes of being In Country.)


“Danger” in Lesbian Lust, edited by Sacchi Green for Cleis Press, 2010 (An Army nurse and a WAC, both just back from Vietnam, meet accidentally on the scene of the Stonewall Uprising.)


“The Gift” in Best Lesbian Romance 2011, edited by Radclyffe for Cleis Press, 2011. (British soldier in Afghanistan has a dream encounter with the lover she left behind her.)



What are you working on now and where can we find out more about you?

My ninth anthology (the sixth I’ve edited for Cleis Press) Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories, will come out next spring (2013.) I can be found on Facebook (Sacchi Green) and at sacchi-green.blogspot.com, and occasionally on Live Journal (sacchig).


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This entry was posted on December 3, 2012 by in The Interviews.
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