You Did What? By Lucy Felthouse
You Did What?! By Lucy Felthouse
I love being a writer, and most of the paraphernalia that goes with it. OK, readings are pretty nerve-wracking, but it’s all part of the process and I must learn to embrace them! But one of the most annoying and yet amusing things about being a writer — especially an erotic writer — is people’s misconceptions.
This doesn’t apply to everyone, of course. Most people are cool with what I do; they accept it and move on. But some people don’t get it. They think that because I’ve written stories about…
- Doing the horizontal tango on an army base
- Having sex in a university classroom
- Having a threesome with a husband and wife
- Getting sand in naughty places on the beach
…that I must have done all those things. I’ve also written stories about giving head to a vampire, werewolves in human form having sex and a succubus and an incubus getting it on. Do these people think this stuff is true, too? Of course not!
It totally irks me that people think erotica and erotic romance writers are these promiscuous, sex mad people. We’re not. OK, some may be, but that’s their choice. And even if they are, why does it matter? As long as nobody’s getting hurt, I wholeheartedly believe in each to their own!
However, it’s totally unfair to make preconceptions about writers based on what happens to flow from our imaginations and onto the page. Generally speaking, people like to read what we’ve written (sex sells, baby!) and that’s why erotic writers exist. If nobody was buying it, we’d have to think of something else to write about, or do. So honestly, who cares what, where, when, why and how we get our ideas? Let’s just hope they keep coming and make the already strong erotica and romance markets continue to grow! Who’s with me!?
During Lucy’s first year studying Creative Writing at the University of Derby, she was dared to write an erotic story. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance and Xcite Books. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter.