Thanks to all the Brit Babes for having me along today - I really appreciate it.
So, hello, my name is Rebecca Black and I’m addicted to reading erotica.
[Sits down to mumbles of support from everyone reading this blog]
After three years of permanently having my kindle in my hand, and having read literally hundreds of books (*cough* which I’m now calling research) back in December 2014, I thought I’d have a go at writing it as well.
So, thanks to Kayla Lords and her blog, A Sexual Being, I wrote my first little erotic short for her #masturbationmonday meme. I didn’t have a blog at the time so she posted it for me and, well, let’s just say 168 twitter shares later I was addicted to something else other than reading. I won’t lie, it’s a rush writing something and knowing that some people are reading it and actually liking it.
Plus, this was my first experience of how kind and supportive the erotica community can be, so it wasn’t a hard decision wanting to be part of it.
Every Twitter and Facebook share is sharing a bit of love and support. It’s great when people read my stuff, but I also love to share when I’ve found a great new book or author. There’s so much talent out there, but it’s not always easy to find. So, I set up my own blog - rebeccablackerotica.com - to try and do just that. I’ve posted every ever since. I also write about erotic news, review books, recommend authors and blogs if you fancy having a look.
I got to ‘know’ (in the online sense) some of the Babes through my love of reading erotica, and as you know The Brit Babes have written an amazing amount between them.
They also happen to be really lovely and friendly so when they invited me to join their Street Team back in January, I jumped at the chance. It’s a fantastic group, full of like-minded people and The Babes have given us all a safe, friendly place to talk openly about what we love to read (and ogle gorgeous men - a major perk in my opinion.)
It was around this time that the first mutterings about Erotic World Book Day (#EWBD) started. You can read all about that here eroticworldbookday.co.uk. Emily Dubberley (sexpert and founder of Cliterati) brought the erotica community together to help raise money for Brook, a sexual health charity here in the UK. They do amazing work and are often a lifeline for young people who don’t have anyone else to talk to about sexual health issues.
Early on we decided to publish an erotic anthology to launch on at the Facebook party. I wrote a story for it and edited it with Emily.
An Intimate Education is full of 22 amazingly diverse, sexy stories. The Brit Babes came out in force to generously support the whole project, with wonderful stories from Tabitha, Lily, Kay, Victoria, Lucy and Lexie. We put the anthology together in five short weeks. I’m not going to lie, it was really stressful at times, but overall I think we did a great job. It’s something I’ll always be really proud to have been a part of. Plus, we managed to crash the Brook donation line on the night of the party - proving great things happen when we all come together.
Honestly, the stories in this anthology are just amazing. Also, it’s great for picking up and putting down whenever the *ahem* mood takes you. I’m a lover of flash fiction for that reason alone. Here are purchase links if you’re feeling like you want to have a look and help out a great charity in the process (all proceeds go to Brook).
Universal buy link
We’re already planning next year’s Erotic World Book Day event so hopefully you’ll keep it in mind and join in the fun times. If you like the Facebook page we’ll keep you updated.
I’ve been busy writing furiously since EWBD I post weekly on Cliterati and will have a story in F. Leonora Solomon’s upcoming cop anthology published by Riverdale Ave Books. I’m almost done with my first novella provisionally titled A Taste For Three - a spicy menage (M/F/M) set in the sensual world of a French restaurant. I’ve also started an anthology of short stories, but that’s going to be a while before it’s finished, so I’m keeping that under wraps for now. If you’re interested in reading more, or chatting about good books that you’ve found, then you can find me at the following places:
My Blog - http://rebeccablackerotica.
My author page - https://www.facebook.com/
Twitter - @Northerngirl76
Tumblr - http://rebeccablackwords.
tumblr.com/ (essentially just naughty gifs and pics).
Thanks for your time and thanks to the Brit Babes for letting me say hi!
What did I tell you? Isn't she fantastic?! :D
The pleasure was all ours Ms Black x x