I have been criticized for the inclusion of erotic content in my books, and while I make no apologies for this, perhaps it does bear some explanation for those who wish to know.
Sexuality is an integral part of who we are as human beings. Call it a biological imperative, that through evolution, sexuality has been refined into the embracing of pleasure as a component of our healthy existence. It’s disingenuous, then, to leave it out of books and stories about the human condition.
I always include sexual aspects in my writing for that reason. If it’s also titillating, then so be it. I admit that I enjoy reading about it and writing about it as well. So I imagine it will always have a place in my work. I don’t write stories for children, after all. I tried that once and failed miserably.
Thus, when writing from a position of full disclosure and honesty, about sexual topics, I must write about the whole of it–the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s the only way to genuinely convey every intrinsic part of human interaction.