Several months ago, I was having lunch with a group of women. We were having Mexican food and everyone was enjoying margaritas. About halfway through the meal, the conversation moved from polite small talk to the topic of reading sexy books. All the women at the table knew I was a writer and they wanted recommendations. Most had read Fifty Shades by E. L. James and the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. I recommended some other books I’d enjoyed–ones by Lauren Dane, Maya Banks, J. D. Tyler, etc. But then the discussion got really interesting.
When the topic of reading erotica first came up the women were tentative. As if they were worried about being judged for enjoying those types of stories. But once pretty much everyone had admitted they read them, too, things got more open. One woman in particular admitted that one of the reasons she loved them was because in erotica she learned it was okay to do certain things.
Let me repeat that: A grown, married woman admitted that a book taught her that fairly common sex acts were not forbidden or shameful. This statement hit me like a bolt of lightning. Women are taught to feel ashamed of our desires. We feel like we’re not allowed to have fantasies. Erotica helps us understand that it doesn’t have to be that way.
As a writer and a woman, this conversation was a call to action. I realized that erotic romance serves a purpose beyond entertainment. They can empower women.
I’d had the idea for the Find Your Fantasy series in my head for a long time before that lunch, but I’d resisted writing it because I guess I, too, was worried about what people would think if I wrote those books. But that conversation made me realize that just as readers can be empowered by books, so are writers empowered by writing them.
Writing the Find Your Fantasy series was some of the most fun I’ve had with the written word in a while. The playful choose your own erotic adventure format appeals to my belief that sex should be serious fun. The short story format should also appeal to busy readers, who may not have time to invest in a novel. And I love the idea that I can provide stories for women who understand that sex isn’t a duty–it’s a joy.
Whether you’re looking for new ideas to try with your partner or for just some good old fashioned fun, I hope you’ll give these stories a try.
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