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Originally written as a privately-commissioned project for an Executive Editor affiliated with a major publishing company, by permission of the work's patron, this novel is now available for general readership. Submission: An Erotic Select Your Own Storyline┐ is Mary Jarrett Wilson's new, naughty twist on a retro story form. In a bookstore, a man named Y notices a woman named X. Thus begins a series of decisions and their consequences that pull Y deeper into X's world. Y makes the decisions, but X is in control. The decision may be about a task Y must perform or a punishment X will administer. You, the reader, are Y. Just as X controls Y, so writer Wilson controls you, the reader, by forcing you to choose your own fate with each chapter. Will you choose Ice or Whip? Will you choose Feet or Beggar? Whichever choices you make, every road will lead to some of the most original endings ever written. Intelligent, subversive, and seductive, you will want to live and relive this book endlessly.
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As a writer, moving into the realm of erotica is nearly the equivalent of selling oneself on the street corner. Erotica, by its nature, is almost always contrived, lacking of real character development, formulaic, and bordering or venturing into simple pornography. Too often, intelligence and eroticism are mutually exclusive, but they don't have to be.
As a writer, I have always been interested in trying out different forms of writing, whether this is journalism, poetry, or post-modern narrative, which happens to be my favorite. As a freelance writer, I am often given an assignment to write a fable, or legend, or poem, or persuasive article. These are not just a way to bring in money--these are exercises in writing. Every writer should be able to write a decent sonnet, research article, or basic short story. Once all the blocks are there, they can be knocked over or rearranged.
I was interested in the idea of the relationship between the writer and the reader. So often, the writer leads the reader through the work, becoming the omniscient, omnipresent force, and the reader becomes passive. There is a control in the reader/writer relationship, and the subject matter of the stories I was writing would allow me to play with that idea of control and move it so that it is not entirely in the writer's hands. The reader would have a choice. The reader would submit to me as the writer, as the submissive male in the book submits to his mistress, but like X in the book, I would give the reader a choice. The reader would have some degree of control.
There was also the notion of "low art" that I would venture into by trying out erotic writing. Of course, it would have my own personal spin on it, but I could go into this other side of town, cross the railroad tracks, and see if a post-modernist edge could be added to erotica. I would see if I could move erotica from words that are supposed to arouse the body to words that also arouse the mind. I wanted the reader to wonder what the hell I was doing as a writer, to never be sure where they were going or what to expect in the book, and to completely mess with the ending.
So often with erotic fiction, there is the introduction of the characters, the scene, and then the screwing. The reader doesn't have to do anything but be passive. They get to lie there while the writer does all the work. I was going to force the reader to use his or her imagination, especially in the final "s e x" scene. For the readers who want to try a few different positions, they should be able to see the motivation behind the finale. To offset this, I added a straight-up erotic story at the end, just in case the reader still needed satisfied.
Another reason I wrote the book, maybe the main reason I wrote the book, was as a distraction after the suicide of my brother. I had been feeling the itch to write again--it had been over a year since I had finished my first novel. That novel has a darkness to it, and I simply felt unable to go back to that place at that time. I have heard of how sometimes when there is a death of a loved one, that a person will experience an urge to make love. There is this need to create to offset loss and devastation. Writing about making love, about the desire to make love, kept me from falling apart during that time.
So often in erotic writing, the stories are the same. It is like looking at a dirty magazine--they are the same each issue, but the faces are different. My goal was to write an original piece of erotic fiction, to go to a place most post-modernist writers don't explore, and I hope on that level, at least, I have succeeded.About the Author:
This is Mary Jarrett Wilson's second novel. Her first novel, King of the Dust Mites, is available on lulu.com.
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