AtoZChallenge 2015: E is for Erotica (discussion – no explicit material in post)
So, we’re on day 5 already! Our theme this year is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.
It’s my turn again today, and the book I’m talking about today is An Amusement: The Vampire’s Concubine #1.
I write lots of different genres, and, given my background in slash fanfiction, male/male erotica is a genre I enjoy and have written for a long time. I also have a teensie weensie obsession with vampires (not quite as big as my sister’s, but still pretty prevalent). The Vampire’s Concubine is therefore not the first time I’ve combined erotica and my penchant for the toothy ones, but it is the first time that I decided to break a story into multiple short episodes, each of which has to have it’s own story within the story.
I was interested in the challenge of writing an episodic serial and I picked erotica since that is my most familiar genre – an area where I know the tricks of the trade as it were. So, I developed the outline of the story and designed the episodes. There are two available at the moment, An Amusement and Rage, An Amusement being the first part, in which I worked to introduce the characters and the mystery of Umi that will arc through all the episodes.
An Amusement is all-out erotica, the sexual element driving the plot. I created the story like this, because, in an erotica serial, chances are, readers will be looking for that spicy edge (and it’s fun to write too ;P). However, it’s not all about sex. I can’t write what is known in fanfic as PWPs, plot-what-plots, which are purely about sexual encounters. I need back story, motivation for my characters, and, most importantly, relationship material. This is starting slowly in An Amusement, because the characters don’t know each other, so it is pretty physical, but there is a mystery there, something that I want to use to draw my readers through the books – who is Umi and why has he made this bargain?
So, erotica, is it a genre you enjoy, or do you prefer fade to black?
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An Amusement (The Vampire’s Concubine #1) by Sophie Duncan
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Hieron, vampire lord of Harkham, is unaccustomed to visitors in his private bedchamber unless he has expressly invited them. Such an unsolicited intrusion should mean the interloper’s death, but Hieron finds himself unusually fascinated by the stranger who appears before him unbidden. Offering no name and no explanation of his reasons, the young man offers ninety nine years of absolute service in exchange for the gift of vampire power.
Amused and aroused, Hieron agrees to the bargain, names his enigma, Umi and decides he will become his newest concubine. The only thing left is to seal the deal in a bond of sex and supernatural power.
An Amusement is episode one of a male/male erotic romance, short story serial, The Vampire’s Concubine, which is distributed as part of Fantasy Boys XXX.
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