Working out the ‘kinks’ with new authors Melina Greenport & Silas Bliss

More and more writers are finding their home in the Erotica genre, and we couldn’t be happier because that means more voices and more creativity! Today, we’d like to introduce you to a couple of relatively new writers; Melina Greenport (Purity) and Silas Bliss (Jilling Off). These two contributors in The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.2 anthology are here to discuss how they’re working out the kinks.

Erotica is all about people communicating, and that’s a tricky thing to convey within an often very minimal word count limit. When writing a short story, one must accomplish a lot. A good erotic story requires tension-filled scenes designed to expose the roots of our character’s motives, where the interplay turns readers on. Familiarity matters, and it’s not easy to encapsulate the human experience in a way that connects character to reader—to answer the question, ‘Who is my character.’ As they say, the struggle is real, and there are many aspects of this creative writing effort that are uniquely challenging.

If you missed any of our previous #WriterlyWisdoms, just click on the following links.

 

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“5 Mistakes I’ve Made Writing Erotica”
by
Melina Greenport

 

I’m immensely excited to have a story in Rose Caraway’s anthology Dirt 30, Vol. 2 from Stupid Fish Productions. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate my second anniversary as an erotica writer. A look back at my first two years of spinning sexy tales wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t acknowledge some of the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

1. My lexicon errs on the side of the anatomical.
We’re talking cringe-worthy. Take this vignette from September 2015. “He painted every inch except my nipples, my vulva and the flesh between my buttocks.” As if vulva’s not bad enough, flesh between my buttocks is super mortifying. It’s tricky because I don’t think ass crack would be much better. There’s character and voice to consider. We all have preferences. I prefer specificity to ambiguity. Slipperiness to heat. Cock to member. Cunt to pussy. And—sue me—I do, I do prefer vulva to folds.

2. I rush things.
My characters often end up racing towards orgasm before they even make eye contact. Luckily, when Rose edited Dirty 30, Vol. 2 she gave me an opportunity to improve. Earlier versions of my story “Purity” didn’t have as much lustful tension as Rose eventually coaxed out of it. Under her editorial guidance, I learned to think about how basics like reactions and responses can ignite chemistry between characters.

3. I’ve underestimated the power of connection.
I wrote a dozen erotica stories before I found myself portraying love. I still remember the moment I realized this. It was during my first attempt at writing tentacle porn. I was in the dream state writing often induces—typing away about an alien in the year 2418 and his state-sanctioned copulation partner—when the surprise hit me, they love each other. At once, I was more emotionally involved in the story because they were emotionally involved with each other.

4. Where’s the fucking?
A few months in, one of my trusted readers reflected back to me that I’d written yet another story without any actual sex. (I know, I know, define “actual sex”.) Skimming the titles at my website, I noticed he was right. I have a habit of dancing right up to the edge and then stopping. Maybe this is a matter of discipline. Maybe I need to stay in the writing chair and force my characters to dwell in their scenes a bit longer. Sounds like this habit has a delicious cure.

5. I thought I’d be working alone.
Two years ago, when I decided to don an alias and dive into sex fiction, I didn’t anticipate the camaraderie that was waiting for me. The community of erotica writers I stumbled upon through Twitter has been tremendously supportive. There are myriad of educational resources just a click away. I have so much to learn, but I’m in good hands.

 

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“Aural Fixation”
by
Silas Bliss

When Rose offered me the opportunity to share some thoughts on writing, I was elated. My mood deflated quickly, however, as it occurred to me that I would actually have to offer something of value on the subject. This is problematic for me because I don’t know how to write. I have some ability to create and tell stories that people seem to enjoy, but the process, the skill of writing in a coherent and useable way, that skill is something I am still scrambling to acquire as a new author.

What that means, if you are reading this, is that everything I have to say on the subject deals with what works for me personally. I know what I enjoy reading, and I attempt to duplicate that in my own special way. For me, it is all about the characters. World building, setting, atmosphere, and creative plots are excellent enhancements, but if they are not populated with people I would enjoy hanging out with, well, I might entertain myself for a while by looking at the décor, but in the end, there’s just not enough there to keep me engaged.

Dialog is what does it for me, that’s what draws me in. I like to reveal my characters gradually, through conversation.

My goal is to create a character the reader wants to fuck, or at least someone that the reader would like to watch getting fucked. (I am using the term ‘fuck’ here to cover a broad range of sexual desire.) I like to focus on the initial attraction between characters and how it manifests itself. I love creating that heart-fluttering moment when one character realizes there is interest and so starts upping the flirt factor. I especially enjoy focusing on that next moment when they both know they will fuck, and then how I will get them there. That’s what I like to read, and so it’s what I strive to write.


MELINA GREENPORT was sent to church camp one summer and came home with a crush on the trumpet player—an angelic, full-lipped sweetheart. Now she prays to the god of soil and bark, sky and wings. She specializes in provocative tastes of fiction designed to let your imagination play where her words leave off. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories intent on page-turning, lusty fun.

