The Fussy Librarian

Sex secrets of erotic romance authors

The Fussy Librarian, an ebook recommendation website, asked 103 authors of erotic romance novels:

1. What gender are you?
Female: 94%. Male: 6%.

2. What age are you?
18-24: 0%.
24-34: 25%
35-44: 39%
45-54: 23%
55-64: 10%
65-74: 3%
75+: 0%

3. What is your marital status?
Single: 12%
Married: 74%
Divorced: 11%
Widow/widower: 3%

4. What is your sexual orientation?
Heterosexual: 89%
Gay: 1%
Lesbian: 2%
Bisexual: 8%
Transgender: 0%

5. Do you use a pen name?
Yes: 77%
No: 23%

6.  If you have a spouse/partner/significant other, do they know you write erotic novels?
Yes: 94%
No: 6%

7. If she was still alive when you started writing erotic novels, did you tell your mother?
Yes: 69%
No: 13%

8. If your father was alive at the time, did you tell him?
Yes: 53%
No: 47%

9.  Have either of your parents read one of your erotic novels?
Yes: 42%
No: 58%

10.  At what age did you lose your virginity?
13: 4%            21: 6%
14: 4%            22: 6%
15: 10%          23-25: 0%
16: 11%          26: 1%
17: 16%          27: 1%
18: 18%          28+: 0%
19: 13%
20: 10%         
Authors’ average age: 17.8
U.S. average: 17.1

11. How often do you have sex each month?
Never: 8%
Less than once a month: 12%
Once a month: 2%
2-5 times a month: 33%
6-9 times a month: 15%
10-14 times a month: 16%
15-20 times a month: 8%
21-25 times a month: 3%
26-30 times a month: 2%
30+ times a month: 1%
Note: Authors’ responses are comparable to national research of all Americans, according to the Kinsey Institute.

12. Have you had sex on the first date?
Yes: 45%
No: 55%
U.S. research: 44% of all singles have had sex on the first date (Singles in America survey, 2012.) A 2004 poll by ABC News found 17% of all women had sex on the first date. (It’s worth noting that 94% of the authors in our survey were female.)

13. As part of a threesome?
Yes: 21%
No: 79%
U.S. research: About 14% of all Americans had participated in a threesome (ABC News poll, 2004.)

14. As part of a group of four or more?
Yes: 7%
No: 93%

15. Have you ever practiced bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism or masochism (BDSM)?
Yes: 41%
No: 59%
U.S. research: The Kinsey Institute says that less than 20% of Americans had tried BDSM.

16. Have you ever had sex outdoors?
Yes: 84%
No: 16%
U.S. research: 54% of Americans have had sex outdoors (ABC News poll, 2004.)

17. Have you had sex in a car?
Yes: 88%
No: 12%
U.S. research: A 2012 survey for the company Adam and Eve found that 80% of Americans have had sex in a car.

18. Have you had sex in a plane?
Yes: 10%
No: 90%
U.S. research: The same Adam and Eve survey found 7% of Americans are members of the Mile High Club.

19. Have you had sex in an elevator?
Yes: 11%
No: 89%

20. Have you had sex in an office?
Yes: 41%
No: 59%
U.S. research: Only 7 percent of women have had sex in an office (ABC News poll, 2004).

21. The most unusual place where you’ve had sex is …
“A church basement.”
“On a stack of drywall in a home under construction.”
“On stage at a concert”
“A slide at a playground at night.”
“Highway rest area.”
“On a horse.”
“On the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Please let them have destroyed the security tape!”
“A museum”
‘The bed of our truck in our driveway”
“In a hospital”
“Doctor’s office.”
“In a canoe”
“A cemetery”
“The Louvre”

22. How many sexual partners have you had?
1:         10%
2-5:     38%
6-10:   25%
11-19: 9%
20-29: 13%
30-39: 2%
40+:    3%
U.S. research: American women are far more likely to have had only one sexual partner (31%) and only 9% have had more than 11 partners compared to 28% of erotic romance authors. (Kinsey Institute).

23. If you are heterosexual, have you ever had sex with a member of the same sex?
Yes: 20%
No: 80%

24.  If you are married or in a civil union, have you ever cheated on your spouse or partner?
Yes: 5%
No: 95%
U.S. research: Various studies of American women have found anywhere from 10% to 20% have had an affair, according to the Kinsey Institute. A 2004 ABC News poll found 16% have been unfaithful.

25.  Have you ever based a sex scene in a novel on something that happened in your life?
Yes: 76%
No: 24%

26. Have you ever had sex as “research” for a novel?
Yes: 46%
No: 54%

27. Is writing novels your primary means of financial support?
Yes: 25%
No, I have a “day job”: 52%
No, my spouse’s job pays most of the bills: 23%

28. Erotic romance book covers should feature … a man without a shirt?
Yes: 69%
No:  31%

29. Erotic romance book covers should feature … a man with a 6-8-12 pack of abs?
Yes: 60%
No: 40%

30. Erotic romance book covers should feature … a man with a “V cut” in his abs?
Yes: 58%
No: 42%

31. Erotic romance book covers should … include an image of a woman?
Yes: 75%
No: 25%

32. On a scale of 1 (terrible) to 5 (great), how would you rate the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey”?
5 stars: 1%
4 stars: 9%
3 stars: 31%
2 stars: 25%
1 stars: 33%
Average rating: 2.2 stars.
Research note: The survey was conducted in May 2014.

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