Local's erotic novel sparks writing career

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM.

SANDESTIN — A local author is making a name for herself in erotic literature with her top-selling book, “Blindfolded Innocence.”

Alessandra Torre, the author’s pen name for purposes of her adult books, said six months ago she put up her self-published book on Amazon’s online Kindle bookstore. Four months later, she was fielding calls from major publishers ready to make offers.

Torre signed a six-figure, two-book deal with Harlequin Publishing in late October.

“I really had no expectations for the book,” Torre said at her home in Sandestin. “I’ve loved to read my whole life and my husband has always said, ‘Why don’t you write.’ I think it took six weeks and I just stuck it up on Kindle.”

She said the idea for the novel came after she read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the hit erotic novel that focuses largely on bondage.

“After that came out, I knew it was a hot market,” Torre said. “There was an opening in the market. I knew if I wanted to have any type of success, that’s where I needed to go.”

The 28-year-old said through research she found that there was a need for something erotic without whips and chains.

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