J.B. Rogers: erotica where gender isn’t always what it seems to be
J.B. sent me a story to review a few weeks ago, my review was published a while ago. I got really curious about the author hirself, whose gender is as mysterious as some of the characters xe writes about. For someone in the LGBT community, gender bending, gender fluidity and inter- & transsexuality are interesting, no matter what “label” people use. To use them in literature is good, as it offers the Qs, the Ts and the Is in the LGBTQI great role models. I didn’t have them when I grew up, and I think there should be lots of stories out there for all of us, no matter who we are. Anyway, enough introduction, and after the interview with Muffy and yesterday’s review of her book, here’s another interview with an author who masters the art of writing Erotica. Enjoy!
Who is J.B. Roberts in hir own words?
What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?
What got you into writing?
Is writing a full time job of yours or…
As an author, what is your driving force?
Writing erotica isn’t exactly going to land you a Pulitzer or Booker Prize. If anything, Erotica is considered even less “valuable” than Romance. What is the attraction of writing in a genre that most people will have writhing in their seats with embarrassment if others knew they were reading it (and loads of people do, read it i.e.)?
You aren’t limiting yourself to the classic M/F or the edgy M/M or F/F but your writing transcends genders and gender roles, just as your own persona does. For some, this would be mere thrill-seeking, but I have a hunch there’s more to it for you?
Where do you see the role of Erotica in literature? Is there more to it than dirty bedtime stories?
I’ve recently finished three erotic novels myself, my first, my last and my only one… I find it extremely difficult to write erotica, and to do it in the format of a novel. Sex is, after all, sex, and it gets boring after a while. You are making erotica your brand of sorts, focusing on it, writing exclusively erotica. Are you trying to make a point?
I have to hand it to you, the way you write is absolutely delicious. Did you study English or have you just always had a talent for finding new and unexpected ways to say the “obvious”.
I do not get the thing with BDSM, yet it’s huge in both Romance and Erotica. I go to all these conventions and they tie up poor teddy bears and have demonstrations for the curious. Can you give me a 101 crash course on why so many people are attracted to BDSM, in real life and particularly in literature?
Answering that question properly could be a post all its own. BDSM is a big topic, so all I can do is talk about what speaks to me. Forget the teddy bears. That’s a how answer to a why question. Ask me why, and my answer is “freedom.”
All healthy BDSM relationships have one thing in common: open communication about sex. Everything else comes from that, and every sexual relationship needs it. One of my most frustrating relationships was with a partner who sometimes said “I don’t know” when I proposed having sex. I always worried that when they said “yes,” it was because they thought they had to.
Now to the most difficult question of them all: authors often draw from their own experience (I am no exception) and/or research, and that begs the question of how much of the sex in your stories is based on reality (I can’t get certain fruit in certain places out of my poor mind)? Because nothing would be worse than reading sex that isn’t practically feasible (and I have read that, and it’s not only a turn-off but also a page-turner of the worst kind)
This book took a lot of research, and only some was hands-on. That fruit scene was inspired by an older erotic story I’d read, but I modified it to work in the real world. I found the key to Jasmine’s Halloween costume online, and Tish’s measurements come right from that site. The fun part was getting into her head to choreograph them as a scene. Even the mask problem came from an Amazon review.
Finally, what can we expect and look forward from you in the future? Plug away…
My third title just came out – a holiday novelette called “Solstice Surprise.” It’s about a woman who breaks up with the man she lives with and decides to get her mind off of moving out by attending a holiday sex party. That’s when things get complicated. It’s my take on those cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas romances, but funny and smutty and twisted.