Erotica is a huge part of the romance genre, so it makes sense that a romance novel's hero or heroine might themselves write a sexy, scandalous novel. Oftentimes, these heroes and heroines lead double lives—mild-manner Jane Doe by day and sexy writer at night or whenever they’re at their computer.
Speaking of Jane Doe, probably categorized more as a sports romance and less by the nature of the heroine’s profession is Rachel Gibson's See Jane Score. Jane Alcott is a writer who gets assigned to the sports beat for the Chinooks hockey team and is attracted to the sexy Luc Martineau. In addition to writing about sports, Jane moonlights as a writer of erotic fantasies which are super popular. As Honey Pie, she’s a hit, in real life she is skating on thin ice while covering the Chinooks. Will she score a hat trick in life and as a writer?
The double life of an author is also a point of contention in romance novels, but in some cases it can bring couples together. Bella Andre’s Ecstasy features Candace and Charlie, two erotica authors who are paired together at a writing conference. Charlie offers to mentor Candace and what starts as tutelage quickly burns up the pages and the sheets.
Paranormal romance fans aren’t without their share of erotica author characters either. Lynsay Sands's Single White Vampire takes on the comedic tale of Lucern Argeneau, a yes, single white vampire whose family biographies are marketed as romances. His romance includes his editorial counterpart, Kate (not a vampire) who needs to convince a brooding vampire to step out into the spotlight. Full of fun and hilarious takes on romance conventions and the industry itself.
Charlotte Stein’s Addicted features a would-be erotica author going to a meeting for sex addicts for inspiration. Featuring Stein’s trademark humor, the romance between Kit Connor and Dillon Holt is a sweet and sexy combination. Dillon is not a typical brooding alpha male, but a laid-back hero who is willing to show Kit a thing or two about the realities of sex. Included in the first chapter is a fantastic parody of what bad erotic writing really looks like.
H.M. Ward’s The Proposition is one of the books in the Ferro brothers series. The heroine, Hallie, has just written a bestselling sexy book and her old flame Brian Ferro comes back into the picture to potentially blow it all to pieces. Why? Because the book is based on her time with Brian. This is a pretty standard trope when writers are the main characters. The book tends to be based off something in real life and thus causes tension between the hero and the heroine.
Some heroes and heroines, however, own their profession. For example, Britain in Iris Blaire’s Dark Frame owns her responsibility as the main photographer and owner of the sexy college magazine East Park Exposed. While not necessarily a book about an erotica writer, the East Park Exposed series with Exposure and Dark Frame takes a look at the steamy side of publishing college sex magazines.
Another story set in academia is Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein. The main protagonist is a self-published erotic romance author named Candice Salinas, who goes under the pen name Candy Sloane. Apparently Candice is a popular name for erotica author heroines. In any case, a relationship with a local barista and (gasp) student, James Walker changes Candice’s world from simply leading a double life to a precarious balancing act where she has to maintain a relationship all while keeping her secrets underwraps.
Erotica writers and superheroes seem to have a couple things in common. Besides the double lives and secret names, the secrets also impact any potential relationships and could literally ruin lives. Who do you think has it harder? Batman or completely fictional author Diva Devine aka Diana Doe?
Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.