I’ve called it a guilty pleasure in the past, but the more I go back through some of my old writings (since reading the Fifty Shades triology I haven’t been able to stop myself), the more I realise that I wrote a hell of a lot of erotica a few years back.
Yes, most of it was yaoi, so doesn’t really count (yaoi can’t be considered anything other than smut, the way I was writing it back then), but there was a phase at about the same time in which I wrote lots of M/M, F/F and M/F erotic shorts. I’ve been pulling them out so I can go through them one by one and all the while, a little corner of my mind keeps asking me; ‘why don’t you do something with these?’
It is a very small corner. My first love is fantasy, but I can’t seem to turn away from the part of me that enjoys erotica and kink and scribbling all those things down on paper. Especially after my raging post a couple of weeks ago. And, of course, I’m still taking part in Six Sentence Sunday (SSS), where most of my offerings are from erotic novellas and shorts. Similarly most of the other writers taking part in SSS seem to be erotic novelists.
I wouldn’t, for a second, dare to call myself an erotic novelist but there is certainly a part of me that regularly tears free of its cage and writes a bunch of naughty, saucy things. And, as I now remind myself, it IS in my tagline: ‘Ileandra Young, gleefully penning smut, vamp-fiction, fantasy and comedy since 1997.’
I think, as part of my ‘on going project’ I’m going to start gathering these stories together. Maybe there really is something I can do with them after all.