With the rise of geek culture with movies like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and this season’s AMAZING Game of Thrones penultimate episode (no spoilers, but WOW), it only makes sense that literature do the same! Elia Winters, author of the upcoming Slices of Pi series, stopped by XOXO After Dark to explain how she grew into a world where geekiness equaled sexiness. Even Odds is on sale now.


 

I’m a lifetime geek. In the days before the internet and the “geek is chic” trend, my geekiness meant awkwardness, the inability to stop talking about the shows and books I liked, and a lot of having my bra snapped in middle school locker rooms. Despite feeling like a social outcast, I was into things, passionately, wholeheartedly, and without any social awareness. I found my tribe, a group of other avowed geeks, and we lived our happily geeky lives together at the margins of popular society.

I became an adult at roughly the same time as geekiness became cool, a turn of events that eighth grade me would never have predicted. Suddenly, geeks were everywhere, and we could fearlessly talk about our love of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Marvel vs. D.C., tabletop and video games, or anime without being scorned. And yet the cultural stereotype of the sexually oblivious geek, perpetually asexual or awkwardly failing at romance, has persisted. We geeks are expected to know about everything… except sex or romance. While every group has its social outliers, geeks are assumed to all be sexually incompetent. In fact, quite the opposite is often true.

My author brand is geeky, kinky romance, because in my own experience, geeky and kinky quite frequently overlap. Most of the kinky people I know are also huge geeks. The intersection makes sense: geeky people are fascinated by how things work. We want to take things apart, analyze their components, and understand every facet of something that interests us. And sex is definitely interesting. Rather than being satisfied with the presentation of sex as-is, geeky/kinky people want to take it apart and see how far it can go. What happens when you change the power dynamic? Experiment with pleasure and pain? Add toys? With the curiosity of scientists, we try new things, document what works for us, and continue to explore. Sex is fascinating and multifaceted, just like geekdom in general.

I wrote the Slices of Pi series to capture that overlap of geeky and kinky. I want to showcase that not only is geekiness sexy, but that we geeks are as creative about sex as we are about everything. The series follows employees of PI Games, a game design company in sultry Tampa, Florida, in their various romantic adventures. When I was writing EVEN ODDS, the first book in the series, I knew I wanted to try and capture the challenges a woman might face in a male-dominated industry like game design, but I also wanted to capture the fun of geekiness in conjunction with sex.

Sex can be intense and life-changing and soul-baring, but it can also be joyful and playful and affirming. Geeks are passionate about life, but they can also be passionate about sex. When geeky and kinky overlap, sparks fly, and the first fireworks with EVEN ODDS are just in time for Independence Day.