If someone were to come into my office and look at the small pile of reference books I now have on my desk, and read the titles they just might wonder.
Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry
The Internet Escort’s Handbook Book 1 The Foundation
In Good Company: The Escort’s Guide
Confessions of a Working Girl: A true story
Sex Secrets of Escorts: Tips from a Pro
Yes you got to wonder.
Then again, downstairs in my basement there must be a least a dozen boxes with stuff on police procedures, criminology, criminal investigation, forensic science, crime labs procedures, guns, not to mention the workings of a court case when the bad guy is apprehended and is finally brought to trial.
My next story (Jaden’s Story) in my series The Pleasure of Our Company will incorporate some of that knowledge as well. Tanya, Kacie, Marcie, Janine, and Jaden are escorts (there will be more.) Their stories are vignettes of their lives as they live their lives and make a living.
We writers live in a lot of different worlds...worlds that most mortals or perhaps immortals do not venture except within the pages of a book. Writers do it similarly by creating these pages. We enjoy taking our readers into worlds that might have them look back at their own worlds in a slightly different perspective.
I have never done or even witnessed an autopsy on a body. Yet, in my book Deadly Games there is a scene where my medical examiner performs one while the hero looks on.
Some have asked who do not know me personally if that’s what I do for a living. Am I then a forensic pathologist because I’ve created a few believable scenes that take place on a cutting table inside a morgue? I tell them no, and would never present myself to the extent that I felt I could talk about this subject with the authenticity of someone who does this in their profession. I read and research what usually occurs. And it is this credibility that shows through (or not) within the story.
And since my series centers itself on the members of a unique group known as “escorts” whose sole purpose is to give pleasure to others, research is required and since this will be an ongoing series that will take my mind to places I myself do not plan to go, at least physically, these books as noted above remain on my desk. There‘s no way around this because we as writers need to go into the psyches of our characters.
I’ve always found characters that live in what is conceived to the rest of us as dark worlds; complex as well as complicated, with various dimensions that may have me go deeper into that psyche only because I need to know what has brought this character to a point that they now need to do what they do.
So, yes I write erotica, erotic romance, erotic forensic thrillers; dark tales where the realism is palpable and the endings can go either way, although in erotic romances usually these stories deliver the HEA (happy ever after) ending.
Whatever ending is delivered to my readers, hopefully it is one that is compelling and most of all satisfying.