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Monday, February 1, 2010


If you write it…they will undoubtedly ask if it was reality inspired.

Well, not everyone, but I find it does happen a great deal. And I’ve spoken to enough of my peers to know it’s not an isolated instance with me. Romance writers get to field all sorts of interesting questions about our highly adventurous and erotic lifestyles. I mean, really. It’s a wonder I can even walk straight with all the perceived ‘research’ I’ve had to do over the course of my publishing lifetime. I joke about this with my female friends ALL the time. They get it. Or so I thought.

During a recent ‘no penises allowed’ party, my friends and I were discussing the highpoints of my upcoming release from Total E-Bound, a hot little contemporary that revolves around two confectionary experts titled NOT QUITE VANILLA. The hero and heroine rise to the challenge they receive from a local sex therapist to create a chocolate addition for a relationship kit named “Bound and Begging”. Yes, chocolate and bondage...a moment of reverent silence, please.

To continue, I told the ladies exactly what my buff-beyond-belief hero came up with for an idea—and how much fun my heroine had being his guinea pig when it came to product testing. ( Yeah. If my Fairy Lust-mother ever grants me a life-imitates-fiction moment…it’d be that one.)

For the first time EVER in my “tell us about your book” roundtable discussions, a silence blanketed the room. And, in the immortal words of Astro from ‘The Jetsons’, I thought to myself: “Rot-ro, Rorge”.

Had I totally messed up? Had I horrified people who were not only my friends but also my demographic? I did my research…thought I had a pretty unique idea. I mean, really. It could have been worse. I didn’t go with the ‘Belgium Chocolate Anus’ for cripes sakes. So we sat around, quietly looking at each other. Here’s where I’d like to point out that Secret deodorant might be strong enough for a man, but it’s apparently non-effective when it comes to erotic romance authors in these situations.

Finally…FINALLY…one of the ladies spoke up and asked, “Who did you do that with?” I was so happy that the tension had been lifted, I didn’t have time to concoct a fantastical reply. I did what I always do and told her that for the most part, it’s fiction. Oh, we had a great evening after that and I assumed that was the end of the discussion. But let me tell you, everyone of those ladies—some married, some not—emailed me and asked where one might purchase chocolate genitalia…as gift…for a friend…but not one that was at the party, of course. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Say no more.

So, I’m pretty pleased that the ladies were inspired. And it would have been a hoot if I were a bit quicker on my feet with the reply. But I’m sure I’ll have plenty of practice down the road to hone wild responses to the ongoing questions concerning the facts and the fiction of an author’s life. In the meantime, I’ll just live vicariously through my characters, especially Francine and Mitch from this month’s offering, NOT QUITE VANILLA.

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M.A. Ellis splits her nomadic lifestyle between sunny Florida and northwestern Pennsylvania where, at certain times of the year, temperatures rival those of Ice Station Zebra—making it the perfect arena for devising stories where one spark can undoubtedly ignite a welcoming inferno.

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