Did you like the taste of Maid to Order that I posted last week? I hope so! Since then I have been busy writing and dreaming up more tales of Lydia and Senator Niles. In fact, over the weekend I published Maid to Order 3!
After two rough sexual encounters with her boss, Lydia wants their sexual adventures continue on a regular basis. First she must convince the state senator that his maid needs the lessons only he can teach.
So what’s next? There are a few other stories I’ve been working on, including a companion story to the Maid to Order series, called Personal Assistant, which is now available via Smashwords! It should available through Amazon soon (Amazon takes a little longer to publish, whereas Smashwords is instantaneous).
What is Personal Assistant about? In this series we will meet Vivian, personal assistant to Senator Stephen Niles. Vivian has a special set of skills that she uses to keep the senator in line. She is the one who hired Lydia.
I’m already working on the next story in the Personal Assistant series.
In celebration of publishing two new stories this week, I have a treat for you! Use this coupon code on Smashwords to get the first Maid to Orderstory for FREE. Hurry! The code expires on Sunday, May 17, 2014.
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I’m part of a small erotica writing group on Facebook. It’s secret, so no one but the members can find the group, let alone read what we are posting. Sylvie is another group member.
Recently there was a discussion about having others reading our works. Granted, most of us are publishing what we write and hope that people are willing to pay for our material; however, those people are likely strangers. Our discussion was focusing on friends and family read the smut we like to write.
As I mentioned in my post last week, I ask my husband to read my stories before I publish them. When I first started writing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to let him read my work. I was a little embarrassed. Then I realized that I have nothing to be embarrassed about in regards to him reading what I’ve written. If I am going to share the erotica I’ve penned with anyone, it should be with him.
I can’t imagine sharing my stories with other family members. They don’t need to know what type of sexual acts take place in my imagination! Especially as they might not realize that the stories are just products of my imagination, not necessarily fantasies I hope to act out one day. The hubby, on the other hand, is the only person who understands just how that part of my nature is.
While not necessarily skilled as an editor, the hubby is able to let me know if the story has a good flow or if there are changes needed to the plot. He can make recommendations to help further the story along. Also, as I also mentioned before, there is a definite advantage to having the hubby read what I write. It is something that another writer in my group recently realized. Reading my smut-filled musings puts the hubby in the mood to inspire more sexy stories.
On that note…time to share my latest work-in-progress with the hubby.
Writing is personal. This is especially true when writing fiction. The writer takes a part of herself and adds it to her stories. This isn’t to say a writer has experienced everything her characters do. While this seems like common sense, many may not feel that way – especially when it comes to writers of erotica fiction.
Experience is a very helpful tool. Imagination is even more so. Some of my story ideas come from my personal experiences; more of them come from my very active imagination. The combination of the two can make a scene believable. Even if a story is set in a fantasy world or features supernatural beings, there must be elements of reality. Those elements help keep a reader engrossed in the tale.
Back to writing erotica.
While it may be true that some erotica writers have experienced all of the wicked acts they put to paper, for many it is pure fantasy. Just because an author writes about forced-to-comply situations, doesn’t mean that she has been part of one. Perhaps she writes about mfm ménage (male-female-male threesome relationship). This doesn’t mean that she wants to experience it herself, just as the reader who enjoys that type of erotica may not want to participate in that sort of relationship.
Before I started writing erotica, I was reading erotica. I am a reader and researcher by nature (I am a librarian). While reading erotica and romance stories, I realized that I could write stories of my own. I have the imagination. I have the writing skills. So I put them to use. I don’t claim to be the greatest writer ever known, but I don’t think I’m too shabby. The more I write, the better I will become.
Writing erotica has a personal benefit too. Just ask the hubby! He gets to read my stories while I am working on them. He also gets to enjoy the effects writing sex scenes have on me. So, it is safe to say that writing erotica is good for our relationship!
Perhaps you are interested in writing BDSM stories. Perhaps you are interested in learning a little more about the BDSM lifestyle. This short non-fiction book is a great one to read, regardless of your reasons for picking it up. Author Tymber Dalton’s is familiar with the BDSM lifestyle, her knowledge stemming from first-hand experiences and observations, and from interviewing others who practice the many various forms of BDSM. The conversational tone of the short book keeps the topic engaging and interesting, without sounding overly instructional or preachy, making the book accessible to a variety of audiences.
Near the end of the book, Dalton provides a chapter full of additional resources. This is fantastic – especially for the BDSM newbie or curious. Unfortunately, since I read this as a Kindle e-book, something I do on my iPhone, I wasn’t able to easily check out the websites she mentions. The links are there, but since I would like to look at them on my laptop, not my smart phone, it required a little more effort on my part; i.e. accessing them through my Kindle Cloud, which I had not previously done with any e-book. As I get around to exploring the various suggested resources, I will share my views on them.
Dalton’s tips for “What NOT to Write” (the title of Chapter Five) are excellent, regardless of the type of sex about which you are writing. Her first tip is especially important for all writers, even if there is absolutely no sex in their stories. Do your research. I, for one, am enjoying doing research for my current writings!
After reading this book, I started a fiction piece that had a BDSM slant. I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t even get more than a third of the way through it, as I kept thinking of the stereotypes that Dalton cautions against. Many of them were used within the first couple of chapters, making me unable to get into the story.