I am Hazel Redgate, AKA Portarossa, and I've been a professional smutwriter for six years. AMA!
Who am I? I've been working as a full-time smut-slinger, word-pimp and prosestitute for about six years now, first in short-form erotica and more recently in romance novels. I get asked fairly regularly on Reddit for advice on how best to get started, so I figure an AMA is as good an opportunity to clear up as many misconceptions as possible and collect all the advice I've got to give in one place for anyone who thinks it might be something they're interested in -- either as a potential career, or just as a hobby.
On account of it being my cakeday -- and because would it really be an AMA if I wasn't shilling something? -- I've released three of my books for free for the next five days:
Reckless is a novel about a Texas diner owner whose ex-boyfriend rolls back into town after a decade away -- now a famous musician, and eager to rekindle their romance.
Smooth is a novel about an uptight Chicago lawyer who, newly single after a break up with her fiancé, finds herself in New Orleans for her best friend's wedding -- only to find herself repeatedly crossing paths with a freewheeling jazz musician.
Love at Christmas is a collection of novellas about four single sisters who find a little Christmas romance waiting for them under the tree. (Not with each other, you perverts. With other people.) It's a soft little slice of festive romance.
If there's anything you want to know about writing for a living, writing smut for a living, how to make your dialogue -- or your dirty talk -- really pop, what the deal is with airline food, how to go about getting your stuff noticed, what Star Wars has to do with structuring romantic fiction, or literally anything else, fire away!