I’m Writing an Erotic Fiction Novel, “Coming” — And I’m Crowdfunding!

computer keyboard with handsHi, all! I’m writing an erotic fiction novel, and I’m crowdfunding for it! I’m giving all sorts of perks for people who kick in (details below, and at Indiegogo of course) — but mostly, I hope you just want to read the book.

My novel is currently titled Coming. It tells the story of one woman’s sex life, starting in 1970 when she’s 18, and ending in roughly the present day. Each chapter describes a different sexual encounter, at a different point in her life: essentially, the book is a series of intense sex scenes, with several years between them. I’m looking at this woman’s life — her name is Sheila — through the lens of sex. I’m exploring Sheila’s sex life, the rest of her life, and how they intertwine. In particular, I’m looking at how she makes choices about sex: Sheila is often adventurous, even reckless, and she makes decisions impulsively, but she’s also cautious, a careful planner, and likes to be in control. I’m interested in how being both impulsive and a control freak plays out out in her sex life.

Yes, I’m writing the novel with lots of fun, hot, sexy sex. Women with women, women with men, probably some men with men, probably some gender fluidity, some of it kinky and SM-y, some of it not. It is an erotic novel, and I’m making it erotic. It’s also a novel — a story about people’s lives. As you know if you’ve read my erotic fiction, I hate erotica that’s, “plot, sex scene, plot, sex scene.” I don’t see these as separate. Erotica is much hotter when you feel what the sex feels like — not just what’s happening physically, but the emotions, the sensations, how this sex is going to change the characters’ lives.

Bending coverI’m not going to be falsely modest — as an erotic fiction writer, I am very good at this, it’s one of the things I do best. People who have read my short erotic fiction collection, Bending, can attest to this. Don’t take my word for it — the reviews, both professional and from customers, are glowing.

So. Hopefully you’re intrigued, and want to read this novel. Why am I doing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign?

There are expenses with writing and publishing a book. I generally self-publish my ebooks, which means paying a formatter. I’m a control freak about cover design, which means I get wonderful covers — but also means I have to pay a designer.

But the Number One expense of writing a book is time. Books do not spring fully formed from an author. It takes time — and I’ll need to pay the bills and the mortgage while I’m writing it. I’ll keep doing my other paid writing — blogging, magazine articles, etc. — but I won’t able to do as much of it. Writing a book is immensely fun, deeply rewarding — erotic fiction especially — and it produces something of substance that people want to read. But it takes time. Whenever you buy a book, or support an author’s crowdfunding campaign, that’s most of what you’re paying for. The more money I raise, the more time I’ll be able to put into this book, and the better it will be.

I’m offering a number of perks for donators. They’re listed on the Indiegogo page. Perks include: advance ebook copies; signed print copies; exclusive progress reports; invitation to a private launch party; a PDF copy of my “Kill Your Darlings” file for the book (a rare glimpse into the creative process!); a one-on-one Skype conversation discussing the book (no, it will not be Skype sex!); or copies in all formats of every book I’ve ever published, and every book I ever publish from now on, with all print copies signed with a personalized Thank you. But mostly, I hope you want to read this novel. Please kick in what you can, and please help spread the word. Thanks!

Greta Speaking in Houston, Thursday January 28!

humanists of houston logoI have a speaking gig coming up this week in Houston, hosted by the Humanists of Houston. If you’re in the area, or you’re going to be in the area this weekend (maybe for the Secular Social Justice conference), come say Hi and hear me speak! My topic this time: “Resistance Is Not Futile: Why Arguing About Religion Is Not A Waste of Time.”

CITY: Houston, TX
DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
TOPIC: Resistance Is Not Futile: Why Arguing About Religion Is Not A Waste of Time
SUMMARY: Many atheists think that trying to persuade people out of religion never works, and simply alienates people. But debating believers about their beliefs can be effective — in changing people’s minds about religion, as well as in achieving other goals of the atheist community. When does it makes sense to debate about religion? How should we go about it? And what should our expectations be for what these debates can accomplish?
LOCATION: Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX. We will be in the Auditorium Room. After walking into the community center, look for the room with the HOH sign posted outside the door.
HOST: Humanists of Houston
EVENT URL: http://www.meetup.com/humanism-177/events/227302375/
NOTE: If you think you’re coming, lease RSVP on the Meetup page, so they can get an idea of the head count. Everyone who RSVPs will be eligible to win the door prize at the event!
OTHER NOTE: Copies of my books will be available for purchase, and I’ll be available afterwards to chat and sign books.


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

Blog Break – Finishing My New Book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life

Way of the Heathen final cover with border 400

I’m finishing the draft of my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. (Scheduled for publication June 1; and yes, you can pre-order it on Amazon.)

So I’m taking a blog break. I’ll be back sometime after January 15. See you then!


