Rude Words

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Author interview with Jenny Swallows

Author Interview with Jenny Swallows

Q. What was your first job?

I was cashier at a little gas station in town…

Q. How did you end up being an erotic writer?

I was the girl who used to spend all day in class composing funny little verses to amuse my friends, and they just started growing more and more sexual – I suppose as I did.  Then I carried on for my own amusement, until one day I sent one to another writer, Chrissie Bentley, after reading something she’d published online.  She e-mailed back to say she loved it, and encouraged me to start posting on the same site (  It was a little difficult at first, because I think I was the only person posting verse on the site and some readers were very hostile towards it, but I slowly found an audience and I’m now #26 on the readers’ Top 100 authors list.

Q. What are the most important components that go into making  good erotic fiction?

I think they have to be believable, of course.  But the most important thing, and this is why I like verse so much, they have to be passionate.  When I write, I want to taste and feel and smell everything on the page, and the same when I read someone else’s writing.

Q. If you could have any celebrity pictured carrying one of your books who would you choose and why?

Somebody once described my work as a cross between Dr Seuss and “Deep Throat.”  So, their deaths notwithstanding, it would have to be either Dr Seuss or Linda Lovelace.

Q. How do people who don’t know you react when you tell them you’re an erotic author?

Because most of my work is verse (I have only just begun experimenting with prose), they think it’s funny – even if they would never admit to enjoying erotica, I think most people like a good dirty limerick or rhyme,  so I avoid a lot of the raised eyebrows and mild distaste that I’ve heard some other writers receive.

Q. How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?

Staring at BBC America while playing with the cats… listening to music… or wrestling with some of those stubborn words that are essential in erotica, but which cannot be rhymed with anything remotely usable.  Does anyone have a good rhyme for “clitoris”?  Or “scrotum”?

Q. What makes you laugh?

Ha, some of the rhymes that people have suggested for those words.

Q. What makes you cross?

Lots of things, but in the realm of erotica, the amount of sheer hypocrisy with which it is treated in the wider world – I read something recently about a government minister in Britain claiming her husband’s PPV porn habit on expenses.  Yet Britain has some of the toughest porn laws in the west, put into place by the same government.

Q. What’s the best thing that has happened to you in the last 12 months?

Two things – first, seeing my first anthology, “The First Time & 59 Other Magic Minutes,” published… and second, typing my name into the search bar on Amazon, and finding myself there!

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Floss daily.

“The First Time & 59 Other Magic Minutes” is available now through  A collection of sixty verses, it also includes an introduction by erotic author Chrissie Bentley.


May 21, 2010 - Posted by | Author Interviews | ,


  1. There are some who disparage my scrotum.
    But those who okay it outvote ’em.
    Misplaced balls are a drag!
    So I’m glad of a bag
    To contain ’em and–when I walk–tote ’em.

    If you’re looking to take the right measures
    To offer a woman great pleasures,
    Be aware of the clitoris:
    Vulval illiterates
    Will not be welcomed as treasures.

    Comment by Jeremy Edwards | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Lol Jeremy, the clit rhyme was very shaky but the scrotal verse has promise

    Comment by Jenny Swallows | May 22, 2010 | Reply

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