It’s amazing but the recent changes to the Derbyshire Hunks novel I sent to Siren Allure, and the fact that now the rest of the series has to follow suit has really seemed to set me free. I feel rejuvenated as a writer. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing the pocket novels for My Weekly and I love seeing them on the shelves, but it’s been so nice to be able to channel my inner trollop over the past few days. I have had to be so careful writing the My Weekly Pocket Novels, and even when I thought I’d got it right, it seems I was sometimes too dark and too sexy. Now the brakes are off and I feel as if I’ve been set free somewhat.
As a result part 2 of the Derbyshire Hunks series is going to be even hotter and naughtier than part 1. This is partly because part one was only adapted to erotica at a late stage (though it did have sex scenes), and part two has started out as erotica from the beginning. Though I hope there’ll still be a decent storyline at the centre of it, so it’s not just link-y bits until I get to another sex scene.
A part of me is still a little nervous about how my erotica stories will be received, but I figure that the majority, if not all, of my followers are sensible enough not to go and buy one of my erotic romance ebooks just so they can decide how ’disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ they are. And those who do buy them will have a genuine interest in reading the story and understand the conventions of erotica so won’t be that shocked anyway. That’s the wish, anyway.
Mind you, when Hubby said he’d rather I didn’t use Sally Quilford as a name, I assumed it was because he’d told all his friends I wrote as Sally Quilford and would be embarrassed about them finding the erotica if they googled my name. That’s what I thought. Then the other day he came home and said “I told Fred (made up name), whose wife reads your pocket novels that you’ve moved on to writing mucky stories (hubby’s exact words!), and Fred said ‘I won’t let my wife read those or she’ll be getting ideas’.” So much for thinking he was embarrassed. It seems he’s actually bragging about it.
So yes, touch wood, I feel really good about my writing at the moment. It’s fun again after I’d been struggling for a month or two.