In all my excitement I have gotten many questions. The standard is always "Oh does that pay well?" The one I wasn't really prepared for, oddly enough, was also the one question that struck me most: Are you still an advocate for rape and all that kinky stuff?
My first comment is always FAUX-rape. FAKE. Rape that's clearly consensual, but plays with the battle of power. Nothing pissed me off more than hearing about Brock's "20 minutes of action" and the despicable way the judge handled it.
My second is ALWAYS.
Erotica is something that taps into a baser level with many people, offering an outlet for their kink, offering a journey through often unexplored circumstances, fulfilling a desire that we are often to timid to explore in real life.
Erotica is also insanely the most censored. No one told Martin he couldn't be having brother and sister fucking. "Well its not the same thinggggggg, its such a small part of the story...." Uh, King dies, his wife's incest-born son claims the throne and all hell breaks loose? Intrinsic to the story in these author's eyes. No one outcries Jacqueline Carey putting her main character Phedre` through months of living with a man that is raping and torturing her. But because Phedre`'s blessed by the gods to handle kinky shit, so must be ok? And lets not get started about necrophilia - sexy dead guys! HELL YES! Vampires everywhere, or bestiality! Werewolves, Yummy! (Laurell K. Hamilton even got a bit much for me in my younger days!)
The only argument that I've ever come across that gave me pause against my "fight for non-censoring" is "But your books are for people to get off to. You're trying to make something that's 'fringe' mainstream." My "art" is porn. And therefore must be censored.
I can't ever agree to that.
"But you have 3 daughters, aren't you afraid they'll grow up and be RAPED?!" Yes. I'm afraid that they will get their power taken away. That they will emotionally and physically have to deal with someone else stripping them of power. Whether its sexual or not. I'm afraid they'll grow up in a world and have a president that makes callous remarks like "grabb'em by the pussy." and "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
The difference is while I publish kinky shit, in declaring that I write Erotica, I have to alert my readers that my books are for the older audience. I need to alert you that some of my books are offensive - or at least have the potential to offend someone. I can't allow you to judge for yourselves if I'm too dirty for you, because Amazon, B&N, and many mainstream publishers won't let me. I feel strongly that you, as an adult, should be able to decide what you want to read. I feel strongly that you should have the CHOICE.
That's why I'm an advocate for Rape-Fantasy books to continue to be published. For Taboo, and Babysitter/Barely-Legal. Because you have the right to read it if you want.