Friday, December 9, 2011

Interview: Venessa Giunta, Senior Editor at Loose Id

Venessa Giunta is made of awesome. She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University (so you know we met there), and she survived the mentorship of Dr. Michael Arnzen. For that reason alone, we should all bow to her. Welcome, Venessa!
  1. What does Loose Id primarily publish?
    We publish erotic romance of different and varying flavors (m/m, m/f, menage, BDSM, etc) across a broad range of genres (paranormal, historical, suspense, contemporary, fantasy, etc). Feel free to have a gander at our submissions page for lots more detail!
  2. What do you acquire?
    Great stories. :) I'm open to most genres. I can't think of any off the top of my head that I wouldn't be interested in looking at. I'm not a big SF fan, but there's not a lot of hard SF in erotic romance, in my experience. I really like good urban fantasy especially. I don't have a gender pairing preference though I'd like to see some more m/f stories.
  3. What would you give your firstborn to find in your editor inbox?
    I am interested in adding a good BDSM author to my roster. I'm also still looking for a great steampunk story (aren't we all?). More folklore-accurate faeries would be kind of awesome too. (ie - they're not particularly benevolent) I'd be super-happy with some interracial too! So, I guess I'm pretty flexible all the way around :)
  4. What makes you want to cut a bitch when you see it in a submission?
    When there's a great intro letter and an awesome first two or so chapters, then the story falls flat on its face. I hate it when it looks so promising, then doesn't follow through. Writers: put as much revision work into the rest of the ms as you do to the first chapter or two. It will be worth it, I promise! Oh, also, when someone "just finished" their manuscript. Seriously, we can tell a first draft a mile away. Revision is a *huge* part of the writing process. Do not skimp.
  5. Favorite outfit to wear to fight club and/or while editing.
    Fight club = leather corset...woo! Editing: umm...jammies :)
  6. What social issue compels you?
    Lately, I've been on a male privilege jag. Beyond that, equal rights (women, gay, disabled, etc) is always a big one for me. I think everyone is entitled to choose their own destiny. Another social issue that I advocate rabidly that most people don't consider a social issue is personal responsibility.
  7. Your favorite recipe (preferably for an alcoholic beverage, but we'll accept cupcakes if that's how you roll)?
    I'm currently doing hot, adult beverages (versus hot adult beverages, which are great too!) due to the temps, so here's Hot Buttered Rum:


    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    2 cups light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    1.5t vanilla
    Pinch ground cloves
    Pinch salt
    Bottle dark rum
    Boiling water

    (Optional ingredients: 1t allspice (in place of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves), 1/4t ground ginger)

    In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.
  8. Where do you plan to hole up when the zombie apocalypse comes?
    My friend Jeff's. I swear he has more survival skills than I have editing skills! And that's saying something ;)
  9. Machete or flamethrower?
    Fire, fire, fire, fire!!
  10. It's badass smackdown! Who wins and why? (pick three or so if you don't dig them all or are bored now) 

    1. Robert Heinlein vs Orson Scott Card
      Umm... much to my husband's chagrin, I would have to pick Uncle Orson. I like Heinlein (he wrote Stranger in a Strange Land, ffs), but Uncle Orson is modern awesome!
    2. Edward Cullen vs Buffy
      Seriously? Vampires don't sparkle. Though they do shine a whole lot with a stake to the heart :p
    3. Snape vs Spike
      This is a hard one! I will have to go with Spike tho. Because, know, bad boy. Nom. (Yes, I am sometimes ruled by my female-ness!)
If you've read this far and like what you see, Venessa will be taking part in a Loose Id pitch opportunity this Sunday on Twitter. For more information, see Venessa's blog and follow her on Twitter: @troilee.


Jessica Freely said...

Great interview!

Authors, I can personally attest that Venessa is a fantastic editor. She'll kick your ass but it will be soooo worth it when the book comes out.

Her skill is all the more impressive when you consider that she's handicapped by the tragic delusion that Spike would beat Snape in a smack down.

We all have our burdens, alas.

Sotia said...

I second all that Jessica Freely said, except for the part about Spike, because he'd so kick Snape's butt!