'Now or Never' Author Logan Belle Talks Sexual Bucket Lists
In the midst of writing her latest New Adult novel, "Blue Angel" author Logan Belle was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. As she underwent treatment, Belle switched gears and started writing "Now or Never," in which 40something Claire receives her own breast cancer diagnosis and embarks on a "sexual bucket list" with a charming new friend cheering her on. Belle spoke with SheKnows about how her diagnosis affected (but didn't define) her sexuality, visiting erotic reading salons and why her readers could benefit from their own sexual to-do lists.
SheKnows: Claire, our main character, wanders into an Erotic Reading Salon. Do those really exist?! And have you attended one?
Logan Belle: Yes! The erotic reading salon in the book is inspired by an actual group, The Erotic Literary Salon in Philadelphia. A fabulous woman named Dr. Susana Mayer runs it. I was fortunate enough to be invited to read there one night last spring. One of the first people to the mic was a woman named Frances Seidman, in her early 90s. Her stories were sexy, witty, poignant--the highlight of the night. It really gave me food for thought.
SK: I love the idea of a sexual to-do list. We all have tabs on what we've done and what we haven't, but I like the idea of getting some to-do deeds down on paper. Do you think we could all benefit from this kind of list?
LB: Women tend to put everyone else first. We're caretakers. We're juggling careers and kids and trying to stay in shape. And then one day we wake up and everything we have to do has gotten done, but what about the things we want to do? When I got the breast cancer diagnosis, one of the first things I realized is that I took my body for granted. I knew I'd get older some day, but it was some distant thing. But treating breast cancer, even minimally, is going to change your body. So yes, I think it's important to take stock of what we want to do with our time, with our bodies, and not assume that the opportunity will be there when and if we finally get around to it.
SK: As the author, did you miss writing for your typically younger main character?
LB: I didn't miss it when I was in the moment of writing "Now or Never" because I knew I would be going right back to it. The next novel I have publishing with St. Martin's Press is in the New Adult category--heroines in their early 20s--and so I haven't left those young gals behind entirely. And honestly, I enjoy writing both. My 20s is a place I like to visit. I just wouldn't want to live there!