– Could you explain the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel?
Kimberly Lewis: “I would say that the biggest difference between the two is a ʺhappily ever afterʺ ending. With erotica novels we follow characters that are on a sexual journey, and that journey may or may not include romance. I think these novels focus more on the characters as individuals and how their sexual endeavors affect them. Now with erotic romance, a happy ending is a must. While there is a big focus on the characters sexual relations, we also get to see these characters developing an attraction to one another that goes beyond just sex. It may start out as just a quick romp or friends with benefits type of deal, but it always ends with a promise that our characters are together as a couple (whether they are just dating, engaged, married, etc.)”
– How much vivid and detailed are sex scenes in an erotic romance and an erotica?
Kimberly Lewis: “I’ve personally never read an erotica novel–love my happy endings!–but I will say that in the erotic romance novels I’ve read that the sex scenes are very detailed. You know second by second what is happening, what this body part looks like, how it feels when this character does that to the other character, etc. You also experience the characters inner thoughts during that time, which I think can make for an amazing scene and make us love our characters even more.”
– How much graphic and frank is the language in erotic romance and erotica?
Kimberly Lewis: “Shew! The language. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, I can tell you that. In the erotic romance novels I’ve read the F-bomb gets dropped like nobody’s business, which doesn’t really bother me because I’m just as bad (Yep, I’m admitting now that I have a bit of a potty mouth.) I do cringe on some words authors use to describe body parts. I won’t say what they are, but I hate those words just as much as some people hate the F-bomb. I think it’s sort of expected though to hear that kind of language in an erotic romance novel or an erotica novel.”
– Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name?
Kimberly Lewis: “This one is just my personal opinion, but I would say that if an author has already established his or her self to a specific genre than it would be a good idea to write under a different pen name if they decided to make the switch to erotic romance or erotica. I say this because I know there are so many readers out there who–how should I put this?–tolerate love scenes in books. For some readers love scenes are a must and for others, well, they could do without the graphic details. With my own novels, I try to limit the love scenes to two or three max. My readers are comfortable with this and one of my goals as an author is to make my readers happy and provide them with stories they are going to enjoy. If I ever decided to write something a little edgier and delve into the world of erotic romance, I would write under a pen name but let my current readers know that it is me writing as that person.”