Earlier this year, the spouse and I both hit the big 5-0. We also became grandparents, And while we might not be as voracious as we were when we met at age 21, we're both still very much sexually alive. So it never occurred to me that this was anything out of the ordinary. Still, it isn't something you see in books all that often.
Then a little while ago, one of my publishers sent out an email about erotica over 50. I answered that I AM 50, which does surprise a lot of people, since I have kind of a baby face and a youngish attitude. (This picture was taken in January 2013, just so you know.) No, I was informed, they were looking for folks who had written erotic romance with the protagonists who'd passed the half-century mark. They found very few. Later, I saw a call for stories from that publisher, Ellora's Cave, asking specifically for this.
Huh. Is there a market for this? Most women I know who are my age and older read sexy books about younger characters. In some cases, those characters are the ages of their kids, even grandkids. There aren't a lot of books with steamy sex among the silver-haired set. A while back there was a bunch of Older Woman/Younger Man stories, but that doesn't float everybody's boat. What about older/older stories? I happen to think my 50 yr old hubster is pretty damn hot, in bed and out.
It had been a while since I'd written any erotic romance. For a couple years, I've been mostly focusing on paranormal and steampunk, but recently, a publisher asked me specifically to contribute to an e-rom anthology. The story I wrote was accepted, and will be the Mr. November story, (title pending) in Decadent Publishing's Calendar Men series for 2014. It was fun to do, and I remembered a lot of things I like about writing e-rom. So add 1+1 and I'm thinking about writing an over 50 e-rom for this submissions call. Could be a lot of fun. Could be a total flop. I'm just really curious to find out.
So what do you think? Is there a market for this? Would you read it?