African-American soldiers of the 369th (15th New York) who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. I love looking at photographs from the period I’m researching. It reinforces that I’m reading about real people, who lived real lives, far beyond what I can know of them.
Valentine Playlist “Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James“Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue“Dance Me to the End of Love,” Madeleine Peyroux“The Queen of Argyll,” Silly Wizard“Trouble,” Alannah Myles“Lover’s Cross,” Jim Croce“No Ordinary Love,” Deftones (Sade cover)“Love’s Divine,” Seal“Baby, I Love You,” Aretha Franklin“Love Lockdown,” Kanye West“Train Song,” Eliza Carthy (DNA remix)“Alla That’s All Right, But,” […]
Anyone can write smut. Whether they can write good smut is another thing entirely. There is no right answer to, “What makes good smut?” But I have opinions on what makes good smut. Several opinions. 1. It’s never just sex. A story that only describes a sexual act is not a story. It may be […]
Be Different. Be. Different. I was talking about experimentation and difference in the last post. I think my attention to difference is one of the reasons I manage to sell stories consistently. Erotica stories, by their nature, are somewhat the same. The gender or sexuality of the participants, and the sexual acts involved, are barely […]
How did it begin, that I became a writer of erotica? I sent my first story, “Water Music,” off to an anthology edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj called Aqua Erotica. Alas, it did not sell. Later, when I saw the anthology, I realized why; my story was considerably smuttier and less literary than what was […]