Website: https://melinagreenport.com

Twitter: @melinagreenport

 


 

SILAS BLISS is a semi-retired, quasi-professional artist. With extra time on his hands, he returned to his youthful love of writing. Thrilled to find that his family and friends enjoyed his stories, he decided to share them with a larger audience. He and his wife live a quiet life of erotic indulgence in a small bible belt town, secretly looking for that perfect poly couple to spend time with.

Twitter: @SilasBliss

 


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Smut Matters with Sonni de Soto

Welcome Back!

We’re continuing to celebrate our latest anthology, The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.2. This is our very first series publication that’s already received wonderful praise by satisfied readers, and we really couldn’t be happier! If you’ve missed our previous posts about the Art & Craft of Erotica and want to get caught up on our exciting #SexySnippets, just click on the following links.

Today’s #WriterlyWisdom is all about taking our characters beyond the limits, baby. Contributing author, Sonni de Soto stops by to discuss female empowerment that’s gained by creating an environment that enables our characters to go off-leash–consequences be damned, so that they can push boundaries and explore sexuality with the readers.

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“Smut Matters”
by
Sonni de Soto

One of my favorite things about erotica is that it’s one of the very few genres written primarily for, by, and about women. It’s an interesting literary space where we get to explore and dissect the female experience in real, meaningful ways. Because so many of these stories star and are centered around women, erotica offers us a place to fully develop female characters who can recognize and grapple with their flaws as well as their virtues.

By giving female characters the agency and choice they deserve, that inevitably means they will make mistakes. They will sometimes do the wrong thing. They will be selfish. They will go against social goods. They will even hurt people.

Because we all do.

And, so often, that is where our most interesting stories lie. The moments that we would rather hide are so often the stories that need to be told most. There are reasons why we so often gravitate to more morally complex characters like Ursula and Harley Quinn, who, so often stand as an example of humanity’s innate desire to revel in that which we know we shouldn’t. To make bad decisions and feel good about it.

And, to be fair, while I think that wickedness is part of their fun and what makes them so appealing, I think the main reason we love them so much is that, when done well, they have the thing we all want: the ability and screw-it-all bravery to do what they want. Damn the consequences.

When done right, things don’t just happen to them; they happen to the world.

Their choices, their actions, make a difference.

For better or worse, they change their world.

In my story, “Do Not Disturb,” you can see my characters throw caution to the wind. You see them test boundaries and go too far. Even though they know there will likely be consequences and regrets later, you watch them push the bounds of play, manipulating it to their advantage and satisfaction. They’re given this space to discover what happens when limits are tested and to find ways to deal with it, even if those ways may not be the nice or even the right thing to do.

For a genre that too often gets dismissed as fluff or smut, erotica allows us a chance to see characters like us make real and often difficult choices. Through those characters, we get to see ourselves triumph. To see us mess-up. To clean up our messes and not just wait to be rescued or taken care of. We get to see how our world changes, for better and for worse, because of the choices we make.

Erotica, when done well, allows us to see how we matter.

Pip swayed, appearing to drown in the swell between the threat she knew she should fight and the promise of what she could let happen.

Vera knew that wicked wave. She was currently wading farther into its depths than was wise as well. With the back of her hand, she swatted Pip’s bare ass, making the trussed-up woman sputter and squeal.

Vera chuckled before switching the camera to the front-facing option and tucking the phone into the thick, tight band of her bra, so it rested between her full breasts. Looking down at herself, she gave a little shimmy, quite pleased with the effect. “Perfect!” Grinning, she stepped closer to Pip. “Look at you.” She shifted her feet until Pip’s image was centered on the screen. “Absolutely fucking gorgeous. Don’t you think?”

Pip was still protesting when Vera picked up the bug zapper again. Yeah, she thought as she pressed the zapper’s button to charge the head, silencing Pip instantly. Struggle. Seeing the woman so distressed shouldn’t excite her. But, God help her, it did.

A sadist at heart, Vera loved the sight, scent, and feel of fear quaking along Pip’s bound body. Normally, Vera kept that side of herself on a tight leash, letting it out only a little at a time, never quite comfortable without that control.

But, in this moment, watching nerves quiver down Pip’s spine, Vera felt her grip on control loosen. She knew she shouldn’t—knew she wouldn’t—but she wanted to claim Pip. Wanted to own and possess a part of her that neither she nor Pip would forget was hers. “Let’s get started. If we hurry, we can get these pictures to your mom just in time for dinner.”

“Please, don’t.”

Vera touched the bug zapper just under the curve of Pip’s toned ass, sending an electric spark from metal to skin that made the woman gasp and arch her back. Vera loved the way the abused muscles clenched and shifted under Pip’s taut skin. “Don’t, what?” Vera’s voice taunted, teased.

“Please, Ma’am,” Pip, usually so sure-sounding, pleaded breathily, “don’t do this.”

Begging was Vera’s soft spot. She loved nothing more than to hear a sub beg, and Pip was so very good at it. So much so that Vera almost let her go.

But rules were rules. And they weren’t done yet.

