Today I am handing over the reins to a very talented debut author, Kele Moon. I had the pleasure of meeting Kele at the RWA Conference in Orlando this summer and let me tell you - this woman is going places. So please welcome Kele to the Naughty Author Chicks.
Why I write erotic romance. . .
I am not a closeted erotica writer. My family know, my friends know, and anyone who really knows me isn’t exactly shocked to hear I’ve just released a erotic romance with Ellora’s Cave. I’m vocal with my stance that writing romance is something to be proud of and I’ll usually get into a very heated debate with anyone who says otherwise.
The question is—Why?
Easy, I believe in love.
I believe in it with all my heart and soul. I believe it is the one true, sustaining emotion. Capturing that in written form is magnificent. What makes us feel more than a story that has us believing in the unbending love of two characters? There’s a reason Romeo and Juliet is arguably Shakespeare’s most recognized piece of work—True love speaks to people!
People want to believe in love even if they don’t admit it. We love the happily ever afters and there is nothing wrong with that. The fact that romance sells as well as it does restores my faith in humanity. There’s still a thread of dreamer and romantic left in a society rapidly becoming crushed with hate and fear.
Yes, I love romance, and I love it all—Make me believe in the love between your characters and I am happy.
But, as a writer I don’t just write romance, I write erotic romance because I believe in passion. I believe in that rip of absolute desire that dances over your skin when you read something so incredibly sexy you almost can’t breathe. More than the romance, I long for the burn, the feeling that your characters may actually self-combust if they don’t have each other. There is something so primal and pure in that. Desire is a deep, instinctual emotion and if, as a writer, I can invoke that—In my opinion, that makes me every bit as skilled as the horror writer that invokes fear or the drama writer that invokes tears.
I don’t want the fade to black—To me, the desire is the story, the culmination of it the highlight. I’m not hiding it behind closed doors. Writing it makes my characters real. It helps the readers feel their journey more richly and I don’t just want it in there, I want it to be the sexiest, most goosebump inducing clash of passion and love they have ever read.
And so yes, I write erotic romance and as a writer, someone who believes in the art of telling stories that make people feel—I’m really, really proud of that.
Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.
Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.
Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.
Former college football star Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or give in to Danny and Eve and bite the apple?