Whipped Cream is pleased to have Paige Tyler with us today. Paige and her "very good" research assistant, otherwise known as her husband, call the beautiful Florida coast home. They share it with their easy-going dog and their lazy, I-refuse-to-get-off-the-couch-for-anything-but-food cat.
Paige told me she believes a lot of people think erotic romance is just porn and that it's all about the sex. "While erotic romances are heavy on the sex," she explained, "they aren't just about the sex. They are about the romance, too, and about the hero and heroine falling in love. The romance drives my story, not the sex."
I asked her what books she would recommend for writers just starting to write erotic romance.
"I'm not a big fan of 'how-to' books," she told me. "I think the best way a new author can learn how to write erotic romance is to read a lot of erotic romances. You can learn so much about word choice, writing style, character development and description by doing that. I took a lot of English courses in college, but I really learned to write by studying how other authors did it."
It's important not to forget that even though the book is going to have a lot of sex in it, the important thing is to have a good story first. "Don't just string random sex scenes together," she said. "As far as word choice when it comes to describing the sex, be as graphic as you're comfortable with, but keep it real. Also, it's really important to know what a certain publisher is looking for. Don't submit flowery regency storylines to a publisher looking for edgier contemporary stories."
Another thing Paige feels is important is the old standby "write what you know." She admits it sounds cliché, but learned the necessity of it through personal experience. "I tried to write epic fantasy, because it was the 'big' thing at the time," she told me. "But the words wouldn't come, and it was very frustrating. As soon as I started writing the kind of erotic romance stories that I really love, the words just flowed. Write the kind of stories that you're passionate about, and the publishing part will take care of itself."
Paige thinks there's something really sexy about a pierced belly button, but admits, "I'm way too freaked out by needles and the pain involved to really get my belly button pierced. Oddly enough, none of the heroines in my books have their belly buttons pierced, though. I think I definitely need to write a book with a heroine who has her belly button pierced."
I asked Paige what she considered the best food for eating off another's tummy or other body parts.
"Oooh, chocolate body paint! And whipped cream! As for other body parts, I think they all serve as a tasty platter! Well, except for feet. Let's not go there!" she said, laughing.
She can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, but it doesn't matter to her since she will drink either one. And, when I asked her about her strange habits, she laughed again.
"My hubby says that I have a lot of strange habits!" she replied. "But I'd have to say that one of my strangest habits is this thing I have about wanting all the labels on things in the kitchen cabinets and the fridge to face out. Weird, I know!" You can keep up with Paige on her blog, http://paigetylerauthor.blogspot.com