Vera’s step hitched a bit at that thought. They weren’t done yet. But, after this, they would be. There was no going back. There never was. Vera had had a few partners break this unbreakable rule. And it had broken the relationships. Even though they’d known the consequences of their actions—had been informed and had consented to them—they’d seen Vera’s punishment as unfair. As too far. A deal-breaker. And Vera couldn’t blame them. Sending photos of their scene to everyone on their phone’s contact list…it was extreme.

But the punishment should fit the crime. They’d crossed her most important rule. No phones. No devices. No distractions. It was as much for her partners’ safety as it was for Vera’s peace of mind.

People always talked about limits and boundaries when it came to submissives. But tops needed them too. Sure, phones were loud and obnoxious but, more than that, they could take both people out of the scene in the space of a ring. BDSM took concentration and attention to detail for everyone involved. Vera, among her clients and partners, did scenes involving bondage, fire-play, knife-play, and heavy-impact play; one wrong move on her part—on her partners’ part—could mean a trip to the emergency room. Or worse.

A break-up seemed a small price to pay in comparison to that. Especially if, in the end, they learned the importance of the rule.

Vera spared Pip one last regretful look before steeling herself and tightening her grip on the bug zapper.

Time to teach.

She paced around Pip’s whimpering form, letting the bug zapper zap the woman’s squirming body. Vera’s lips curled with satisfaction as tiny, red, star-like welts rose all over Pip’s luscious body like a constellation. If this was the last time she’d be able to play with Pip, she was going to enjoy it. She savored each gasp and moan, each quiver and quake.

And she wasn’t the only one enjoying it. Vera adjusted the phone in her bra, zooming in on Pip’s ass and the arousal that glistened between her thighs. She tsked. “Look at what we have here.” She reached out and touched the wand to the inside of Pip’s thigh, hoping the camera caught the current of blue power that made Pip squeal and part her thighs away from the toy, giving Vera and the phone a lovely glimpse at Pip’s pussy. Vera slipped two fingers between those full, dark-rose lips. “So wet. So warm.” She dipped them deeper, coating her fingers with the woman’s heat before touching Pip’s clit.

She set down the zapper and took the phone out of her bra. She held it down between Pip’s thighs so she could intimately watch her fingers touch Pip’s clit. “Oh, just look at your pussy clench; I think you like your punishment too much, naughty girl.” She thumbed the phone from photo to video. “I’m sure everyone else will too.”


 

Sonni de Soto is a Builder of Worlds.

Well, really, she’s a small office cog, churning away in a cubicle, who stealthily writes erotica in email drafts (so it still looks like she working). She’s a kinkster, who loves and lives the lifestyle when she can, and has been since she was tying up her toys as a child. She’s read and loved erotic, kinky, romantic, fun stories for about as long as well, which probably explains her dirty, dirty mind.

Here’s to putting a little more play into kink literature and to sharing real, honest love, whatever form it takes.

Website: sonnidesoto.blogspot.com
Twitter: @sonni_de

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People Porn with Malin James

As you may well know, one of our most favorite things to do while celebrating the release of a brand new anthology is to offer up a few #WriterlyWisdoms and #SexySnippets. Whether you are a long-time writer or an aspiring one, a KMQ #LuridListener or a brand new fan of Erotica, we at S.F. Productions always like to share helpful inside looks at the Art & Craft of Erotica. Not only do we hope to provide writers with something valuable to add to their writer tool boxes, we also thoroughly love introducing a few of our talented contributing authors while highlighting samples of their wonderful stories, so that readers get an idea of what to expect. Because, of course, everybody can use a super hot #SexySnippet.

No matter its style, when written well, an erotic story should affect our minds and our bodies. Today, we welcome returning author, Malin James to briefly discuss a little bit of what it takes to write a story that’s designed to engage the reader/listener on a much deeper and more satisfying level so that they come back for more.

*Continue reading after Malin’s #WriterlyWisdom! We’re featuring our very first #SexySnippet to celebrate the new release of our latest publication, The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.2.

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“People Porn”
by
Malin James

Fair warning, this post doesn’t distinguish between erotica and porn. It also doesn’t distinguish between erotic fiction, “literary” porn and smut. It doesn’t even distinguish between literature and sex writing. Those distinctions are too subjective and market-driven to help when it comes to craft. Good writing is good writing, regardless of market conventions, and that standard applies to all genres, including genres that focus on sex.

So, how do you make sex writing “good” writing? A lot of that depends on why you’re writing the story. Good sex that’s intended to turn the reader on is different than good sex that confronts, explores, or seeks to understand, but there is one set of tools you can apply to sex in all writing, regardless of intent.

The biggest mistake people make when they start writing erotica is to put all of the emphasis on scene and kink. Sure, they’re important, but if you want an m/f/m story to get a rise (heh) out of someone who hates threesomes, you have to go beyond that, to specificity and characterization. Those are the tools to bank on.

