Entangled Publishing has launched a new erotic romance line this month and the four launch authors are dishing about the biggest challenge or most exciting part of writing an erotic romance for them.
Gina L. Maxwell, author of Shameless: How many euphemisms for naughty things can you come up with? And I’m talking acceptable, modern-day terms that don’t make you giggle or scrunch up your nose. While you’re thinking about it, I’ll just go ahead and tell you, it’s not easy. In an erotic romance, the sex scenes are more frequent, more detailed, and a hell of a lot more raw. You don’t gloss over things with pretty words—a technique that makes things sound less harsh as well as offering the author more alternatives to avoid repeating the same words or phrases too many times—like you do in a regular contemporary romance. In eroticas, you don’t skirt around the obscene and risqué. You embrace it.
Kristin Miller, author of Desiring Red: For me, the biggest challenge was making sure the story was a true erotica (a story revolving around an erotic premise) rather than simply a story with a lot of sex. I read and researched non-stop for a few weeks and then plotted carefully, keeping true to the genre while making sure that DESIRING RED would be unique and fresh. The most exciting part? Creating an erotic paranormal romance featuring two drool-worthy Alpha males and one feisty heroine who has one night to choose between them. Yeah. I kinda freaking love my job.