It’s Tasha Harrison’s turn! Today, Tasha stops by to talk about how she got started writing “filthy stories”. As a fellow purveyor of filthy-ish stories, this was a fun read. Enjoy!
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I am definitely one of those people who always knew that I was going to be a writer.
But I never intended to write filthy stories.
Seriously, I sat down to write perfectly wholesome stories and the filth just happened. I swear!
Well, it kinda almost happened like that but not really.
When I first started writing I was hooked on the classics, particularly African American classics. The words of Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Richard Wright shaped my idea of what a story should be. Proud, literary, respected and most of all Black. I was certain that anything that came out of me would be just like that. Something I could be proud of. Something my mother could brag to her church friends about.
For years I wrote stories that mirrored the ones that I loved from my favorite classical authors. Read-a-likes that fell flat and possessed no authorial voice. And all along I was writing those naughty bits and editing them out because that was not serious writing…right? If I wanted to be taken seriously I couldn’t write love stories or romance. I had to ground my plot in something more substantial…right? But here’s the thing–no one wanted to read those stories. My efforts to get my literary, proud, respectable work published never paid off.
I quit writing. I didn’t even journal.
Life changed. We moved down South which was a huge culture shock for all of us. I began homeschooling my kids and while I was sure this was the best thing to do for them at that time, I was completely and utterly bored. So I started writing again to pass the time. In the beginning, I did try to revisit those more serious stories but immediately gave up on them. At the time, I was reading a lot of romance so that’s what I began to write. Very few of the mainstream romances I read had people of color so that’s what I began to write: multicultural, interracial, diversity rich romances. My brain produced those naughty bits and I ran with them. In that first year, I wrote a little over two hundred thousand words.
And no one knew that I wrote them for years.
Why? Mostly because I was ashamed. All that filth? All those filthy words and people doing filthy things? The thought of my mother or grandmother reading these books made me nauseous—though ultimately, my mother read In Her Closet when it was in it’s very beginning stages and loved it. It also took me a long time to muster up the courage to tell my husband what I was doing all those hours online (I wrote most of it in Google Docs). But once the “big secret” was out I felt great about it. I still cringe when someone I’m close to blurts it out in mixed company, “Hey, my cousin writes dirty books!”
Yeah, that is and will always be strange.
But, for the most part, I love it. I write filthy stories because I love them.
Often accused of navigating life without a filter, Tasha L. Harrison has managed to brand herself as brutally honest without being labeled a b**ch…or at least that’s what likes to tell herself. She writes African American and interracial erotica and erotic romance with heroines just as brazen as herself and heroes that struggle to tolerate them while getting them in the sack.
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Her series THE LUST DIARIES is available now!
A Slant of Light (prequel short story)
In Her Closet, The Lust Diaries: Book One
The Shame in You–A Short Story
Everything She Never Wanted, The Lust Diaries: Book Two (coming May 25)
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