Types of Paranormal Romance

I first entered writing through science fiction and fantasy, and still read from that perspective when, these days, I read paranormal romance. I enjoy deconstructing the elements of the genre, and comparing and contrasting paranormals to non-romantic fantasy. Maybe it’s because I don’t have cable. Here are some of my thoughts. There’s a theory I’ve […]

Edits in pov

These examples are from an erotica short story I wrote many years ago, which taught me a lot about point of view. The story started out in third-person past. Eventually, I changed it to second-person present. Have a look at the difference! Original:“No more shooting in the corridors, but Riesel’s nerves still sang from her […]

Soldiers of the 369th

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

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,” […]

Making Stories Stand Out

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 […]