Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Erin O'Riordan, whose latest novel Midsummer Night was released in December 2009.
I asked Erin how she distinguished between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography.
"I don't! I write what I want to write and let the editors and readers decide which category to file it under. To me, it all falls under the broad spectrum of erotica. I'll write any sexual scenario involving consenting adults over the age of 18 and bring the same artistic sensibilities to each, whether I'm writing for Hustler Fantasies or cleansheets.com."
Erin completed her first novel, Whip, in 2006.
"I had the best luck pulling out the sex scenes and getting those (well, at least one) published," she told me.
"What is the most embarrassing sex scene you've ever written?" I wondered.
"'Robo,' the piece I submitted to forthegirls.com’s erotic fiction contest in 2008. It took an honorable mention, so someone must have liked it. Still, the subject matter (cleaning woman desires lesbian experience with sex doll) is so unconventional, I’m a bit surprised I thought of it."
She's discovering new erotic authors to enjoy all the time, but a few she really enjoys include Kate Douglas, Emma Holly, J.R. Ward, and Katie McAlister. Her favorite erotic novel is, understandably, Beltane, the first book in her Pagan Spirits series, but if she were stranded on a desert island, she admitted she would choose The Mammoth Book of Erotic Confessions.
"Not just because I'm a contributor," she explained, "but because these stories are erotic and true. Give it an extra zing."
For a good solid foundation if a writer wants to write erotica, Erin recommends How to Read/Write a Dirty Story by Susie Bright. It is also helpful to visit the Erotica Readers and Writers' Association online and check the calls for submissions.
She added, "Write and submit often, be persistent, and avoid excessive onomatopoeia."
If Erin could be anyone she wanted, she would choose to be Linda Lael Miller.
"I’d love to write 20 books a year and have them sold at every drugstore and supermarket in the USA. People browsing my novels while buying cough medicine is what I yearn for," she explained.
If she had to piece a body part, she would pick to pierce her navel again.
"The navel is great body part to draw someone’s eye to. I miss my little butterfly navel ring, but it fell out. (Ew, right?) Body piercing is sexy because it’s still a little bit forbidden, a little exotic. Plus, having the actual piercing done is intimate and a bit of a boundary violation, which gives it a kind of eroticism. It’s like mild BDSM."
She likes colored mini-marshmallows for eating off another's tummy, but chocolate sauce for all other parts. And probably dark chocolate sauce, since dark chocolate takes the prize as Erin's favorite food.
Erin can also tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi—but she prefers the caffeine-free, diet versions of each of them.
"My favorite cola is sold as a generic at the Meijer chain of stores," she told me.
"What is your most embarrassing moment?" I asked.
"When my mom pointed out to me that I’d given the same character two different names in 'Oliver’s Famous Clam Chowder,' and neither I nor the publisher’s editor had caught the mistake in time."
Finally, I asked Erin, "What does your family think of your writing? Do they read it?"
"They keep promising me they’re going to read it, but I wonder if they ever do. As long as they pay for it, I’m happy."
You can keep up with Erin on her website, http://www.aeess.com