The S.E.C.R.E.T. to Writing Erotic Literature

February 12, 2013 2:35 PM

Lisa Gabriele, author of S.E.C.R.E.T.

I’ve always joked that my get rich scheme would be to write some erotic novels under a pen name. Well, joke’s on me because that plan works! And it’s exactly what Lisa Gabriele, author of S.E.C.R.E.T. – the hot new Canadian erotica novel – did.

After writing two non-erotic novels under her own name, The Almost Archer Sisters and Tempting Faith DiNapoli, and co-writing bestselling books with Dragons’ Den‘s Jim Treliving and Kevin O’Leary, Lisa decided to do something that might allow her to quit her day job as the senior producer of CBC’s Dragons’ Den and write full time. Inspired by the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa wrote S.E.C.R.E.T – the story of a lonely young widow’s discovery of an underground society dedicated to helping women explore their wildest sexual fantasies – under the pen name L. Marie Adeline.

“I think all writers, to some degree, are entrepreneurs,” Lisa told host Anna Maria Tremonti last week when she introduced herself as the real author of S.E.C.R.E.T. on CBC’s The Current. “I was just a very bad one for a really long time.”

“I’m a working girl. I’ve been a writer for almost 15 years and I’ve been a television producer for 20 and last year all anyone was talking about was Fifty Shades of Grey and how well it did and how many countries published it and, you know, I was working as a ghost writer on a business book and I realized that I wanted to actually make a living as a writer. And I’m a working writer now because I actually decided to take a stab at a genre that was very popular and, sort of, take what I normally do and give it that erotic spin and see what would happen.”

Listen to the interview for more on the resurgence of erotica, how Lisa approached writing S.E.C.R.E.T and how you can capitalize on the genre. Anna Maria Tremonti also speaks with John Barber, who cover the Globe and Mail publishing beat about erotic fiction in the publishing world.

The Star reported that a second print run of S.E.C.R.E.T. has been ordered (the first was 50,000 copies) and the second book in the S.E.C.R.E.T. series is due out in the fall. Lisa no longer works at the CBC.


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