In a small way, the creation and production of The Research Project trilogy was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. I enjoyed reading E.L. James’ series. It was a good romance and the sex scenes were worthwhile and titillating…I love that word…but I didn’t set out writing my trilogy just because I thought I could write something better or because I wanted to be famous. I didn’t even know I was going to write three novels. I just wrote and wrote and wrote…and then when it started coming together, I began a plan for a series and that’s when Fifty Shades of Grey inspired me.
I wanted to write about sex. I’m pretty shy in some ways. I can’t even say certain words about anatomical parts out loud, even to my husband. I wouldn’t say I’m a nympho either or especially creative in bed, so I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I also thought it would be boring to write about monogamous sex. I wanted the spark and excitement with each new encounter. The idea of a sex project was the only way I could think of to accomplish this; the character wouldn’t be a ‘whore’, she would be sleeping around for a reason.
I wanted to create everyday settings. My characters aren’t filthy rich and don’t have access to private islands, helicopters or own lavish clothes and jewellry. I had my characters go on normal dates, but created excitement within the settings with details. I don’t play volleyball. I’ve never been to a cooking class. And believe it or not, I’ve never flown a cessna. But average people have! I thoroughly researched each scene and made sure that my readers could relate to every situation in my novels.
My readers have said that the characters are true to life and the sex scenes are classy. That is essentially what I wanted to create. I think I did my job.