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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Author Interview: Gina Gordon
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Gina Gordon, whose latest release His Five Favorite Lines was released last month from Breathless Press.
The couple in His Five Favorite Lines, Becca and Jordan, are very dear to Gina's heart. Not only were they the first couple that got published (Her Five Favorite Words, told from Becca's POV, was published in April 2010), but their story incorporates a lot of elements from Gina's own life. His Five Favorite Lines is told from Jordan's POV. In the first story, while it had a promising ending, Becca and Jordan did not get their HEA. Do they in this story? Gina wasn't saying!
Gina actually started out wanting to write Chick Lit, not erotica. She had been reading a lot of erotic romance at the time, however, and when she sat down to put words on paper, her characters just wanted to have sex.
She laughed and said, "It just seems to be the perfect fit for me. The one thing that hasn't changed is my need to write a happily ever after."
I asked her how she personally distinguish between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography.
"In my opinion, erotic romance is the combination of a love story and pivotal sex scenes with graphic language that reveal character and slowly solidify the emotional connection of those characters. Erotica and porn? That's a fine line for me. The only difference I can suggest is that erotica is sensual, the purpose is to stimulate, whereas with porn, it is pure sex with no purpose."
Her favorite erotic author to read (and to learn from) is Lorelei James—and Gina told me she couldn't pick just one favorite erotic book because she loves the entire Rough Rider series by Lorelei.
"In my opinion she is the reigning Queen of erotic romance!" she declared. "I also love Jill Shalvis, and Bella Andre, but they write a little lower on the heat scale."
Gina told me she thinks the best form of research is reading other erotic romance books.
"I find the more I read, the more my brain thinks up different story ideas," she explained. "I also like to read Cosmopolitan magazine for inspiration and my favorite technical book is Passionate Ink by Angela Knight."
Not surprisingly, her advice to authors who want to write erotica follow along the same lines.
"Read, read, read! In all (sub)genres and all heat levels," she said. "Not only does it get your writing juices flowing but you will also determine your boundaries when it comes to writing sex scenes and also get a feel for what you find sexy. That is very important because if you don't find something sexy, don't write about it. Your readers will know."
Gina's pretty open to try new elements or toys within sex scenes. Her writing must have an emotional connection, however, that leads to a happily ever after.
She told me that she's tried writing "straight" romance, but finds it very challenging.
"It seems that I am partial to the dirty words! So far, I'm having fun with it. Until the day comes when my characters decide to be prudes, I will keep writing the sexy times!" she told me.
She doesn't think any of her sex scenes have been embarrassing, because she tries to write around what she thinks is sexy so embarrassment isn't a factor.
"What's embarrassing is knowing that your mother is reading your sex scenes, because mine does!" she exclaimed.
On a personal note, I asked Gina, "If you had to pierce a body part, what would you pierce and why?"
"I would probably pierce my belly button...again. It was pierced a very long time ago but the ring fell out and the hole closed before I noticed," she said with a laugh. "I was not prepared to go through the pain again!"
Her favorite food is hamburgers…but real hamburgers, not fast food burgers.
"I need the taste of real beef," she explained. "A close second is pasta. I could eat either of these every day, for every meal."
She doesn't like the smell or taste of curry, however. She's tried it, but she just can't stand it.
She also doesn't think food is meant to be used in sexual situations.
"It grosses me out just to think of how the skin smells once the food is licked off," she said with a shudder.
I asked Gina about her strangest habit, and it also revolves around food.
"It seems I have an aversion to condiments," she admitted. "I never use butter on bread or add ketchup or mustard to hamburgers, nor do I add any sauce when eating subs. That's not that strange, is it?" she asked with a laugh.
When she's not writing, she tries to catch up on her television shows by fast-forwarding through her PVR, or she will browse through her local book store. Her family is also very active in each other's lives, so there's always things going on in that area of her life.
"Painted toenails.... yes or no?" I wondered.
"Definitely painted toenails! Whether the polish is maintained once applied is a whole other issue!"
We discussed who would be best to play Gina if a movie were to be made of her life.
"Do we want the realistic answer or the Hollywood dream? I would love to see Sandra Bullock play me in a movie!! I think she would do me justice." She laughed. "I would love the movie version of me to be 'The All-American Girl'. But...if we're going for realistic, I would have to say Leah Remini from King of Queens would be a perfect match, especially when she's in character. I've been told I'm loud and opinionated."
Finally, I asked Gina, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"
"Write what you love, not what the market loves. Don't give up. The road may be tough, the road may be long, but when you want something bad enough, it will always work out."
You can keep up with Gina on her blog, http://blog.ginagordon.net/