I am delighted to welcome the wonderful Zander Vyne to my site today!
Over to you Zander…
After Fifty Shades of Grey and countless copy-cats, I almost hate to say I write erotica. I like porno as much as the next person, so let me explain my hang-up. You see, real erotica is not always about pleasure or sex, just as sex is not always about the body. Sex can leave you wanting or satiated, physically and emotionally. Sex involves emotions (even for men, despite what some would have you believe). It can make you sad, happy, relieved, or something else entirely. Sex can heal or wound. Real erotica explores more than desire, more than body parts, and more than orgasms. It digs deeper than surface emotions. Real erotica doesn’t necessarily require you to feel horny when you read it. Real erotica often challenges you to think about yourself as a whole being. It asks you to explore the ways sex unites us, rips us apart, embarrasses us, or defines us. Real erotica can shine a light into our most secret, dark corners. Real erotica can make you uncomfortable, or squirmy. Real erotica doesn’t condemn or judge or exploit. Real erotica often features people we recognize in ourselves. Imperfect people. People who don’t have movie-star looks or Christian Grey’s bank account.
Since I began writing erotica in 2005, I’ve written stories about many facets of sexuality, from the serious to the absurd, the sad to the joyous, and everything in between. I love a challenge, and often write stories to push my own boundaries or to understand something that makes me uncomfortable. I often write from a male perspective. For many years, my readers believed I was a man, simply because I avoided the gender issue at all in my bios. I love to shock the senses, and do not shy away from difficult subjects. When I write BDSM it’s about more than toys and playacting; it’s about what drives people to delve into it (and, shocker, it’s usually not because they were abused as children). Horror is my favorite genre to read, so much of my erotica could be classified as erotic horror. My goal is simply to create the best stories I can. No genre is off-limits. If I offend you with my fiction, good. If I turn you on, okay. If I make you think, nirvana. It’s all about the emotions to me.
This year, I’m proud to be included again in Maxim Jakubowski’s Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica collection with my story, La Belle Mort that combines Victorian horror and a death-row theme. One of the best compliments I’ve ever received from a reader was on this story. “This is the product of a sick and twisted mind,” they said. My answer? “Thank you!”
In a market saturated with porno calling itself erotica, and poorly written books jumping on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon, there are still writers who offer something more than body parts moving in paper-thin plots. These are a few of my favorites (besides Kay Jaybee, of course):
Charlotte Stein – http://charlottestein.net/ – She’s edgy and unexpected. Her prose is razor sharp. Whether she makes you laugh or fidget or sigh with pleasure, you’ll be entertained.
Remittance Girl – http://remittancegirl.com – RG has a knack for writing believable people and lush, foreign settings. Her work holds its own against mainstream writers. When I grow up, I want to be her.
Rose de Fer – http://poisonthorns.blogspot.com/ – Rose writes lush, gothic flavored stories and books in a distinctive and captivating voice. Her latest novella is a take on the Bride of Frankenstein story.
Mitzi Szereto – http://mitziszereto.com/ – Mitzi writes novels, though she always includes short fiction in collections she edits (lucky readers!). My favorite is Red Velvet and Absinthe, though you can’t go wrong with anything she’s involved with.
Thanks, Kay, for inviting me over to your blog. I love connecting one-on-one with readers and sharing the love of fabulous books. Visit me and read free excerpts and full stories on my blog, or chat with me on Twitter or Facebook. If you’d like to get more involved, come join my group, The Slush Pile, on Facebook. As a Beta Reader you’ll get free reads, be part of the creative process, and read books and stories long before they’re published. Hope to see you there!
Thanks again for coming to visit Zander- great post!