Please welcome my guest today: Author L. M. Stull
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY
By L.M. Stull
In an ever-changing world, where seemingly anything goes, you must ask yourself...
Is the same true for books? Should anything and everything be exposed?
Unless you have been trapped in a time warp, I am sure you aware it is the year 2011. We no longer live in a world of homemade cookies, aprons and stay-at-home moms. In a world where our darkest, exotic, and often taboo wants and desires live only in our minds, hidden from the world to see. More and more people are openly embracing their sexuality.
Sex is changing. Life is changing. So, shouldn't books?
It has often been a topic of debate amongst many in the literary world. Many will argue that erotica and the like is “smut” and shouldn't be considered literature. But is literature not an expression of the most tender, raw inner emotions living within each of us? And is sex not a tender, raw act that we all experience?
You don't have to look around much to realize that sex is no longer hidden. On the television, in magazines, and especially in books. Everywhere you look sex is there. With self-publishing on the rise, we are seeing more and more adventurous stories, containing more and more adventurous sex. Authors are baring all to the readers, exposing a world of hidden fantasies, where anything and everything goes.
In my opinion, there are two very distinct categories in the world of erotic literature:
Traditional Erotica, which focuses solely on the heat and passion of the act itself, omitting the emotion, the psychology, the back story.
Literary Erotica, where authors (like Eden Baylee, to name one) delve deeper, exploring the thought process behind these hidden desires, sharing with us so much more than pure ecstasy.
So, does the world need this much sex?
Personally, I like to heat up the evenings with a little erotica and find nothing wrong with the fact that sex is so openly discussed in literature. In fact, I find it most refreshing to read and meet authors who share this intimate side of their psyche. Censorship should exist, obviously, as there are stories that need not grace anyone’s shelves (those not comprised of two consenting adults), but beyond that aren't we just limiting our imaginations?
Readers no longer want the same stories that have been generated year after year. They want spice. They want fantasy made into a realty. They want more sex. And artists are stepping up the plate to give them just that. After all, is it not our duty as authors to keep the reader happy? Take them to a world they may not be able to visit on their own. A world where they can experience anything they ever wanted and then some.
Sex is a part of everyone's, well, just about everyone's life, should we not embrace it?
I obviously don't hold the magic answer, only my own personal beliefs. So, I now turn to you and say, let's talk about sexy, baby.
Originally a Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull now resides in Southern Virginia. She has always been a creative person and studied classical piano and dance from a young age.
During the day you will find her chained to a desk at a law firm. Yes, she works for lawyers. Now you understand why she writes about creatures . . . Boom! At night she channels her inner creative monster and writes (sorry, she doesn't turn into a werewolf or anything).
When she's not writing or feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she laces up and runs (and sometimes drinks wine...yeah, okay maybe more than sometimes).
There are several ways you can go about stalking her on the web if your little heart so desires: TwitterFacebook Goodreads(Hint: she'll totally think you're awesome if you add her upcoming books to your to-read pile) and of course her really cool Website She also runs the Fellow Writer's group on Facebook.
L.M. is the founder of Between the Lines, a book club who is proud to feature the writings of independent and small press authors. For information on membership and how to become a contributing author, visit their website. You can also connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.
And finally, L.M. is also the co-founder of Deepwood Inc, a social media marketing firm devoted to assisting authors, both new and accomplished, find their way online.
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