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

Greta Speaking in Atlanta This Weekend, at Atheist Alliance of America Conference!

I have a speaking gig coming this weekend, in Atlanta at the Atheist Alliance of America conference. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!

CITY: Atlanta, GA (Atheist Alliance of America conference)
DATES: October 15-18
EVENT: Atheist Alliance of America conference
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA
HOST: Atheist Alliance of America
OTHER SPEAKERS: Bria Crutchfield, Jeffrey Tayler, Miri Mogilevsky, Monette Richards, Matt Facciani, David Diskin, Richard Haynes, Phil Ferguson, Sarah Morehead, Lucien Greaves, Stephanie Guttormson, Dale McGowan, Mandisa Thomas, Shawn Jeffers, Inna Shevchenko, more
COST: $179 – $500: single-day tickets available for $100; single-event tickets available for $20 – $50; discounted rate for students available Oct. 1
EVENT URL: atheistallianceamerica.org/conference/2015-overview


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

Greta Speaking in Sacramento This Weekend, and Atlanta Next Weekend!

I have speaking gigs coming up soon — in Sacramento at their annual Freethought Day festival this weekend, and in Atlanta at the Atheist Alliance of American conference. If you’re in those areas, I hope to see you there!

CITY: Sacramento, CA (Sacramento Freethought Day)
DATE: Sunday, October 11, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm (plus Volunteer Dinner Thursday October 8, Leadership Day and Supporters’ Reception Saturday October 10)
EVENT: Sacramento Freethought Day, an outdoor festival with family activities, exhibitor booths, author booths, and more
TOPIC: I’m giving a short talk on Doing my Best as part of the Sunday Assembly, which is kicking off the day’s activities. I’m also on the Author’s and Podcasters’ Panel, with Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald, and Brendan Powell Smith
LOCATION: Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA
HOST: Sacramento Freethought Day Committee
OTHER SPEAKERS: Mandisa Thomas, Chris Johnson, Victor Harris, Jason Torpy, Lyz Liddell, Amanda Metskas, Tom Manger, Jason Heap, Bill Potts
COST: Free – $135 (special goodies available for different price levels, but the event is totally free)
EVENT URL: freethoughtday.org

CITY: Atlanta, GA (Atheist Alliance of America conference)
DATES: October 15-18
EVENT: Atheist Alliance of America conference
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA
HOST: Atheist Alliance of America
OTHER SPEAKERS: Bria Crutchfield, Jeffrey Tayler, Miri Mogilevsky, Monette Richards, Matt Facciani, David Diskin, Richard Haynes, Phil Ferguson, Sarah Morehead, Lucien Greaves, Stephanie Guttormson, Dale McGowan, Mandisa Thomas, Shawn Jeffers, Inna Shevchenko, more
COST: $179 – $500: single-day tickets available for $100; single-event tickets available for $20 – $50; discounted rate for students available Oct. 1
EVENT URL: atheistallianceamerica.org/conference/2015-overview


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

Greta Speaking This Weekend in Winnipeg, MB at River City Reason Fest! Plus Next Weekend in Claremont, CA at Southwest Secular Student Conference!

I’m coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba this weekend to speak at the River City Reasonfest! And I’m speaking in Claremont, CA next weekend at the Southwest Secular Student Conference. If you’re nearby, I hope you can come by!

CITY: Winnipeg, Manitoba (River City Reasonfest)
DATES: September 19-20, 2015
EVENT: River City Reasonfest
TOPIC: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God
SUMMARY: One of the most difficult things about leaving religion is letting go of belief in the afterlife. What are some ways that atheists can find comfort and meaning in the face of death?
LOCATION: Canad Inn Polo Park, 1405 St. Mathews Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
HOST: Humanists, Atheists, & Agnostics of Manitoba
OTHER SPEAKERS: Hector Avalos, Stephanie Zvan, Tracie Harris, PZ Myers, Lloyd Robertson, Scott Carnegie, Eric Adriaans, Arthur Schafer
COST: $125; $84 student rate
EVENT URL: rivercityreasonfest.org/

CITY: Claremont, CA
DATES: Sept. 25-27
EVENT: Southwest Secular Student Conference
TOPIC: Activist Burnout — Prevention and Treatment
SUMMARY: One of the most important keys to the success of the atheist movement is keeping activists engaged for the long haul. But the most inspired and motivated activists are often the ones most likely to eventually burn out. What are some practical strategies for preventing burnout — and for managing it when it happens? And how can activists support each other in not burning out?
LOCATION: Rose Hills Theatre at Pomona College, 170 E 6th St., Claremont, CA
HOST: Secular Student Alliance at the Claremont Colleges; Secular Student Alliance
OTHER SPEAKERS: Mashariki Lawson; Jenn Ramirez; more.
COST: Students – $15 (in advance) / $20 (at the door); Non-Students – $75 (in advance) / $85 (at the door)
EVENT URL: southwestsecular.org


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

“Should be in the hands of every hospital and military chaplain”: Darrel Ray on “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God” (Now In Paper/Print!)

Greta Christina continues to provide unique advice and information to the growing community of seculars. We all need to consider our mortality and learn positive and productive ways to deal with our inevitable deadline. Thanks for this little book of wisdom. Christina has written a handbook we can all use. But it should be in the hands of every hospital and military chaplain, every hospice care giver, even ministers, etc. No secular person should be subjected to supernatural ideas and wishful thinking when they are dealing with death, dying and grief.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPGGot a really nice blurb about my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, from Darrel Ray, founder of Recovering from Religion. Thanks so much, Darrel!

The print/ paper edition of the book is now available! You can get it at Powell’s or Amazon, or order it from your local bookstore (if they don’t already have it)! The cover price is $9.95. The ebook is available at Kindle/Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well), Nook/Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. All ebook and audiobook editions are just $2.99. And yes, I did the recording for the audiobook.

Here is the description of the book, and some other very kind blurbs:

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If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason [Read more…]

“Clear-eyed conversation about death and grief”: Valerie Tarico on “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God” (Now In Paper/Print!)

From the time our daughters were little, one of my husband’s goals and mine has been to help them deal with grief without resorting to false hope or superstition. When small pets died, we created a simple family ritual about the natural cycle of birth and death — and we celebrated the life, however brief. When a friend’s suicide left them in anguish, we talked through the pain that can make living unbearable. When a companion animal’s suffering became obvious, we released that life together. We talk together often about the relationships, wonders, and sense of purpose that make life meaningful to us. When Greta Christina’s small, thoughtful book of musings about death becomes available, each of our girls will receive a copy.

Cheeky, smart, unflinchingly honest, and deeply personal (as always) — Greta Christina is a perfect guide for nontheists who are looking for clear-eyed conversation about death and grief. The comforts she offers are powerful because they require no denial or self-delusion and instead are rooted in gratitude and wonder at the gift of life — and the precious opportunities made all the more acute by their transience.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPGGot a really nice blurb about my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, from Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., psychologist, and author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light. Thanks so much, Valerie!

The print/ paper edition of the book is now available! You can get it at Powell’s or Amazon, or order it from your local bookstore (if they don’t already have it)! The cover price is $9.95. The ebook is available at Kindle/Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well), Nook/Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. All ebook and audiobook editions are just $2.99. And yes, I did the recording for the audiobook.

Here is the description of the book, and some other very kind blurbs:

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If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason [Read more…]

“Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God” — Print/ Paper Edition Out Today!

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 300 JPGThe print/ paper edition of my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, is available today! You can get it from Powell’s or Amazon, or order it from your local bookstore (if they don’t already have it)! The cover price is $9.95.

The book is also available as an ebook, at Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. All ebook editions and formats cost just $2.99.

It’s also available in audiobook, at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audiobook price is $2.99 (discounted slightly on Amazon, of course). And yes, I did the recording for it!

Here is the description of the book, and blurbs for it.

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If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason

“This is a book about the philosophy of death that actually confronts the practical reality of it, and helps you come to practical terms with it… The best book on the atheist philosophy of death you are likely ever to read.”
-Richard Carrier, author of On the Historicity of Jesus and Sense and Goodness without God

“When I was very young, I lost someone close to me in a car accident. Almost more painful than the loss was the way by which those around me attempted to find meaning in the senseless death of a young person. This is the book that seven-year-old me needed instead of the endless religious tracts that assured me that everything happens for a reason.”
-Heina Dadabhoy, Heinous Dealings blog [Read more…]

“Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God” — Print Edition Coming September 1!

The print/ paper edition of my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, is scheduled for publication September 1! And you can pre-order it now, from Amazon or Powell’s! The cover price is $9.95.

Comforting Thoughts print books in box

The book is also available as an ebook, at Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. All ebook editions and formats cost just $2.99.

It’s also available in audiobook, at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audiobook price is $2.99 (discounted slightly on Amazon, of course). And yes, I did the recording for it!

Here is the description of the book, and blurbs for it.

*

If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason

“This is a book about the philosophy of death that actually confronts the practical reality of it, and helps you come to practical terms with it… The best book on the atheist philosophy of death you are likely ever to read.”
-Richard Carrier, author of On the Historicity of Jesus and Sense and Goodness without God

“When I was very young, I lost someone close to me in a car accident. Almost more painful than the loss was the way by which those around me attempted to find meaning in the senseless death of a young person. This is the book that seven-year-old me needed instead of the endless religious tracts that assured me that everything happens for a reason.”
-Heina Dadabhoy, Heinous Dealings blog [Read more…]