Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Liane Gentry Skye, author of "Hearts Storm" in Secrets Volume 27 and Wicked Tempation, which were both released this month from Red Sage Publishers.
Liane feasted on Secrets volumes for a long time before she started writing romance and, when it came time to choose a publisher for her own work, Red Sage is the only publishing house she ever submitted to.
I asked her which authors she thought wrote excellent erotic fiction.
"Joey Hill, Natasha Moore, Alice Gaines, Roxana Blaze. Cynthia Eden, and Rae Monet. Also, my crit partner, Tambra Kendall who made erotic romance look so tempting that I had to try writing it myself!" she said. "You may have noticed that five of the six are Red Sage authors."
The main thing she uses to judge a good erotic story is a strong emotional connection between the hero and heroine. "I believe the emotion and larger than life stakes drives the heat between a hero and heroine," she told me. "I don't think excellent erotic fiction can arise without an author working those emotions and the conflicts that arise from them to the hilt."
Liane explained that she doesn't write erotica, but rather she writes erotic romance. "Many people are surprised to find that there is a difference between the two. While answers vary from author to author and house to house, for me, erotic romance tells a fully developed love story that leads to a happily ever after for at least the primary couple," she said. "For me, erotica doesn't necessarily promise a happily ever after ending, and might not be quite as developed plot wise as an erotic romance."
"Is there a boundary between porn and erotic romance that you personally would never cross?" I asked.
"I thought I'd never write a menage scene," she replied. "Not because I think it's wrong for an author to explore those situations, but because I believed I could never find characters who could prove to me that a menage could end up in a happily ever after without feeling forced.
"My upcoming release, Wicked Temptation, contains a very loving, yet heart wrenching menage scene. That scene is crucial to the resolution of the plot and the kick off to the entire Three Kinds of Wicked series. So if there's a moral here, it's never say never!"
Liane didn't always set out to write erotic romance. In fact, her novella in Secrets Volume 27, "Heart Storm," actually started off as a children's story. She has never written "straight" romance, however. She explained, "Straight romance didn't interest me as much as testing the boundaries of human pleasure within the framework of an intensely loving relationship."
Her first attempt at writing a sex scene is the one she would consider her most embarrassing—but not because of the sexual content. "It was so ridden with cliches and euphemisms that I found myself literally rolling on the floor laughing," she confessed. "Maybe that half bottle of wine I drank to loosen my muse up had something to do with that!"
Liane has always written for fun, but when both her sons were diagnosed with autism, she needed to look for something else.
"My social life flew out the window, and necessarily so," she said. "I've never regretted that. But at the same time, I needed something to maintain a grip on some life outside of their disabilities.
"First, I wrote about autism. Then I wrote women's fiction and literary fiction. One of those stories is still up on Amazon Shorts. Later on, I found myself reading for those 'happily ever afters.'. It didn't take long for me to begin spinning some ideas of my own. So I burned a lot of midnight oil and entertained myself with the passions and plights of larger than life characters in search of their one true love. "
On a more personal note, I asked Liane if she could be anyone she wanted to be, who she would choose.
"I'd be my oldest son," she replied. "He's severely autistic, and there's nothing I wouldn't trade for the chance to live inside his head and experience the world as he does."
Her most embarrassing moment? "Losing my strapless sundress during a drunken version of the twist in a very busy beachside nightclub," she said. "Worse, I was out with a guy who I already knew I didn't want to go out with again, and I had a very hard time losing him at my hotel room door at the end of the evening."
Her favorite food is Pad Thai (and, if you are in the San Francisco area, that's where she ate the very best Pad Thai she's ever had).
She cannot bring herself to eat beef tongue, though.
She admitted she couldn't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, however she can tell the difference between caffeinated and decaf sodas.
"Have you ever known anyone who can tie a cherry stem with their tongue?" I wondered.
"That would be me. I can also give a bar towel an erection. "
When she's not writing, Liane can be found battling for fair and appropriate educations for children with autism. "In Florida, those are hard to come by," she explained. "It's a never ending nightmare, mostly for the children who pay the prices for inadequate educations at the cost of any bright future. And it's usually not the fault of their teachers, rather the powers who dole out the funds. The arrogance I face on a daily basis never fails to break my heart."
Finally, I asked Liane, "What advice do you give authors wanting to write erotica?"
"Don't obsess over the heat levels and number of love scenes required to make your work 'hot' enough. Let emotion drive your characters. Once that relationship is developed enough, character conflicts and passions will take care of the heat on their own."
You can keep up with Liane on her blog, http://lianegentryskye.blogspot.com