I’m delighted to announce my inclusion in a tantalizing new anthology, written For the Men (and the Women Who Love Them)
The collection aims to show that erotic fiction isn’t just for women. The ‘erotic’ in literature has the power to speak to everyone.
Editor (and narrator) Rose Caraway has gathered together twenty-five tales of assorted flavour: from bitter chocolate and acidic citrus, to lush caramel. Some come with surprises, hidden nuggets of pleasure unearthed with each bite.
In this series, I’ll be sharing insights from our authors. Read on, to discover their thinking as they wrote each tale…
A prominent theme through the anthology is that of exhibiting our sexual selves, of revealing what is usually concealed, for the delectation of other eyes. There are tales not only of being watched, but of watching, illicitly, or through invitation.
Chase Morgan, the author of Night Watch, points out that the very act of reading is voyeuristic (magnified many-fold when we’re reading erotic fiction). He explores this theme explicitly in Night Watch, noting, “I love Rose’s calls because she makes a point to encourage authors to write without boundaries. My intent was to take the reader down a darker path.”
He emphasizes that he prefers to leave characters without any particular ‘face’ but, were he to cast actors for a film version of his story, he’d choose Edward Norton, for his ability to use facial expression to convey conflicted feelings.
Speaking of her story, Dance for Me, Adrea Kore tells us, “I love dancing, and have often noticed how much men love being ‘danced to’. Giving a man your sensual and sexual attention through movement, eye contact and energy, and touch if you’re actually dancing with them,… it can be a total turn-on for both people. I confess I’ve done it often enough in life to want to explore it in a story.”
Adrea reminds us that dance has long been used to both honour and seduce men. Just think of the days of Salome and her dance of the Seven Veils.
She reveals, “The first half of Dance for Me is only a slight fictionalization of a night out I shall always remember. Gorgeously corseted for my date, it was a spontaneous flow of events – but I got to be ‘the girl in the cage’ that night. The spontaneity of it all meant there was very little time for me to be nervous!”
As to who would take the leading roles in her story, were it to be filmed, Adrea imagines Clive Owen, saying he ‘plays a contained character well’, and the ‘sensually gracious and feline’ Scarlett Johansson.
Marc Angel also indulged a personal fantasy in writing The Bust, delving voyeuristic pleasure, and the theme of infidelity, when a man discovers his wife unexpectedly in the arms of another. He examines the anger and pain evoked at discovering betrayal, as well as arousal and shame.
Marc tells us, “I wanted to explore a less indulged side of male sexuality. Instead of reacting with horror or anger if you found your partner having sex with another man…what if you found yourself turned on? It might open a door…”
Marc imagines Bruce Willis as the protagonist, with Scarlett Johansson returning to set as his cheating partner, and Ryan Gosling as the other man.
Erotic fiction isn’t just for women.
It offers an amazing space in which to explore, and it’s for everyone.
Dare to dip your toe into the unexpected, and the uninhibited.
Twenty-five authors have pooled their talent to bring you teasing tales of temptation and scorching stories of seduction.
An audio version is also available to complement the e-book (narrated by huskily voiced, utterly fabulous Rose Caraway.
My darkly erotic story, ‘Labyrinth’, features in final place in the collection, following stories by authors Adrea Kore, Tamsin Flowers, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Allen Dusk, Terrance Aldon Shaw, Rachel de Vine, Jade A Waters, Dorothy Freed, D.L. King, Chase Morgan, Marc Angel, Charlie Powell, Landon Dixon, Sonni de Soto, D. Lovejoy, Erin Pim, J.T. Seate, Spencer Dryden, Winter Blair, Simon Drax, Lynn Lake, Josie Jordan, Daily Hollow, and T.J. Christian.
Find out more here, in Terrance Aldon Shaw’s interview with Rose: on creating an anthology attempting to encompass the scope of male desire, on advice to aspiring writers, and the importance of plain speaking when it comes to sex.
You may enjoy a peek at my own interview with Rose, and husband Dayv, on their superb work in creating erotic audio-fiction and anthologies.
More from Rose, including sexy snippets from each story, and her own interviews with each author, at Stupid Fish Productions.
Purchase your copy of ‘For the Men: And the Women Who Love Them’ from Amazon.