Ellora’s Cave (ellorascave.com) has recently contracted my first novel for publication. The Present is a contemporary Erotic Romance about the possible and hopefully, the probable. There are no secret plots, no spies, no shootings and no time travel. Although I wrote The Present as an unconventional love story about a married couple, I wanted it to be a work that every reader could relate to regardless of sex, favorite genre or marital status. I wanted to create tale of love wrapped around fantasy fulfillment, sexual desires and untapped lust. A love story that suggests every fantasy you will ever have could be as close as a single conversation with your significant other.
The Present was originally written as a short story for my wife’s birthday. I don’t know who I was more nervous about showing it to first: My wife or Ellora’s cave. I was pretty stressed out about both but, I think giving it to my wife was the most difficult. When you create something from your heart and then show it to the person you love the most, you can’t help but be hysterically nervous. In the end, that person’s opinion is the only one that you really care about. Interestingly, the manuscript opened up all kinds of new lines of communication between us. Before we knew it, we were broaching subjects that we had only hinted about before and talking about things we both wanted but had never mentioned before. Yummy.
On its own, The Present rapidly grew out of control, becoming a complete novel before I knew it was actually happening. When I thought it was in the best shape it was ever going to be, I asked my wife who she thought I should submit it to. She didn’t hesitate for a moment. She wanted it to go to the home of her favorite authors, Ellora’s Cave. Since she has read more erotic romance than anyone I have ever met, I felt it was in my best interest to go with her suggestion. Besides, I didn’t want to sleep on the couch.