Author Bias: Kinks

Ah, a subject close to all our hearts (well, about 18 inches down from our hearts, but close enough)

I think it’s inevitable that as writers, we will write what we like. In fact, it’s well-known advice, to ‘write what you would want to read’.

It’s also, however, good practice to write things that we don’t always like ourselves. This does, however, become harder with something as personal as kinks.

SO, do we write what we like, or what other people like? It stands to reason that someone out there will have the same kink as you, so you can pretty well be sure that there are readers for whatever you like. However, I would highly recommend writing outside your comfort zone, if only for fun.

This is where I have to make a confession. A year ago, I would not have been into animal shifters. Heck, I possibly didn’t even know about it as a kink back then. Now, however, most of my books are based around animal shifters, and in all honesty, I’m really enjoying writing them. Exploring outside my own interests has opened up new horizons for me, both in my writing and my reading.

However, part of me really wants to get back to my own personal interests . . . so, maybe expect more BDSM work in the future, as well as F/M erotica, and some fantasy erotica. Because after all, erotica is meant to be enjoyable – if it isn’t, you’re definitely doing it wrong 😉 So don’t write outside your comfort zone if you’re not enjoying it.

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Thoughts on: Amazon’s bestiality rules

Well, here’s an interesting subject, eh? Lillian and I have discussed it at length, but recently I have had the opportunity to discuss it with non-writers. Specifically ,I have discussed this with my father, and a friend (I said my family was pretty open about all this, right?).

Generally, Lillian and I have swallowed (heh) Amazon’s rules without questioning it. What we have gathered is this – humans can have sex with humans, animals can have sex with animals. ‘Shifter’ stories are allowed (woohoo) as long as there is only intercourse between characters who are in the same species-state. So even if it’s two werewolves, they can’t Do The Deed if one is in wolf form and one is in human form. That makes it bestiality, and that is not allowed.

Seemed fine to me.

Then I tried explaining this to my father. My father, for the record, is very open about this kind of thing, but this whole idea seemed strange to him. Try as I might, I couldn’t explain it in a way that made him understand.

Perhaps I will have to start giving out free copies of some of my work for people to read, so they can understand the, for want of a better word, attraction in shifter smut. Or maybe it’s a pleasure which only you, my dear reader, and I, share. Who knows?

The friend I discussed it with just shook her head, laughed, and wandered off. I’m still not sure what to make of that.

I’d love to discuss this with more people, so please do comment – though if your comments are aggressive towards anyone’s tastes and preferences, they may not be published. Porn is for everyone 🙂

 

Breaking the Stallion – Horse changer book 2

Hey folks! So, a bit delayed, here’s the announcement for the release of Breaking the Stallion – sequel to Ridden by the Stallion.

Danny, obsessed by his ‘encounter’ with the horse-changer Thanas, tries to track down the stallion and get his own back.

Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Stallion-shifter-western-romance-ebook/dp/B01N7P5OOM/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RKH655TTTVWGS91CBJH4

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Designing a book cover (erotica or general)

Hey folks – Happy New Year!

So I’m currently going through the final stages of the follow-up to Ridden by the Stallion, which should be available very soon.

One important stage, of course, is sorting out a cover. Now, in a different life I used to do basic computer art. I’ve also played around with artsy stuff for other purposes. I’m not a graphic designer, but I imagine there are few erotica-writers-slash-graphic-designers out there (and not many erotica-designers-with-graphic-designer-partners either).

With that in mind, I thought everyone might enjoy a quick runthrough of how I make covers. There are options out there to get them made for you, but I want to dispell any fears that cover design is beyond the average person.

Since the sequel is on the way, I’ll use Ridden by the Stallion as an example. Here’s the cover:

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Yep, that’s definitely a saucy story about a man and a horse-shifter, there’s no way of denying it. In order to make sure it’s obvious, there are a few things the cover needed. Mainly a man and a horse.

First thing first – gather stock images. There are plenty of free, royalty-free (which means you don’t have to pay, and can use them for commericla use. And yes, this is commerical use, so don’t just steal images. That’s naughty (and not the good kind of naughty) and might get you in trouble) images out there on various sites. There are even more that you can pay to use.

Every couple of weeks I’ll scan the new uploads on free sites and snag the suitable images. So, when it came to man-and-horse, I was able to quickly compile a board of possible images:

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Using Photoshop or GIMP, I plopped them all into a document and moved them around. Be open-minded, and just try to find something that looks aesthetically nice – balanced, suitable colours, and suggestive.

So, from this board, I slected the rearing horse and the man with the lightbulb for a head (I did say be open-minded).

I cropped the man’s head off using a fade. I felt the combination was a bit monochrome, so I cut the horse out from the background (magic wand or eraser) and decided to use the grass from the top right photo, as circled.

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The great thing about layers and images and whatnot is that even though the man’s arm was still in the grass, I covered that up nicely with Mr Lightbulb-head.

The sky from the field photo wasn’t quite cloudy enough either, so another quick image search found me some clouds to bung behind the horse. It took about a minute more, but added so much depth to the cover.

Bung them together, and we get:

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Add some text (Remember, white text with a black outline can be read on any colour background, though some darkening behind the text can still help), and we’re at the finished cover.

Once you get a bit of practice in, it becomes quite fast. Also, as much as I love using a graphics tablet, I don’t currently have one, and can testify that it’s all doable quickly with just a mouse and keyboard.

I hope this helps someone with their own cover art – happy designing, folks 🙂