I used to believe that blogging sold books. During the Great Oh My God You Must Have A Blog Rush of 2007, I watched half the world get book deals ‘on the back of their blog’. I don’t believe that anymore, since I have bought less than ten books on the strength of blog posts myself (and I read a lot, so for me that is a mere drop in the ocean). I’m not here to shift copies of my upcoming first novel, Lights Out, but if you fancy buying one on the strength of my ramblings here, please go right ahead and make me happy 🙂
The erotica writer who most inspired me is Tiffany Reisz. She writes smart, sexy books with rounded characters, high stakes and a deep mythology. She is agented and traditionally published, so while she’s on entirely different path to me, I find her inspiring as an artist.
Still, I’m going to use Tiffany Reisz as an example, since her name comes to mind and she has a particularly good author bio. Here it is:
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend and two cats (one that may or may not be the Anti-Christ). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name.
Tiffany has six piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice. When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. There is little to nothing interesting about her (emphasis mine – she has been arrested twice, has a tattoo and has six piercings. Remember that for a minute).
Let’s see what mine might look like:
Amy Temple lives in Dublin, Ireland with her husband and no pets, because their apartment building doesn’t allow them (ergo she is quite confident that no one in her home is the Anti-Christ). She graduated with a B.A. in English from UCD and is making both her parents and her professors embarrassed by refusing to write erotica under her real name.
Amy has two piercings (boringly, one per ear), no tattoos, and has been arrested never. When not under arrest (which represents 100% of her time), Amy enjoys Italian sparkling wine, one Irish man, and no verbs except eat, drink and write. She is too much a goody-two-shoes to drop out of anything. Johnny Depp’s aunt never taught her black nothin’. There is little to nothing interesting about her, but she means it when she says that.
I started blogging because I thought it might be fun for people to see what a girl with two piercings, no tattoos and a clean arrest record made of this whole erotica lark. Well, fun or funny. Either is good.