Writing Naked: Letters To Myself

I’d often told myself that I wanted to be truthful in writing erotica but I didn’t want simply to do autobiography (which is perhaps not always truthful)

In “Writing Naked: Letters To Myself” I was trying for a warts and all portrayal of second generation Irish immigrant in England who is happily married but much less than happy with himself – OK so there are strong similarities but none of the details tally – it simply made it easier for me to imagine this man.

There are three stories (Letters) in the sequence “Happy Birthday Kieran O’Connor”“Innocence and Experience” and “Kissing Kathy Doyle”.

For me, the hardest thing was to avoid adding things that would make the main character nicer or to provide more romance. It’s not that this is a story without love – far from it – but it is the story of a man trying to be brutally honest with himself.

The story won the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Literature in 2005

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