What began as an experiment in seeing if I could write erotica under a pen name after writing as ‘myself’ for several years in a stop-start career, then began to grow over the last six years (at least in my own mind) into something I wanted to try and make a full-time, sustainable career in writing fiction.
I had begun writing erotica at the request of someone else, several years ago. I did as I had been ordered, not knowing what to expect, but the interesting thing was that I discovered that, over time, it began to free me – from my life, from expectations placed upon me, and most importantly, from myself. And I discovered that I wasn’t too bad at it, and that I enjoyed it! Yet I was beginning to feel displaced. Did I want to write about the sexual as something disparate and standalone with no context and no feeling? Did I want to write about the erotic at all? Why was I doing so?
What has my life been like as an erotica author in 2018? And what's in store for me (and my readers) in 2019?
I find that I am much happier and able to communicate better when I feel that I’m writing as Ina than I am when writing under my ‘other name’. It’s a weird piece of mindset that I feel stronger as a writer as Ina, less likely to care if I have a bad review (although don’t get me wrong, that’s still pretty horrible), and, most importantly, I feel more able to write as my authentic self using a name I wasn’t born with, married into, or adopted in any other way. What do I mean by that? I simply mean that, as Ina, I feel free to just… create. And to create my way.
My apologies for not posting here for a few weeks. Various issues have prevented my ability to do so. If you’ve followed my blog for long enough, you’ll know that I generally refrain from writing personal posts, but very, very occasionally I make an exception. This is somewhat of a long post; please forgive me. … Continue reading My writing: depression and direction
I want to say a big thank you, first of all, to my lovely readers who follow this blog. Having been dragged into the blogosphere kicking and screaming, I have discovered to my amazement how much I enjoy bringing you new posts each week, and how much I want to keep creating fiction for you. … Continue reading A Quick Update…