There are two main authors who really inspired me to write erotica and erotic romance. They are Emma Holly, and Portia Da Costa- undoubtedly. And they have something in common- a real joie de vivre about sex, in their novels. A happiness, that I can really relate to.
However, there's one other work of erotica that inspired me, but in a slightly different way. It's by an author that no-one's ever heard of, and it's a book that nobody seems to care for or remember. It's possibly the strangest book that Black Lace ever published:
Dreamers In Time, by Sarah Copeland.
If you've spent any time at my blog, you've probably heard me mention it before. It influenced me in a big way, though I didn't realise until recently just how big the influence was. Because of course recently-very recently-I've had one thing accepted and another thing published that feature both sex and sci-fi very prominently.
And apparently, I love sex when mixed with sci-fi. The mad, grimacy-faced hand clutching sex in Terminator? I love that. Saffron accosting Mal in Firefly? LOVE. Hell, I'll even take Sharon Stone coming on to Arnold Schwarznegger in Total Recall.
That's how much I like a sex sci-fi combo.
And very few books do it better, for me, than Dreamers In Time by Sarah Copeland. I don't even know who she is! She's probably secretly some mega famous author, who writes tortured books about people dying, or summat. Her who wrote The Lovely Bones, maybe. But either way I love Dreamers In Time, both for its sci-fi concept which I adore no matter how cheesy people find it-its set in a future world where people have forgotten what sex is-and for its gorgeous, gleeful sex scenes.
Dreamers In Time is the reason I wrote Past Pleasures. Because I love, love sci-fi concepts that put insane obstacles in front of people, or remove all obstacles in some big dumb sex pollen-y way. I love the idea of a future world where everything is wildly different, and especially with regards to sex. Only in my future world it's not that sex doesn't exist, exactly...more that women don't.
And then a woman appears. And two mega hot dudes obviously don't know what to do with her weird woman's body and oh.
Oh, I had fun writing it. Thank you, for wiring me in such a way that I have fun with sexy sci-fi, Dreamers In Time. Thank you for being awesome. I hope one day I can find where Sarah Copeland went- I've thanked Portia, and I've thanked Emma Holly.
I'd like to thank you, too.
P.S. If you'd like to see my version of sexy sci-fi with your own peepers, it's out now from Total-E-Bound:
ETA: Oh, and I totally forgot! You can win a copy on my blog! Just comment here, to get your name in the hat: http://themightycharlottestein.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-release-past-pleasures.html