Interview With Erotic Writer Jane Caleb-Wood
Upon the advent of the notorious (infamous to some) 50 Shades of Grey series, erotica has become a bestseller among women and men. It is quite clear (and completely normal) that most of us harbor secret desires and fantasies. Whether one is a fan of the 50 Shades series or not, there is no denying that Ms. E.L. James has paved the way for sensuality, eroticism, and kink to become more acceptable in fiction.
Unfortunately, one negative consequence of this shift toward erotica is the sheer amount of poorly written erotic fiction that is floating around on the internet. As an avid, passionate reader, I have read my fair share of both excellent and quite not so great erotica. I feel privileged and lucky that I came across Ms. Jane Caleb-Wood’s excellently written erotica that thrums with genuine passion and reflects real life. I am very excited and happy to share this interview with her on my blog and of course, make sure to check out her writing! I will be including all her links after the interview questions.
Raven: First of all, thank you so much Ms. Caleb-Wood for allowing me to interview such an amazing and talented writer! It’s truly an honor to have you on my blog.
Jane: Thank you so much for having me! It’s an honor to be featured here!
Raven: I have so many questions for you but I have to start off with this one: What inspired you to write? Was it a writer, a certain book, etc.?
Jane: I started writing pretty early; it was something my fourth-grade teacher encouraged me to do because she knew I enjoyed it. The book that made me want to be a writer is the young adult novel Zel by Donna Jo Napoli. It’s a YA book, but has adult themes that I didn’t fully understand or appreciate at that age. It’s still the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read. The Great Gatsby is another inspiration, I love Fitzgerald’s ability to describe a scene.
Raven: Do you find it easy to write erotica? Or difficult? I find your stories extremely well-written, believable, and quite superb. A hard feat to achieve now that the fiction world is inundated with lovely smut.
Jane: Thank you so much! At first, it was difficult for me to get started because I’d been writing YA fiction for so long and it was a pretty extreme shift. But I had so much fun writing my first erotica story that now I just enjoy the process and the story. If I’m having fun writing a story, then it’s much easier to get the words on the page.
Raven: Why do you think the romance and erotic genres receive such a bad rep?
Jane: The majority of these books are written by women for women, which I think contributes to that contempt for the genre. There’s that feeling even among a lot of readers that it’s a guilty pleasure or even something to be ashamed of, especially with erotica.
Raven: I hate to say it, but I see a trend of bad erotica that ends up gaining massive popularity. Why do you think this is?
Jane: A lot of books in this genre gain a following through word of mouth. Readers like something and share it with others and then it becomes something they can talk about together. It might be a bit of jumping on the bandwagon too, wanting to see what all the fuss is about. Romance and erotica readers want a sexy story with larger than life characters, so well-written smut isn’t always at the top of the list.
Raven: What fountain of inspiration do you draw from to concoct your sexy, tantalizing stories?
Jane: I start with stories or situations that appeal to me, fantasies I have. I write what I want to read. For the sexiest bits, I draw from my own experiences and my fantasies as well.
Raven: What do you find to be the biggest obstacle when you write erotica?
Jane: I’m an underwriter, so going back over my first draft and adding to it is the hardest part for me. You don’t really want to leave too much to the imagination when your purpose is to get the reader off. I want to be descriptive and varied in my word choice but there are also only so many synonyms for penis, and most of them make me cringe.
Raven: What advice would you give to any novice writers, regardless of genre?
Jane: Take your time finding your unique voice. You might want to write like your favorite author, but finding your own style is important and will make writing easier and more enjoyable. Also, don’t be afraid to get the words on the page. The first draft won’t be perfect by any means but it’s much better than staring at a blank page.
Raven: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and grace my blog with your sexy, beautiful self! I am truly honored.
Jane: Thank you! It means so much to me to be part of this incredibly supportive community. You’re amazing for supporting other authors!
You can find Jane and her lush erotica on the following sites: