I started writing erotica in the 90s, just for my own entertainment. Then I thought it might be fun to publish it, and perhaps even make a little money. My first publication was a graphic short story (art by Tom Porta) in the very first issue of Heavy Rubber Magazine (1997). Since then I have published in a number of major erotic anthologies, such as the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Erotica, Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures (Cleis Press, 2009).
Erotic fetish writing can be divided, of course, into a number of genres or subgenres such as rubber, leather, armour, BDSM, spanking, etc. But as a fetish writer, I find my own difficulty in publicizing my work lies in the fact that while it incorporates these and other genres, it does not always fit neatly into one of them.
So how do I describe my hard to categorize work to the person who, unbeknownst to him or herself, might enjoy this lesbian and transgender erotica, but has no one label with with to search for it?
I think you could say, first of all, that humiliation is central. And usually, the humiliation is comical, cartoonish, unusual, or bizarre.
The humiliation often involves some form of being tied up, stuck in something, rendered peculiarly powerles (especially by one’s own seemingly empowering garments)
And there must be a build-up to the humiliation. I am all about foreplay. For me, that is the sexiest thing in an erotic story. So many tales begin with two paragraphs that introduce stock, uninteresting characters, and then proceed with 30 pages of “insert Tab A into Slot B” sex. I do not find this even remotely interesting.
Not that I do not describe sexual acts and their consummation in detail — I most certainly do.
My work could be described as BDSM, but not in the classic sense of two people getting together in a “dungeon” like setting, within one of them tormenting the other for so many pages in more or less predictable ways. My characters do not usually start out saying “let’s have sex,” but that is what they end up doing. For example, if one character wears a rubber suit, it is not because she is a dominatrix preparing to play with a sex partner, but because she is a spacewoman or a diver. I tend to contrive “realistic” excuses for my characters wearing fetish gear. To me, a woman dressed up like Catwoman is sexier if she is doing so to burgle an estate, rather than explicitly to have sex. Rest assured, though, somehow she will have sex.
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