In the shower this morning (yes, I do a lot of my brainstorming in the shower) I got to wondering about foreshadowing in actual life. Although I don't fancy myself the heroine of a real time erotic romance (wouldn't that be nice) I began to look for the first signs that pointed in the direction of my career writing this genre. Was it the naughty daydreams of erotic magic shows I had in my adolescence? Or even before that when I wrote a fairly sexualized melodramatic fantasy novella in middle school? Was it foreshadowed by my youthful fascination with Sharon Green's Jalav and Terrillian book series, both fantasy/sci-fi romance with sexualized content involving powerful women forced into male-dominated societies who endure sexual slavery. Anyone else read those series? Looking back at the times I can't believe the stuff was shelved in the regular fantasy section of the bookstore.
Really the writing was on the wall when the plot ideas for my non-erotic romance fantasies (which I began to pen in 2005) started to become hotter and hotter. I didn't pursue erotic romance as a purposeful career choice. It just fit my fairly kinky mind. I'd always wanted to write fantasy. I've been reading it voraciously since I was in elementary school. How wonderful for me that I can now write fantasy and erotic romance simultaneously given the outrageously popular market for it. Sure Bound Odyssey is a futuristic, but let's not argue details. The Magician's Chains is fantasy and I have great hopes it will be contracted.
Here's my question for other erotic romance authors. What foreshadowed your careers? Was it something dramatic or would your path to this genre be spectacularly mundane and never make it into the pages of a novel? Would your editor throw out your prologue and insist you start the story at the point of career launch? Tell all, please.
Oh, let me throw in a bit of last minute self-promotion. Starting Saturday my amazing book video has been part of a competition between 17 trailers on You Gotta Read Videos. It's entry #1. The voting is held from February 20th through midnight Thursday, February 25th. Drop by if you have a moment and vote for it if you believe it's the best. If not, well what the heck is wrong with you? (grin)
Now, back to your commenting. Foreshadowing. Your career. Go on, dazzle me.