Senior Citizen Writes Erotic Romance Novels


FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE “PORN QUEEN OF CENTRAL TEXAS” MONIKER IS JUST A JOKE, A FUNNY NAME GIVEN TO 76 YEAR- OLD DESIREE HOLT BY ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS WHO WAS TRYING TO COME TO GRIPS WITH HER MOM’S NEW-FOUND OCCUPATION.HOLT SAYS, “IS WHAT I WRITE WRITE PORNOGRAPHY? NO, BECAUSE PORNOGRAPHY IS JUST GRAPHIC SEX WITH NOTHING ELSE.” INSTEAD, HOLT IS AN “EROTIC ROMANCE” WRITER, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE LESS-DARING “ROMANCE” OR “BODDICE-RIPPER” AUTHORS.HOLT SAYS, “IN A BODDICE-RIPPER, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WOULD CALL A MAN’S BODY PART A ‘MEMBER.’ IN EROTIC ROMANCE, YOU CAN CALL IT A— SWIFT SAYS, “CAN’T SAY THAT.” HOLT CONTINUES, “A—SWIFT SAYS, “NO WE CAN’T.”HOLT CONTINUES, “A—SWIFT SAYS, “NOT ON TV.”HOLT SAYS, “ANY OF THE OTHER THINGS.”THERE IS LOTS OF SEX IN EROTIC ROMANCE, BUT ALL OF IT EMERGES FROM ACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND MOST OF IT IS AIMED AT A FEMALE AUDIENCE.HOLT SAYS, “WOMEN, PARTICULARLY, WOMEN’S SENSUALITY HAS BEEN A TABOO TOPIC FOR SO LONG AND I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY. BECAUSE WOMEN SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY LIFE THE SAME WAY THAT MEN DO. “I THINK AS WOMEN HAVE BECOME MORE EMBOLDENED, AS THEY HAVE GROWN CAREER-WISE, AS THEY HAVE BECOME EQUAL PARTNERS IN A MARRIAGE, AS THEY’VE BECOME MORE ESTABLISHED IN THE WORLD, THEY TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION.”AND THEY SAY, ‘WHY AM I HIDING IN THE BEDROOM? I ENJOY SEX. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT IT?’ AND SO I THINK IT GROWS FROM THERE.”NOW AT 76, HOLT IS A GRANDMOTHER AND SHE TELLS US THAT AMONG HER READERS, READERS, THERE ARE ALSO PLENTY OF GRANDMOTHERS. HER CHARACTERS, THOUGH, THEY RANGE IN AGE FROM AROUND 35 TO SAY, 50, WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION: ONCE HOLT GETS THROUGH DEALING WITH THE REPRESSED SEXUALITY OF WOMEN, MIGHT SHE NOT TURN HER LIGHT ON THE DARK RECESSES OF SENIOR CITIZEN SEX?HOLT SAYS, “I WOULD HOPE FOR IT. I CAN’T YET IMAGINE IT, EXCEPT FOR MYSELF AND SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES, BECAUSE OF THE WAY SOCIETY LOOKS AT THINGS, BUT I’M REALLY HOPING THAT WE GET THERE.”THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH PEOPLE IN THEIR 70S, EVEN 80S HAVING AN ACTIVE SEX LIFE. IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU APPROACH IT.”THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE HAVE A SOCIETY THAT IS IN MANY WAYS CONTROLLED BY ADVERTISING AGENCIES WHO DON’T THINK THAT ANYBODY OVER 32 IS ATTRACTIVE. “SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE BUT I PLAN TO WAGE IT.” DOWN IN SISTERDALE, JIM SWIFT, KXAN NEWS.

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