Megan Mitcham: Under the Sheets

Megan Mitcham: Under the Sheets

In my previous post, Beyond the Bedroom Door, I blogged about my rather innocent introduction into the world of erotic romance.

…while researching authors in a writing group I contemplated joining (and did later join…DSRA) I clicked on DD’s link and turned beet red. I couldn’t believe the excerpt I read. Raw. Passionate. Sexy. And, at the time, way out of my comfort zone. Remember, I had no idea the genre existed. This was before erotic romance could be found on the shelves at your local Walmart, and when the only thing I knew about a threesome was the time I kissed my boyfriend goodnight with his kid brother in the backseat…and I held back on the tongue.

You might ask yourself, “How/Why in world is this lady writing erotic romance?”

The answer: Because it’s bold and brave. Because, if I’d been a women in the late 1700’s Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, would have been my idol. Because, if I’d been a women in the 1960’s, I’d have burned my bras. Because a woman’s sexuality is nothing for shame, and it’s about time we treat it that way.

That being said…I’m not about, “free love.” People should treat their bodies with respect. “Loving” freely comes with huge consequences: babies, STD’s, unhealthy relationships.

However, reading freely is a whole other story. When you strip away every preconceived notion, every stereotype, and misnomer about the erotic romance genre (defined by RWA as stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline), you see two people with such electric chemistry nothing can keep them apart. And what in the world is wrong with that? From my point of view, and there are as many points of view out there as there are people in the world, not a thing.

Megan Mitcham, Author


14 thoughts on “Megan Mitcham: Under the Sheets

  1. I will admit I laughed at your experience with a ‘threesome’. The closest I’ve come is the night I had some sweet and sexy times with Peter Peanut Butter, Norman Nutella, and Mr. Marshal Marshmallow Fluff. Best foursome evah. 😉

    I agree with you, though, that erotic romance is so much more than people give it credit for. It’s definitely bold and brave. A sex scene can often add such depth to your characters–something that just can’t be done in everyday, fully-clothed interactions. Great post! 🙂

    1. Yes!!! Your ‘more than twosome’ experience was WAY better than mine. I’ll have to try it sometime!

      And yes again!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a wink and a smile!

  2. Great post! I’m with you. I like the hot stuff, but I want it to be safe, sane, and respectful. Bring on those High Octane Heroes!

    1. Thanks, Maggie! Safety first. You know me. Oh, wait. Did I remember to check the batteries in my smoke alarms? I’m loving those Smokin’ Hot Firemen!

  3. The steam scenes in my Contemporary Single Title likely kick sand over the line of erotica, Megan.

    I have toyed with the writing erotic novellas. Not Made-for-Hustler-True-Story fodder, but books based on a strong female and knowledgeable male making more than character arc. IYKWIM.

    I’ve been a victim of our repressed societal approach to female sensuality, and don’t aim to keep my newfound knowledge a secret now that it’s been unleashed.

    Many romance writers shy away from sex scenes, slam the bedroom door on my face, or mistake using hyper-naughty words instead of true exploration of sensuality (and all its possibilities) as erotica.

    I proud to join you in the erotic genre. It’s not bed-hopping that makes it erotica. It’s the magic that can happen between those sheets…and…elsewhere.

    1. Duh! And, I should have edited before I posted this comment.

      For the record, I DO know how to construct a proper sentence.

    2. Giddy. You’ve made me giddy, Gloria. Come on over to the free side, where what matters is the story has a solid plot, is well written, and makes the reader experience the characters’ range of emotions. It’s liberating, really.

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