Authors of erotica have had sex outdoors, in cars and while tied up more than the average person, a new survey indicates. Of the 103 writers questioned anonymously, 76% said they'd based a sex scene in a novel based on their own lives.
They aren't having more sex, technically -- they're just having more adventurous sex.
The survey, taken by the e-book recommendation website The Fussy Librarian, also gave authors an opportunity to share the most unusual place they'd had sex. The answers included "on stage at a concert," "The Louvre," "a slide at a playground at night," "the bed of our truck in our driveway," "doctor's office," "a horse" and "on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World."
To the last, the writer added, "Please let them have destroyed the security tape!"
Whether inspired by "Fifty Shades of Grey" or their own fantasies, 41% of the erotica authors in the survey said they have practiced BDSM -- an overlapping abbreviation of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism -- while the average is less than 20%, according to the website. On the whole, they didn't think much of the mega-bestselling novel by E.L. James: A third said they'd rate it one out of five stars.
Almost all of the respondents -- 94% -- were women.
Twenty-one percent of the erotica authors said they have had sex as part of threesome, while the U.S. average is 14%, the website said. The writers are apparently adventurous but not too adventurous: Only 7% said they have had sex as part of a group of four or more.
And though their sex lives may be colorful, their daily lives are fairly routine: 89% are heterosexual, 74% are married, and 95% said they have not cheated on their spouses.
Which goes to show that a perfectly normal exterior can mask what goes on behind closed doors -- or outside in the yard.