When I first started writing erotica, I noticed a trend that doesn’t mesh with either my tastes or worldview: heroines tend to be young, beautiful, submissive, and inexperienced.
As a writer in my early 40’s who has children, has been married twice, and who has participated in ethical non-monogamy for many years, I didn’t feel writing a character with those trendy attributes I listed above would be very authentic. I wanted to bring something new to the table: sex-positive literary erotic romance that seduces the mind as much as it does the body. The Mountains Trilogy, in which I introduced the protagonist, Sarah Lynde, PhD, is where I first began to explore this dynamic. Sarah, a sociologist and sex researcher by trade, thinks she has a good handle on non-monogamy until she inadvertently falls in love with her young friend with benefits, Army officer James McAllister. Drama ensues, naturally!
My new release, The Playground, introduces another teacher, Journey West, a 42-year-old mother whose twin sons have just left for college. She’s not only dealing with that transition, but also with moving to a new school, where she teaches third grade. These disruptive changes force her to admit that she’s missing critically-needed support and intimacy from her husband of twenty years. But – there’s always a but – she soon learns that a handful of her fellow teachers at the new school belong to an alternative lifestyle community. They’re swingers. And they invite her to partake of all the freedom and excitement the swinger lifestyle has to offer. She thinks it may be the answer to satisfying her long-neglected needs.
The big question is: will swinging save her marriage or end it?
As a teacher, I'm used to being on the playground. But I never thought I'd be the one swinging.
I'm also a wife and mother, struggling to maintain status quo. My sons just left for college and I suddenly realize how far apart my husband and I have grown... I feel like a damn cliché. Then the teacher down the hall with questionable morals introduces me to her friends. They’re all swingers.
What the WHAT?!
It’s all fun and games until your sex swing breaks. Haha, no really, so far it seems like all fun and games. It could be the answer to what’s missing in my life...or maybe I’m just not asking the right questions?
About Phoebe Alexander
Washington DC based author Phoebe Alexander experienced a second coming of age in her early thirties that ushered in a thirst for exploration, both intellectual and sexual. With encouragement from her partner and blog readers, she published her first novel on 12-12-12 and hasn't looked back.
Phoebe's novels feature compelling plots intertwined with passionate, fiery encounters. She believes that real, relatable characters can have even steamier sex than billionaires, rock stars, and the young and lithe-bodied. She also advocates for ethical non-monogamy and sex-positive attitudes through her writing.