Writing Erotica After Writing NA by Rebecca Grace Allen
The funny thing about being asked to write a blog post on the topic of “writing erotica after writing new adult” is that...well, I didn’t. While His Contract is the fourth book I’ve published, it’s actually the story I wrote first.
The idea for His Contract appeared in my head in January of 2012, when I had a particularly nasty case of the flu. Inspiration doesn’t care if you’re coughing up a lung, however, and I found myself wrapped in a blanket at my computer typing out a scene of a submissive getting sick and her Dominant coming to take care of her. That was the birth of Jack and Lilly. After getting that scene down (it actually takes place about two thirds of the way through the story) I built my outline and began writing. Five months later, the idea for The Duality Principle, the first book in my New Adult series The Portland Rebels, popped into my brain. At that time, NA wasn’t a thing yet. It simply didn’t exist, so I wasn’t writing with that target genre in mind. I was writing because the characters climbed into my head and yelled at me until I put them down on paper.
I wrote both stories consecutively, but since The Duality Principle was novella-length, it was completed sooner than His Contract and found its way through the Samhain slush pile faster. His Contract also needed a lot more work (*coughs* seven drafts *coughs*), which is why it’s coming out now.
So I guess I’m not much of an authority on writing erotica after writing new adult, and to be honest, I don’t feel a great difference between the two genres. At least not when it comes to my stories. All the characters in The Portland Rebels fall toward the end of the NA age bracket—they’re between twenty-four and twenty-five years old. They’re done with college and are years away from adolescence, but they’re still struggling with making that leap into adulthood as far as their careers, their families and their relationships are concerned. My NA also tends to be just as sexy as my contemporary erotica. For most of the characters in the Portland Rebels, it’s not their first trip to the rodeo. They know what they want sexually, and they’re going after it, stumbling into love in the process. In His Contract, the sex scenes all have elements of BDSM, but they’re merely stepping stones—vehicles through which Jack and Lilly to get to know one another, and also accept themselves.
I think the main difference in writing two different genres is in proving myself as an author of erotica after launching with NA. I need to show I can do both, which I believe I can, because the only true difference between Jack, Lilly, and the characters in my NA series are their ages. Put that aside, and their struggles aren’t so different. Jack is settled in his career, but is having a hard time finding meaning in it—or anything else for that matter—after the death of his wife. Lilly has dreamt of becoming a lawyer, but an abusive relationship has shattered her self confidence. Both of them are having a tough time being okay with who they are and what they want. The opinions of their families are very important to them, and they’re both looking for love.
New Adult has been stamped as stories about characters who are trying to figure themselves out while trying to figure the world out. Here’s the thing though—we never really stop trying to figure things out, or the world for that matter. We’re always looking to find deeper meaning in life. We never stop trying to better ourselves, to do more, live happier, love harder. It’s the same if you’re twenty or forty, and it’s the same in romance as well. So the only difference in writing erotica after NA is that this is when this book happened to come out, and I hope readers will enjoy Jack and Lilly’s story.
Lawyers know when to play by the rules…and when to break them.
Harvard law professor Jack Archer once balanced his professional life with the private world of dominance, surrender and trust he shared with his wife. Since cancer stole her a year ago, finding love again—her final wish for him—is the furthest thing from his mind.
From his empty house to the classroom, grief follows his every move. Until he meets a young woman with shadows in her eyes even darker than his own.
Once a shining star at law school, Lilly Sterling’s dreams died when the Dom she trusted left her heartbroken and lost. She’s starting fresh in a new city as a paralegal, but meeting Jack reawakens all her old demons—and her lingering desires.
Jack offers to become Lilly’s mentor for both the courtroom and the playroom, but tells himself it’s not a relationship. Their carefully worded agreement guarantees that. But when their trial agreement starts heating up, both Jack and Lilly must decide what will tip the scales: the letter of the law...or love?
Warning: All rise for a book that contains a wounded submissive and a Dominant who wants to retrain her while retaining control of his heart. Discovery phase may involve spankings, bondage, edging, and blindfolds. Is it hot? You be the judge.
Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she's returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish. - See more at: http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/about