amongst books

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Cream and the Erotica Readers and Writers Association

One of my stories, Successor, inspired by George Shrub's visit to Ottawa a few years' back, will be in Cream: The Best of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association, to be published in Fall, 2006.

For any one who wants to write erotica, I recommend joining the ERWA. Experienced and beginner writers of erotica trade insight and knowledge, and critique one anothers stories plus there are calls for submission often only heard about through ERWA. It's a very influencial list in the world of erotic fiction. The group contains every type of writer from commercial to experimental.

When I say I write erotica, I often run across a type of prejudice from those who assume erotic fiction is all bodice-heaving, cliched pap. If you read some of the anthologies today or stories on the ERWA site, you'll find that this is not true. I'm not sure if it has ever been true. Like with any kind of writing, there's always junk out there, but there's also a great deal of variety and fine fiction. I consider erotic fiction to be at the forefront of contemporary writing because it is brave enough to address sexuality and sex in all of its forms from sex as sinful taboo to joyful celebration. While so much fiction and film is still taking a very juvenile and euphemistic attitude to sex, writers like Mike Kimera, Remittance Girl, Michael Michele G.E. Russell break free from any kind of status quo and tell good stories that linger with the reader long after they're done. And the stories turn you on too. What more could you ask for?

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