|The Kaufmann Fan Base Grows By, Um, One
||[Jul. 18th, 2007|03:08 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
This morning, Susie Bright forwarded me an anonymous fan email she received regarding The Best American Erotica 2007. The fan, who refers to herself only as Bunny, really seems to like my story, "Comeback". Here are some choice moments from the email (I've snipped all the stuff she wrote about wanting to learn to write erotica):
Dear Susie Bright,
I read two of the short stories and glanced through a few others in the BAE 2007. I must say my eyes have been opened.
I know that might seem a little drastic, but I really haven't been exposed to honest to god erotica. I was really drawn into Nicholas Kaufmann's story, Comeback.
Talk about wow.
I could honestly respect the main character Amber Fox. I prefer a good and seasoned lady for my company. I have honestly managed to avoid virgins entirely. I really don't want to be that guy later in their life.
You know the guy. 'I really wished I had waited' guy.
I'm a sucker for great sex and a good romance. That and I have plenty of experience. I find that I prefer my women older than myself.
I'm soon to be twenty-seven, but on my lover's age, I have been with a woman in her late forties. I find it's a little more satisfying when a woman can distinguish between sex and love.
With much love and respect,
Very sweet of her to write about my story like that, and share how it relates to her own life and interest in sexual partners.
I have to admit, though, I get a little confused when people say they respect Amber Fox, the protagonist of "Comeback". Like her? Sure. Sympathize with her? Absolutely. Respect her? Hmmm. She's not a bad person or anything, but she's given this amazing gift at the end of the story and the only thing she uses it for is to get back into an industry that could not care less about her. I'm not sure that's really worthy of anyone's respect. Still, Amber seems to have hit a chord with readers in a way no other character I've written about has, and that's something special.