My First Smut

My First Smut: Love on a boat

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, author Samantha SoRelle talks about reading queer Age of Sail books.


First romance novel you read:

Ransom by Lee Rowan

How old were you?

I was in college

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I’d read an earlier version of the novel when it was online-only and so when it came into print I HAD to get my hands on a copy!

What was the reading experience like?

Amazing! I’d grown up with the stereotype that romance novels were silly books filled with nothing but purple prose and ridiculous euphemisms, so to read something that was so unabashedly GOOD and filled not only with (wonderfully written) romance, but also adventure and suspense just blew my mind.

What made the experience special?

I had a lifelong interest in the Age of Sail, and it never occurred to me that that could also be combined with my love of romance, specifically gay romance.

What role does smut play in your life?

I’m a proud author of books that include quite a lot of smut, because I write the sort of romance novels that I like to read. And the ones I like to read are QUITE steamy! I think smut is not only fun to read on its own, but can be a key part of developing characters and telling a story.


Bio:

Samantha SoRelle grew up all over the world and finally settled in Southern California when she soaked up too much sunshine and got too lazy to move. When she’s not writing, she’s doing everything possible to keep from writing. This has led to some unusual pastimes including but not limited to: perfecting fake blood recipes, designing her own cross-stitch patterns, and wrapping presents for tigers. She also enjoys collecting paintings of tall ships and has lost count of the number of succulents she owns. She can be found online at www.samanthasorelle.com, which has the latest information on upcoming projects, free reads, the mailing list, and all her social media accounts. She can also be contacted by email at samanthasorelle@gmail.com, which she is much better about checking than social media!


Thanks Samantha! We look forward to reading Samantha’s latest book, His Lordship’s Return, a M/M historical mystery romance. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

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