Without question, the success of those books opened the doors for other authors in these genres. EBONY speaks to the erotica mogul about her world domination. How are you so prolific? When you started, you self-published, -distributed and -promoted your books holding down a full-time job and being a wife and mother.
Now you edit and publish anthologies, write and promote your books and executive produce your shows. It all comes down to the ability to multitask, the determination to get things done and a lot of self-discipline. I publish books per year by other authors. We have eight books coming out in April alone. I am able to do so much because I am so passionate about writing that it is my escapism, entertainment and my personal evolution all rolled into one.
Is there any reason for the five-year gap, and how do they differ? Was there a learning curve? Also, how was the transition from writer to producer? Wow, has it really been five years? Time truly does fly. Like everything in life, there was a learning curve. There is a huge difference between being a writer and being a producer. Writing is a very solitary career. A producer deals with roughly or more people cast and crew 14 hours a day, six days a week for a couple of months. And now, I am breaking ground with the first series—erotic or otherwise—focused on men of color and their bond with each other and their women.
What can your audience expect from this new series? Lightning, is also known as the Jump Off. A single NFL quarterback for the Miami Glades, he is infamous for jumping over the defensive line of the opposing team into the end zone and running two women at the same time: Gabriel Turner is a financial advisor and the oldest of the crew.
He pledged them all and is married to Aspen, the editor-in-chief of the local newspaper. Earnest Bishop is a former entertainment attorney who served several years in prison for a white-collar crime.
His wife, Portia, divorced him while he was away, and he is trying to rebuild his life while dealing with his brother, Chandler Bishop, a shady city councilman. Well, maybe not that, but as close as I can get. I have a couple of books coming out this year: Chocolate Flava 4 and The Jump Off series tie-in book. I also plan to release two big novels—sequels that my readers have so patiently waited for.
I am working on a couple other TV series, and writing scripts for three feature films, one of which I also plan to direct. My novel, Addicted, finished shooting last fall, and we are waiting for a release date from Lionsgate. I am very excited about what the future holds.
Carol Taylor, a former Random House editor, is the author of seven books, including the bestselling erotic series, Brown Sugar. Find her books and her work at brownsugarbooks.