About “8:00 PM”

This post is about my story for Alison Tyler‘s anthology Morning, Noon and Night: Erotica for Couples, just out this month. There is one story for each hour of the day, plus one extra for lagniappe!

The first things I thought of when I was assigned 8:00 pm were: television, prime time, appointment teevee. The silly thing is, I don’t have television anymore. I don’t have cable or streaming capabilities at home, so I generally watch things on DVD, months or years after they’ve aired, with the only exception being Dr. Who – friends with BBC America keep me caught up on that. It was my present state of tv-watching that resonated with the 8:00 pm time slot; it was the nostalgia factor.

The last shows I watched every week on live television were The X-Files and Buffy:The Vampire Slayer. I didn’t have cable even then, and because I live in the midst of a lot of tall buildings, it was often tricky to adjust my antenna just right. I would swear a lot. Sometimes, I could only tell characters apart by their voices (Robert Patrick!). But I watched, faithfully, because I cared deeply about those characters.

My story for Morning, Noon, and Night is not only a love (and sex) story about Martha and Sven, it’s also a love story about people and the television shows they love, and the sometimes absurd-seeming ways that love is expressed. It’s about how a shared activity like tv, and being a fan of a particular show, brings people together. After all, if you can love a tv show that much, then what can happen when you love the person next to you on the couch, even more?

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.