To me, there is nothing as sexy as laughter. The fact that my first long-term partner was offended by laughter in the bedroom sounded a death knell for our relationship, and the ability to laugh together naked remains one of the things I find most attractive in a partner today. Sex, done right, can be a very serious business, but it can also be extraordinarily funny. That’s why I like to write humorous erotica. I like trying to capture that moment where the gasp of laughter changes suddenly, and shockingly, into a gasp of arousal… or when a cry of orgasm turns into a delighted laugh.
The first time I saw D.L. King, the editor of Seductress, I was attending an erotica reading in NYC, where she read from her anthology, “Carnal Machines.” The story she chose to read was both hot and hysterical, and after I managed to get my disbelief that someone had published a book of steampunk erotica and I hadn’t read it yet (The Horror!), my first thought was, “Oh, she likes funny erotica. I have to write a story for her.” Then she mentioned that she was looking for stories for Seductress, and I turned to my partner and said,”Oh my god! I just had the worst/best idea! I want to write a story called ‘Phone Hex’…. You know, ‘there’s an app for that?’” The look of horror I received in response was all the encouragement I needed. Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like a really bad idea.
I wrote a note down in my idea notebook, and then promptly forgot about it until I noticed that the deadline was approaching. Then, I panicked. I really wanted to write a story about a smartphone app that could be used to summon demons, and I wanted it to be funny, but I had no idea what the plot could possibly be about. Then Ruby showed up in my head, introduced herself, and the jokes kept coming… one after another, just like her victims. (Ruby, for those of you who don’t know, is an object oriented programming language. I thought Perl was a bit too obvious.)
Usually, writing erotica is all about the sex. Sometimes, it’s all about the love. This time, however, it was all about the laughter. After all, sex isn’t the only way that you can have a good time in bed…