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“Genre” Is Just Another Label

April 19, 2010

My writing buddy told me last month that she had nothing to say on some of the upcoming topics on our schedule. I kind of brushed her off at the time as being dramatic–I mean after all, I think she has tons to say on all aspects of writing. But maybe that’s because I listen better than most people.  Heck, she even calls me when she forgets her great advice.

And yet, here I am, struggling to write about our chosen topic this week:

Do you ever write outside your genre, and if yes, what do you like and why?

See, this is where being a one-trick-pony really hurts.  What I can tell you is that my one and only book crosses many genres. Similar to many popular novels for sale right now.

I can also tell you I have plans for other books and they are in other genres.  First and foremost, I’m planning a series of erotica short stories. The kind which will not be welcome in our short story contest this month. 😀  After all, we do need to post it for everyone to read.  Speaking of the contest, we’re extending our deadline to April 25th – so all of you procrastinators out there have a bit more time ’til it’s due.

Back to the porn (bet you thought I forgot). I’m calling my new series:

Johnny Living Dangerously

Butt Boy and the Receptacles

It’s about a lead singer named Johnny, and his all-female band. They play in nightclubs all over Manhattan and have a grand ole time living up to the name of their band. Right about now, you’re thinking, “Is she serious?” Yes, sadly, I am.  Those of you who’ve read Vampire Vacation (and couldn’t get enough of the sex scenes) will love it.

What can I say?  I’ve got a good sense of humor and Pete and I had a lot to drink one night and brainstormed for a bit. We were laughing so hard, I almost spit my beer out, but hey, that’s not to say it isn’t going to be a helluva read when I’m done!

Next, I plan on penning a young adult series. My kids really want their names in one of my books and no matter what, it will not be an adults-only book with sex in it.  I’d really like them to be able to read something I’ve written when I’m done. So, I’m going to create characters for them and let them have their own grand adventures. Perhaps on my upcoming vacation, we can all come up with some story ideas together. I bet they’ll get a kick out of it.

And lastly, I have an entire children’s book in my head called Sasuke, the Ninja Kitty. Anyone out there who has watched G4’s Ninja Warrior may recognize the true Japanese name for the series. My kids loved this show for about two years and if you can read the subtitles and watch the action, you’re in for a hysterical treat. Kids’ books may be short, but where and how and finding the right “voice” are still in the planning stages for me.

As far as the why of why do I like writing erotica? I hadn’t really thought about it much. It’s something that just is. I’ve noticed in my critique groups, sex scenes can be one of the hardest things for a writer to write well. A lot of writers will gloss over the scene or make mistakes with the actions.  And the reader does notice it, trust me.

Erotica is something I have a fun time writing.  It’s hot and thought-provoking… and well… the words seem to spill on to the page for me. And if I ever run out of ideas there are always lots of products out there to inspire me–check out Sex Toys on the Sixteenth to see what I mean.

And yes, if you read it, I want to know if you clicked on any of the links.

You’re naughty, aren’t you?  😉

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 8:25 am

    See, you did have a lot to say, and a lot in the works. Love the titles you came up with. Story ideas are so FUN! Will you illustrate your children’s book?

    • April 25, 2010 7:24 pm

      Hey Wendy! No, I don’t think I’ll do the illustrations. That was never my strong suit in art. I wish it was!

  2. April 21, 2010 4:35 pm

    Catching up on some reading here! I have to admit, C.J., I did check out your other post… well, we are supposed to be “Wicked” Writers! Not that I’ve thought about writing cross genre to erotica, but I’ve never been shy of looking for ideas!

    • April 25, 2010 7:26 pm

      Thanks for reading it, David. I had lots of private messages and comments on Facebook, but not many on the Sex Toys post itself (gee, I wonder why!) 😉

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