Bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey author E..L. James shares her inspiration and advice for aspiring romance & erotica writers.
We are shadow and light. Innana, the Sumerian Venus, Goddess of light, love, pleasure, & creativity descends into the underworld to confront her darkness and emerges as light. Psychologist Carl Jung believed that beneath the shadow -our primal fears and desires lies our greatest wellspring of creativity. At each gate Innana was asked to sacrifice a piece of herself to continue her journey into hell. The path of the artist, of self discovery is littered with sacrifice where we must give up who we are for what we might become. Innana is a reminder that though we enter the darkness, we can emerge unscathed.