People read porn because they want to be affected. Erotica is like horror in that way, except that instead of wanting to be terrified, the reader wants to be turned on. Arousal is a visceral response, just like fear is. The one quality all good sex writing has, regardless of kink, scene or label, is that it gets a visceral response out of the reader. How / where the characters fuck is mechanics. Why the characters fuck is visceral.

Here’s what I mean.

“He fucked her on the table.”

They could be people, sloths or sentient dust bunnies—it doesn’t matter, so long as the tab goes into the slot. There’s nothing wrong with that, there just isn’t much for readers to get lost in.

“He fucked her after the funeral—bone cracking, angry fucking, with her legs wrapped tight around his waist.”

That is visceral and specific. A guy fucking a woman who embraces his anger. It’s not about the fact that they’re fucking, it’s about the anger and humanity that underpin the sex.

Important note: For all its specificity, that sentence isn’t “literary”. Sure, the sex could be about guilt or mortality, but the story could also just be about two people having angry sex after a funeral. Either way, the hot, visceral goodness is in the people, not in kink or scene.

So, if you want to write good porn (or erotica, or sex in general), avoid tabs and slots. Put people in your porn. Complicate your characters. Use meaningful details—a tear in her stocking, dirt under his nails—to get under the reader’s skin. Erotica, literature, porn…the label doesn’t matter. Make your characters specific, and the reader will care. If they care, you’ll get that visceral response. Get that response and they’re yours.

That is how you make them come back for more.

 

 

Simon studied my face. “I need you naked…if you don’t mind.” The lines around his mouth tensed as if he expected me to laugh.

I didn’t laugh. I nodded and turned around before unbuttoning my shirt.

Simon didn’t move.

For one delicious moment, I wondered if he was going to watch.

Then, he muttered something under his breath and started to leave the room. “I’ll come back when you’re done. There’s a robe on the chair.”

My hands shook as I shrugged off my shirt. I was much more nervous than I’d have liked as I wrapped myself up in the robe, deliciously aware that I was naked underneath. It was huge and threadbare, obviously his, and I wondered how often he wore it and who had given it to him, and who had worn it last—useless questions, all of them, but my brain wouldn’t stop.

Needing to move, I drifted around the apartment inhaling the robe’s clovey scent and loving the way the worn, plaid flannel brushed against my skin. One canvas, in particular—a smaller one that was propped on an easel—stood out. It was soft and lush, like velvet, and full of coiling shapes. It looked like a nautilus or the inside of a mouth. The layers pulled at me, making demands. My fingers itched to touch.

“I just finished that one. Do you like it?”

Every nerve in me jumped, but my gaze stayed on the painting.

“I think it would swallow me if it could.”

“You’d have to let it first.”

I looked at him, dizzy and exposed as the space between us narrowed, compressing ten years. I was so wet, so swollen, so absolutely drenched that I wouldn’t be able to hide it once the robe came off, but I didn’t care. It took everything I had not to kiss the curve of his jaw.

“Where do you want me?” I asked.

Simon cleared his throat. “On the couch-thing.”

He glanced at the futon. I nodded and crossed the room.

My fingers were cool as I untied the belt, but they were trembling—tiny tremors in the tips that only I could see. The robe slipped off my shoulders and pooled at my feet. I bent to pick it up.

“Leave it,” he said. He was right behind me. “I didn’t know you were inked.”

Simon didn’t touch me, but he didn’t need to. I felt his fingertips floating just above my skin as he followed the vines that coiled around my waist.

“It’s not who I am anymore,” I murmured.

His breathing went slightly ragged, hot on my too-flushed skin.

I leaned back into his whiskey-like warmth and subtly shifted my hips. “Should I sit?”

“Yeah.”

I turned around and sat, overly aware of everything—his height, his hands, the crinkle in his brow.

His eyes met mine, and he knelt at my feet. “I thought so,” he murmured, taking me in from the angle of my neck to the flexible bend of my toes. Then, he plucked the glasses from his collar and put them on as if it would help him think. “Can I touch you?” he asked. “To move you, I mean.”

“Yes. Of course,” I said.

My voice was cool and steady. My voice was a lie. I wanted him to touch me. I always had. The second he did, I was lost in a lick of heat.

His hand brushed my arm, and then wrapped around my wrist.

Beneath the skin, my nerves jumped, shaking off dust and years of remembering until I felt like a bundle of live wires. I was hungry and hot, sitting on that couch, steeped in the pleasure of wanting him.

Slowly, almost reluctantly, he placed my hand on my knee. Then, he covered my hand with his and gently parted my legs.

My clit throbbed. I was so wet it was obscene. I needed him to touch me. Not respectfully or thoughtfully. I needed him to bruise my skin.

I straightened my spine, displaying my breasts, nipples hard and aching to be sucked.

Simon’s snake-charmer eyes met mine as he skimmed my thigh with his thumb before settling on my waist.

The need to kiss him filled my mouth, but before I could even part my lips, his mouth was hard on mine.

He tastes like cloves and whiskey—that was my last coherent thought before he grabbed my hips and pulled me against his chest. I spread my legs and pressed my cunt against the bulge in his jeans, but it wasn’t enough, not even close—not after ten years.

