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Top Erotic Authors
Who better to give you tips on how to write erotic fiction than the masters (and mistresses) themselves? We contacted a few of our filthiest, favourite erotic fiction authors and asked them to share their thoughts with you. This is what they said.
Kerri Sharp, editor for Black Lace Books
"In the erotic genre, style matters. Erotic characters should walk the talk, grab your attention from the first line of the story, and draw you in to their personality and their world. I'm proud to say that not one of these stories in the books I have edited begins with a description of the weather or of someone waking up – a certain kiss of death for short stories as far as I’m concerned!"
"Write about well-rounded, believable characters, have a strong storyline and don't just string a series of sex scenes together without much thought.Also, if you don't like and enjoy sex then don't try and write about it. I've never climbed Mount Everest, so I wouldn't try and write a novel about a woman who did!"
Read our interview with Frederica Alleyn here.
"Write what turns you on. I can tell – and so can any editor worth his or her salt – if someone is faking it. Stephen King wrote a fantastic book that I recommend to any aspiring writer, erotic or otherwise, titled 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.'"
Read our exciting and insightful interview with erotic author Virginia Crowley here.
"Writing erotic short stories is hard because you have less time and space to explore your characters than in a novel. It's pretty much ‘wham, bam, thank you ma'am’ and it's over! But the best thing you can do, even with a short story, is to add some humour. I was regularly told by people at Black Lace that sex was a serious matter but if you think about all the faces and noises and things that really go on - it's actually pretty hilarious! Don't be afraid to throw some of that in, it makes it so much more realistic."
Read our exclusive interview with one of Black Lace's original erotic authors Cheryl Mildenhall, here.
"Try to give the reader descriptions and associations that he or she wouldn't have thought of without you. Make the reader need you - your words, your voice. Be aware of the wealth of options at your disposal regarding vocabulary, sentence structure, imagery, etc. (But make sure you use your words and your grammar correctly!) Exploit this decision-making aspect of the writing process, so that you're really crafting your story, making deliberate choices so as to utilize the details that you think will work best."
Read our probing interview with erotic short story writer Jeremy Edwards, here.