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Jess: Have you written erotic-themed material? Why or why not?
P J Bayliss: Yes I have written Erotica themed material. I was encouraged to do so by a set of (female) friends who were very satisfied with my Poetry and erotic-themed short story scenes. They suggested I entered a competition (The Gathering 2012) & I subsequently entered the SYTYCW2012 competition.
Jess: Cool! How do you differentiate quality erotica (as an art form), from pornographic writing?
P J Bayliss: I challenged myself on this question with a blog entry: 'can a man write romance?' I looked at the top Romance stories, their story lines, and authors to help define a moral ground for myself.
I believe emotions, story lines, ploys, and moral backgrounds are all composite materials to erotica whereas pornographic writing is more biased to depicting sexual acts. I try to push the boundaries of erotica through my poetry as much as possible through expressive words and metaphors to present my 'artwork'.
Jess: Nice blog post;) I shall now ask how you would respond to the following statement:
“I am very put off by the notion of 'literate smut', as if any porn is intellectual, that erotica needs to have a high and low art distinction. I think this is just a pretentious way for people to excuse their taste for pornography.”
-- originally posted on http://www.barbelith.com/topic/925
P J Bayliss: We live in a dawn of changing times when it comes to sexuality and human inter-relationships. Traditional understandings of sexual acts have now proven to be healthy practices within marital situations. Scientific research suggests healthier living & improved quality of life with these practices.
As an Erotica writer and natural artist, I am passionate to understand and apply as much as I can about sexuality, love, desire, and lust. From ancient Greek gods to the latest Kinsey studies. I do not want to simply scratch the surface by writing about acts of sex, or pornography.
Jess: What inspired you to write erotic stories/poems/etc.?
P J Bayliss: My original inspiration came from a 'tingling' sensation I received while reading a romance novel.
My family, friends I met online, and strangers that read my original works on Twitter then encouraged me. It has all snowballed from there.
Jess: Do you always follow the "safe, sane, consensual" credo?
P J Bayliss: At this stage yes, however, I do plan to divert from the 'safe' aspect of this credo in order to present a problem to a population that I believe is rushing into the BDSM aspect of life.
Jess: Good. What do you think readers will find most notable about your book(s)?
P J Bayliss: My ability to draw the reader into the sensual scenes and really feel the emotions of the characters as they read.
Jess: In order to write on certain experiences, you would have to either research or live the life. Which describes you as the writer?
P J Bayliss: I spend a lot of time researching where I need to. It's not entirely practical to live out every fantasy I intend to write.
Jess: Do you think erotica caters to a male or female market (or does gender of the target audience not matter)?
P J Bayliss: It's most aligned to a female population, if written appropriately, with emotions and romantic force.
Jess: Are there any topics you will NOT tackle, with regards to sexual behaviors and attitudes?
P J Bayliss: I am reluctant to tackle Sadism & Masochism at this point in time. Hardcore sex scenes are also challenging.
Jess: Please share with us a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words).
P J Bayliss:
The serpent slowly rises as a King to the throne, quivering with scented sight of her precious dome, amid rich treacle and gush of sweet innocence, she beckons me to join her with vigorous relent.
Like a stone plunged into a deep still pond, ripples fan out from my scorching hot wand, my firm hand delivers five slivers of pain, her sudden cry of ecstasy resounds like rain. Her face soon adorns a flush of pink glow, as my stream of white hot foam does flow, locked together we embrace each others soul, as the ambrosia of lust swirls within her bowl.
Jess: Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
P J Bayliss:
I don't really have any particular favorite authors yet. Still learning the ropes.
Jess: Thanks so much for sharing your perspectives on the art of erotic writing :) Best wishes with both life and literature too!
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PEE JAY BAYLISS (in his own words):
I'm PJ Bayliss & I live in New Zealand with my family within rural Waikato where I focus on my passion for poetry and creative writing. My works are fantasy-based and inspired by friends, Erotica authors, and poets from around the world. My initial work titled "Restraint" is poetry-based and it's a prelude to "Chronicle" which is a non-fiction romance novel.
I'm also working on a project involving a series of novels under the name "A Chemical Romance" which includes three works: Admission, Inception, Deception. Details for these books are located on my website www.pjbayliss.com.
My reasoning for writing Erotica is due to the fascination I have with this fast-growing popular culture. From an early age I have always been expressive in my sexuality and I wish to produce sensual, classy romance writing that immerses the reader into the action.
You may find me online here: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog | Amazon Author Profile
JESS C SCOTT:
Jess is the author/artist/non-conformist behind jessINK (her indie publishing division). One of her specializations is erotic literature.
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