A Love Affair for the Books

The key to writing great erotic romance? Deliver the steamy stuff, but hook 'em with a fierce emotional connection.

why i write erotic romance rebecca grace allen

I write erotic romance.

I used hide that. I’d never say those four little words out loud. Admitting it to my family and friends was a struggle. Even now, I’m hyperventilating a little bit to see those words written down, knowing they’re going to be printed and read. But I don’t hide it anymore, because the world is a different place than it was a few years ago. It’s a world where women are no longer afraid to be upfront about what they’re reading, the dog-eared pages of a steamy novel no longer hidden under their beds. Instead, these books are on their Nooks and Kindles, read in the light of day. And as a writer, I think that’s pretty damn awesome. So I’m not hiding anymore.

I’ve been making up stories … // READ MORE

The Giver
How I Met Your Father
Considering the ancient technology we were dealing with back then, it’s a wonder it even happened, kids.

The other day, my daughter and I watched The Giver, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel. The story is set in a utopian society that’s eliminated pain and strife by converting to “sameness,” a plan that’s also eradicated human emotions. A boy named Jonas is selected to be the Receiver, the person who stores all the community’s past memories, in case they’re needed to make an important decision. He’s trained by the Giver, whose job is to transfer all that history—feelings included—to his protégé. In the process, Jonas learns that along with war and starvation and other suffering, the society has also lost the capacity to love and experience other types of joy. Kind of a bummer.

Soon after viewing the film, it occurred to me that people roughly 30 years and older are “givers” to the next generation, and the memories we need to pass down are that of a former //READ MORE

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