Gale Stanley has dropped by today to continue our discussion on erotic romance. Gale is the author of wonderful erotic romances like Call of the Wilds and Silent Knights and her latest, Point of Beginning releases tomorrow. To celebrate, Gale is offering a free copy of Silent Knights to one lucky commenter so be sure and say hey!
Hello Rachel. Thanks for the invite. I'm thrilled to be a guest blogger today. Let me introduce myself. I'm Gale Stanley and I write erotic romance – the emphasis is on romance for a reason. My stories may have explicit sexual scenes but at heart, they are love stories, with all the emotion and conflict readers want.
I've been asked why I write smut, porn, etc. Well first of all, I don't. The terms beg to be defined. Stay tuned.
My reading preferences, the ones that influenced what I love to read and write today, go way back. When I was a kid, some of my favorite reading materials were my mother's True Story and True Confession magazines. Mom thought they were pretty risqué with their dramas that ran the gamut of adultery, unwed pregnancy, disease and even rape. And they were – for the times. Once I found her stash, I read them when I was supposed to be sleeping; under the covers with a flashlight. But those tales of sex and sin pale in comparison to today's romance novels. The times they are a-changing and so are the books we're reading.
One thing remains the same, readers like their stories to focus on the relationship between the characters. They want to see the romance develop and the conflicts resolved so the characters have their emotionally satisfying happily ever after.
The biggest difference between then and now is that in today's erotic romance the walls come tumbling down and readers are allowed in the bedroom to share the physical connection as well as the emotional.
Erotic romance, an uninhibited blend of romance and erotica, takes the sexual heat to a whole new level. Some people tend to confuse erotic romance with porn. Nothing could be further from the truth. Where porn is written strictly for titillation, an erotic romance is first and foremost a love story. It has a good plot and well-developed characters that go through hell. Somehow, they overcome the conflict and obstacles and it all ends happily for them.
An erotic romance differs from a traditional romance because there's a greater emphasis on the sex scenes. Erotic romance differs from erotica because there's a greater emphasis on the love story. In an erotic romance, the reader gets the whole package.
Whether it's contemporary or paranormal, M/F or M/M, I love writing the sex scenes as much as I love reading them. The biggest challenge is to keep them unique so the story doesn't start to sound like a how-to book. I try to focus on the characters and their personalities. Their emotional response and sexual chemistry add a whole new dimension to each scene.
We've come a long way. I think it's great that the barriers have come down and writers can deal frankly with social and sexual mores and give readers what they want. Of course, some people still ask me "have you written anything that I can read?' And if my mother were still here, I'm sure I'd still be hiding my books under the mattress.
Point of Beginning is available at Silver Publishing: