Guest Post: My Experience in Writing Erotica
There’s a stigma that hovers around erotica that’s perpetuated by those who may not understand it and by the platforms who wish to conceal it. People make negative assumptions that it’s nothing more than smut, written by desperate, perverted individuals who are sexually frustrated. I’m here to tell you, as a romance author, that they are incredibly wrong.
For those who don’t know me, I’m Jeanne McDonald, author of the sizzling hot Taking Chances Series, Politically Incorrect, and most recently, Covenant. I write in various romance categories — from erotica and erotic romance to contemporary and paranormal romance. When I tell people what I write, I’m typically bombarded with countless questions. Stuff like: Do you write about your own experiences? Are you into all that BDSM (aka bondage/Dominant/submissive) stuff? What made you start writing “smut?” Aren’t you worried or embarrassed that someone you know might read one of your books? Most of all, I love it when the inquirer suddenly says, “Man, you must have an exciting sex life to be able to write about such things.”
If one must know — yes, I do have a healthy sex life, but I don’t live in a dungeon. There’s nothing weird about me — well, for the most part. My sex life or relationship status have nothing to do with why I write in the romance genre. The truth is, I’ve always loved romance. I love the passion. I love the sex. I love the connections made between characters and following them on their journeys of personal discovery. So, when I decided to put pen to paper, writing stories of romance came natural to me. It’s something everyone can relate to. It was, and still is, the perfect outlet for my imagination.
“The truth is, I’ve always loved romance. I love the passion. I love the sex.”
When I started writing I knew nothing about BDSM or erotica as their own separate genres. All I knew was I wanted to write a love story with some steamy sex involved. Not once did I feel embarrassed by what I wrote. It was for that reason, when I decided to publish professionally, that I chose to use my real name rather than a pseudonym. Don’t get me wrong — I did wonder about how it might affect me in my day job, but I figured I wrote it, therefore I owned it. As I began to publicize my work, I discovered the stigma that lurks in the shadows of the romance genre. An odium that extends well past the general population.
Romance authors struggle daily with advertising their works. It practically takes a miracle or an act of Congress for erotic romance novels to be accepted for advertisement through companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram. Romance authors drop a ton of cash on marketing, and by a ton, I mean hundreds of thousands of dollars, but unfortunately, if the novel falls in the erotica category, you’re more than likely going to be denied marketing opportunities on these platforms. Not once has Amazon or Facebook allowed me to advertise the Taking Chances Series. When I released my latest novel, Covenant, back in April, I had to make sure there was nothing insinuating sexual content for it to be accepted for advertisement purposes. It took several keyword adjustments to get Amazon and Facebook to allow me to promote it on their channels. You’d think they’d want my money, but apparently not so much.
Mind you, although discouraging at times, this hurdle won’t stop me from writing what I love. Romance is so much more than two people getting down and dirty. It’s about self-discovery, passion, heartache, and life. I absolutely love when my characters discover themselves through their hearts, minds, souls, and especially their bodies. More than that, I love it when readers are able to uncover a small part of themselves that they didn’t realize was there all because of something I wrote. Romance may be unfairly stigmatized, but that doesn’t delegitimize it. Erotica is beautiful, gritty, and powerful — much more than mere sex. It’s the human condition, and I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than that.
“Erotica is beautiful, gritty, and powerful — much more than mere sex.”
Check out Jeanne’s latest release, Covenant
Verily I say unto you, one of you shall betray me this night…
For as long as she can remember, Cameron Scott has been plagued by migraines and nightmares of creatures, places, and events that couldn’t be real – no matter how realistic they seem.
Toby McCloud has spent his immortal existence bound by the laws established by the Guardians of the Covenant who were destined to protect him and his kind long before he was born. \
When Cameron and Toby cross paths, everything seems to fall in and out of place.
A family secret.
A dark past.
A forbidden attraction.
Unseen dangers await as they embark on a profound journey of time, passion, mistrust, deception, and destiny.
Read more sexy romance from Jeanne McDonald
Beth’s Mini Review: This was the first book I read by Jeanne McDonald and I loved it so, SO much. Liam and Elizabeth have all the banter and heat you could need.
Beth’s Mini Review: A smart, sexy build toward a romance that exploded off the page. If you like it scorching hot with a vein of realness, you need this book!
Beth’s Mini Review: Brix was a revelation in this book that felt as indulgent and sexy as the one that came before it. Satisfaction is an apt title for this 5 flame read.
Beth’s Mini Review: A long overdue visit to Indulgence that was totally worth the wait. The H.O.T connection between Eddie and Jacoby was electric from page one.
Jeanne McDonald enjoys writing contemporary romance filled with spice, drama, and humor. She loves to explore the supernatural, relish in the world of fantasy, and dabble in the follies of the heart. As JM Dodd, she returns to the wonderment of youth and young love through the scope of Young Adult fiction.
She prides herself in being a mother, a friend, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in humanity.
When she’s not spending time with her amazing son, her dog, and her cat, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, or cooking for friends. In her house, there’s always music or a podcast playing.
A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.
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