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The film-maker and author tells Margaret James about the joys of sex in her new novel


Novelist, film maker and author of a series for the BBC, London-based writer Elaine Proctor was born in South Africa, left to study at the National Film and Television School here in the UK, and now sits on the chapter for screenwriting at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Elaine’s third novel is The Love Factory and is about what happens when Anna, a middle-aged, longmarried, emotionally inhibited and eminently respectable author of literary fiction, decides to try writing some very different kinds of stories. Soon, she finds herself being unexpectedly inspired by the experiences of friends who turn out to be only too ready to share their romantic and erotic lives with Anna. When some of these friends also start writing, an erotic fiction collective – The Love Factory – starts to take shape.

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