I've had the good fortune of meeting with author Anne Holly and discussing her writing. This is what she had to say.
How did you get your start writing erotica?
My first shot at erotica was a short story called Waking Kara. I had just had a romance novel accepted by a publisher, and was looking around, wondering how to promote a book that hadn’t been released yet. So, when I saw a call for short erotic paranormal pieces, I figured I’d give it a shot. My romance is on the sensual side, so I wasn’t concerned about writing sex scenes, and I had a good idea for a ménage demon story, so there I was. Now, I am releasing five short erotic romances featuring holiday themes for Rebel Ink Press throughout 2011, so I guess I didn’t do too badly.
What inspires you?
I think the rule for erotica, like anything is, write what you want to read. I write what I find sexy – not necessarily things I have personally done, but things that appeal to me. When you start writing things you don’t find arousing, I think the writing might suffer. So, my own little fantasies and imagination inspires me. Sometimes this is a bit on the odd side, like in my book V-Day, which features a nerdy virgin hero, or a bit more common place, such as the sexy Spaniard in Good for the Goose.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
My stories focus on “sexual healing,” if you will. People who find redemption and/or new life through passionate love affairs. This goes for both my romance and my erotica. So, basically, I just want to put positive, hopeful stories out there, in the hopes that readers find them hot and sweet.
Anne Holly is a Canadian writer of romance and erotic-romance, as well as a mother and teacher. She is currently at work editing the remaining installments in her five story holiday erotic-romance series published by Rebel Ink, as well as perpetually producing new stories. She has been published by Wild Horse Press, Decadent Publishing and Rebel Ink Press. Anne’s work is characterized by its unusual heroes, sweet/spicy balance, witty dialogue, responsible citizenship, and its positive, optimistic nature. You may visit Anne at her blog or website, or find her on GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter (@anneholly2010). You can find all of her releases on Amazon.