In both mainstream genres and erotica, I’ve written poetry, short story, and novel.
The story length I have only written in erotica is novella—the middle-of-the-road length which is meatier than a short story, but crucially, not as long as a novel.
My first efforts in this area of creative writing were short stories, followed by a novel. When I ventured into the novella, the medium-length story, I believe I found the ideal capacity for a reasonable tale of sexy exploits.
Why have I been confident of producing stories in this specialised genre while simultaneously writing and publishing my mainstream work—thrillers? Like a healthy sex session—it’s all in the preparation. All of my proposed erotica titles for 2019 were already written at least to first draft. It was the same for my erotica titles in the previous year—all built up over the months in 2017.
I find erotica both fun and relaxing to write, but the distraction it provides sometimes takes me away from the thrillers and short stories readers expect from me. I’ve always said that authors should write what they enjoy, and not write to a formula to sell something. I feel this way about erotica, but my heart is in it whatever genre I write.
Unfortunately, although my erotica titles sell regularly enough, there are little or no reviews forthcoming, so without sufficient feedback, it’s hard to know if I’m doing the job well enough. Until this year – 2019, I’ve avoided the use of a pseudonym, but it looks like the time has come for yet another literary experiment.
I’ll keep any of my erotica followers up to speed if things work with my new idea …