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Over to I J who is going to tell us about how
"THE INTERNET CHANGED MY NAME"
For most of my adult life I have been a two-career person. There were many years that I was a full time writer who coached college tennis part time on the side. There were many years when I was a full time college tennis coach who wrote part time on the side. Now I am just a full time writer. My first novel was published when I was (very) young, in the 1980’s. Despite the book having explicit sexual content, I used my real name, the same one I used for coaching. The book wasn’t famous and neither was I. It was easy to keep the coach and the book completely separate. Seven years later, it was out of print. I even mentioned in my coaching bio that I was a published writer.
One day in the late 90s, one of my college players came up to me and said she saw my novel on Amazon. I asked her what Amazon was and she explained that it was a website that sold books and that used copies of mine were available for purchase. I told her that the book had strong sexual content, it would probably weird her out because I was her tennis coach, and that I didn’t want her to buy it.
A few days later she told me she bought the book. I told her that no matter what she shouldn’t read it.
A few days later she told me she read it. Worried, but curious, I asked her what she thought. She said she hadn’t really read it, but skimmed it. College kids. We never spoke about it again, but about a year later, after becoming more website savvy, I searched my name on Amazon and saw not only the book, but that my player had written a rave review.
Either way, as the times got more conservative, and everything one did had a chance to explode in cyberspace, I thought it was best to keep the university employee and racy novelist as separate as possible. I soon took “published writer” out of my coaching bio and published all of my subsequent erotic books under my current writing name, I.J. Miller.
Now that I am not coaching anymore I can probably go back to using my full first name. But if I do, no one will find me on the internet.
EXCERPT FROM WUTHERING NIGHTS
She unbuttoned his trousers, needing to hold his cock down with one hand in order to slip them off. He wore no underwear, which delighted Miss Catherine. He lay below her, completely naked. She stroked his entire body with her eyes, as if they were her hands: the broad shoulders; the bold, muscular arms with bulging biceps; the narrow hips; the elegant pack of muscles at his stomach climbing from waist to chest like steps on a ladder; the thick, dark legs, fine hairs in abundance. Then, of course, the hands. These she had seen and known since their childhood. Strong hands, with thick fingers, each a tree that gripped everything with power. Often dirty and grimy, but so commanding to the touch that it thrilled her even as a child to feel her hand held by his.
He reached a hand toward her stomach, but she grabbed it, stopped him. “Don’t touch…yet. Watch.”
I.J. Miller is the author of five, distinct, literary, erotic works of fiction: SEESAW was translated into two languages, with over 130,000 copies in print; WHIPPED appeared in both English and German; SEX AND LOVE, a collection of short stories, made its debut in the summer of 2011; CLIMBING THE STAIRS, a novella, was released just a year later. His latest novel, WUTHERING NIGHTS, is an erotic retelling of Emily Bronte’s classic, Wuthering Heights, and is published by the Grand Central Publishing imprint of Hatchette Books. It is available now as an e-book and will be in bookstores in trade paperback on April 23. Miller has a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute and has taught creative writing and screenwriting at the university level.
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Interesting story, I J. Thanks for sharing it with us and the book looks fabulous! It's such a common problem for all of us with a day job. I know...