We are history. History is now. What will we teach?

Statue in Jackson Square History screams at me all day, every day, and even in my dreams. “Nezzie,” I say to myself. “Sometimes I think you spend too much time in a dream world.” But history is a sort of dream, and in many cases a nightmare, and yet we refuse to learn from it doomed to repeat the nightmares. History screams at us to learn, but to learn means to examine ourselves and unfortunately, few muster the courage to do so. I read a post on Facebook referencing the Ludlow Massacre in southern Colorado outside of the city of Trinidad. I’ve passed that historical marker thousands of times as I whiz along Interstate 25 at 80 miles an hour or ...

Jealousy makes the literary world go around.

By Neige Blanche http:www.neigeblanchebooks.com The standard for erotic literature January 14, 2015 Happy New Year! The holidays are always such a wonder-filled whirlwind of love and activity, but I have to admit that I am relieved they are over. I finally have a little more time now to concentrate on work. That is, get caught up so I can look to the rest of 2015 and manage my time according to my goals. It’s nerve-wracking, but I think I’m getting there, which is why it’s difficult for me to sit down and read instead of write, but I came across a great review by Diane Johnson of Peter Toohey’s book, Jealousy and Valerie Trierweiler’s memoir called Thank You for This Moment in the January ...

Humor breaks the ice when it comes to bad sex, good sex and everything in between.

By Neige Blanche, Author Twisted Oak Series http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com The standard for erotic literature. I appreciate witty dry British humor. Its one-of-a-kind approach to laughter makes light of their stiff upper lip attitude that helps those of us who aren’t British understand their wider culture. In fact, I applaud any culture that enthusiastically laughs at itself. After all, in my opinion, when we fail to find humor in ourselves as individuals and societies, this indicates the beginning of the end, therefore, I was very happy to come across Lucy Scholes’s piece about the very British event called The Bad Sex Award. Read her December 4th piece called Bad Sex Award: How do you write erotic fiction? http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20141204-how-do-you-write-a-sex-scene First off, the annual literary award ceremony, as I ...

Mind over matter, or better yet, mind and matter.

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey The new standard for erotic literature. http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com I was perusing Google news yesterday and came across this article by M.J. Fields. I absolutely love it when fellow authors succinctly describe why and how they write erotica. Fields does it well: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/11/13/mj-fields-abe-four-in-hand-erotic-vs-erotica/18918233/ I’ve been asked by some readers why there is so much sex in Twisted Oak. Personally, I answer that question with a question, “Why not?” The sex act is action and there is no better way to propel a plot, in my opinion than with action provided other elements are included. Last month I wrote about setting, which, to me is essential for meaningful plot, but other elements are important, too such as ...

So, where did you come from? Why are you here? Settings, an Integral Part of Erotic Literature

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey The new standard for erotic literature. http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com October 18, 2014 Eileen Pollack’s article in The October/November issue of The Writer’s Chronicle entitled, The World of the Story explores the intrinsic value of setting in the work of fiction. I’ll share some of the highlights, but most of all I’ll illustrate how setting helps me understand and reveal the psychology behind my characters’ behaviors. I hope you read Eileen Pollack’s article here: https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_chronicle_view/3558. Without setting, I’d be lost. No seriously. I’d literally be lost in real life, wouldn’t you? I’d be equally lost in my works of fiction. This is something that has come to me intuitively. I’m not formally educated in the fine art of ...

Eroticism, a Novel Mix for Historical Romance.

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey The new standard for erotic literature. http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com September 18, 2014 The debate continues as to which historical era is the most romantic and lately, eroticism is at the center of it. I couldn’t be happier! Human beings have always been erotic no matter which era they lived in. Fads come and go, as Maya Rodale writes in her blog, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maya-rodale/historical_romance_novel_b_5731130.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books, but the time honored excitement of sexual tension and eroticism is still as hot as it ever was. I love contemporary romance stories. The here and now are fast and exciting. Aircraft, cars, and the internet help plots move quickly from one place to another, but what happens when there are no planes, trains, and automobiles? ...

Opening the closet door. Today’s acceptance of erotic literature.

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey The new standard for erotic literature. http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com August 18th, 2014 A dear friend and treasured fan sent me an email a couple months ago that included a link to Anne Rice’s essay about the “pleasures of writing and reading erotica”. It appears on Penguin’s website along with her erotic masterpiece, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. I enjoyed her essay because she explains so well the motivation behind writing exceptional erotica and the processes it requires. I hope you enjoy her essay as much as I do and if you haven’t read the trilogy yet, please do. It was my introduction to the genre and remains the standard to which I hold my work. Going further, ...

Fact stranger than fiction?

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey The new standard for erotic literature. http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com July 25th, 2014 I came across a fascinating article by Olga Khazan published this week, July 21st in The Atlantic. In all honesty, the title is what grabbed me: Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy: Polyamorous people still face plenty of stigmas, but some studies suggest they handle certain relationship challenges better than monogamous people do. If you have some time, please read it. It’s lengthy because it includes vignettes of actual “poly” people along with academic studies and commentary from the professionals who conducted the studies. From here on out any wording in this blog that appears in quotes is taken directly from Olga Khazan’s excellent article unless otherwise ...

The New Standard for Erotic Literature

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey, http://www.neigeblanchebooks.com Books are like wine, don’t you think? To each their own taste. For me, if I like it, I like it. It doesn’t matter where it came from, what color it is or how much it costs (the less expensive, the better). It doesn’t even matter what I pair it with. I’m not fancy. I know what I prefer, but I always keep an open mind. You never know what’s out there. Every now and again, I find a bottle of wine that just blows my mind because it’s so different from other wines I have tried of that variety. This new, surprising, different experience creates a new standard that ...

Virtual insights. A reflection on real life.

By Neige Blanche, author of Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey, www.neigeblanchebooks.com I was reading Henry Miller’s book, Sexus: The Rosy Crucifixion 1 a few months ago after an off-hand, but flattering remark from a friend on Facebook about Anais Nin. To be honest, I had never given Henry Miller much thought other than he was quite a rascal. Some of his books and Anais’ diary sat on the shelf in my library for years unread. The library along with the house is long gone to the winds and waves of Hurricane Katrina; a tumultuous end for all the literary drama that lived on those shelves. Henry Miller’s words have stuck in my mind now for months, “No man would set word down ...