“Jean Roberta” once promised her parents not to use their unusual family name for her queer and erotic writing, and thus was born her thin-disguise pen name. She torments the young by teaching mandatory first-year English courses in a Canadian university, where she is also a consulting editor for the literary journal.
Jean immigrated to Canada from the United States as a teenager with her family. In her last year of high school, after two years of life in Canada, she won a major award in a national student writing contest. In 1988, a one-woman publisher in Montreal published a book of Jean’s lesbian stories, Secrets of the Invisible World. When the publisher went out of business, the book went out of print.
With encouragement from lesbian friends who wanted to see more explicit sex in her fiction, she began sending out her erotica in 1998. Since then, her diverse erotic stories have appeared in over eighty print anthologies, not including magazines and websites. Jean’s true “coming-out” story appears in Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex; other autobiographical stories are “The Trouble with Claws,” in Best Women’s Erotica 2003 and “Gabrielle’s Fountain” in First-Timers: True Stories of Lesbian Awakening.
Find Jean on her website at jeanroberta.com