Scope’s Romance Classics: Penelope Friday is ‘The Sensual Scribe’

An illustrated spoof romance novel, 'The Sensual Scribe'Penelope Friday is an erotic fiction author with a penchant for raunchy tales of sex and romance.

This sensual scribe will not stand for the “disabled people don’t have sex” attitude. Why wouldn’t the ‘Lusty Lady’ use a wheelchair or the ‘Horny Hunk’ be deaf?

She is here to mix sex and disability into the pages of her tantalising tales.

I came into writing erotica through fan fiction. Fan fiction (often called ‘fanfic’) is a class of writing in which you take other people’s characters and give them adventures of their own.

A large proportion of this is dedicated to writing ‘adult’ fiction – no matter whether the original characters were engaged in sexual activity or not!

I always feel as if I should apologise for coming to the genre through fanfic, as it’s seen as a ‘lesser’ form of writing, but actually the amount of fun I’ve had – and the amount of friends I’ve made – through writing it means that I decided that I didn’t want to suggest that I regret my beginnings!

Baring it all

When I first started having erotic fiction published, I didn’t originally intend to write so much on disability and sexuality issues.

To be honest, it didn’t occur to me that it was needed until I wrote an article for Disability Now and acknowledged the lack of disabled characters in my fiction.

After that, the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. It wasn’t just that I hadn’t written erotica with protagonists with disabilities; I hadn’t found disabled characters in anyone else’s work.

It was as if disabled people never had sex: we didn’t seem to exist in mainstream erotica.

Sadly, this “disabled people don’t have sex” attitude is one I’ve experienced in real life: I have an invisible disability (ME) and am treated like two different people, depending on whether I’m in my wheelchair or not.

In the former case, people never catch my eye, let alone show any interest in me. While I can’t say that everyone falls over themselves to flirt with me when I’m without the wheelchair, certainly I’ve had some attention!

With this in mind, I wrote my first story with a disabled narrator, Picking the Man. The story was written from the point of view of Ellie, a wheelchair-user who’s quite upfront about the fact that she’s sexually active.

The story involves her chatting up a non-disabled man with whom she’d like to have sex. Given my own experience, I wanted to face (and challenge) the attitude issue.

Ellie describes the potential date as thinking: “It sounds like she’s flirting with me. But she can’t be – she’s in a wheelchair!”

It’s not all just sex, sex, sex

Overall, I’m interested in people. Everything I write – erotica or not – is based upon the people in the story.

Yes, I quite often write about people having lots of sex, but I start with the characters, not the sex. I imagine a person, and it is their experiences that I write about.

As well as writing about characters who are disabled, I write across the sexuality spectrum: I’ve probably written more LGBT fiction than straight fiction. My protagonists may be male or female (or neither), straight or queer, disabled or not. It’s about the people, and who they are – not what they are.

Getting what I want

It has become something of an obsession to write characters with disability into my erotic stories, many of which have been accepted by mainstream publishers. I think there’s a place for dedicated disability publishers, just as there is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender publishers. It’s good to have places that we minority groups feel we can rely on to acknowledge our existence!

But it’s also important for mainstream publications to take erotica that features disabled people. Some of my erotica has been published in anthologies where my story will be the only one with a disabled protagonist and it reaches a different audience, mostly non-disabled.

I want to challenge these people’s assumptions about disability. I write from the viewpoint of the disabled protagonist, trying to give an insight into the character and demonstrate that people with disabilities don’t actually spend all our lives thinking about our disability any more than non-disabled people would consider the way their bodies work.

I occasionally get emails or letters from people who really appreciate the fact that I’m writing about disabled characters, and I treasure them immensely. I want to normalise disability because, after all, for disabled people, living with disability is normal. This is how our lives are.

And yes, we have sex!

Penelope shared her story as part of Scope’s Romance Classics. You can read more sexy stories from our authors:

Read ‘On the Prowl’ by Romina Puma.

Read ‘One Track Mind’ by Mik Scarlet.

Read ‘Recipe for Romance’ by Ronnie Murray.


Scope’s Romance Classics: Mik Scarlet has a ‘One Track Mind’

ETA valentines cards Mik_v3Mik Scarlet is a broadcaster and journalist with a one track mind. Since a spinal injury in his teens left him unable to get an erection, he has explored alternative erogenous zones, ‘thought orgasms’ and a whole new world of sexuality.

