Today, I have author Tony Cane-Honeysett here with us talking about writing erotic romance.
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Does It Have To Be Sexy To Be Erotic?
When I started to write Fem Dom, I didn’t think about what genre it would get filed under. It really didn’t occur to me that I was penning a novel of erotic fiction but that’s exactly what I was doing, apparently. To be honest, I really wasn’t concerned what genre it was until someone who heard me outline the story told me they didn’t know I was into writing erotica. I didn’t think so either! To me, Fem Dom was a dramatic tale of suspense. It certainly wasn’t sexy from my point of view but then does a novel have to be sexy to be considered erotic? Getting beaten with a paddle or whipped with a leather flogger isn’t remotely erotic, sensual or sexual to me but I appreciate that there are quite a few other people out there who would think otherwise. So, what defines which genre a book falls into?
Other writers congratulated me on coming up with a work of erotic fiction at the perfect time. Fifty Shades Of Grey was peaking and everyone seemed to think I’d planned my book to ride on the coattails of E. L. James’s bestseller. In fact, nothing could’ve been further from the truth. For starters, Fem Dom had taken me three years to complete. It’d spent nine months in a cupboard gathering dust after I’d printed it out what I thought was a final draft only to find some issues with the storyline that I couldn’t immediately resolve. Going back to it after so many months turned out to be a reward for my patience as I saw the manuscript with fresh eyes. What I had been unable to resolve at the time was now a simple fix and I’m happy with the novel in its published form.
So here I am, the author of a work of erotic fiction, if that’s what floats your boat. Okay, I’ll admit Fem Dom is certainly kinky – any work which features dominatrices falls immediately into that category, I accept that. But it did trouble me somewhat when someone who’d read the book asked me how I’d gotten into “all that kinky stuff.” I told them that I wasn’t actually into it, I just wrote about it. They gave me a look that suggested they thought otherwise. I told them they should read my next novel about a guy who likes killing people and reassured them that I wasn’t into murdering either.
Tony Cane-Honeysett is an Emmy Award winning writer and filmmaker. His documentary work includes The Royal Academy and Mondo Bondo. A graduate of Ealing College of Art & Design in England, Tony was the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by The Tennessee Arts Commission in 2006. He has worked professionally as a copywriter in advertising for over 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Minneapolis. Tony was born in London, England.
When faithful wife Tara Drew suspects her advertising executive husband is seeing a Dominatrix, she sets out to trap him in the act. She pays the Dominatrix to teach her how to please men by dominating them and inflicting pain. But her plan to snare her husband has very bizarre consequences. Way out of her comfort zone as an undercover Fem Dom, Tara discovers a kinky world that both intrigues and disgusts her. But now she is the one with a secret life that she doesn’t want her husband to find out about. A sexually fueled, fast-paced story about women who want to control men.
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