Only ten minutes to go. I look at the clock: 12.50 p.m. At one I grab my briefcase and my jacket and tell my receptionist, a pretty young blonde girl with a penchant for heavy-metal music, ‘I have a meeting in town. I’ll be about two hours.’
So how did a nice woman like me end up writing filth?
I see myself in the dock, facing the judge and having to answer his question. How did a nice middle class, middle-aged woman like me end up writing lascivious copy? I can’t even pretend that my debut novel is a bodice ripper in the traditional sense because I used some very frank language and also the sex scenes went on for pages. I didn’t hide behind the euphemisms normally employed to soften text. I did not have my heroine have a ‘between her legs’ or ‘lady garden’ and I didn’t have my heroes have ‘throbbing manhoods’ or ‘sabres’. I called a phallus a phallus and a vagina a vagina. Actually, I used colloquialisms instead, including the quite harsh words such as ‘pussy’ and ‘cock’. And I had them doing some very descriptive things – did I mention these couplings went on for pages?
“Mum, is tea ready? Where are my pants? What are you doing?”
This is usually the point at which I give up trying to think up a new word for ‘cock’ (there should so be a thesaurus purely for people who write about sex) and slam the lid of my computer down with a frustrated groan. And not the sort of frustrated groan that can be enjoyable, oh no.
Mr Lost is a book about a wife’s journey into her marriage: frustrations, sexual fantasies, doubts and adultery. It explores why women have affairs, what they want, and why they leave ‘good’ marriages. Do sexual fantasies harm or help?
The narrator, who isn’t named, starts writing a blog under a pseudo-name (Lucrezia Borgia), in which imaginary character Emma Bovary is free to live the alternative, fuller and exciting life the real person wishes for, separated from her own desires by two levels of fiction (Lucrezia and Emma).
We met the author, Angie Voluti, to talk about her motivations for writing Mr Lost and how she juggles her work as a writer with heading up her own PR company, AV PR.
International Women’s Day has been running since the early 1900s – a time of great unrest and critical debate amongst women who were questioning their role in society. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
For boys and girls… Mr Lost is a blook (blog that reads like a book) about a wife’s journey into her marriage: frustrations, sexual fantasies, doubts and adultery. Why do women have affairs? Why do we leave ‘good’ marriages? Do sexual fantasies harm or help? What happens when imagination collides with reality? When unexpected thoughts ...
Emily Dubberley is working on a new book about female sexual fantasies.
“I’m hoping to get all the research in within the next month (aiming for 1,000 fantasies from which to choose 100 for the book, along with quoting as many of the 1,000 as possible – and I’ve already got 14 in within three hours of posting it so hoping that should be attainable…” she says.
Rebecca Chance is a bestselling author whose books are described as “50 Shades sexier than the average bonkbuster”. Inspired by Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz she has made the genre her own, bringing it ‘bang’ up-to-date and reflecting the trials and tribulations of both women and men, gay and straight. Her books are great fun, ...
March’s Book of the Month: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin.
As of 2012, tattooed women outnumber men for the first time in US history making Mifflin’s revised book more relevant than ever.