Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jolie Du Pre chimes in

Jolie said:

Fiction comes to life with well-written dialog. In that respect, even the most minor character will benefit with a bit of dialog. (There's nothing worse than reading chapter upon chapter of prose with no dialog breaks.) The amount of dialog that I use will correspond with how important the character is.

Dialog needs to sound natural in order for it to be convincing. Sometimes that means, depending on what you're writing, that some of your word choices will not be "politically correct."

Literary erotica is intelligent, creative prose. It sells, but it often does not sell as well as some of the other erotica markets, such as erotic romance. To quote Morgan Hawke, "There is very little that is actually creative about writing for profit."

Literary erotica for me, however, is an area of erotica that I love and highly respect. If you want to write well written literary erotica, there's no place for political correctness in dialog. Intelligent prose means that you will write what your character will naturally say. It does not follow a marketing formula.


Jolie du Pre has renewed her commitment to lesbian themes despite the bumps in the road. She is working on a lesbian vampire novel, and although she would love to focus only on her novel and ignore everything else, her mind and body won't let her. Therefore, she has submitted a 13,000 word lesbian short story to Sapphire Blue's "Grab Me" contest; she is working on a 10,000 word short story for Torquere's lesbian "Working Girls" anthology and she is also excited to learn that D.L. King, a talented erotica writer that she highly respects, is editing an urban-centered lesbian erotica anthology. Lesbian erotica just got exciting again.

Jolie du Pre

KB: I've known Jolie almost my entire erotica writing career. Her story in Zane's Purple Panties got a nice mention lately, and the anthology she edited, Iridescence, has been doing very well. I look forward to seeing her in New Orleans in two weeks at the Saints and Sinners Literary Conference. (We share a reading slot)

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