Wednesday, November 14, 2012

IT'S A FET LIFE!


By Suzanne Graham

I was first introduced to erotic romance in 2008, when I joined my local writers group. I have the fabulous fortune to be in a group with Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts, Temple Hogan, Simone Anderson, and Abigail Barnette, among others. What a powerhouse of erotic romance writers to learn and grow with!

I was very new to writing and had completed my very first manuscript, a contemporary woman’s fiction novel, which shall never see the light of day. I was a lover of romance novels from a young age and knew this was where I wanted to focus my writing. Then I learned about the advantages of writing erom for the epublishing market – high demand from readers and a fast entry into publishing. Being a fan of sex, I decided to try my hand at writing the spicy fantasies in my head, and my first story was accepted. It was the beginning of a wonderful love affair!

Since then, I have been reading and writing to explore sexuality and the erotic responses of different fetishes, and I couldn’t be happier with my new (pre)occupation. Through my research, I have met fascinating individuals who have introduced me to like-minded communities, such as the online community of fetlife.com. This website is an amazing testament to the diversity of human sexuality with a list of nearly 900 fetishes!

I am thrilled to be invited to join the authors submitting their “outside of the box” erotica stories to Stiff Rain Press. There are so many ideas I am anxious to explore, and I hope readers will enjoy the erotic experiences available here.

Author Bio: 
Suzanne Graham has always been an avid reader and diary writer. After inheriting boxes of romance books from her aunt, she decided to try putting her own stories on paper. Suzanne met her husband, a fellow American, as an exchange student at the University of Warwick in England. They are the proud parents of three boys. In her spare time, you can usually find Suzanne on the living room couch reading sexy stories.

Suzanne loves to connect with readers. To find her online, check out her Twitter and Facebook links on her blog: http://www.suzannegraham.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 8, 2012

THE JOY OF WRITING OUTSIDE THE BOX


By Carol Lynne

I’ve been writing for six and a half years, published for almost six, and free to write exactly what I wanted for…six months. What? I write M/M Erotic Romance, how much farther can I go, right? Well, even in Erotic Romance there are rules that a writer must follow.

Each publisher is different, but the majority wants a happily-ever-after ending, characters who don’t cheat or anything they consider outside a normal sex-life between two people. I’ve written within these guidelines for years, and I thought I was fully expressing myself, but I had no idea what else was out there.

While speaking to a friend in the publishing business, we started to discuss our love of stories outside the normal box of romance. We decided that maybe it was time to create a publishing house that would not only allow an author to create stories with no rules attached but also embrace them. A house where brothers could fall in love with brothers and love didn’t always have to end happily. A safe place where readers could find well-edited stories of unusual couples who are as diverse as the world we are living in. Thus, Stiff Rain Press was born. With three other partners, all of whom also own a successful ebook publishing company, we created an Erotica and Taboo Erotic Romance ebook publishing house that would allow authors to spread their wings.

The biggest problem I’ve found in writing with no restrictions attached is sticking with one story long enough to finish it. I have about ten different books started because I’m like a kid in a candy store. There are so many things that I’ve wanted to explore, but previous publisher restrictions have stopped me. Well, not anymore, and boy am I loving the freedom.

I have a new brother story coming out later this month, The Westerfields of Chatham County, and I’ve promised myself that I’ll finish at least one more by the end of the year. I have another twin story, Blood Brothers, which I’m dying to work on, but, again, I know I have to stick with one at a time.

So, if you’re an author who wants to write outside the box or you’re a reader who wants to explore different avenues of erotica or taboo romance, Stiff Rain Press is the place for you.


About Carol Lynne

An avid reader for years, one day I decided to write my own brand of erotic romance. While writing my first novel, Branded by Gold, I fell in love with the M/M genre. I juggle my time between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. With over one hundred releases, one thing is certain, I love to keep busy. Although series books are my passion, I also enjoy the occasional stand-alone title.

I love to hear from my readers. You can email me at carol@carol-lynne.net. I also have two websites http://www.carol-lynne.net and http://www.cattlevalley.net.