The Girl Next Door Writes Erotic Romance

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by Roni Loren

With the release of my debut, CRASH INTO YOU, this month, I’ve had to finally face one of my biggest concerns--how are people in my real life going to handle what I write?

Just like anyone else, I’m viewed a certain way and have an “image” that people assign to me. And usually that image has been the nice, kind of quiet, girl next door. I wasn’t the rebellious teenager, I went to a conservative Catholic school all my life, and I had a coronary anytime I got anything less than an A on a report card.

If you were to ask most people who knew me casually what kind of book I would write, erotic romance would probably be their last guess. So it does come as a bit of a shock when people in my life find out.

Now I haven’t kept my writing a secret. My closest family and friends know I’ve been writing an erotic romance series. But they don’t read in that genre, so their concept of what constitutes “erotic” probably varies widely. My guess is they would classify a regular, sexy romance as erotic.

So now that my book is out, they can see exactly what erotic means. And in the case of CRASH INTO YOU, that means bondage, sadomasochism, and menage. It means using all the fun words and not closing any bedroom doors. But it also means, I’ve now totally shifted many people’s image of me.

And I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that. It comes with the territory of being a writer, but that feeling of exposure is a little odd. I’m sure I’ll get used to it as time goes on. Now I’ll just be the girl next door who writes those books. : ) Guess I’m giving credence to that old adage, “It’s always the quiet ones.”

So what would people be surprised to find out about you? What image do you think people have of you?  


Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat—a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one Master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.

Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate—and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.


Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, is now available from Berkley Heat. Website:



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Great post. I have thought of that before, how writing a book really lays out your inner thoughts and imagination to scrutiny. It can be very intimidating! I love a good erotic story, but many people who know me would be shocked to find that out as I come across as a quiet person. Don't worry, my husband is well aware of it =)
So congrats to you for writing what you want to write and keeping your chin in the air. I think Crash Into You sounds wonderful, and I hear plenty of good things about it.