Don't get the wrong idea -- she's no expert in paddles, whips and restraints, she says. She's just a successful author of romance potboilers who took a turn down the alley of erotica. Her first three paperbacks for London smut publisher Black Lace sold well, and her soon-to-be released novel Evil's Niece, which has plenty of spank action, is really only a bit kinkier than her usual.
"If you had told me I was going to write a book with any spanking in it a couple of years ago, I would have said, 'Oh no, no,'" insists Hubbard. "But my editor told me about it, and the power element is different: it's the women spanking the men. And I said, 'Now, that sounds fun -- I can write about that,' so I did, and it was a hoot."
Writing as Melissa MacNeal, Hubbard has also produced Demon's Dare, Devil's Fire and Satan's Angel, each a blend of historical romance and scorching, hide-it-under-the-pillow masturbation material. Devil's Fire finds our heroine living in a monastery of extremely horny monks (is there any other kind?), surrendering her virginity to a randy mortician and, at one point, competing in a highly imaginative contest involving chocolate shapes molded from body parts. In Satan's Angel, set in Gold Rush-era Colorado, the protagonist is set upon by "a girl-gang of triplets" called "the KlonDykes."
Black Lace markets its books as "erotica by women, for women," but, as Hubbard astutely notes, "all the Black Lace covers have women on them. We don't have any of the big stud-hunks like they do on the romance covers." She knows that many of her fans are men, she says. Either way, Hubbard adds, her mission is the same:
"I have a sign pasted in front of my computer that says 'Erotica arouses,' because if that's not what you're doing, you're not doing your job."