We did the DragonCON promotions from our panels last year and hopefully you the author gained something from all three. Our panelists did an excellent job. I was on an agent/editor panel on the Writer's Track but that was not recorded, nor was the BDSM 101 panel I did the previous night, for liability reasons.
The erotic writer truly doesn't spend all their time having white hot racy steamy sex with whoever captures their fancy, then writing about it in a drunken euphoric state. Most of us frequently lack inspiration, because the job is so difficult, yet we find ourselves pulling inspiration from that Grand Muse (in my case her name was Redemption Rye Bourbon last week) known as reality meets what if.
Starting off the year on the best foot I could, Decadent Publishing helped me with a release called "The Playground," a story I wrote based partially on experience, partially on "what if." Some of the folks in my world need an extra bit of education but currently make for great characters in erotic romance because of their flaws, perceived or otherwise. Shelly, from "The Playground" has class and trust issues. Growing up poor gave her a real eye opening view of the world until she met the Dominant of her life, Devon. Devon had his struggles too but different experiences made him rich, her presence made him wealthy. Yet she fought to understand the need for his guidance through her submission.
This month, Decadent released another 1Night Stand from yours truly. "Surrender to Love." The heroine in this story is based on a loved one who fears a lot of the world but slowly is coming out of her shell. In the story, Livia is an artist who creates beautiful artwork, yet currently suffers a block. Her therapist suggests she stop living vicariously through others and get out to see the world for what it is.
A torrid, sordid yet strangely beautiful mess. When she goes through with her therapists further suggestion for a 1 Night Stand, she's shocked to find Bruce, a drop dead gorgeous man who towers over her, yet is submissive. Through light bondage, he shows her that her true power is within her and has always been.
And for those who saw the new release "Bound for Love" my story in that anthology dealt with a woman who yearned for submission through a strong master, much like the woman said heroine was based on. In reality, said loved one IS the dominant in all aspects of her life but one.
Those, I control. For now. Valerie needs to lose control and Prince Ronan makes that happen in a seemingly unsafe, yet controlled manner and environment where she not only feels the loss of control, but the true gift of his love and her submission. Since the anthology centered around love and bondage in a true romance form, I figured using that from my story "Gift of Her Submission" was an appropriate way to promote myself amongst the other talents in the book. Ten authors, tales of ties that bind, ranging from super hardcore to silly sweet. Male sissy bitches in panties, anyone? (Thanks to Marianne LaCroix for both story and cover!)
Fodder comes from all sources, experiences and things in a writer's existence. Most of my characters share traits due to where I go in San Francisco, or have lived in Dallas, Houston or even Albuquerque. Remember however, just as the sword can cut one way and have two or three of your mothers naked on my lap, it can also have you dead in a ditch.