Maryn Sinclair,  a New England native living in the South, loves animals, movies, good discussions, reading, and the Boston Red Sox. She creates contemporary characters who are confident, insecure, damaged, recovering, loyal, duplicitous, intriguing, heartbreaking, compassionate, and every other conflicting adjective known to Roget. She hopes her books hook readers on the first page and continue to keep them interested until the end. "If they do," she says, “I’ve done my job.” 

Read more about her process below.




                                                    Photo by Ellis Vidler

I write Erotic Romance. Gasp. That's the stuff with lots of graphic sex, right? Right! But that's not all it is, at least not in my books. First, let's not get Erotic Romance mixed up with Erotica or Porn. Unlike those two, ER must have a HEA: A Happy Ever After ending. I wouldn't dream of putting two people together in sexual situations and not have them find a way to be together at the end. What would be the point? If you read my books, you'll know that up front. It's how they get through all their baggage--my characters always have baggage--and to get over their pasts or deal with the present that makes their stories interesting. That is a totally objective viewpoint, you understand.

I've always incorporated sex in my stories. I've had critique partners suggest that if I eliminated the sex in my "straight" books--the ones I write under the name Polly Iyer--they would be more salable. Yet I'm always amazed at those who have no problem reading or writing about killing people in every bizarre possible way. Poison? Sure. Which is the most obscure, and how can my main character get his/her hands on it? Stabbing? shooting, mutilation, blood spurting from the carotid artery? Why not?

But sex? Uh-uh. Shiver. Close that door and don't look.

What's wrong with that picture?

What could be more uplifting than making love to someone? To touch, feel, taste a person who makes your heart sing just by being next to him, or her?

I guarantee that unless you're a reader or writer who's been involved in some form of law enforcement, most of you have never seen blood puddling around a dead body or had anything to do with a murder investigation. Polly writes those kinds of books, and she's never seen a dead body. BUT, I bet almost every one of you has made love, knows what it feels like, and, heaven forbid, enjoyed the hell out of it. So what's your problem with reading it? Or writing it? Why does a sexual relationship make some readers uncomfortable?

Is it because you deem it too personal? Can the James Bonds of the world openly indulge in sexual encounters without being judged, but women can't? Men are rakishly sexy when they bed every woman in sight; women are, well, you know what they're called. Did we not burn our bras for equality? (Full disclosure: I didn't burn mine. I needed it.)

I do have limits, however. I don't write werewolves, vampires or shapeshifters. Nothing against them, but I don't understand that world. I have a hard enough time understanding the world I live in, let alone invent one. No heavy BDSM, although my third book, Dark Side Night, has a few fun Dom/sub scenes. Yes, fun, because it's an equal opportunity kind of thing. You know, what's good for the gander is good for the goose. I don't spank. I was spanked as a kid. I don't see anything sexy or erotic about being spanked. I do have a couple of light bondage scenes, one in Sexual Persuasion and the other in Dark Side Night, but there's a reason. Really, there is. And it's consensual. But like nude scenes in movies, there has to be a reason.

My characters have hang-ups or histories that keep them from getting what they don't think they want, which is a relationship. In other words, they have a story. And that's my point. Gee, it took me long enough to get here. Erotic romance can have a story and can and should be more than just about sex. The romance can be between a man and a woman, two men, or two women. It can be a combination of multiples. Sure it may start out as lust. Doesn't every romance start out with two people who click on some hormonal level? Call it pheromones or magnetic attraction. It happens, and we've all experienced it. At least I hope we have. Some are like shooting stars that burn bright, then die out on the way down to earth. Others develop into loving relationships and burn forever.

I find writing erotic romance harder than writing straight suspense or romantic suspense. Not only do I have to develop that story I talked about, but I have to make the romance and the sensual moments believable. Oh, and original. Did I do it? I think so, but that will be up to the readers. You can read excerpts of all my books on their respective pages.

Many of my writer friends confessed that they've tried to write graphic sex scenes and couldn't. I'm not sure if it's those drilled-in inhibitions about sex that keeps them from writing the genre or if it's just too hard. Probably a little of both. I found it challenging. I also found it fun. And what could be better than to have fun writing every day? Hmm, I can think of one thing. Wanna guess?


Maryn also writes suspense/mystery/thrillers as Polly Iyer. You can find her here

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