BEA 2012: Erotica Authors Spice Things Up — With Giveaway!

Erotica is undeniably the steamiest genre on the market and it has some of the most passionate and outspoken fans, too. During BookExpo America 2012 we had a chance to chat with some of the hottest authors publishing today about how they envision the heat levels in their books. We asked Kristina Wright, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Damon Suede and several of their fellow erotica authors to tell us “What type of spicy food best represents your writing?” And we weren’t surprised that their answers were shocking — and sizzling!

Author and anthology editor Kristina Wright said that reading one of her stories is like eating a Vosges Chocolate Red Fire Exotic Candy Bar because both are a “surprising combination of sweet and spicy.” We're hoping that this means Wright's upcoming September 2012 Cleis Press anthology, Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance for Women, has a good balance of luscious and racy stories!

Erotic romance author Rachel Kramer Bussel says she loves spicy food and spicy reads. “When food burns your mouth off that is the best! It hurts, but with a good pain. And I try to do that with my writing. I try to push people’s buttons. When you pick up one of my books it may not be something you think you will like, but then you do. That’s the best!” When we asked what food Bussel might recommend to read with her newest erotic anthology Irresistible: Erotic Romance For Couples she said that garlic can be a good choice for couples. “If you are both eating it, then it is okay.” Something else she recommends eating is hot sauce. “I don’t mean in a sexual moment … but, you know, on your food!”

And anthology author, D.L. King also weighed in on the spicy-factor of her books. She relates her writing to Korean beef ribs. Why? Because both are savory and hot, and the author simply says, “I like meat.”

Authors Rachel Kramer Bussel, D.L. King and Kristina Wright

Damon Suede told us that his writing is spicy like curry and we couldn’t agree more. This author’s “Head" series, which began with last year's m/m romance Hot Head, all feature stories of working-class men in New York City finding love. Don't be surprised if Suede's books have you reaching for a glass of cool water (and reveling in the heat)!

Author Damon Suede

Damon’s fellow Dreamspinner Press authors Ariel Tachna and Mary Calmes were also quick to pick their writing’s spice-style: saffron and cayenne pepper, respectively!

Authors Ariel Tachna and Mary Calmes

GIVEAWAY ALERT: We're giving away three erotica anthologies from Cleis Press, Carnal Machines edited by D.L. King, Bound by Lust edited by Shanna Germain and Suite Encounters edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, as well as a copy of the m/m romance Acrobat by Mary Calmes. To enter, comment here telling us what your favorite type of erotic romance is. You can also e-mail your response here along with your mailing address, with the subject line "BEA Erotica Giveaway." A winner will be selected June 14. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

Want to learn more about what’s happening in the Erotica genre? Check out all the latest news at RT’s Everything Erotica Page. And for more BEA 2012 coverage, keep an eye on the RT Daily Blog!