- by Sasha White
My name is Sasha White, and I’ve been writing erotic fiction for almost 6 years now. I know, it’s not a long time compared to many authors, but it’s been a busy 6 years. I’ve had over 7 novels, 3 novellas, and easily over a dozen short stories published in that time. Oh, and I have 2 more novels coming out in 2008, and one more in 2009 that are already written.
What can I say? I was lucky enough to already be writing hot, and multi-published in the genre, when the ‘big’ houses caught the wave. And what a wave it is…Erotica has definitely come out of the closet.
Women aren’t shying away from their sexuality anymore. Instead, we’re embracing the power we have. The strong innate sensuality that most women have inside them that has been crying to be let free of its restraints.
For years adult entertainment was focused solely on the male point of view. Then women started breaking that barrier. Playgirl was the start, and is still going strong, helping make it mainstream for women to openly enjoy the sight of a hot hard body… and to explore and express their own sexuality.
Erotica has been around for years too. But traditionally it’s leaned to quite a literary stance. Berkley publishing house launched its first Erotica line in 2006 and it’s going strong. Why is the Berkley HEAT line different from other erotic lines or the erotic romance ones that have been gaining so much popularity in the last while?
Because it’s combining two genres’, and one of them isn’t romance.
HEAT is a mainstream erotica line. It’s stories are about women exploring and enjoying their sensual, sexual and downright primal side without the need for love and a happily ever after.
That’s not to say that there isn’t a happily ever after in HEAT titles, just to say that they’re not always a HEA of the traditional man-woman-marriage sort.
Society is changing; women don’t always want love and a traditional happily ever after anymore. We’ve become stronger and more focused on our own needs and desires instead of the women of my mother’s generation who thought any man was better than no man. And this new mentality is showcased in novels that contain an engaging story, and a plenty of hot sex for those of us that like to read about real honest and intense emotions.
There are critics out there who think just because the stories have a sexual focus that there is no emotion in them, or worse yet, no story. I challenge those people to tell me that desire isn’t an emotion. Or yearning. What about excitement, anger and fear? Those are emotions, and many of them are found in erotic stories. And yes, love can also be found in many erotic stories.
The market for erotic novels and stories has ballooned in the last couple of years. It’s gone beyond fringe magazines and small press. New York Publishers like Berkley, Kensington, Avon, Bantam and St.Martin’s press are now releasing erotic fiction in multiple styles, lengths, and sub-genres. And that means there are plenty of options for readers … and writers in the erotic market.
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