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No one is born a romance writer, but I got a good start: just before I was born, my mother was wheeled into the delivery room reading that 40s historical favorite, Forever Amber.

And then
there's Molly...

...Weatherfield, that is. Writer of edgy, witty, well-beloved erotica. Pam Rosenthal’s alter ego and evil twin.

Which is why I’ve added this insert to my bio – to introduce the erotica readers among you to Molly’s very hot two-part erotic novel series.

Carrie’s Story and Safe Word are about a brave young woman, an enigmatic older man, and a secret world. A San Francisco bike messenger with a passion for books and a penchant for wisecracks, Carrie has cherished a private BDSM fantasy life since adolescence. Jonathan’s more closed-mouthed about his inner life; all we know is that he’s charming, rich, great-looking, and versed in practices Carrie has only dreamed about.

“I’m good at it,” he tells Carrie. “I think you’d be good at it too.”

And when he offers her a chance to act out her imaginings – when he dares her to do it . . . well, what would you do?

If you (or some fantasy you, anyway) just might take that dare, you might want to check out Carrie’s Story.

Find out more about Carrie's Story and Safe Word, by Molly Weatherfield.

I’m a native New Yorker -- born in Brooklyn and proud of it. I cherish memories of tree-lined urban streets and extended family, the public library around the corner and our public school across the street. My Grandpa’s candy store (yes, really!) was down the block, across from the neighborhood movie theater.

Sometimes I remember those years as a blaze of glorious 50s Technicolor. Unaccompanied by adults, all the kids went to Saturday matinees. My favorites were historical costume dramas and musicals; I watched The Red Shoes in a passionate fever delirium. The fever turned out to be chicken pox, but the color-saturated images and witty Brit dialog burned into my imagination, to lie dormant for years while...

Life happened.

College happened. I majored in English and did my best to forget I ever liked anything popular or schlocky. Oh, and I also met Michael Rosenthal, in a 17th Century poetry seminar. We’ve been married since 1969.

The '60s and '70s happened. The American continent seemed to tilt westward, sending large numbers of young people rolling downhill toward the Pacific Ocean. Michael and I got jobs at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco. Michael stayed for many years (we were part owners for a large part of that time), but these days he's at the also excellent Get Lost Travel Books. Check out both stores if you come to San Francisco. And please support independent bookselling, wherever you are!

Parenthood happened. Jesse Rosenthal was born a native San Franciscan in 1976, enjoying the same urban freedoms Michael and I had as kids in New York. In fact, Jesse became a New Yorker himself for a few years. Inheriting the family weakness for the printed word, he got his PhD from Columbia University and now teaches English at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The '80s and '90s happened. San Francisco rents skyrocketed and I got a better-paying job as a computer programmer in the financial district. Books and literature were still my first love, but learning to write a program (again and again and again until it actually ran) was a bracing and valuable experience.

And it made me wonder if I couldn’t write something besides programs -- about something I actually cared about.

I began with reviews and essays -- on computers, cyberpunk science fiction, and Alzheimer's Disease when it struck in my family. But my favorite topics have been so-called "women's" issues - love, sex, how to stay smart and honest under pressure, and female erotic icons like Marilyn Monroe and the French writer Colette.

My first shots at fiction were two erotic novels (written under the pseudonym of Molly Weatherfield), about a highly literate bike messenger named Carrie and a moody, gorgeous control freak named Jonathan. Combining kinky, graphic sexuality with smartass introspection, the books have picked up a cult following since the mid-90s. Carrie’s Story is currently in its fifteenth printing, and its sequel Safe Word was excerpted in The Best American Erotica 2000.

The Carrie books are like very edgy chicklit, but they’re not too hip for love and ultimate happy endings.

Which led me to consider a romance novel. It would have to be historical, of course, like the Technicolor epics of my childhood. And it should be sexy -- because sexy writing is its own reward. I began to read history, and to imagine characters who were rebellious, conflicted, and sometimes a little bookish (write what you know, they say).

And then I sat down and tried to write. And tried and tried again: I tried for three years until I got the hang of it, and I’m still trying to keep my stuff hot, sweet, smart, and original. Which is why I’d love to get your comments. In fact, after years of reading computer error messages -- and even now that I’m a fulltime writer -- I’ve become addicted to feedback.

So please drop me an email; I’m eager to get to know you and I promise to respond to all your correspondence. And come back soon, to read more about the pleasures and provocations of erotic romance writing.

 

 

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