Filed under: romance | Tags: aspen mountain press, aubrey leatherwood, disability, disease, erotica, handicap, if you asked me to, romance
Welcome to my blog!
I’m Aubrey Leatherwood and here are five things about me:
- writer of contemporary erotic fiction and 2008 Romantic Times nominee for Best Erotic Fiction
- favorite afternoon is a hot day in the pool with a mimosa and friends
- a word-o-phile, but not an edit-o-phile (working on the second part there)
- it’s possible that I was writing erotica as a virgin, lol
- I grill and barbecue like nobody’s business. Men… don’t touch my grill!
I’d like to take a moment to tell you abou the scariest erotic piece I’ve ever written. More scary t han vampires, werewolves, demons, or bad boys you just can’t quite let go of. What could it possibly be? you ask, or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. The scary business in this story is the heroine’s debilitating disease. Her physical impairment is not just a side note about her. Shelley’s condition is up front and center in the novella If You Asked Me To.
I started this story with a song in mind. I don’t usually write with songs in my head or even with music playing inthe background, but this time I used a phrase to inspire where the story went. I wanted intrigue, a caper through a string of Caribbean islands, a heroine with a dark past and trouble always on her heels, a hero who can’t help but get her out of it. That’s what I wanted. The story and the characters wanted something different. So I said to myself, I’ll write that story another time, where’s this one going.
Next phase was me writing this piece with the hopes of donating it to a charity anthology. The anthology’s purpose was to emphasize the fact that we all need love, to be touched, and to connect on the most primitive of levels with another human being. If You Asked Me To ended up way, way, way too long to be a part of an anthology. And, well it seemed like it needed to be its own animal.
First things first, I had to become engaged with Shelley, I had to be her just a little bit and let her be me just a little bit, so that a reader, any reader wouldn’t pity her, disease or not, and would relate to her instead. We’re all a bit damaged in one way or another, and intense friendships–love for characters–are born from the bond of adversity. Building that, however, takes time, and space and growth. OK, OK, so I admit it freely, I just couldn’t keep the story short .
In paying respect to Shelley, I had to make her real, making her both strong an vulnerable, in paying respect to the romance, I had to give her a man, a gorgeous, sexy, man who was also both strong and vulnerable, and just a little flawed so that he, too ,was real. Then Ray Costas took over! Somehow, in all of this, writing a romance about a woman with a “disability” turned into writing a romance about a man trying to love a woman with a “disability”. And you know, I have to say, I like it better this way, and I’m hoping you and other readers will, too.
Ya know what else? I did mention that at it’s heart, this story is a romance, but, you guys know me, It has to be, has to be, HAS TO BE hot! Yep, there is one scene, that I literraly fantasize about at least once a week, and hell I wrote it! LOL!!! So come on, If you’d like to read the story, go ahead, click here:
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Next stop Melissa Aires who will seduce you with dark tales at the Del Fantasma. http://melisseaires.blogspot.com/
1) Tour Starts: Monday, August 1, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Tour Ends: August 7, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
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