I came across this line (and title of this post) in Sean Geist’s latest book, Twin Betrayals, that really encapsulates one of the themes I’ve wanted to write in a book of my own, but can’t wrangle a way to do it: “A treat for herself.” I’m not going to spoil the book (since you should read it!), but I’ll say that Sean captures this weird paradox that sometimes crops up in the wife-watching genre. We want both the wife to be acting naughty with the husband knowing about it (mutual, non-deceptive, healthy), but also, doing it for herself, not for the husband. Light vs. dark. Sharing vs. cheating.
Prepare for a peek behind the curtain and into the wild space of my mind. It’s a little chaotic back here, and I haven’t had a chance to straighten things up in a while, so be prepared. (more…)
There’s a subset of the subgenre of naughty wife erotica that would like to see the wife punished for her misadventures. This variant is typically called “burn the bitch,” or BTB (not to be confused with the corporate lingo), usually features a cheating wife, and is almost always not my thing.
This’ll be short, but I felt like it needed to be addressed because these story lines are so tangential to the ones that I am drawn to, and I’ve gotten a few readers asking (or suggesting) I explore a BTB. Simply put, I won’t. To me, a happy ending is pretty damn important, both from a romantic perspective, but also from a literary one. I write about couples (and wives) who explore a naughty side of themselves that they didn’t know they had. The goal is always to strengthen their relationship by understanding themselves better. To write a story that ends in revenge runs contrary to what I’m trying to do as an author.
Let me be clear about a few things. Opinions are opinions, and I’m not judging those people who enjoy this kind of literature. Our desires are crazy and inexplicable things, and sexuality is even more enigmatic. Also, real life is messier than fiction. People cheat. People get hurt. People hurt their loved ones. And a lot of times, marriages end in divorce (or worse). I strive to write stories full of characters that (hopefully) feel real, and they go through their ups and downs, and things may even get dark, but in the end, I’m writing their destinies, and I feel like writing one that ends in tragedy would be a waste of time for me.
Again, this is only my opinion, and it’s one of many. But hopefully this’ll help set your expectations about my books.