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The joy of spanking; the terror of writer’s block

After a long career as a journalist  – more than 3 million published words – I can honestly say I have never suffered from writer’s block. As a daily newspaper reporter you simply cannot afford the luxury  – not with a deadline 30 minutes away and an editor yelling in your ear. Missing a deadline […]

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Why I’m looking for a miracle

Those of us who have made a living from writing—in my case for over fifty years—probably look at the craft a little differently from others. It’s usually been a matter of survival for us, rather than of luxury. A case of writer’s block for us means that we won’t be paying the rent or putting […]

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And now, let us join together in song

Spank features the joy of spanking as foreplay. And, as a daily newspaper  recently pointed out, “the reader begins to understand it, perhaps embrace it, and possibly want to try it.” Oh dear. Do try to restrain yourselves out there. However, in a week that has elected a new Pope, perhaps we should turn our […]

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A tweet that’s poetry to my ears

I think that I shall never find A tweet more sweetly writ than thine So thank you Reviewers from my heart Succinct and to the point thou art The heroine of my first novel is a poet; Catherine likes to preface each segment of her story with a stanza or two of her own verse. […]

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Making notes: From Bondi to the Blue Mosque

They say criminals often  return to the scene of the crime. Well, maybe authors do too. Why else am I standing in 27-degree  sunshine  on the promenade at Bondi  – Sydney’s iconic beach – watching the surf pound in along a kilometre of golden sand. Oh, I remember now. It’s mid-winter in Vancouver, where the […]

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The pigeon-holing of erotica (and no, that’s not sexual)

It seems to be a flaw common to most of humanity—the desire to categorize and label absolutely everything we need come into contact with. If the world doesn’t have a clear classification scheme into which everything we encounter will fit, we just freak out! But it’s also one of the most frustrating things about being […]

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

I’m sure every new author dreams of scoring a book review in a big city daily newspaper. But for erotica writers that dream often seems less achievable. Right now, I have three prospects for just that and I’m very excited to see whether they come to fruition. But generally speaking, erotica, no matter how good […]

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Alan in Exile

Last week I left you with this: “It was to be the last book I would read for three years.” And you did indeed read that correctly—for three years, the time it took me to write Spank, I did not pick up a novel by another author. I’m sure you’re asking “why?” and with good […]

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Confession of a grateful writer

Writers are often asked who inspires them, what writers have most influenced them on their literary journey. The number of authors I admire and enjoy are  too numerous to list here, but I thought I might tell you about one writer who influenced the creation of Spank. That would be author and journalist Daphne Merkin, […]

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Musings of a soccer Mom on erotica

I now have ten reviews for my book on Amazon. I consider it a milestone of sorts; it really excites me to read what other people think about my creation. There’s nothing like the judgment of strangers to get the heart racing! Anyone who puts their work in the public eye would probably say the […]

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