A friend on LinkedIn asked me today how I got started in Erotica, and here is part of the answer I wrote to her.
How did I start in erotica? Funnily enough, erotica was not my first choice of genre – not even close! My original interest was Epic Fantasy – I was (am!) going to be the next Tolkien, and earn a fortune writing huge tomes of imaginary adventures populated by fantastic beings and filled with incredible dangers! At the time, many of the so-called gurus of the genre were advocating making your scenes as detailed as possible – you can’t have too much detail in a fantasy world! The more, the better, as it helps the reader visualize your world that much easier.
One of the aspects of fantasy that I had thought were missing – and still do – were the menial chores of everyday human life. Things such as having to urinate, or doing a number 2, etc. My thinking was – if we have to be very detailed, how come these details are being missed out? A few of my scenes involved the developing relationships between various characters, and developing these eventually produced some very erotic narratives, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing! ;-)
One of the sad aspects of writing Epic Fantasy is that it takes so darn long to produce anything worthwhile! I had many other commitments in my life, and getting the time needed to do justice to my stories became more and more difficult. So I started work on some smaller endeavors, which were based more in the real world, and erotica seemed to be a natural focus. So I started experimenting with some short stories, and the feedback I got was very supportive and positive. Then, the Every Night Erotica website started up, and, so far, has published 4 of my submissions, and I have one waiting a decision, and 8 more in the pipeline!