Cover Artist and Author Dawne Dominique

Hello and welcome, readers! Thank you for joining me here today. My name is Dawné Dominique. I’m a multi-published, best-selling author, a retired managing editor, and a professional cover artist. My secret identity for three days a week is a paralegal. Yes, I wear many hats.  ☺

If someone would have told me ten years ago that I’d be writing anything remotely close to erotica, I would have fallen off my chair laughing. I was a straight-up fantasy author, (you know, like Lord of the Rings fantasy) but as I continued to write my vampires series called The First series, it was inevitable that sex needed to be included in order to add further dimensions to my characters. By introducing “erotica” into the creation of my novels, I’d initially panicked, thinking that perhaps it would take away from the main premise of the series. Thankfully, this didn’t happen


So how does one create a novel with a gripping plot, mixed with subplots, where the sex doesn’t become the main focus? There has to be strong characters and underlying questions for readers to ask themselves, along with scenes and events that places readers right in the action; and, of course, good writing. More importantly, I needed to create complex characters that you know shouldn’t be together. As you know, in real life, lust is more powerful than logic.

Many erotica novels had crossed my desk as a past managing editor, and there’s always the distinction of what is considered “porn” as opposed to “erotica”. For me, the two are quite simple to differentiate.

“Erotica” is based on the premise of romance between complex characters that when you read about them, they are not destined to be together, which inevitably creates a compelling plot. As well, there must be thick sexual tension, and not just the act itself.

“Porn” centralizes on sex as the main premise of a novel. It’s a fine line to some, and a huge crater to others. I write as “me”. I don’t sugarcoat my life, so my writing is a reflection of my personality. The romance / love aspects in my novels are strong, the sex straightforward (no purple prose for this gal), but it’s the intricate plot(s) and sexual tension leading up to the main act(s) that I hope make my stories come alive and leave a lasting impression on readers.

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Writing fantasy under the penname D. Thomas Jerlo


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