Things are sure changing on the sex front!
Those books and toys that used to get delivered in a plain brown wrapper with no return address are now getting sent to your Kindles and other eReaders with the touch of a “buy” button.
Well, the toys still arrive at your front door, but now the return address is Amazon Fulfillment Center. Hmmm…
I have to say that I didn’t pay much attention to the upsurge in written erotica before the advent of the eReader and ebook. This made writing for and buying erotica simple, painless and anonymous.
And with the explosion of the fanfic 50 Shades of Gray, BDSM hit the mainstream with the sugar surge of a cheap candy bar. Even your friendly neighborhood bookstore had a display of piles of it.
I’m trying to come to grips with this phenomena. Both as a reader and as a writer.
An acquaintance, a woman in one of my writers’ groups, looks like someone’s Granny. Matched sweater set, conservative skirt, pearls. Then she gets up to talk about her latest erotic book. When I see her with her husband, I wonder about fantasies.
And another woman I know has sold 500,000 books of her vampire erotica.
My biggest question isn’t “where did this come from?” but “How can I get in this?”
I write in two genres, traditional mysteries and paranormal romance. The mysteries, by their definition, don’t have much sex or violence. Sex scenes consist of “I woke up in Phil’s bed, wondering how I got here,” and “They raced each other upstairs.” These are racier than a lot of my friends write. Most of their characters don’t get near a flat surface, they settle for a chaste good-night kiss.
The paranormal romance series, The Kandesky Chronicles, on the other hand, is getting spicier. I have a following of YA readers, girls between thirteen and sixteen, so I’m still careful, but there are scenes like: “When I looked up, his eyes were darkening with lust and longing and his hands began pulling my blouse up. He found my bra, scooped one breast out, ran a thumb over my nipple and then leaned to put it in his mouth. It was a race to see who could undress me first.”
There are times when writing erotica looks appealing. These are when I check out the BDSM or Erotica sales rankings on Amazon. I’m in the mid-five-figure range and some of these authors are closing in on the Top 100.
Sex sells, and with erotica out of the closet, it’s a big market. I just wonder if I’m able to write it.
Book Seven of The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, SNAP: White Nights, was published March 20 and is available in ebook format at Amazon http://amzn.com/B00J3BIU22 , B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/snap-michele-drier/1118933397?ean=2940149424023, and Kobo, http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/snap-white-nights.
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
She writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries and the six-book Kandesky Vampire Chronicles paranormal romance series, and has just published her ninth book, SNAP: White Nights. She’s working on the eighth book in the series, SNAP: All That Jazz, scheduled for publication in summer 2014.