Thanks so much for allowing me to spend a day with the wonderful Brit Babes!
I was doing an interview recently for my latest book release and was asked about my preference for certain words in relation to certain body parts. Did I prefer the flowing and purple prose slanted or the rough and hard-edged in your face? My answer now, is of course, the latter. But, believe it or not, that wasn’t always the case.
For years, I was naïve and thought I don’t need such abrasive language to get my point across. After all, it wasn’t as thought anyone was actually reading what I was writing at the time. I barely showed my husband let alone someone I didn’t know. So what I was and wasn’t calling things didn’t really matter.
I switched it up for a little while, writing urban fantasy/paranormal romance. Not a piece of erotic fiction in sight. Then one day, I was sitting in a high school gym, tucked into a quiet corner while a dance competition went on around me, and hacking away at words. This was straight up contemporary erotic romance with BDSM and a m/m/f ménage to boot. I couldn’t stop writing if I wanted to, my fingers were flying over the keys. I would stop from time to time to read back over what I’d written. But one time, I was taken aback by four little letters in all their pixelated glory.
Had I really just used THAT word!?!?!
Needless to say, I was a little stunned and I just sat there not quite knowing what to do. Should I keep it? Should it be erased out of existence never to be uttered through my fingers again? Should I even tell anyone? My husband came along later during a break and asked how I was doing. I showed him the section that still had me stunned and starting biting my nails was I tried to pull off the total picture of calm while read (sidebar: I swear, that man can put away a 500 page book in an afternoon, but he reads something of mine and he’s slower than molasses). He smiled, nodded, gave me a thumbs up and went back to watch the competitions.
Well all righty then. Reading the passage over. And over. And over, the section wouldn’t work without the word. It had to be there because it was so right for the character to be using it. Talk about opening the flood gates! I eventually sold the book to a brand new for me publisher and was even asked by my editor to up the ante by adding more of this harsher, frank language.
That language and I are really old friends now. I should probably take it out for a drink or two in thanks, huh? *BEG*
Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter.
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