Erotic, Erotica, or Erotic Romance? Marla Monroe Explains

Good morning, dear readers! 

Coffee with ColetteThose of you - and I am certain that means ALL of you - who read Pulse and Prejudice, might have been startled to find the words "Erotic Romance" on the title page. I know I was! I had thought the two scenes of sensuality at the end of the book were rather tame. That it was thus labeled became a running joke in our household. Hell, my daughter proofed it for me, and my mother-in-law's book group even read it. In fact, those two little words almost prevented my from being accepted by the Austen Authors! That is, until the actually read the so-called "erotic" scenes.

(By the way, Alicia's Possession IS an erotic romance, mystery-suspense, in the off-chance you haven't read it. All My Tomorrows and my current work in progress - The Widow - are safe for MIL consumption!)

I am absolutely delighted to have Marla Monroe here today, not only because she is a sizzling hot, fabulous author, but also because she discusses what qualifies as Erotic, Erotica, and Erotic Romance. How much is too much? Where would you draw the line? She will be presenting at the BDSM Writers Con in NYC in August (It isn't just for writers, so I hope you'll join us there!), and I can't wait to meet her in person. Until them, I am thrilled to share a virtual cup of coffee with her, and I know you will be too!

Erotic, Erotica, Erotic Romance

When anyone learns that I write I hear first, ‘What do you write?’ Then after I tell them they follow up with, ‘That’s not really writing. I mean, that’s just smut or porno’. The next thing I hear is, ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book, or I could write a book’. I bet most every writer has heard these words or something similar. It doesn’t stop with just writing erotic romance, but with writing romance in general. Romance isn’t taken seriously and erotic romance is down-right scoffed at as dirty.

There is a lot of confusion about erotic romance. First, because people confuse the terms. Erotica is something written to tease, titillate, and arouse. The story is about the sexual journey not a relationship. It focuses on the sex and not a story. It doesn’t mean there’s no plot, just that the plot centers around the sexual aspect of the book.

Erotic Romance or Romantica as Ellora’s Cave calls it, focuses more on the relationship of the characters and who they are to each other. It explores the paths they take to cement their relationship and discusses their sexuality and the sex act in frank open terms. The other part of it is that there is emotion that isn’t only based on sex like lust and arousal. is a whole ‘nother ballgame. It is written with the sole intent being to aroused and titillate much like the pictorial pornography is created to do. Its purpose is to facilitate getting off. Just like a man might fantasize while looking at a Playboy bunny in the magazine, he can do the same thing, using written porn to give him a venue to set that fantasy.

Erotic Romance serves a similar purpose for women and some men. Not only does it have a plot that outside of sex, but it provides the reader with a sense of emotional satisfaction that lasts longer than the sexual one. The reader benefits from the book as fuel for their imagination and the arousal they might have gotten during the sex scenes. The emotional satisfaction and just pure fun of reading a good book puts a smile on their face.

Some couples read them out loud together. They tell me that it has brought them closer and strengthened their connection as well as their ability to talk frankly about sex with each other. But that is a blog for another time.

I hope you will continue to follow this blog in the future. You will see me again. My next blog for her is entitled, Missing Out. How I missed out on a satisfying sex life because I hadn’t read erotica before I got married. I promise, you will laugh at me and you’ll cry with me. As long as you take away the true message behind it, I’ll forgive you.

About the Author
Marla Monroe has been writing professionally for about eleven years. Her first book with Siren was published in January of 2011. At this time, she has over 60 books available. She loves to write and spends every spare minute either at the keyboard or reading. She writes everything from sizzling-hot contemporary cowboys, emotionally charged BDSM, and dangerously addictive shifters, to science fiction ménages with the occasional badass biker thrown in for good measure. 

Marla lives in the southern US and works full-time at a busy hospital. When not writing, she loves to travel, spend time with her cats, and read. She’s always eager to try something new and especially enjoys the research for her books. She loves to hear from readers about what they are looking for next in their reading adventures.

You can reach Marla at, or visit her website at 
Twitter: @MarlaMonroe1 


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