Pretty Kitty’s Post-Apocalyptic Porn Palace
I will start by saying that “Pretty Kitty’s Post- Apocalyptic Porn Palace” is my first story submission, ever. I was prodded into writing a story by my cousin, who can be a nag or a huge support, depending on how you want to paint the picture. All kidding aside, I am grateful that he didn’t let up on me and that he held the belief that I could do this. I was ecstatic to find out that we are both in the book together.
When I finally sat my ass down to write it, the story just flowed out, which surprised me given the subject matter. I wasn’t a zombie fan until my oldest son hooked me on The Walking Dead, and I wasn’t sure where to go with the erotica part when it came to mixing in zombies. In order to save myself the embarrassment of getting too pornographic, I wrote the story in a way that forces ones imagination to do that for each person individually. I love the other stories and their descriptions but I know that I can get carried away.
In all honesty, I think the story flowed so easily because I am Pretty Kitty. Yikes, I probably just scared away every man on the planet! My name “Jolie Chaton” translates into “Pretty Kitten” in French, so I brought her to life with my own strengths, weaknesses, humor and impatience with arrogance.
Oh and my underlying anger, can’t forget that!
Another thought was that women are too often portrayed as the “weaker” gender in situations like this and I was not going to write that. I am not weak, and Pretty Kitty wasn’t going to be either, so she just did what I would do in a zombie apocalypse. When my adult son, Zachary, read my story he rolled his eyes and said, “Really mom, you used yourself?”
I admit that when this all first came to fruition I was giddy, I suppose I still am, but it was a little difficult to say “zombie” and “erotica” in the same sentence when anyone asked what the book was about. My mom never even asked me what it was about and I assume that she heard from my aunt and maybe just didn’t want to travel down that path.
I am sure she will eventually because the “say what is on your mind” gene runs deep in this family. I am proud of myself. This is a huge accomplishment that I stumbled in to and I still giggle every time I think about it. It is surreal in many ways. It has really been a fun adventure and a privilege to be “in” with this group of talented authors.
I totally want to get on the ride again.