I’m thrilled to be at Paranormal Haven on today’s stop on the Release Me blog tour. Just a few more days until the book hits the shelves!
Release Me is an erotic romance and, yeah, it’s steamy. Someone recently asked me where the inspiration for writing erotic romance comes from, and while it’s a great question, it’s one that has a very basic answer: The same place that the inspiration comes from for all my books.
So what is that inspiration? Well, I think it’s different for every author, but for me, a story starts with either the characters or with a story idea. For my demon-hunting soccer mom series, for example, I was initially searching for a paranormal idea at the same time that I wanted to get into the chick lit market. But as a new mom, I wanted to lean toward mommy lit. While brainstorming the two ideas, they mashed together and Kate Connor, demon-hunting soccer mom was created.
The demon-hunting series is pretty high concept, though. So where does the idea for a more character driven story like Release Me come from? The answer is in the question: from the characters.
The inspiration started with a conversation with my editor. I wanted to write an erotic story that centered on two damaged people, especially the heroine who rebelled against her beauty queen background in a dangerous and damaging way. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the characters that drive the story, but because their sexual relationship is such a huge part of the way their relationship grows, the eroticism both bolsters the plot and the character growth.
So the bottom line? Erotic romance stems from the same place as other novels—from the characters and from the situation. And if that situation is a bit steamy … well, that’s just all the more fun!
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