I'm Hazel Redgate, aka Portarossa. I've spent five years writing smut for a living. AMA!
I'm /u/Portarossa, also known as Hazel Redgate. Five or so years ago, I quit my job as a freelance copyeditor to start writing erotic fiction online. Now I write romance novels and self-publish them for a living -- and it's by far the best job I can imagine having. I've had people ask me to do an AMA for a while, but due to not having anything to
shillsay, I always put it off. But no more!
On account of it being my cakeday, I've released one of my books, Reckless, for free for a couple of days. (EDIT: Problem fixed. It should be free for everyone now.) It's a full-length novel about a woman in a small town whose rough-and-tumble boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks comes back after disappearing ten years earlier, only for her to discover that he was actually a ghost all along. (No. He actually just got buff as hell and became a famous musician, but that ghost story would have been pretty neat too, eh?) If you like that, the most recent novel in the series, Smooth, has just gone live too, so that might be worth a look. They're technically in the same series but are completely standalone, so don't feel like you have to read one to understand the other. If you want to keep updated on my stuff -- or read my ongoing Dungeons & Dragons mystery novel, which is being released for free -- you can find my work at /r/Portarossa.
Ask me anything about self-publishing, the smutbook industry, what it takes to make a romance novel work, why Fifty Shades is both underrated and still somehow the worst thing ever, Doctor Who, D&D, what Star Wars has to do with the most successful romance books, accidental karmawhoring, purposeful karmawhoring, my recipe for Earl Grey gimlets, or anything else that crosses your minds!