by Jane Miller
Erik wrote a book.
This is not a surprise. He’s written a number of books.
A nonfiction book about adult attachment disorder. A story about a couple who meet on the ferry. A mystery. And now he has rewritten a book he wrote under the pen name “Jessica Love.”
Writing anything and showing it to the world takes courage, perseverance, determination, and not a little chutzpah. Erik has taken these a step further and added self-awareness, pride, and honesty to the list.
The first “Jessica” book was good. A well-written whodunit with amazing sex scenes. But he was honest with himself and realized he could do better. There was a slightly different story that needed to be told and he was ready to bring it to life.
His chutzpah put his book in front of a well-respected, widely known editor in Los Angeles. “You have to decide,” she told him, “whether you want a sexy ‘mommy porn,’ or a mystery.” Erik knew this but her words carried weight and validation. He was straddling genres and doing neither justice.
So the “whodunit” became not just a “whodunit,” but a “why was it done and who was involved.” The story is richer, the characters fleshed out, the mystery better crafted, and the writing fantastic.
His talent to bring these characters to life is awe inspiring. I have never had the voices and souls of characters clamoring inside my brain, just waiting for me to listen to my muse and set them free. Erik has.
This gift of his has demanded a lot of hard work over the course of many months, over coffee as we work together. Papers floating back and forth between us, red-marked-up copies trading places with pristine pages like feathers on the wind. Erik had the story in his head and heart, and had the talent, guts, and discipline to finish it.
I encourage everyone to read it!
Indecent Exposure: A Jessica Love Novel, by Erik Dolson, is now available on Amazon. HERE