Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romantic Fiction Versus Erotica - Author Rusty Blackwood Believes The Lines Have Become Blurred

With the recent success of what many may term erotica, many romantic fiction novelists are pondering where to draw the line that separates erotica from traditional romantic fiction. Romantic fiction novelist Rusty Blackwood believes the current trend towards erotica, while attractive for marketing value, is likely short lived and can harm the genre, rather than help it

Canadian Indie author Rusty Blackwood is a romantic fiction novelist. She believes the recent trend of romance authors and writers leaning towards writing erotica for sheer marketing value can effectively eliminate the most important component of the romance novel - the romance.

"What would you honestly crave if given the choice," questions Ms. Blackwood, "romance or erotica? For me the answer is easy. Give me good old fashioned romance any old day. Yes, the physical aspect of love is important, but where does one draw the line, and what would you give to have someone honestly care for you - love you beyond all reason - for as long as you draw breath?  Would you simply settle for the physical with no substance, no future or desire to have anything beyond that? A well written romance must contain these types of scenes including coarse language as well as graphic imagery to be both believable and entertaining, but first and foremost it must tell a substantial story that people can actually relate to, told in a way that evokes emotion, mental participation, and entertainment for the reader."

Rusty Blackwood crosses genres with ease. Her first venture into the competitive world of main-stream fiction was realized in early October 2010 with the release of her debut romance novel, "Passion in Paris: Connections to the Past", the first of two in the ongoing romance/drama. The second part, a romance novel entitled, "Passion in Paris: Directions of the Heart" was released in May 2011. In March of 2012 she released a short story comedy, "The Misadventures Of Derwood Tugbottom". She has also written an eclectic array of Contemporary and Traditional poetry, publishing her first collection in October of 2009 entitled, "Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought". This title was re-released with additional content in 2011 under the title, "Impressions: Poetic Rhythm in Emotion". "Feelings" was followed in April of 2010 by a collection of assorted short stories for children as well the young at heart, entitled,"Young Minds"  which was later re-released with new added content entitled, "Through the Eyes of Innocence".

"When I read a story," Blackwood continued, "I want to become the heroine - feel her emotions, walk in her shoes and experience her plight; if I have done this by the end of the story then I have been thoroughly entertained, and the author has succeeded in their effort to provide me with the experience I am looking for. I am in no way suggesting that erotica does not elicit entertainment — after all this is the main reason it is written as well as the reason it is read — but do not make the unfortunate mistake in believing that erotica is romance for it is not, the two genres are completely different. Any reader thinking the two are in any way the same has been sadly ill-advised, and is in for a tremendous eye-opening experience. While I appreciate what is happening, it might be important for romantic fiction authors to get back to the basic reason why two people find love in the first place - especially love that can endure all adversity and time without using cover to cover erotica to sell it."

Rusty Blackwood is available for interview in the Toronto area and can be reached using the information below. More information regarding her work is available at the site. Ms. Blackwood also holds a monthly drawing for copies of her works. A signup form is also available at her website.

Ms. Blackwood resides in St. Catharines, Ontario and is the author of a number of romance novels, poetry books and children's books.


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