How’d I End Up Here? The Journey of an Erotic Romance Writer

CARINA_0114_9781426897863_PurelyProfessionalGuest blog by Elia Winters, author of Purely Professional

Hi folks! Thanks to Love Romance Passion for hosting me today. I’m excited to be sharing my story with you.

Like most writers, I’ve been writing stories ever since I could remember. I set out to write longer works in high school, cutting my “novel teeth” on two book-length monstrosities of mediocre Star Wars fanfiction. (I still have them. Please don’t ask.) In my budding curiosity about sex and love and relationships, though, I realized the scenes I really wanted to write were far too naughty for traditional fiction. I’d already started sneaking my mother’s romance novels, but I wasn’t invested in the stories; I’d just skim them and look for the sex scenes.

Much of my sexual education came from these illicit paperbacks left on the coffee table. I knew the mechanics of sex: I’d had the standard mediocre sex education common to America’s public school system, and my mom had given me The Talk when I was nine. I didn’t understand why people had sex, though, until I read The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel back in 8th grade. I probably had no business reading that book, but it sparked my curiosity, and within a year I was well on my way to filching Nora Roberts romances and skimming for the juicy parts whenever my mom wasn’t around.

It wasn’t long before I tried my hand at writing romance. Not whole books, not yet, but scenes. The first ones – *cringe* – were Star Wars fanfiction, just like my first novels. (My geekiness runs deep, in case you weren’t sure.) Soon after, though, I started branching out into fictional characters of my own creation and actual detailed sex scenes. This collection of stories made the rounds in my high school social circle, handed off to friends between classes and read discretely during study hall, always one step ahead of the administration of our conservative Catholic school. I still can’t believe we were never caught.

I continued to write novels all through college and beyond, but I didn’t settle on erotic romance as a genre for quite some time. I wrote a little of everything: fantasy, young adult, science fiction, even horror. An avid participant in National Novel Writing Month, I soon ended up with a dozen or so novels tucked away in the digital junk drawer of my hard drive. Finally, I decided to write a novel just for me, indulging all my whims and fantasies in one text. The resulting first draft became Purely Professional, just released from Carina Press.

It’s been easy to continue writing erotic romance. I love the stories, the characters, the hot sex and the happy endings. I still enjoy reading and writing other genres, too, and might someday revise some of the other novels lying in wait in my hard drive. In the meantime, though, I can’t seem to stop writing erotic romance, and you can expect a lot more of it from me in the future.

About Purely Professional

Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.

English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.

Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

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elia_avatar_highresAbout the Author

Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school.  She dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets, where she balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia has a virtual life as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, you can find her on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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