August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over

Why I Write Erotic and Romantic Fiction

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I originally wrote this by a request from Elizabeth over at Just Add Tea, and I wanted to add it here after reading Emmanuelle de Maupassant’s post “Why Write Erotic Fiction?” that offers a wonderful variety of voices (I reposted it yesterday).

First, a little background in how I got to the point where I’m writing erotic and romantic stories. Several years ago, I saw an online contest for erotic short stories. I was writing general fiction at the time, and I figured, Why not? It’ll be fun to try something new. I won an honorable mention, and that was soon followed by an invitation to join other authors in contributing to Ruthie’s Club, a subscription website that offered erotica — with each story accompanied with an original illustration at the beginning. I enjoyed being a part of the site, and many stories came out of that relationship.

Unfortunately, Ruthie’s Club shut down around 2010. That left all those stories no longer published — and a lot of ideas in my head for more stories.

Then I learned about this little thing called “self-publishing.” You mean I could prepare an ebook and put it up for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords? I figured, Why not? It’ll be fun to try something new.

Yes, that’s a recurring theme for me. It drives part of my writing. Because stories can come in forms of fantasies that I want to see played out and see where they go. I imagine that scores of people have fantasies, and authors move those from their heads to the computer screen (or typewriter if you’re old school like that).

And sex scenes can be electric to write. Sometimes, my fingers can’t type fast enough to get the action out. Thank goodness I can type fairly well, and don’t have to hunt-and-peck — which would’ve driven me bonkers from impatience.

However, my writing is not just about the sex. (Okay, you got me: that part of storytelling is fun.) Deeply satisfying is writing about people connecting on emotional levels — not just physical. I’ve noticed that my writing in the past couple of years has come to include this. Before, I was pretty single-minded on writing about people simply enjoying pleasure. Now, though, the characters also enjoy togetherness. And that has broadened my writing to involve scenes besides sex.

In turn, that expanded my stories from only the erotica category to romance. Which is something I never saw coming. I read a mixture of stories, including general fiction, thrillers, and erotica. I don’t come from reading a vast library of romantic books. So I feel as a newbie in the field. (By the way, the romance that I’ve read which has probably stuck with me the most is The Lover by Marguerite Duras. An exquisite book.)

Relationships and emotions are complex, and I probably capture only a fraction of them in my stories. I’m fascinated by relationships and emotions, so there’s plenty for me to explore. My most recent novel is The Sweet Taste of Revenge, in which the main character divorces her cheating husband and plans to get revenge on him. That’s been an interesting challenge. I’m not a woman, nor have I been divorced. But in writing the book, I hope I was fair to the character. It was quite a ride.

Speaking of a ride, I suppose that’s the reasoning behind why I write. It’s the rush that I get when I take an idea and turn it into a story. That can be with an erotic and romantic story — or tamer stuff. I use August MacGregor as a pen name for the Rated Mature content and my real name for the rest. Writing is way too much fun to commit to only one type of story.

With my August pen name, I try to tell stories of people enjoying the sensual things in life and connecting with each other — but making mistakes along the way. I find that to be another part that brings interest to writing. Because things don’t always proceed perfectly. When a character is in love with someone, the second character may not feel the same way in return. People cheat in relationships. Not every couple has simultaneous orgasms that are mind-blowing every single time.

Which brings the hope that a story with people making mistakes is more interesting for the reader. Because I’d love for my stories to be a ride for readers, just like the stories were a ride to put together.

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Author: augustmacgregor

I'm a writer of erotica and romantic fiction.

24 thoughts on “Why I Write Erotic and Romantic Fiction

  1. This is great! Thanks for sharing this insight into your motivations.

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  2. Wheee! A famous author liked one of my comments!! 😀
    Hiya – I’m Robert from England and I’m collaborating on my first piece of erotic fiction right now. Mostly though I write Writing Tips on my blog.
    Have a great day – Robert.

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  3. I enjoyed reading this. It’s nice to get to know you better as a writer and to find out what motivates you. I love that your writing has evolved over time to include that emotional connection between people. It gives even an erotic story so much more depth!

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  4. This was a pleasure to read. I always enjoying reading the thought process and inspirations for other writers.

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  5. Thank you for the insights, August, into what drives you to write. I’m discovering I have the power to combine separate stories into one story or to pick and choose which stories within the one stories to actually tell and how to tell it from which perspective. It’s exciting. It makes me think and ponder before I put anything to writing. I wish I had the “nerve” to write erotica. I don’t think many of my followers would appreciate it either. So I slip sex in with my photographs when I can like the rose post that is coming soon. Sensuality is part of being human yet too many suppress that aspect. What a shame. I really enjoy coming here to read your erotica. Many many thanks!!! ❤

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    • AmyRose, thank you for such a lovely comment. You’ve added a bright spot to my day 🙂 I completely agree with what you said about sensuality. There’s so many sensual things in the world, and your flower photos celebrate it. Flowers can be more than simply pretty, as they can seem to tempt you to touch them and smell them. After all, their purpose is to inspire bees and butterflies to come visit them.

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      • There is so much sensuality in Mother all around us, it amazes me that more of us are not turning to our sensual natures to celebrate LIFE as all around us does. Watching the “dance” and observing the gorgeous flowers my sensuality bubbles up thereby being caught within my photography. I can’t help it. This is just who I am, and for one, not ashamed of it either. Thank you for “seeing” as I do! Loving it!!! 🙂 ❤

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