Coming Out Of The Erotic Romance Closet

Recently, Loveswept reissued the “Red Hot Cop” erotic romance novellas I self-published under a pseudonym, Ava Meyers.  A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing erotic romance, probably for the same reason (at least partially) that I had been determined to become a lawyer–no one thought I could do it or rather, be good at it.  Even myself. (Side note: I was good at being a lawyer, I just ultimately didn’t enjoy practicing law. Lesson learned. :-))

I’m an introvert. Shy. Quiet. More modest than most. At the same time, I can be pretty bold and balls-to-the-wall, and I like that about myself.  I have hidden depths (of course I do, since almost everyone does!) and one thing about me is I like a good challenge.

Arrested Fleshtone handcuffs

The stories in Arrested by Love were the result of my determination to overcome my inhibitions and write erotic romance. I fell in love with my characters, but one of the hardest decisions I made was agreeing to republish them under my real name, something Loveswept said was important to help with my overall brand.  Did I really want my friends and family, potentially my kids someday, and even readers who weren’t erotic romance fans, to know I’d written these stories?

In the end, I decided I wrote them for a reason–to reach as many readers as possible. I’m known for writing steamy romance, and while these are a definite step in the extreme direction as far as steamy romance goes, bottom line, I think if anyone is going to pick up a book labeled erotic romance, for mature audiences, graphic, etc, then they know what they are getting. And even if they’re going to be critical about the author who wrote it? Well, if I let that stop me, I’d never write anything again, erotic or not.

It’s reviews like this that make the creative risks we take worth it:

“When the characters in the book are naughty, you can almost see the steam rising off the pages. (De Paul has got a vivid imagination.-lol)…If writing were like dancing, I would say that DePaul she would a favorite on Dancing with the Stars. No matter what she writes next you won’t want to miss it.”

Banner-300x111Right now, Arrested by Love is on tour.  You can enter to win three $5 Gift Cards. Read about the stories and enter here.

For commenting on this post and telling me what risks you’ve taken that you’re glad you did, I’m also giving away a $10 gift card (reader’s choice of e-book retailers)! **Update: CONGRATULATIONS to Kim H!!! You’ve won the gift card and will be notified by email.

Take care and thanks for all your support!

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9 Responses to Coming Out Of The Erotic Romance Closet

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Wow, Virna, good for you for taking that risk!

    I think all writers take a big risk. We do a lot of things that are definitely out of our comfort zone. I know I do. It brings me joy, so it’s definitely worth it.

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Virna – As a reader I still struggle with admitting to reading erotic romance based on who I talk to. When I talk to other authors or readers I have no problem talking about it but when I am talking to coworkers or friends that don’t read much at all I don’t advertise it as much. I can only image what it is like for an author to take that step. I did buy Arrested by Love and look forward to reading your erotic romance stories. I have only read one of your books so far but have a couple of others waiting for me, too. As far as my own risks, it doesn’t seem that big but starting my blog was a big deal for me. I was nervous about what people would think, would they like it and just putting myself out there. So far it has been a lot of fun. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!
    Amy`s last blog was …Character Interview & Giveaways: PERSONAL ASSETS by Kelsey Browning

    • Virna DePaul says:

      Hi Amy,

      I always love when you come by and visit! Congratulations on starting your blog and thank you for reading and purchasing my books! I hope you enjoy each and every one. Hugs ,V

  3. Cynthia Eden says:

    YAY for risk-taking! 😉 Congrats, Virna!

  4. bn100 says:

    traveling by myself

  5. Virna, wow, hat’s off to you and all the best. I’m sure whatever you write will be a success. I’m also about to take a step into a new genre, and it does feel risky. I’ll still write historicals, but I feel like it’s time to put out some books in my other love, sci-fi/fantasy, and while it’s exciting, it’s daunting at the same time.

  6. Kimh says:

    Driving on the freeway

  7. Virna, I love these stories! So happy you finally came out! ^_~
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …Blood Swords in France

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