Hello lovely readers! It's Kay Jaybee here. I'm thrilled to be able to welcome the delicious Lana Fox to the Brit Babes site! Today she's talking dirty, UK style...
I’ve been living in the USA for over ten years now, but people still stop me mid-sentence asking, “What’s the accent? Are you a Brit?” Sometimes, on the other hand, they ask, “Are you Australian?” And once, only once, I was told I was German. “It’s easy to tell,” said this guy at a party, pointing my way as he opened a beer. “The clipped vowels give you away.”
My UK life was spent in many different regions, so my English accent was a mix to start with. But speaking with any kind of Brit accent in the USA can have amazing advantages, particularly for an erotica author and publisher. At readings, people flock over to compliment my pronunciation. They call my accent “hot” and “sexy”, and sometimes they even tell me I’d make a good dominatrix. (What makes them think I’m not already a good dominatrix, I wonder! *wink*) In one of my erotic writing classes, which I taught at a literary writing center in Boston, the students said that my accent had really made a difference at first. “When you started saying these words that we’d been taught not to say,” said one woman, “they sounded soft and exotic because of your accent.” This helped them to get over their shyness, they believed. It wasn’t only the teacher who gave them permission. The accent did too.
I had no idea, before I moved to America, that British accents would be crushworthy. After all, when I was living in Britain, I thought American accents were far sexier than my own. Yet on my first day in the US, my accent got me onto the Boston subway for free. “You sound so cute!” said the ticket guy. “Have a free ride.”
I don’t think he’d guessed I was an erotic writer, but given his words, I could be wrong!
It’s a funny thing, but I rarely write from the point of view of American characters, even though I often include them in my stories. My most recent erotic novel, Cream: An Erotic Romance, was set in England and I really enjoyed writing it, not least because of the focus on kinky sex, smoky jazz, and cream being poured over warm bodies. (You can read a sample here at the Erotica For All. Thank you, Lucy!) I also loved writing the second half of the novel because the protagonist, Caroline, flies to Boston with a sexy American businessman called Kyle. It was fun writing Kyle! I got to express my American side, safely in the knowledge that my U.S.-born wife, Angela, with whom I run Go Deeper Press, would make sure that rich boy Kyle sounded suitably Bostonian.
These days, I still feel British, but I feel even more like a British ex-pat or immigrant. What I don’t like to feel like is “a resident alien” (which is what appears on my green card) with an “A-number.” Yup, whenever I’m asked for my “alien number”, it does feel strange! That said, as a queer woman who co-runs an erotic press, there is a lot about me that is different. I’m sure that’s also to do with being sex-positive though, wouldn’t you say? Those of us who take an interest in sexuality do learn to be different, I think—and also to enjoy the differences around us.
One difference I rarely notice is the difference between my accent and Angela’s. I just hear Angela. And I know it’s the same for her.
Thank you so much for having me, Brib Babes!
You can find me here:
Buy Cream: An Erotic Romance (USA) - http://goo.gl/slPsDo
Buy Cream: An Erotic Romance (UK) - http://goo.gl/HzYKiz
The Deeper Daily (daily erotica from Go Deeper) - http://goo.gl/JKZOzd
Facebook – Go Deeper Press - https://www.facebook.com/godeeperpress?fref=ts
Find out more about Cream (and hear Lana’s accent!) - http://godeeperpress.com/projects/cream-by-lana-fox/
Many thanks Lana!!! Brilliant blog.
Happy reading everyone,
Kay and the Babes xxx