What’s it Like to be an erotica author?

I just found this interesting article


It’s a Q & A with the author of Brown Sugar, a collection of erotic black fiction.

I was intrigued by the questions. Here’s are my answers.

How did you get into the field?

My goal was to be published. The obstacle for me was word count. I searched publishing houses for the lowest accepted word count. I found a publisher who wanted very short stories 6, 000 words. I read more carefully and saw erotica.

My first reaction was. Erotica — I can’t write that.

Then I said, “You whiz. At least try it before you give up.”

If you’re going to write a genre you need to read that genre.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of those good books. No so-called erotic books. I have read some non-erotic books that I thought could be classified as erotica. I’ve read Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage. If you’ve read it you’ll know what I mean. That scene with the unicorn. I knew I didn’t want to write anything like that. I feel that that scene takes power away from women. I wanted to give power to women. I wanted to celebrate the power we do have.

So what did I do? I turned to my girlfriends for help. Thankfully one of my friends had a collection that she shared with me. She not only shared her books but she was also the first person who read my first story. I am so grateful to her.

Now I really enjoy erotica. I mean really enjoy it. So much so that I can’t stop writing these stories — they’re so much fun.

Here’s a short blurb from a WIP.

Slowly, lovingly her fingers stroked her upper thigh — back and forth, closer and still closer until she found the sweet spot.

Yes, there it was. The passion still swelled up inside her.

Times like this that’s when they came to her — memories of them together.

Please drop by again tomorrow. I’ll continue answering questions. If you have some you’d like to ask, please do.

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