Today I’m welcoming fellow Decadent Publishing erotic author Erykah Wyck to Jenna’s Journal as she tours her newest release Night of the Doms, part of Decadent Publishing’s Edge series.
Erykah’s going to talk about one of the principle rules of writing–write what you know.
Number one rule of thumb in writing, for me anyway, is write what you know. Although I love places like Japan or Venice I have never been there personally thus it would be hard for me to write about the places. I could research and read up on the area but then it would lake in my writing (I won’t speak for other) a personal touch. There is something about being able to talk about shops down certain streets or the flavor of the place and its people.
The same goes for the BDSM lifestyle. If you have never felt the sting of a whip against your bare skin, however light or hard, it would be hard to explain and understand what the appeal could possibly be. And certainly it’s not a lifestyle for everyone…after all variety is the spice of life.
I had an editor once tell me how much she hated reading romance and I thought how can you edit something to the genre if you don’t read it or even like it? How fair is that to the readers or the author? So my advice to authors is write what you like and what you know. Research it the best way you can and readers read what you enjoy don’t let anyone sway you from reading what brings a smile to your face. It doesn’t matter if it’s sweet or erotic. Nice thing about e-books is no can see your cover.
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Take one submissive with separation anxiety.
Add one master who has never wanted to settle down.
Mix in three Doms with specialties that make people’s toes curl.
And you have a recipe for Sex, Bondage and Orgasmic release.
Can Reyes heal and restore Ginny’s sense of security? Or will a night of Doms prove too much for her to endure?
But first she had to prove to him as well as to herself that she could trust again. After a quick glance at the clock on the wall, he stood. His heels clicked on the tiled floor, echoing through the Spartan room. With the exception of the St. Andrews’ Cross, and the chair he’d vacated, only a daybed sat in the corner. Unlike the voyeur rooms on the main floor, this was a private space on the lower level of the club. A bouncer stood guard in the hallway to ensure the privacy of the guests within.
She tilted her face in the direction of his sound. He held his hand centimeters above her skin, close enough to feel her heat. He would see if she could prove to both him and herself she had the ability to trust. After a year of working and earning her faith, everything came down to what happened now. Did she have the confidence in him to take care of her needs and wants, to be what she required, and to know that her submissiveness to him would be cherished as a supreme gift?
Leaning over her, he whispered, “Do as you’re told and trust in me.
Thank you so much for being a guest on Jenna’s Journal today, Erykah. I wish you the best of luck with your release!
Thank you Jenna for Hosting me and for everyone who came out to say Hello 🙂
I agree to write what you know and love. Great post and congrats on your book
Great post. I’m baffled by that editor.
Hi, Erykah. Nice to meet you. Writing what you know is excellent advice. I do that myself. Good luck with your book!
I write what I know. Cowboys. Horses. The southwest. It works for me.
Good advice….and wow, an editor that edits romance but doesn’t like it? Umm, that’s not a good combination!
Good advice, Erykah! I wish you many sales on your new release.
I write historicals so obviously I can’t know a whole lot about living in the 18th century but I do agree that if you’re passionate about what you’re writing it will show in your writing.
Great post, Erykah! I agree writing what you’re familiar with shows in the writing. Good luck with your book.
Great interview, ladies! And I agree – write what you know is important…and if you’re veering off into territory you don’t ‘know’, make sure it’s something you enjoy researching/learning about. Good luck with your book, Erykah!
Congrats on your book! I haven’t read any of the 1NS series yet, but have a couple on my Nook I’m looking forward to!
Congrats on your book! I haven’t read any of the 1NS series yet, but have a couple on my Nook that I’m looking forward to!