Interview with Sascha Illyvich, member of the all new WriteSex blog.
Are you one of those wonderful writers who can pen a fantastic saga, create fantasy worlds and pull emotion from every corner of a character … but you somehow get stopped dead in your tracks when it comes to writing a fabulous sex scene? Does finding the words and the perfect place in the manuscript for physical love scenes baffle and befuddle you? Or, do you write great love scenes but just know you can write, build and climax them better if you just knew the tricks?
Erotica has been around since the Egyptian masons carved joking sex scenes in stone showing a worker being screwed by his boss. The first romantic verse that can be described as purely erotic and explains the sensations of climax is recorded in an ancient Mesopotamian poem. Writing and communicating strong erotica has been around a long time and like all skills, there are a few wizards out there who are willing to teach us all how to be better at it.
On Thursday, January 7, 2010 a new weekly blog will hit the cyberspace that is sure to improve your writing skills where erotica is concerned. I had the opportunity to talk with Sasha Illyvich, member of the WriteSex team, about exactly what we can expect.
Riley: Sascha, can you tell us who else is in this specialized group of Erotica Writers?
Sascha: Certainly. The ever talented erotica author M. Christian, lusty and gorgeous Oceania who is the voice of erotica. We have Jean Marie Stine, owner of Renaissance E-books signed onboard. Bestselling author of Gay erotic romance, Em Lynley joins us along with Dark Erotic author Thomas Roche. Rounding out the panel is Dr. Nicole Peeler.
Riley: What made you and these other professional authors decide to share your expertise?
Sascha: Simply put, we have something of value for the writing community. Many authors have desire to add erotic elements to their stories or just want to learn to write blue novels. Our panel has done everything in between and can guide writers in any stage of their career. I purposely chose Em Lynley and Dr. Nicole Peeler as the “youngest” in published fiction writing because the rest of us haven’t been in their shoes as new authors in many years.
Riley: How many different kinds of erotica are there? Are they really written differently?
Sascha: Many. Styles, variations on themes, where the plot lies, make a difference in what you call you erotica. Yes and no.
Riley: Is there really a ‘selling’ market for erotica?
Sascha: Definitely. Outside of the Bible and Porn, erotica is in the top 5 of what’s selling.
Riley: What can writers expect to learn from your weekly WriteSex blogs?
Sascha: Everything they’ll ever want to know about writing smut or adding spice to your stories, we’ll teach. We’ll cover marketing basics as well as how to approach publishers. We’ll cover the hows and whys of erotica from what it is to what it’s not, how to deal with backlash from friends and how to make industry contacts that matter. Technique and structure of stories will be discussed along with how to be versatile in any market. How to approach publishers will be covered along with the darker erotic markets and some website SEO stuff by a guest blogger. We’ll cover e-book and print basics also.
There you have it, another opportunity to expand your writing skills, get your readers to do a little squirming while they read your work, and an uncovered market for selling it. The WriteSex Blog will go live on Thursday, January 7th and I’ll do an announcement right here. I’m thinking this is something no writer will want to miss!