Desperate, I ground my hips against him and snatched at his clothes. The button of his fly rubbed against my clit, sending ripples of pleasure down through the balls of my feet. Arching into him, I wrapped my legs around his waist.

He gripped my ass and lifted me as he stood. Simon walked us backwards, kissing and licking and nipping at my lips.

I was mindlessly turned on. It wasn’t until I was lying on my back, with Simon between my legs, that I noticed I was in the middle of the canvas he’d prepared.

“So, this is how you paint,” I said. My voice sounded porny as hell. It was laughable, but I didn’t care. I felt fucking porny with him kneeling over me like that.

“Not always,” he replied, yanking off his shirt.


 

Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Bust, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Medium, as well as in podcasts and anthologies for Cleis Press, Sweetmeats Press and Stupid Fish Productions. Her first collection, Roadhouse Blues, is now out with Go Deeper Press.

Website: http://malinjames.com

Twitter: @MalinMJames

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 Let your fingers take a stroll through the card catalog. Finger your way through 30 erotic adventures.

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We couldn’t be more pleased to be publishing our very first Erotica series. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.2 is finally available in Kindle Amazon.

Print and Audio are #ComingSoon.

This spanking new publication is one of Stupid Fish Productions’ proudest achievements. Above all else, this collection is meant to offer fans the type of erotic storytelling that is adventurous, artistic, thoughtful, and sexy as hell–all in one Library of Erotica.

For the first time ever, *Copy Editors, *Audio Producers, and additional *Voice Over Talents have been hired!!! Can you hear our excitement? Oh, you will. Just wait until we reveal who our additional voice talents are. You’ll be absolutely smitten!!

As you can well imagine, we are gearing up to release a whole slew of new stories on The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast, so you’d better subscribe now! Featured stories will be taken from our very first volume, The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, and our newest Dirty 30 Vol.2, and we’ll also be featuring new stories from Rose Caraway’s latest narration of On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories, edited by the ever amazing Rachel Kramer Bussel! #SubscribeNow

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the KMQ’s new and long-time Lurid Listeners. You’ve gone above and beyond in showing your support of our many projects. Thank you so very much for your generous reviews, your enthusiastic podcast ratings, and especially for your encouraging emails and voicemails. It is your unending support that keeps us going. You continually motivate us and we couldn’t be more proud to continue providing the best Erotica stories we can find. It’s our way to help you can feel good individually and with your partner/s.

For the first time ever, we’ve also included testimonials at the very beginning of

our newest book, The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.2. That’s right! We reached out to the fans and asked them What has Erotica done for you? 

We cannot express just how grateful we are for your time, and just want to say that we are here for you, Erotica fans. Always. YOU are why we do what we do. Whether you are listening to it, or reading it, or considering writing it, Erotica offers all of us something unique and deeply personal. An opportunity to have a better sense of our sexual selves.

As the Print and Audiobook editions also make their way toward publication, we will be celebrating with #AuthorInterviews, #SexySnippets, #WriterlyWisdoms, and #KMQPodcast episodes. Already, we’ve featured long-time contributor, Janine Ashbless who discusses writing the all-important Convinceable Characters.

 

Convincing, not Believable – Janine Ashbless

The Art & Craft of Erotica

with Janine Ashbless

Read Janine’s #SexySnippet of Sweet Hel Below here!

Erotica is about people. And sex too, of course, but the characters are what make a story worth being told. Whether they’re moving through a simple, easy to consume plot or something that’s much more emotionally twisted and complicated, it’s the characters who travel through the story and enable tension and conflict to rise within us, the readers. If we don’t have ‘well-built’ characters, then there is no story. Storytelling happens through characters. A good Erotica writer considers who their characters are and how to best present them–from beginning to end–by creatively examining purpose, strengths, weaknesses, flaws, sexual drives, uniquenesses, and commonalities in such a way that the reader’s eyes don’t want to leave the page, all while encouraging a hand to wander.

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30 Vol.2 is nearly here. To kick things off, I wanted to share a post geared mostly toward writers and aspiring writers–a little #WriterlyWisdom, if you will, regarding CHARACTER by Janine Ashbless. Janine is an author who consistently enthralls readers and amazes me with her marvelous characters. She’s written a whole slew of short stories and several novels. She’s clever, she’s witty, and she’s an incredible storyteller who’s turned me on and even made me laugh a time or two. It is with great pride that Stupid Fish Productions is publishing a new story by Janine Ashbless in our upcoming collection.

Convincing, not Believable
Janine Ashbless

So, my tips for building believable characters in erotica are–

Hold on… Why would I want to write “believable” erotica characters? Aren’t we in the business of giving people fantasies? Aren’t we trying to get them off? Who wants an erotic story where the guy comes too soon and leaves in embarrassment, or the heroine accidentally farts mid-anal? We’re looking for ideals when we go to read one-handed fiction, aren’t we?

And isn’t “believable” subjective? If I hang out, say, with English tech-nerds, and you hang out with American truckers, our mental picture of what people are like is going to be very different.

