Episode #6 of our super sexy LNV podcast is ‘up’ starting today. On this segment of the show, Chris and I take a deep dive into what it means to be an erotica writer. Beyond the fantasy of imaging oneself, the author of erotic culture phenomena like Fifty Shades of Grey, we explore the meet-and-‘taters reality of writing fiction and non-fiction of a sex-positive, naughty nature.
Chris and I have been at the game a while (check out my twice-monthly column on sex writing here and Chris teaching a course on writing, at the As You Like it store in Eugene, OR, go here.) We have surfed (to keep with the water metaphor) plenty of choppy waters where the business of publishing is concerned (mostly dealing with Amazon) and the sometimes soul-numbing days of the writing life. This episode, as well as our usual approach, is not ‘oh-woe-is-me,’ but we do tell the truth; writing professionally is a job. But what we expound upon in episode six of Licking Non-Vanilla, is something we have always said: This writing job is no different than any other job.
This is where we feel we can mine the true common ground for all of you listening. Sure, you might come to us to learn some tools of the trade of sex writing; we hope we can lead you right or inspire you, at the very least. You might spin round our dial (wow, if that turn of phrase doesn’t stamp me an old geezer I don’t know what will!) just for some entertainment; at the very least, we always hope to entertain. Or maybe you come to LNV to take a much-deserved breath and realize, ‘Hey, there are a couple of knuckleheads out there just like me. Even though this M. Christian dude and this Ralph Greco, Jr. guy are sex writers, they seem to be dealing with the same daily crapola over their job that I do’; we hope we can provide that feeling of kinship with you.
Anyway, as always, we thank you for listening and hope our episode #6, as all of our episodes, warms the cockles of your heart…cause, what he hell good is anything unless you are walking around with warm cockles?