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.
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.” -RomanceReadersBookshelf.blogspot.com
Right 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!