On Cross-Genres and Writing Erotic Romances
by Angelique Voisen
Firstly, I’d like to thank The Blogger Girls for giving me the opportunity to do a guest post. Today, I’d like to talk about writing cross-genres and my recent release, Taming Icarus.
One of my close friends asked me recently why I’ve shifted my focus from writing dark fiction to writing smut, a.k.a erotic romance. My answer was pretty simple- writing erotic romances gives me the freedom to experiment with sub-genres, a freedom I won’t be able to do elsewhere. Also, putting aside some time at the end of the day to write romantic stories with happy endings is a relaxing experience after a stressful day at work.
They make me happy, like sugar-free donuts (I’m a type-2 diabetic).
Here’s a little interesting bit about myself. I’m from Singapore and I grew up with a strict Catholic upbringing. This is probably why I get a sadistic kick telling people I write erotic romance in my free time. Sadly, I’ve given up long ago trying to explain what’s the difference between erotic romance and erotica.
My background also explains why I can’t stick to a particular genre or specialize in one. After I’ve published my first erotic romance, Taming Icarus (The Spectrum, #1), in June, I’ve since experimented with a number of LGBTQ pairings and sub-genres, including erotic sci-fi and steampunk romance.
I’m still getting a hang of my new surroundings and I admit my writing isn’t as refined as I’d like it to be, but I’m not discouraged by rejections or negative reviews. I’ll keep on writing as long as there are people willing to read my work. Jumping from writing dark fiction to erotic romance has been a constant eye-opener, but some of the same rules still apply.
Researching the market and knowing the genre is a given must, at the same time, I occasionally need to remind myself why I started writing erotic romances in the first place. Simply because I enjoy writing and sharing my stories.
About Taming Icarus
In the alternative world of New Furor, there are the rubes and the Spectrum Wielders, gifted men and women capable of wielding great magic with jewels. Chris Skinner, Icarus, unfortunately belongs to a Spectrum class born and bred for service. She also belongs to an abusive Spectrum Wielder who would do anything to avenge her dead sister, even if it destroys Chris and herself in the process.
Chris’s owner leaves a reckless trail of vengeance, triggering a confrontation with two of the city’s powerful enforcers. Gus Terrel and Iris Donovan are unlike any Spectrum Wielders Chris has ever met. They only have one interest, and it’s not taking Chris’s owner into custody. They want Chris badly, but Chris mistrusts their intentions. Why anyone would want second-hand property is beyond her.
Acquiring their third is harder than Gus and Iris ever imagined, but they would do whatever it takes to make Chris exclusively theirs…no matter the cost.
About Angelique Voisen
Angelique Voisen writes LGBTQ erotic romances and likes experimenting with different sub-genres. Her stories are often set in exotic settings and may include blades, fangs, kinky magic systems and happily-ever-afters.
Angel is a recovering red bull addict, an alt rock fan, a keto advocate and currently lives in Singapore with her carnivorous pet plants.
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Don’t forget to check out Candace’s review of Taming Icarus to see what she thought of it!