Why do you read erotic romance? by Cari Quinn
I'm thrilled to be at Night Owl Romance today!
Now I have a question for you...why do you read erotic romance?
Is it for the fantasy? The desire to maybe learn some new things that will ignite the spark between you and your significant other? Is it pure entertainment or do you like it because erotic romance still gives you a hot HEA while dealing with some edgy and often difficult topics?
I read - and write - erotic romance for all the above. I'll admit, when I first started checking out erotic romance, I thought it was more often than not just a competition just to see who could get more salacious and scandalous acts into print. Then as I learned more, I saw many authors go far beyond that. Erotic romance is hot, yes, often right into X-rated, if our books were movies. But the themes these books explore are universal. Love, betrayal, acceptance. It's true, you may not own a sex swing or have ever considered inviting more than one person into your bed. That's perfectly okay. For some people, those elements are reality, just as some of the more shockingly painful things we read about have often occurred outside of the pages of the books. I know I read and write to learn. About myself. About others. Insights about the human condition often come to me while I'm lost in fiction, and I know I can't be the only one.
I also tend to be nosy and extremely curious. No closed doors for me. What better way to really get a sneak peek of a hero or heroine's inner workings than a book that contains scenes that run the gamut of emotions? Few scenes illustrate as dramatically what a character is made of as a love scene. Want to know what that hero/heroine is really all about? Watch how they make love...or if they make love at all. Better yet, sometimes what a character refuses to reveal in a sexy scene is most telling of all. I don't necessarily mean does Floyd Golightly like kink in the bedroom. More, I'm referring to what baggage he brings with him under the sheets.
Some stories exist as pure fantasy. Most of us have never had a threesome with werewolves *g* and I can honestly admit I wouldn't partake were that option given to me. But what's wrong with that? Fiction at its root is escape. Some readers only find relief from difficult situations in their lives when they manage to lose themselves in a character's world. Identification with another, even if that other is fictional, can act powerfully to remind us that we're not alone. "Sally Slaphappy can overcome the issues in her life and find her happy ending, so I can too." There are as many reasons for people to pick certain genres as there are readers, and as a writer who loves her job, I'm very grateful for that.
My first book, Full Disclosure, released this past November at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses. It's definitely a spicy story - I tend to like those ;) - but it's also a story of learning how to trust and give yourself to another in ways that go far beyond the physical. Holly and Alex definitely use sex as part of their discovery process, but it's only when they learn true acceptance of each other and themselves that the act becomes about more than simple release.
I really enjoyed writing Full Disclosure. So much so, I'm writing two more stories set in that world. Hunk Du Jour, an online dating site, plays a big part in Full Disclosure, and I just completed the story of Jenny, Hunk Du Jour's webmistress. I'm now writing Haley's story, Holly's younger sister. Hopefully those tales will be making their way to a virtual bookshelf near you soon.
Want to know more about Full Disclosure? Here's the blurb:
Thirty-eight-year-old divorcee Holly Burrows has had enough of battery-operated love. Prompted by an ad left at her law office, she investigates Hunk Du Jour, a website designed to foster ‘adult connections’. After weeks of sexy emails and phone calls with surf hunk Kent, she's ready to test their chemistry in person. But first she has to get through lunch with her colleague Alex, a man with a brain as agile as his body. When their consultation ends with a bang, she barely remembers the man she'd lined up for dessert. Now she thinks she's juggling two hot young guys. How can she choose between her two gorgeous cubs – and why do they remind her of each other?
You can buy Full Disclosure here: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/wilderroses/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=737 or at Fictionwise: http://www.fictionwise.com/
I'm thrilled to be giving away a PDF copy of Full Disclosure to a commenter! I know why I read erotic romance, but why do you? I'd love to hear what makes it your genre of choice, either to read or write. If you don't like erotic romance, you're welcome here too. What's your favorite genre and why? I'm curious to see what makes people gravitate toward certain types of stories. I look forward to your responses!
I love meeting new readers and writers, so feel free to stop by my blog: http://cariquinn.blogspot.com/ I'm also cariquinn on Twitter. Between the two, I'll keep you posted on any new releases and/or news of earthshattering importance in my writerly life. Occasionally I have some fun, too. ;)
Cari Quinn wrote her first story - a bible parable - in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she'd ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today. Cari's genres of choice include contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, urban fantasy and paranormal. Recently she discovered erotic romance. Oh, how far she's come…