My First Smut

My First Smut: Hooked by my…Mother-in-law

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, Kathryn Amurra talks about sneaking (or blatantly just reading) books from her mother-in-law’s bookshelf.


I was not introduced to the wonderful world of smut until I was 22 years old. I was dating my husband, and I went to visit him at his parents’ house. Their home was like a library–shelves and bookcases in almost every room and on almost every wall. Some of the books were my future father-in-law’s–I skipped those.

The ones that caught my eye and filled the majority of the shelves were the ones my mother-in-law had read. Needless to say, she had a penchant for smut. She had smut from every decade starting probably from the 70s, written by a number of authors and covering every genre. It was smut paradise.

I picked one up and read the back. I think it was a historical, and it sounded interesting. The cover was relatively tame–no exposed thighs or shirtless men. I didn’t think it would be too explicit, so I didn’t feel too guilty giving it a try. I think I read it in one sitting. Then I got another. It was glorious. It was like reading the favorite parts of all the other books I had ever read and skipping over the other stuff. Not having the courage to buy my own smut, I welcomed the visits to my in-laws’ house, and we did indeed visit them often. They were–and continue to be–my smut holidays, and they’re wonderful!


Kathryn Amurra has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and writing since grade school. She is an intellectual property attorney by day and a writer of Romance novels by night. Some of her best writing takes place between the hours of 10PM and midnight (or later), when she has “logged off” from my day job and her hubby, three girls, and boxer are asleep. Her second novel, Admonition, is scheduled for release in June 2021.

Connect with Kathryn:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Thanks for sharing, Kathryn! Ingrid really enjoyed Soothsayer (Kathryn’s debut), and we look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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