My first thought on looking over Koko’s intro was that she sounds a lot of fun, so hi Koko, and thanks for inviting me to blog on Pete and Sarah’s Guide to Seasonal Sex. Sarah and I are British writers and sometime editors, both with a strong focus on erotica, although Sarah’s speciality lies in magazine work and mine is in novels. I see your focus is on erotic romance, so I’m going to blog on happy endings, or the lack of them, and see if any of your readers would like to join in a discussion.
I write erotica, such as the short story A Winter Feast in this edition of Pete and Sarah’s, which is about a lesbian couple, a debauched dining society and a mean trick. It couldn’t really be classified as a romance, but it does involve a relationship, as any story that involves people having sex is sure to, at one level or another. This is even more true of novels, in which you have to follow the development of people’s emotions as the story develops, at least you have to if you’re going to get any real depth.
Looking back across my ninety odd novels, about half involve a couple coming together over a series of difficulties, which I suppose is the classic romance plot. Others are mysteries, thrillers, fantasies and studies in pure erotica, but all of them, just about, have a happy ending. This is a deliberate choice, for the simple reason that it’s what I prefer, and for that I make no excuse whatsoever. I like my heroines, and heroes, to achieve their heart’s desire, even if that isn’t necessarily marriage or a loving relationship. In Poppy’s Pin-Ups (my latest and written as Aishling Morgan) the hero ends up in a ménage à trois with the two rival heroines, Slave to the Machine ends with the heroine declining reincarnation, but both are very definitely happy endings.
I’m no fan of the sort of story in which the heroine starts as a feisty, independent woman but gradually learns to accept her true role as a sex slave, not only because it’s painfully corny, but because I actually prefer my heroines with some free will. Worse still is the ending typified by the Story of “O”, in which all the main characters die in some highly improbable accident. That’s not only lazy, but it sends the message that indulging in sexual pleasure is wrong and will end in disaster.
Then there’s the choice of leaving the ending on a cliff-hanger, a disaster, or completely open, and so allowing for the sequel. Personally, even though the majority of my books belong in series, I feel that’s a bit unfair on the reader and that each book released should work as a story in its own right. Lastly, there’s the device of having the villain win, although one thing that can distinguish erotica romance from hardcore erotica is that with the later it’s not always easy to tell the difference between hero and villain, if one exists at all!
Pete and Sarah’s Guide To Seasonal Sex – your one stop shop for everything you want to know about seasonal adult activities. Packed with interviews from internationally renowned performers such as Dita Von Teese and Buck Angel, as well as winter themed erotic stories, and seasonal adult articles!
This is THE guide you need to read, whether you are a girl, a boy, or both! Written by former Forum magazine editor Sarah Berry, and world renowned erotic writer Peter Birch, with editing by erotic author Nicky Raven, this new quarterly seasonal adult guide is sure to enlighten, amaze and entertain you through the dark winter months.
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Peter Birch has been hopelessly addicted to sex his entire life but has made the best of what society at large sees as a problem. During the ‘eighties, while yuppies were sporting their filofaxes and falking into mobile phones the size of bricks, Peter and his girlfriend were experimenting with the joys of threesomes, dogging and spanking. In the caring ‘nineties he and his wife devoted their time to running sadomasochistic cabarets in London’s more specialised clubs. Finally realising that he needed to earn some money, he took to writing erotica, and has been at it ever since, becoming a prolific novelist, mainly under the Aishling Morgan name, writing guides to kinky sex and dabbling in journalism, which is where he met Sarah Berry.