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Her novel, "Almost A Gentleman," changed the way I looked at erotic romance, and I feel honored Pam Rosenthal is visiting us today. But before I make this sound like we must bow before her, let me tell you that Pam is every bit as accessible as her stories and characters.
Which is good, because this is the day to talk erotic romance and erotica-- maybe even continue our discussion of euphamism -- with one of the best writers going who happens to write both. So please give Pam a warm Bella welcome...
Hi everyone, and thanks for having me, Michelle. What amazingly wide-ranging discussions you have here. And as a closet nerd, I adored the Back to School Week postings.
Or maybe the nerdiness isn’t so closeted. Because I haven’t exactly kept it a secret, how sexy I think reading is.
My early erotic novels (w/a Molly Weatherfield) are about an outspoken and outrageously well-read San Francisco bike messenger, who finds herself in a dark demimonde of power sex. Carrie isn’t sure where any of this is leading, but, as she tells us, “I felt as though I was in the middle of reading – of living – this epic story, and it was all I could do to keep turning the pages fast enough.”
And my first romance heroine, Marie-Laure, in The Bookseller’s Daughter, falls in love with Joseph when she reads the erotic fiction he’s written. Actually, she reads it a little too astutely for his taste – he’s frightened, angered, and of course fascinated that she’s learned more about him than he thought he was telling.
For me, love and sex are always joined in narrative, and narrative is a double helix of power and knowledge, curiosity and desire. Romance fiction is so popular, I believe, because our own most cherished personal stories are the stories of how we ourselves fell in love.
Who is this terribly attractive person, we asked ourselves. Can we get him to reveal a little more about himself? Hmmm, might be dangerous – do we really want to know, and do we really want to risk revealing our selves in return?
And even when we weren’t sure we wanted to keep “reading,” could we have stopped?
What a good erotic romance does is portray this power struggle, this game of show and tell, hide and seek -- in bed, and out in the world as well.
The best compliment a reader ever paid me was saying that reading Almost a Gentleman was like walking in on my characters making love, even when they weren’t.
But I also want to achieve the mirror image of that erotic voyeurism: during the most extreme, most physical scenes, I want the reader to see two people learning each other’s most private, cherished stories.
Call it intimacy. In any case, I think that’s what I was trying to portray in my just-released erotic historical romance, The Slightest Provocation, the story of a contentious couple who wrestle each other down to some very intimate basics. (The gorgeous cover does really suggest my heroine Mary. But to suggest my hero Kit – well, you could always try Ewan McGregor.)
So tell me. How does it work for you? Does the simple act of turning the pages to find out what happens next have an erotic charge? And what does love (and/or sex) have to do with the pleasures of a good story?
Encore! "The Slightest Provocation" has been out just a short time and already has spent 3 weeks on the B & N Bestseller List!
Encore due! Pam writes erotica as Molly Weatherfield, whose novel, "Carrie's Story" was chosen one of Playboy.com's 25 Sexiest Books Ever
Encore tre! Visit Pam Rosethal.com and join Pam as she begins group blogging at HistoryHoydens.blogspot.com (great for us historical fans!)