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Excerpts and link to interview with author Jamie Brenner on, “How Writers Can Explore Erotic Fiction,” by Jason Boog on Galleycat: The first word on the book publishing industry.
The erotica genre has never been more exciting or more crowded. On today’s Morning Media Menu, author Jamie Brenner shared advice for writers looking to explore this new world.
Brenner wrote Miss Chatterley as Logan Belle, creating an erotic and modern update of D.H. Lawrence‘s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Press play below to listen to the complete interview on SoundCloud. We’ve included some excerpts below…
It’s really important to be aware of what is out there and to know where your work fits. I think a lot of people (and believe me, I don’t have all the answers, by any stretch) who read a lot of romance and erotica like what they like. They’re not necessarily looking for someone to come in and reinvent the wheel. If you are writing something you should have an idea: “Readers who like X, Y and Z will also like my stuff. I fit into this circle of books or readers.” You have to at least know that going in. Once you know where you belong, then you can stretch the boundaries within that genre, niche or milieu. It is really important to know what is working and not to try and write in a vacuum.
Brenner also shared advice for writing about sexuality in your work:
I don’t think about other people reading it. People can get really hung up, saying “What if my friend at work reads this?” You just have to say: “I’m serving the story.” As a writer, we describe people’s clothes, we describe where they live. Sexuality is a huge part of characterization. You can say as much about a character in one sex scene as dialogue in an entire chapter. I don’t think writers should look at sex as something like prurient or gratuitous, they have to see it as a tool in telling their story.
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