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They’re Coming … soon

 

Who are coming soon?

The characters in Curious and Camping of course.

Although the story didn’t evolve as a novel until late last year, this idea had been on my mind for some time. I toyed with the main characters being two girls, but as I’ve discovered in other stories, there is a greater depth to characters, action and plot if there is an understanding of the possible issues.

Why should any research or knowledge be an issue with erotica?

In any writing, the author owes the reader what is being marketed. As I regularly suggest from this digital soapbox on the topic–too many erotica authors don’t do their job properly. Unless the book description states ‘Erotic Sci-Fi’, we are dealing with people.

Yes, men can write about women, and women can write about men, and those who class themselves as neither–well dare I say they’re ‘lucky’ enough to have a deeper understanding of the crossover area. This is important because when you write about sexual activities they should not only be physically possible, they should also be suitable to the mindset of the characters involved.

In Curious and Camping, my characters have evolved with each draft, and now I’m confident I’m nearing the endgame regarding the story. However we treat erotica as a genre, I believe it is more closely aligned to fantasy and romance than anything else. The subject matter can be dressed up, but at the end of the day we are dealing with the deepest, secret, and sometimes darkest daydreams of the author–and the reader. The activities will rarely occur for most people, but the thought that they might is what keeps them alive for each individual.

I’ve had three different endings so far and the end will remain in the balance until I arrive at that final draft. As with any creative, I may not be totally happy with the finished result, but it will be as close as I can go.

Another subtle change I made for this book was an amendment to the cover. I recently changed all of my erotica covers and though to the untrained eye they look the same, they are different. I’ve produced three different bases to create sub-brands for short stories, novellas, and novels. Perhaps if I try my hand at erotica poetry I’ll have to come up with something else.

The important news is that this book will be available in late April/early May 2018. It will be a full-length novel, rather than one of the 26-page ‘books’ available with a cover which screams ‘cheap thrills’.

Thank you in advance to all those brave souls who venture here and leave their mark. 🙂

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Curiouser and Curiouser

 

When I got the idea to attempt this story my first issue wasn’t the content, but the point of view. I was confident I could write the sex scenes and do them well. In other genres, I’ve found both in reading and writing that the first-person point of view reaches deeper with a reader.

What is the first-person point of view?

It’s a straightforward piece of storytelling as if the main character has the reader in a room and the incidents are being related directly to the reader.

Is there a downside?

Some authors find it difficult in certain genres because they are not merely talking as the character — they have to become the character to create credibility. Yes, some people think of it as a downside, but I treat it as a personal challenge.

To get me into the scenario I started the tale in third person point of view and talked about the characters as if I was a narrator on the sidelines. I wrote the first three chapters and by then I had a ‘feel’ for the characters and the circumstances.

Imagination is essential when writing a story of any length, but with erotica, I’ve found that however good the imagination is working it’s beneficial to have experience or a reasonable knowledge of the topics.

As I’ve said in previous posts, there is so much rubbish out there under the erotica banner. Single short stories being sold as a ‘book’, and ‘bumper collections’ of ‘books’ which are no more than a handful of short stories. What makes matters worse is the dependence on a handful of simple reasons why the main character ends up in a particular situation.

For example: Being low on money and desperate to pay debts, doing something for a bet, getting involved for fun and finding out they enjoyed the activity, or taking an experimental drug are popular easy options. A lot of indie authors unfortunately rely on the old favourite – it was all a dream. Yes, whatever. The already pitiful plots are then completely destroyed by unbelievable and illogical sequences of action. I digress.

My tale is set in 2007. My main character, Chris is a straight male who is easy for me to identify with, but as the story unfolds he realises his best friend Marty has changed since they last spent quality time together.

As any reader of my work (including erotica) will know, I believe in sexual equality and in my opinion, it should be a major consideration for an author.

All characters of whichever sexual persuasion are created with respect; consensual involvement is paramount. I believe if the characters experience pleasure, so too will the reader.

As I put this update together I’ve reached Chapter 10. The guys have been on the road in the camper van for a week and have already had deep discussions about their lives and in particular, Marty’s issues. They’ve encountered a few girls already and both of the guys were tested in different respects.

At one stage, early on in the project, I had a few doubts about whether this story would work as a novel or might be better shortened to a novella. In certain cases, size matters, and I want to ensure I leave my readers satisfied so I am aiming for the story being a novel.

What could be my motivation for writing this story?

First of all, like any author, I employ imagination to help me write my stories. In writing erotica, an author must be prepared to occasionally express personal fantasies or use incidents which have been first-hand experiences. The reader, of course, should be drawn into the tale and left to ponder which parts are fantasy, imagination, experience or conjecture*.

As I continue with Curious and Camping, I can assure prospective readers that there is a little of all* of those four things within the story.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts, and as always, comments are welcome whether public or private through my (confidential) Contact page.

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Keeping it up throughout the year

Season’s Greetings!

Welcome to the final post on my erotica website this year. I’m producing my summary in this genre a little early because I have a promotion mentioned within.

My foray into writing erotica was with Coming Around: and other erotic stories. It was suggested by several of my readers that I should try writing a novel of erotica, and Give & Take was born. During 2016 I wrote the background of Highland Games; an interconnecting series of five novellas. When content with the format I went on to write, rewrite several times and finally publish Highland Games – 1, and Highland Games – 2.

In March 2017 I created this blog, and during this year I completed the novella series by writing and publishing Highland Games – 3, Highland Games – 4, and Highland Games – 5.

Since mid-November, the novellas have been reduced to the lowest price allowed by Amazon, (99p UK, and international equivalents). The series has sold well recently – which is not surprising.

The reduced-price promotion will continue until end December 2017.

As this year comes to an end I’m pleased with the way my erotica catalogue is growing …

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What will I have to offer next year?

I have a handful of titles underway in my ‘regular’ genres, but they will be detailed in my Tom Benson – Creative blog.

In my first post of 2018 on this website, I’ll give a preview of the two new titles I’m working on for this divisive, or as I prefer to call it, selective genre; erotica.

Thank you for your patronage and trust.

Tom