Is Trump a believable character, come to that? Who wrote him?!

No, I’m not going to ask anyone to write believable characters. Instead, I’m going to urge y’all to write CONVINCING characters. Which is much less about appealing to a common denominator of lived experience between you and your readers, and a lot more about writing skills. If you can create the most extreme character, or the most unfamiliar, and still somehow persuade your reader to suspend disbelief and go along with your story, then you’re doing it right.

So here are my pointers. It’s all about giving your characters depth.

  • “Everyone is necessarily the Hero of their own life story” (John Barth) This is so important! Everyone has a reason for doing what they do, even if what they do looks shitty, or stupid, or self-destructive to outsiders. Everybody thinks that they are right. It is the author’s job to get inside the head of their characters, even the villainous or abusive ones, and write with empathy and understanding of their motives (which is NOT the same as morally justifying or validating their behavior, though some people might not agree with my distinction).
  • Good people very often do shitty things too, for various reasons. That makes for great stories and great psychological background. Messed-up or conflicted characters are fascinating to read about. A hero(ine) with no regrets and no flaws is not convincing.
  •  We’re all individuals! And the variation socially, psychologically and sexually among humans is close to infinite. Break stereotypes. And Don’t stick to what you know—do your research instead. Read stuff written by people you don’t like, and don’t agree with. Brace yourself and read the icky comments section. Put yourself in their shoes and write it from their POV. Use their vocabulary.
  • But there’s a reason for physical stereotypes in romantic/erotic fiction – “tall, dark and brooding”, “busty blonde”, “mousey ingénue”, etc. If our primary intention is to arouse our readers, then we probably have to tap into the cultural/biological/social norms and triggers for titillation. If you want to reach the maximum number of readers, use those triggers. Just go beyond them and make the personalities 3D too. My heroes are always going to be really good-looking (unless they are NOT, in which case I can fetishize their ugliness). And they will always, always have big cocks J

xxx
Janine Ashbless

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Malin James – Roadhouse Blues

I love talking with other Erotica authors on The Sexy Librarian’s Blogcast. One of my most favorite Erotica guest authors is Malin James. She’s very recently come out with her first book titled, Roadhouse Blues, published by Go Deeper Press. Malin joins me on the show to talk about this new collection of short stories that are intensely erotic, set in middle-America. If you’ve not yet read anything by Malin, you should drop what you are reading currently and head over to Amazon to grab your print copy or digital copy of Roadhouse Blues. I’ve read it, I love it, I know you will too. Malin writes stories based on characters who dive unflinchingly into desperation, insecurity, connection and super-hot lust. Malin James does not write cookie-cutter characters. She writes about people. She’s been a featured writer on the KMQ podcast several times for this very reason. Malin’s also been an outstanding contributor to several of my anthologies over the years, and now I get to celebrate with all of you, Malin’s latest, greatest achievement. Be sure to stay tuned, after the interview for a #SexySnippet of Roadhouse Blues, read by lovely Malin James. Enjoy!!

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Welcome to Styx—a blue-collar, American town where people can do whatever they like, so long as they don’t advertise. From a 1950s diner to the back of a rocking Camaro, the stories in Roadhouse Blues reveal sex that is by turns romantic, raw, triumphant, and desperate. Meet two women grieving the same man, a bartender looking for anything but love, and a hot, brash newlywed who knows she married a cheat. The local garage is run by a kick-ass woman who gives as fierce as she gets, and the strip club is a place full of whiskey and smoke, where memories are exposed as easily as skin.

*****

Seriously, for your next read, order your very own copy of Roadhouse Blues!! As always, any reviews are greatly appreciated.

Go Deeper Press

Amazon 

B&N Nook

Kobo

GoodReads

*****

And, if you are interested in checking out other interviews and more #SexySnippets, check out these additional stops along the Roadhouse Blues Blog Tour!!

Bad Ass Blog Tour:

The Go Deeper Press Launch & Landing Pad

Interview with Xan West

Interview with Emmanuelle de Maupassant 

Review by Ella Dawson

Interview with Jade A. Waters

Guest Post for F.Dot Leonora: On Classic Films, Rough Sex & Roadhouse Blues

Interview with Melina Greenport

Tabitha Rayne Hosts an Excerpt from “Down & Dirty”

Guest Post for Delilah Night: On Stereotypes, Identity & Roadhouse Blues, (includes excerpt from “Truck Stop”)

Introduction & Excerpts: 

Lana Fox’s (brilliant) Introduction

from the title story, “Roadhouse Blues”

from (my favorite story), “Marlboro Man”

from “Flash, Pop!”, the story that inspired the collection

from “Down & Dirty” (courtesy of Tabitha Rayne)

from “Truck Stop” (courtesy Delilah Night)

Awesome Reviews & Feedback:

Ella Dawson

Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Jo Henny Wolf

Leone Ross – Come Let Us Sing Anyway

 

Hey, Everybody!

It was an incredible honor to interview Leone Ross, author of Come Let Us Sing Anyway, over at The Sexy Librarian’s Blogcast.

