Temple Rivers Returns to the Lair
Posted by Jo Robertson Jan 29 2013, 11:55 pm
Today we have erotica author Temple Rivers returning to the Lair to discuss her latest release, erotic novella, “Improper Seduction.”
Temple: Hi, Jo, and thanks to the Romance Bandits for having me back.
Jo: I’m curious, and I’m sure our readers are too, about how and why you came to write erotic stories.
Temple: That’s a good question. In one word: money. Sex sells and modern women seem to like more spiciness in their romance novels. Witness the popularity of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy by EL James.
Jo: What distinguishes erotica from plain old smut, though? Isn’t this just glorified pornography? By the way, we’re a PG-13 site, so we’ll have to use lots of euphemisms today.
Temple: In a way, yes, it is. But at the heart of good erotica is a romantic story to tell. At least that’s the way I look at it. If I just wanted smut, I’d watch a video.
Jo: What distinguishes your novellas from the other erotica in the publishing industry today?
Temple: Both my novellas are historical erotica, so it plays sexier just because it involves acts and words that have a forbidden quality to them, especially in the Victorian period. I don’t seek out erotica in general – I know, isn’t that strange? But I like the kind of ramped up sensuality that can get a women (or man) turned on for her partner. I don’t write kink or fetishes or perversions, although I realize those are individual tastes. I write what I think people in a committed relationship might try out in their own bedrooms.
Jo: So, like classed-up smut?
Temple: (Laughing). I guess you could call it that.
Jo: Tell us about your soon-to-be-released novella, “Improper Seduction.”
Temple: First, I love the cover design. The release date is February 1, and it’s a cougar story – younger man, older woman, but since it’s set in 1890 England, the age difference between Baroness Charring and Thomas, the stable master, is less than 10 years.
Thomas is actually the son of a duke, but born on the wrong side of the sheets, as they say, so he has no money or title. He’s attracted to Chastity, the married lady of the manor, because she seems lonely and unfulfilled, and he’s drawn to her vulnerability. He also likes the maturity of “older women.” They’re like fine wine that’s seasoned with age, he says.
Of course, when the Baron returns to Charring Manor, there are bound to be fireworks.
Jo: One reviewer said that you write “sweet erotica.” Can you comment on that?
Temple: Well, I try to make the romantic elements as tender as the erotic elements are spicy!
Jo: Here’s a comment from a reviewer of your already released novella, “Willing Seduction”:
“The book description says it’s an erotica novella, and it really is, hence making this book Rated M for Mature. What the description failed to mention is that it is also a historical romance that actually turned out to be a sweet one.”
Thanks for visiting with us today, Temple.
Readers, you can find Temple Rivers’ books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords in e-book form. Here’s the link for “Willing Seduction” and watch for the release of “Improper Seduction” on February 1:
Temple is giving away to one lucky commenter a free ebook of “Willing Seduction” or “Improper Seduction,” when it releases.
Temple, do you have a question for our readers?
Temple: Thanks for having me, Jo. I’d like to ask your readers how much sensuality they like in their romance novels. Are you going for a hot, hot read, or do you prefer sweet and closed-door romances? Do you enjoy reading novellas or are they too short for you?
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