How I became an erotic romance writer
Writing erotic romance is not something I planned to do, or even aspired to for most of my life. Both as a child, and an adult, I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, with some mystery thrown in from time to time. Every once in a while, I'd read a contemporary story or a biography. Still, fantasy and sci-fi were definitely my favorites. Then I discovered paranormal romance. Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series. Angela Knight's Mageverse. Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. A whole new world opened up for me and before I knew it, I was hooked. I devoured book after book, and at some point, I thought hey, I want to try writing this kind of story.
Now people seem to think writing erotic romance is easy. Just sex, right? Wrong! Nothing is more boring than a technical description of how the human genitals fit together. In order to write erotic romance that people want to read, you need to have passion and action, adventure and danger. There needs to be a plot that would stand up even if all the sex were taken out. Sure there's sex. It stands to reason that two people who fall madly in love are going to consummate that love. The sex scenes are a natural part of the plot line.
I was very fortunate in being accepted by the first publisher I sent a story to. Changeling Press took the second story I'd written (the first was sold to a print publisher) Stranded on Earth and encouraged me to submit more manuscripts. Since I'd much rather write stories than Query Letters and Synopsis, I took the easy way out and haven't submitted to any other publishing houses since. I'm happy there, writing what I love and getting paid for it!