A Good Read
Rachel Starkey Tobias was born into the Starkey family shipping empire. During the year of 1930, a hard and ugly ruin slams many in this country. The events of the era later described as The Great Depression. None of this affects Rachel. She remains one of the wealthiest women in the world. She is also one of the deadliest.
Erotica? -- writing tip
Question: I took a course from you some time ago. As you nay recall I write steamy romances and have published some of them with another publisher. A new member has joined our writers' group. And when I read a scene that I wanted help with, she didn't even wait for my questions, she just jumped right in and said, "That's just nothing but porn!"
I had opened my time by reminding everyone that I write erotica and asled that they keep an open mind. I felt insulted by her reaction to say the least. The whole meeting degenerated into a long discussion of what porn is and isn't, while no one seemed interested in admitting that fact that erotica is a genuine form of literature.
Answer: An age-old question. I'm sorry they gave you a bad time, Jenny. Given time to think, one of two things will happen. Either your new member will broaden her horizons, or she will decide that your group isn't the place for her to develop her literary skills. All the others have heard you read before, have read your books, and none of them have objected in the past, have they? Just give them time to think, okay?
Evidence that erotica has long been a literary art form, comes from the dictionary meaning of the word: derived from classic Greek and meaning, "an artistic work having an erotic or literary theme." (Eros being the ancient Greek god of Love).
Pornography is defined by the dictionary as also coming from ancient Greek, and meaning, "writing about prostitutes" with the more modern definition given as "the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement.
Erotica has also been know to cause sexual excitement, but that is only one element of its creation. Pornography has no value of artistry or eloquence.
My own definition -- which may not be the same as yours, or even the Webster's definitions shown above, is a little different than either.
To me, it's easy to tell the difference: Pornography denigrates women. Erotic writing glorifies them.
Sex scenes in pornography often involves degrading acts, violence, and the women are depicted as depraved and enjoying everything that is done to them, however repulsive, disgusting or painful.
In erotic writing sex acts are between two people who really care about one another and who have made a substantial commitment, and the acts depicted are an expression, perhaps even a glorification, of the emotions they share.
I have read your work, both in your class, and in your books, and I'd have say your books qualify as "erotic" but certainly not the alternative.