A few weeks ago, I eavesdropped on a Twitter conversation between two male writers, Brandon King (@SBrandonking http://kingsb.blogspot.com) and Damian Santiago (@DamianErotica http://damianerotica.blogspot.com/?zx=9a075cbb0b6c01b) about if men could write erotica/erotic romance:
“@SBrandonking Never used female pen name. My luck comes and goes. Some months are good and some are bad.”
First thought is why the hell not? OK, we get into touchy territory – for some – when it’s if straight women can write male/male erotic romance.
I know many a successful writer in that genre, so why can’t men write erotic romance? Do they not experience romance, too? Or, is it just from a different perspective?
In the past, I’ve been told that I write from the male point of view well. I blame my male high school friends. Being an only girl with eight guys in a bedroom makes a person learn things.
At the same time, though, I’ve read some really bad writing of a female point of view, from men. I’m sorry, but I don’t know many (any?) women who get off on facial come shots. If they do, they’re not sharing. Likewise, women don’t often go around feeling their breasts – unless they just took off their bra after a long day – or their freshly shaven legs.
Those descriptions may be male fantasies, but not a woman’s.
When it comes down to it, it’s important to run your writing past a friend who can offer an honest critique. Does the material work and seem real? For me, some writing from male writers can be even sexier because it’s harder and rougher, and yes, sometimes even the girliest girls like it rough.
So what do you think? Can men write erotic romance?
Here’s a look at a new release:
The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf 4: The Wolfe Pack
Silver Ashe can’t let go of the desire to find her birth father and the urge to join a pack. Against the wishes of her brother, Trevor, and her vampire-lover, Nick, Silver leaves New Orleans for the woods of Louisiana.
Available now via Ravenous Romance, Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other eRetailers.
As the tradition, to celebrate the release of The Wolfe Pack, I’m giving away an awesome New Orleans themed prize!
Hurricane Gift Basket
By Pat O’Briens
2 hurricane glasses and a drink mix, directly from the world famous Pat O’Briens in New Orleans. Shipping to the U.S. Value is worth $14.50 + the cost of shipping. I reserve the right to substitute the prize in case product is not available. If the winner is international, they can choose a $15 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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Until next time,
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