I recently read her newly published collection by Peepal Tree Press and fell in love with it. If you are looking for a new read, I highly recommend Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

Especially, if you are a writer, I also suggest that you follow Leone Ross on Twitter because she is doing a unique meme series called #TheArtOfTheSentence. Those little memes carry with them invaluable tips for your writer’s toolbox. She’s also put together a meme series #TheStoryBehindTheStory, a set of tiny interviews pertaining to each story in her Come Let Us Sing Anyway collection, well…all but one story.

OH! And, as if it just couldn’t get any better, stay tuned to the very end of the interview because Leone reads a beautiful snippet from, “And You Know This” as featured in her wonderful collection.

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Leone Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor, journalist and academic of Jamaican and Scottish ancestry. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red was long-listed for the Orange Prize, her second novel, Orange Laughter was chosen as a BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favorite. In 2015, Leone was one of three judges for the Manchester Prize for Fiction.

Come Let Us Sing Anyway
by Leone Ross
Published by: Peepal Tree Press
(Available in Paperback & Digital Book)

From headless schoolgirls, to talking food and threesomes, pretty much anything can happen in these witty, weird and wonderful short stories by Leone Ross. Ranging from flash fiction to intense psychological drama, magical realism, horror and erotica, these strange, clever, frank and sometimes very funny stories have a serious side too. Carefully crafted over 15 years, they explore unbounded sexualities, a vision of the fluidity of the person, and politics – from the deaths of black people at the hands of the police, to the deep shifts that signal the subtle changes in the nature of capitalism and much more. These stories may sometimes tickle, sometimes shock; but will always engage both the intellect and the heart.

Click here for Leone Ross’ TedTalk.

 

 

Jade A. Waters -The Reward

Welcome back, Everyone!

This episode of The Sexy Librarian’s Blogcast features Erotica author, Jade A. Waters. You guys know how much I adore this amazing woman. Her prose & poetry are both stellar! Her work has been featured over at The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica podcast, I’ve published several of her short stories, and I had the honor of helping kick off her official book tour, back in December, when she released her very first novel, The Assignment. Well, Jade A. Waters has returned, and we had wine and then got on the air to celebrate and discuss the release of her 3rd book, The Reward. To say that we had a great time, really just doesn’t cut it. We had a blast!

Here is my conversation with Jade A. Waters and her Lessons in Control series published by Carina Press:

The Lessons in Control series is available right now in Amazon (Kindle). AND, they are all on sale! (.99, $1.99, and $3.99!!) I recommend that you start with book 1 and then, just like I did, download books 2 and 3. Don’t forget to leave your reviews. 
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What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 

Seductive.

Charming.

Dominant.

Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.

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How far would you go to fulfill a fantasy? 

Maya Clery has taken risks before. Her relationship with Dean Sova started out as a risk—a series of sexual assignments, each hotter, wilder, more intense than the last. Exploring her submissive side with a powerful, trustworthy Dominant has been everything she hoped for, everything she needed.

Dean pushes Maya to her limits—it’s one of the things she loves most about him. But as they push the boundaries outside their sex life, meeting friends and family members, Maya realizes there’s still much she doesn’t know about the man with whom she’s sharing her bed.

And when a fantasy simmering between them becomes their latest challenge, past secrets begin to reveal weaknesses in their relationship that neither is ready to face.

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 What if the fantasy never had to stop? 

It’s been a year since Dean Sova turned Maya Clery’s world inside out. There isn’t a secret fantasy that Maya and Dean haven’t explored—each one more tantalizing and mind-blowing than the last. But while their relationship may be stronger than ever, taking the next step pushes boundaries neither one of them is prepared to face.

Dean couldn’t care less about Maya’s background—all her choices made her the woman he wants to tie to his bed and never let go. But not even a Dom as strong as Dean can keep the past at bay. When a threat from Maya’s old life surfaces, she’ll have to choose once and for all: fight for freedom under Dean’s command, or lose the reward she’s worked so hard for—the chance to be happy with the man she loves.

Dirty 30 Vol.2 Table of Contents & Cover REVEAL!

Ebook Pre-sales July 2017!

Hey, Erotica Lovers & Bloggers! Want an E-copy of Dirty 30 Vol.2 to review?
Email Rose Caraway to get on the list!

