I deliberately produce erotic-sexotic-graphic-romantic-pragmatic and comical commentary on sex∞love and the infinity between because it gets a strong response from people who want to think about the worlds of desire and denial. I started fabricating print & Kindle books four years ago; I hoped then I’d be here now but only a few chosen pre-readers did too, sort of. As each book bounced in from its oddly thoughtful thematic scene (stoners, voyeurs, sexual consultants & etc.), the reputation of my writing skill grew: ‘intelligent, inventive, and sharp’ aren’t words often paired with porn and sadly seldom with erotica. Sex-writing is dismissed as (supposedly) easy to do because it’s all “Come, baby, come….” dialog (Sweet Talkers), besides, who couldn’t strip down a moment of surrender, you know, if they wanted to (Arching Over, Collected Collections of Graphic Poetry):
panties… raw silk… textured
you left them on me
until the last possible instant
peeled away the dainties
held the fragrant dampness to your face
and cried out
I had the chance to review my progress with the book biz overall when I crossed paths with a rowdier reader a week ago and gave an overview that I hadn’t presented lately. It is one of those moments from the chronosynclastic infundibulum where time warps and your existence shatter-multiplies. I am simultaneously my purely book-driven self, yet remain sharply professional on the non-book job. These aren’t worlds I mix; I keep the energy streams separate. It’s like seeing a clerk from your church playing in a jug band at a bar. Blink. Re-sort. Re-think.
Juxtaposition works with story tellers-listeners because humans are pattern-recognition fiends. It’s in our language, our fabrics, our music. We even see them when they’re not there (conspiracy theorists and Jesus on toast). Humor is the ultimate use of this ‘flip’ phenomenon precisely because it breaks you out of the expected thought. When language is quick and witty, it speeds up the listener’s insight-acuity a notch. Carefully crafted yet casually tossed off, the snap of a perfect comeback (or come on) is a tool of the fast thinker, scattering bon mots for the clever to recognize. Done right, the target may not feel the sting but it will itch later! (Did she really say that? To me?)
Delivering sex talk with that tension-relief of sass and sympathy has allowed me to structure a dozen books for readers to romp through (and tromp on). It isn’t linear reading like mystery or history where you must proceed as paced by the writer, you can pop any of my books open and pretty much understand who is doing what to/with/for/on/in/around whom. I use formal language structures to confine chaotic emotional commotion. The language is freewheeling for maximum synergy.
Same-so my Twitterings @KathleenKxxx For me, Tweets are a chance to get pithy with it about once a week. I carve out a thought to fit the teeny-tiny spot reserved for that message. It’s a puzzle with very few pieces. In the accumulation of these, my themes are revealed: think about sex∞love. What a wonderful thought-provoking channel it could be (grossly polluted by over-use of the m$me$me), when we should be lightly touching ideas with what could be a magnifying telescopic x-ray… what precisely am I invoking today? People like to cogitate on sex±love (together and apart). That I know.
The thing is, you can’t buy praise from this professional reviewing service. You pay a flat fee then toss in the book and that’s that. The rest of it is luck and timing and momentum in the market and who knows what else has to rub together to spark my book to catch somebody’s eye. A great cover helps! See Brian Quinn
KIRKUS SAYS TO ME: Your review for “Dark Prince, Heed Thy Queen” was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 7/15 Issue. Congratulations! Your review will appear as one of the 35 reviews in the Indie section of the magazine which is sent out to over 5,200 industry professionals (librarians, distributors, publishers, agents, etc.) Less than 10% of our Indie reviews are chosen for this, so it’s a great honor.
Heartfelt thanks to one and all, especially the GoodReaders who review their Giveaway, prizes, know that I appreciate your encouragement. Your responses lend the books credibility because they’ve been tested by the best: actual individuals spending their own energy to read and react to words arranged just so.
Treat yourself to an end-of-summer read, or gift one to a friend. Think of it as the best of both worlds: hot, and chill.