You see, the erotica stories I mostly read were, umm, just porn on paper. And when I was asked to give it a try, I just knew I wouldn't be able to do it.
But apparently, there are so many things I hadn't known about erotica.
#1 I thought didn't get published in Amazon - I mean, even before the 50 shades craze. I thought they weren't sold on "respectable" sites so I hunted elsewhere for them. In the end, the ones I got to read were straight from the "literature" section of a porn site.
I did get to read Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy but it didn't feel erotica to me because it was Anne. Rice. She writes all sorts of cool stuff. Of course she'd make erotica read like classical lit.
#2: Most of the "erotica" stories I got to read - and thought was being asked to write - featured non-consensual encounters and pairings between people who IRL can't be together. Like, they just CAN'T because it's the greatest TABOO of all. So, umm, no, that's gonna be another pass for me.
But then I got to read 50 Shades. I know many won't agree with me, but I really think the story and characters are great. They weren't perfect - no book is and I freely confess to skimming a few pages when I read older Stephen King books - but they were NOT trash either. Or at all! If anything, EL James should be credited for reviving a genre that never really took off in the first place.
Anyway, my first attempt at writing erotica would be The Moretti Werewolves series. They started out more as a paranormal rom-com but somehow along the way it sort of meandered into erotica as well. It's not hardcore erotica, but it's...sexier than anything I've written and I hope you guys let me know what you think when you've read it. :) I really, really look forward to hearing