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Dirty Deeds


Authors often start writing with an idea inspired by a character or a place. Erotica author Megan Hart started with one word: dirty.

"I thought that 'dirty' would be a great title for a book, so I had to think of what would happen in a book called 'dirty,'" she says. "I just had to figure out how to make it compelling. I mean, there are lots of books about people doing dirty things."

Hart's eventual novel, Dirty (Spice), found its compelling subject in emotionally damaged Elle, who struggles to accept her feelings for love interest Dan -- although she has no problem doing dirty things with him along the way.

"I built on why she would be the way she is, and what reasons she would have for avoiding intimacy," Hart says. "I pulled some things from me personally, from intimacy and sex and partners and what I looked for before I was married."
In fact, upon meeting the mother of two, who's been married for 11 years, many wonder if all of Elle's sexy experiences stem from Hart's real life.

"A lot of people tend to think that just because you write sex
that you've done everything -- which, I wish!" Hart laughs. "When men find out I write erotic fiction, they say, 'Your husband is a really lucky guy!' and I say, 'Yes, he is, but not for the reasons you're thinking.'"

Since she's contracted to write four more novels with Spice, queries about the author's sex life probably won't stop anytime soon, a fact that Hart's entire family is fine with -- though they don't all read every word she writes.

"My dad doesn't read [my erotic books]," she says. "And my grandmother is a huge fan, but she skips the erotic parts."

Hart's grandmother has a lot of page skimming ahead of her, because as the author says, "It's just a really dirty book!" -- Elissa Petruzzi

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