Friday, May 6, 2011
New to the erotic romance genre? It’s not p*rn, if that’s what you’re thinking. If you’re a guy who likes to watch movies with big-haired, made-up plastic Barbie Doll women who act dumb and easier than the Staples “Easy Button”, this won’t be your cup of tea.
The majority of erotic romance readers are women, so the writing is geared towards intelligent women. The characters are usually strong, intelligent women on some kind of romantic adventure, filled with multiple steamy, explicit love scenes. (There are male/male stories, which are geared towards women readers, but that’s not my thing–I don’t read it, and I don’t write it.) The sex is integral to the story, not just stuck in here and there–it actually moves the plot, and the story would be incomplete without it.
See my post on Kindleboards about the difference between Erotica and Erotic Romance.
My own stories may vary in genre, but will probably be a lot of historicals and contemporaries, and the projects I'm planning in the near future will be short: anywhere from short stories to novellas. They are hot, sexy, and adventurous, but not overly kinky. All the stories will include one hero and one heroine, lots of sexual tension, hot love scenes that go up to and including very light bondage (possibly...just a little tying up to a headboard once in a while) but nothing beyond that (i.e. no menage, heavy bondage, etc.)
I would say they will appeal to a wider audience than some of the more risque’ erotica books out there. My own books are definitely erotic romance, heavy on the romance.
At this time, I have one novel underway, with the hope of submitting it for publication this month. I intend to post exerpts of the story online, but I suggest signing up to follow me, as they may not stay posted long…if I get a contract, the excerpt will likely be deleted.
[Edit: I am now planning to indie publish my stories, as it has more benefits to me to go that route.]