What The Hell Is Erotica?

I’ve never thought of myself as an erotica writer, so imagine my surprise when some readers called The Narcoleptic Vampire Series “vampire porn”. Really? Ha! Total shock for me. But I’ve heard it enough by now to make me wonder if it is.

After reading Time Entertainment’s interview with ZANE, the “Queen of Erotica”, I really found myself wondering whether I miscategorized my series, especially when Zane says: “For me, I’m just doing what I must do, what I’m passionate about. I use sex as a segue to deal with a lot of deeper issues. I don’t feel like I am a sex writer or even an erotica writer. I would describe myself as a very detailed writer who does not tone down her sex scenes.”

I feel that 100%.

I’ve always believed erotica didn’t really have a storyline. It was mainly sex, sex, and mo’ sex. I’m not really interested in a book that’s only several sex scenes strung together. But I read Addictedby Zane when it first came out years ago, and I liked it a lot. I didn’t even know it was considered erotica. There was definitely an entertaining story interlinking all the sex, yet it’s mostly known for the racy sex scenes.

Like my series.

Does that mean I should be targeting a more erotica-loving audience?

Since my most recent literary influences and inspirations have come from my love of paranormal fiction, I just automatically thought my series would fit there snugly. Maybe I was wrong…particularly since I have to constantly warn people about the graphic scenes. You’ll even find a note on my webpage that says Dicey’s books are NOT erotica, although sex scenes are explicit.

So you see? Writing erotica wasn’t my intent at all. Fact is, I don’t write scenes to be erotic. I go for SHOCKING. Now that I’ve done more digging in this world of categories, I’m a bit confused. Am I writing porn that happens to include a good story or am I just writing a good story with graphic scenes?

Never mind that I took the liberty of calling my story good. What do you think is closer to the truth?

More specifically–for anyone who has read Sleepy Willow’s Bonded Soul (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series book 1)–Which do you think would be a proper label for it: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampire erotica, erotic paranormal, or something else? Do you think Sleepy Willow’s Heartless Soul (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series book 2) should have the same label or does it differ?

This is why I hate labels, by the way. I don’t like being boxed in. Not when it comes to religion, sexuality, or political party either. Getting my books in the right marketing channel is important, however, if I’m going to spread my poison around the globe. πŸ˜‰

Note: If you’re reading this blog and have not read book 1 of this series but want to in order to give me feedback, just leave a comment and ask for it. I’ll give three FREE Kindle editions. You have to actually READ the book and give me feedback though…or I’ll add you as a character in Sleepy Willow’s Loosed Soul (book 3) that I’m currently writing. And you won’t like what happens to the character. πŸ˜€

If your comment doesn’t appear right away, please give me time to moderate it. Whenever I post something that has “sex” in it, porn sites spam my blog like crazy. I’ll have a lot of them to weed through. Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to your honest opinions.

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8 Comments

  1. Hardcore PNR? Just kidding, it is PNR/UF that has explicit sexual themes. Sorry no little 2 word description works here and if Larissa Ione can be considered PNR then yours can certainly be but if you like you could always use “erotic paranormal action-adventure romance ” πŸ™‚

    • I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing my work mentioned in the same sentence as one of my favorite authors–Larissa Ione. Her books are EROTIC. You’re right about mine being hardcore. β€œerotic paranormal action-adventure romance ”–uh…I’m still confused. LOL Maybe the lesson here is that I can market to all genres except nonfiction and Christian fiction. πŸ˜€

  2. I think vampire erotica is a good category and it loosely sums up what’s in the books although there’s so much of it out there would they just think it’s another run of the mill vampire fuck fest?

    Maybe make up your own like “Sexy Black Dominant Female Vampires”. Can’t imagine many other series fitting in that category

    • “Maybe make up your own like ‘Sexy Black Dominant Female Vampires’ “–Oh, I love it! I’m almost 99% sure book 3 will be “vampire erotica” but I definitely don’t want it to be confused with the typical formulaic books already in this genre. I’ll have to come up with more daring stuff, and by that, I mean “controversial”, of course. πŸ˜‰

  3. I would be happy to read it & give feedback. I do book reviews for my blog at kainas.com My email is jaimecr76@gmail.com

    • Awesome, Jaime! Sending it to you now. Warning: contains explicit scenes, an abundance of bad language, and an ungodly amount of blood/gore. Yada yada. πŸ˜€

  4. I love the Sexy Black Dominant Female Vampire name. You are PNR. I don’t consider your books particularly “more” erotic, but I haven’t read Willows’ third book, yet. So I can’t classify it as erotic. I happen to like the boundaries that you push. That’s what makes Sleepy Willow so utterly your unique character. No cookie cutters here. I hate to wait for the formulaic 1/2 – 3/4 way through the book for the first “sex” scene.

    • Cookie-cutters, formulas, boundaries–those are all swear words to me. I do my best to avoid them, and I’m glad you noticed. πŸ˜€


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