About This Creator
Veronica Christina grew up in Texas and Orange County but has been living in San Francisco for the past 12 years. She and Jennifer Lewis co-founded Red Light Lit, which is a quarterly digital and print erotic literature publication. They hope to open the mainstream's eyes to well-thought out erotic lit which has much more to offer than the shock value of certain pieces which have gained commercial success. Red Light Lit will be featured and be part of the First Crush event at CLIFT on Valentine's Day.
For those who don't know, what exactly is Red Light Lit?
Red Light Lit started out a little over a year ago as an idea that a couple girlfriends and I had. It was about embracing sexuality and erotica in a way that had never been showcased before. It's a conversation that came up around 50 Shades of Grey and the success of that book and us just not being impressed with the writing of the book and feeling like it was quite misogynistic although it seemed to be so embraced by American culture. We thought it would be so nice to have a woman's take on erotica in a way that was not only sexual but also sweet and offered some intimacy that we feel isn't in the market today.
Why do you think that 50 Shades of Grey was so well received?
I think there's defintely a void for women expressing sexuality. People jumped on it because it's interesting and sexual. It's definitely tittilating and it's taboo and that's always going to grab people's attention. But I don't think it was particularly well done so your guess is as good as mine as why it became really popular. Maybe it was just the time for it? It's definitely the time to move forward as far as the sexual forefront. As to why women are embracing it, I think it's because there isn't as much content that is women-driven as we would like to see.
How do you choose who to feature?
We have a theme for all of our books. Our last theme was Cosmos. We select writers who we feel are capturing the theme in the best way way that realy draws in. We definitely favor local writers and also unknown writers. We have a round table where we think about what's relevant and what we love. The next theme is Psycho, which stems from the fact that I hear that word used to describe so many women in the middle of a breakup. It's kind of hilarious. It never applies to men during breakups so it's funny for women to take this word, own it, and repurpose it in an empowering way.
What was the first erotic piece you read?
Probably "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume. I feel like there was a sex scene in there that first introduced me to the fact that there could be sexuality in written word. That was really intriguing to me.
For those unfamiliar to erotic literature, what would you recommend to read first?
I'd obviously recommend Red Light Lit but I would say Anais Nin is a classic and great introduction into the genre.
Best spots in San Francisco to find erotic lit?
Alleycat Books is awesome, they have an entire section for erotic lit. So does Adobe Books. Both are on 24th Street and San Francisco. Adobe in particular has really fun, kitschy, 1960's/1970's erotic lit which is hilarious -- the photographs are so funny. There's just hair everywhere!
Have you noticed an evolution in erotic lit from back in the 60's/70's with the funny illustrations to what's being written now?
I've noticed an evolution that I'm not particularly fond of. It tends to veer off into S&M and bondage a lot which, to each his own, but for me and for most of the women I work with, erotica is more about intimacy and connection with somebody or a situation or even yourself. Although you can achieve all of those things through S&M and bondage, I don't feel like the full spectrum of intimacy is being shown. I think that's a disservice to women.
Who is your favorite erotica author at the moment?
My favorite writer would be Richard Brautigan. Though he's not specifically a writer of erotica, his use of raw emotion, humor an intimacy strike a genuine chord. His writing is incredibly sexy while still pulling at your heartstrings.
What can't you travel without?
My laptop. I'm a social media junkie so I'm always looking at what other people are posting, what's trending, and seeing how all of that applies to Red Light Lit or how Red Light Lit can affect that.
What or who has inspired you recently?
Is it a lame answer to say my mom? She constantly inspires me with her kindness. We were in a parking lot the other day and someone pulled into a handicapped space. I was getting angry and she said "Honey, our job isn't to be angry. It's to be thankful that we don't need that space."
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco?
I love when it's raining. My favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon is to curl up on my couch with a book if it's raining and a feather comforter and just be cozy. If it's not rainy, then anything outside. The Presidio, Delores Park... are all fabulous.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading "The Faraway Nearby" by Rebecca Solnit. I just got it at one of the bookstores we were talking about!
What are your favorite SF restaurants?
Anywhere that has a good margarita, I'm a fan of. I would say Asiento in The Mission. Zoe's is fabulous. Limone is great. Pretty much anywhere within walking distance from my house.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for SF visitors?
I think wandering through Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite things to do even as a native San Franciscan. Wandering through it without a map is so cool because the way it was designed, you find gems all over the place. There's a sculpture garden, or a rose garden, or a Japanese tea house where you weren't expecting. It's just beautiful.
What in your mind makes San Francisco so great?
I think it's a destination city. It's a place where like minded people from all over the world come to be heard, to be expressive, to be accepted. Because of that, it's a beautiful stew here and you can look around (even for instance my group of friends) and people are so amazingly accomplished and artistic in their own way and field. It's really fun to collaborate with these people because they are the people who have been brave enough to leave their comfort zone and come here. They're the people who really make things happen and they inspire me, they inspire change, they inspire art and move this culture forward.