Heating up the pages…is erotic romance right for you?
There’s no doubt about it. Erotic romance is taking the industry by storm, seducing readers and writers with its promise of satisfying escapism and sales.
But, is it right for you?
If you’re a reader, most erotic e-book sellers have specific warnings for each book that will let you know what to expect before you purchase. (Heads up: m/m *does not* mean Mr. and Mrs.!) That said, don’t shy away from trying something new with the privacy of your own e-book reader. For under ten dollars you can take a walk on the wild side one afternoon and no one need ever know;) “Try it, you might like it,” she said with a wicked smile.
If you’re a writer, you might have to take a look at the language you’re comfortable using, the situations you’re comfortable exploring and whether or not you enjoy heating up the pages. In my situation, I had editors who consistantly praised the sexual tension I created between my characters. It was only a matter of degree for me to use more graphic language and situations and to plunge deeper into how sex affected the relationships I was creating.
In all this, I’ve yet to mention fun. I’ve had the time of my life stretching the boundaries of my sensual imagination, as a reader and a writer. In a complicated world full of worries and strife, sometimes it takes a very intense read to sweep a reader away from their troubles. I’m excited to be a part of publishing ventures that are embracing that intensity and delivering that escape.
Is erotic romance right for you?
In the end, only you can answer that question. As a writer, what stories whisper to you at midnight when the computer is calling and you can’t sleep? As a reader, are you willing to follow characters who need to explore forbidden territories to find their HEA?
I’m so glad erotic romance and Loose Id gave me the opportunity to tell Maya and Shepherd’s story in CAPTURED even though it wasn’t tame & traditional. And I’m gratified that readers and reviewers are responding with enthusiasm. http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=31348
So, tell me, do you like to read erotic romance? Have you tried writing it? Have you ever had a character that seemed determined to take you outside traditional boundaries? Did you follow or rein him/her in? I’d love to hear what readers and writers think about heating up the pages!