Character Traits in Erotic Novels

Sexy short erotic romance

Do you rub off on your characters?  Do many of them have similarities?  Mine do.  Most of my heroes have expensive taste in fine wines and tobacco.  Many drive luxury cars when the need arises for them to do so in my romance stories.  My heroines and I have taste in lingerie and erotic fantasies.

Take my heroine, Katalin, from Light and Shadow.  She has a yearning for a higher sense of enjoyment, living life closer to fantasy than reality.  In her story, a light hearted BDSM tale, Stefan whisks her off to New Orleans to offer her an illusion he’d like to make into reality.  Only, the real world interferes and she runs off into a dangerous part of town where she hurts herself.  Stefan chases after her and the story progresses from there.

Her Shelter – a holiday themed Paranormal Romance story

Very similar to Stefan is Reinhold from Her Shelter.  While Stefan is not a wolf as Reinhold is, he is a definite Alpha on a learning curve with his mates.  Both men share that trait as I have in the past.  Reinhold’s connection to Stefan is that he aspires to give those in his care a fantasy come true in the form of a better life.

Most of my heroines tend towards the curvy side, as that’s the type of woman I’m generally attracted to though if you saw my twitter stream you’d see I flirt with pretty much everyone.  Reinhold has that affect on the women in his life.  They flirt back and enjoy his rich, sometimes ribald humor.

Then there’s my love of drink.  I can’t find one hero I’ve ever written for ANY publisher that didn’t enjoy fine wine, whisky or woman. I guess the latter has to be incorporated since I am a romance author, but the wine and whisky aren’t a part of the stories.  Or are they?

These character traits lend depth to my romance stories and give the characters more than just dialogue and action. I like to think they tie me to the theme of whom and what I write about.  What about you and your characters?

About saschaillyvichauthor

Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read. Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts. Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com
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