dirtythirtyantho(at)gmail(dot)com

There will be:
1. Advanced Reader E-copies available for Bloggers & dedicated Erotica Fans who love to review.
**Including D30 Vol.1 Ebook copies available to review too, upon request!!!
2. #SexySnippets
3. #WriterlyWisdoms
4. #AuthorInterviews *Have you subscribed to The Sexy Librarian’s Erotica blogcast? Better get on it…
5. Special KMQ Featured Episodes! *Don’t tell us you haven’t subscribed to The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast?! What are you waiting for? It’s free!
6. A Super Sexy Special Announcement
7. Limited print copies signed by Rose Caraway
Print and Audiobook publications are #comingsoon too!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTIONRose Caraway
1. HONEY, I’M HOMEChase Morgan
2. CANVASMalin James
3. JILLING OFFSilas Bliss
4. THUNDERCLAPSommer Marsden
5. SWITCHESDaily Hollow
6. A POLITE FICTIONTerrance Aldon Shaw
7. HEAVEN SENTJordan Castillo Price
8. THE CARNIVAL OF CARNAL DELIGHTS Dahlia Lovejoy
9. SWEET HEL BELOW Janine Ashbless
10. BLOSSOMINGJean Roberta
11. THE SWEET TASTE OF INSPIRATION Emily Bingham
12. GIRL NUMBER TWENTYRose de Fer
13. SCHEHERAZADE AND THE STRANGERDee Maselle
14. UNFINISHED BUSINESSRachel Woe
15. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARK Josie Jordan
16. A TASTE OF EROTICISMEva Hore
17. THE SEER R.A. Goli
18. THE RETURN OF THE SNOW QUEENTamsin Flowers
19. PURITYMelina Greenport
20. DO NOT DISTURBSonni de Soto
21. TORRID ZONEElliot DeLocke
22. MOBY TITLandon Dixon
23. THE THIEFMichael Lewis
24. THE CULT OF SEXUALITYJanie James
25. LIFE DRAWING 101Brantwijn Serrah
26. THE HONEYMOONEmmanuelle de Maupassant
27. THE DUDESpencer Dryden
28. SPIDER TWO, COME INM.L. Doyle
29. A CURE FOR LONELINESSBrown Sugar
30. I REALLY DO BELONG TO YOUDorothy Freed

 

Psst! Wanna go to the library? 

The Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway invites you to peruse the card catalog and find an erotic tale to suit your mood and your desire.

#ComingSoon
Ebook, Print, and Audiobook

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.1

The Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway is diligently cataloging her next library of Erotica. But while you wait, why don’t you get acquainted with The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.1! (There are actually 33 stories in this collection, but who’s counting?)

From Kass Goldsworthy’s  cuckolding story titled; “This Is What It’s Like” to Salome Wilde’s exploration into the life of a famous private detective and his unexpected sexual preferences in; “Noirgasm,” this erotica anthology will have your cravings well in hand. Sinclair Sexsmith’s, “Bully” will definitely make you pant–one spank at a time and editing extraordinaire, Rachel Kramer Bussel offers up a unique and endearing perspective of a couple’s closer-than-close relationship in her story titled; “The Weight.”

This erotic library is available in ebook and audiobook, so readers and Lurid Listeners alike will find horny coal miners in Landon Dixon’s “The Copper Kid,” a lonely relic collector who finds a very special marionette in Jade A. Water’s, “The Doll,” and refuge in Lynn Townsend’s, steamy rendezvous;“The Closet.” Follow a couple at the beach and experience their blossoming voyeurism as it takes off in Chase Morgan’s, “On The Rocks.”  Malin James, “The Reader And Her Books” seductively unfolds as a woman reveals her secreted stash of erotica to her lover. There’s a “Green Glass” dildo, an alien, a succubus, sexy flying Dutchmen, tension relieving bondage, public punishment, a geek with a troublesome sassy roommate–and even a selki!

Featuring the extraordinary talents of over 30 contributing authors who understand that sometimes Erotica fans like it hot, sometimes they like it rough, and sometimes they like it very, very… dirty!

Table of Contents:

1. This Is What It’s Like…..Kass Goldsworthy
2. Barcelona…..Malin James
3. The Bells…..Jade A. Waters
4. Bully…..Sinclair Sexsmith
5. Truth…..Emerald
6. Noirgasm…..Salome Wilde
7. The Copper Kid…..Landon Dixon
8. Low Card Flush…..Roger Leatherwood
9. Dear In The Headlights…..Angela Caperton
10. Just Browsing…..Michael M. Jones
11. The Doll…..Jade A. Waters
12. In The Closet…..Lynn Townsend
13. Green Glass…..Tamsin Flowers
14. On The Rocks…..Chase Morgan
15. Serendipity…..Jim Lyon
16. Lost And Found…..Elise Hepner
17. Stitching…..Amy Butcher
18. On A Mission…..Sybil Rush
19. Loosening Up…..Evey Brett
20. A Vision In X-Ray And Visible Light…..Nobilis Reed
21. Interview With A Succubus…..Martha Davis
22. Mystery Visitor…..Michael Lewis
23. Alpha Male…..Jean Roberta
24. Alien Sex…..Alegra Verde
25. My Christmas Gift For Cynthia…..Eva Hore
26. Flipping The Switch…..Victoria Blisse
27. Below The Sea…..T. Fox Dunham
28. Going Dutch…..Dee Maselle
29. Pound A Punnet…..Jillian Boyd
30. Always The Same, Always Changed…..Annabeth Leong
31. The Reader And Her Books…..Malin James
32. The Weight…..Rachel Kramer Bussel
33. Control “Z”…..Rose Caraway

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol.1 is available in Ebook and Audiobook

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