Mik likes to share the love so he talks about his carnal discoveries to help other people with spinal injuries and impairments to reach orgasm.

This blog contains frank information about sex. It’s meant for people over the age of 16, so please only continue if you are 16 or older.

Sex is so much more than the method for making babies. It should be fun, exciting and a great way of bonding with a partner, whether they are the love of your life, your current squeeze or a one night stand.

It’s this element of their sex life that many spinal injured people feel they have lost, especially early on when they are learning to live with their injury. But trust me – nothing could be further from the truth.

If you’ve lost the ability to gain erections, but can still feel aroused, then with a little effort you will find that you can achieve multiple orgasms. It transpires that it is the erectile system that prevents men enjoying sex in the way women can, and once you experience this you tend to not miss a ‘hard-on’ in quite the same way.

Discovering a new world of sexuality

For those who have lost sensation, there is now a growing group of therapists and disabled people, myself included, that are promoting various ways of turning the erogenous zones on the parts you can feel into orgasmic zones, which opens up a whole new world of sexuality.

There are many differing techniques so it might be worth trying a few to see which suits you. But trust me; it really is possible to orgasm even if you are paralysed from the neck down.

Sure, sex after a spinal injury will be different than it was before, but with the right attitude, support and partner it can be better.

When I incurred my spinal injury I thought my sex life was over, but nothing could beat the sex I have now. A lot of that is due to my injury and how it made me re-examine what it means to have sex.

In this video, Mik reveals how to create orgasmic erogenous zones anywhere on your body and how to enjoy ‘thought orgasms’ by conjuring up your sexiest, X-rated fantasies.

Penelope shared her story as part of Scope’s Romance Classics. You can read more sexy stories from our authors:

Read ‘The Sensual Scribe’ by Penelope Friday

Read ‘On the Prowl’ by Romina Puma.

Read ‘Recipe for Romance’ by Ronnie Murray.

Scope’s Romance Classics: Ronnie Murray’s ‘Recipe for Romance’

An illustrated spoof romance novel, 'Recipe for Romance'This Valentine’s Day treat your lover to a lie in whilst you whip up a Recipe for Romance.

Chef Ronnie Murray posing for a photo in his restaurant kitchenRonnie Murray is the Group Head Chef at Mark Hix restaurants and has a shortened left arm which has never held him back in the kitchen, or the bedroom.

He shares with us his Valentines treats guaranteed to keep the fires of passion burning longer.

This blog contains frank information about sex. It’s meant for people over the age of 16, please only continue if you are 16 or older.

Sex and dating with a disability can be stressful enough without the thought that you also need to perform in the kitchen to keep someone interested.

Having a shortened arm definitely hasn’t ever held me back, in my career, or the bedroom. In fact my wife is adamant it’s a big bonus having more room to manoeuvre when we’re in the middle of a romantic clinch!

All I’ve ever wanted was to be a chef and through passion and hard graft I’ve made it happen. With sex it’s the same thing- creativity and determination!

People ask me strange questions about my arm all the time, which can get a bit wearing but I know it’s just comes down to a lack of understanding at the end of the day.

I’ve never had bad dates because of my disability. It’s a talking point.
I don’t know whether being a chef ups your sex-symbol credentialsbut treating someone you fancy to a brilliant breakfast in bed certainly helps to keep you ahead of any dating competitors.

Blueberry Drop ‘Your Knickers’ Scones

My blueberry drop ‘your knickers’ scones will have your lover begging for more under the covers action.

Blueberry compotePicture of blueberry pancakes

100g frozen blueberries
50g jam sugar

Put the frozen blueberries and caster sugar in a pan on a low heat, bring to the boil, stirring from time to time. Simmer for a few minutes until the compote starts to thicken. Set aside to cool.

Drop scones

250g self-raising flour (dove gluten free)
2g baking powder
50g caster sugar
10g golden syrup
2 eggs, beaten
About 300ml milk
50g melted butter for greasing
50g frozen blueberries
150g blueberry compote
1 small pot of Greek yoghurt
1 tin of golden syrup

Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then add the sugar. Stir in the golden syrup, eggs and enough of the milk to form a thick smooth batter that just drops off the spoon. Using a spoon fold in the frozen blueberries.

Heat a non-stick pan or solid top and brush with some of the melted butter. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and let them cook for 3 minutes until bubbles rise, then turn them over with a palette knife or spatula and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Put them on some kitchen paper, while you are cooking the rest.

To serve place a warm drop scone onto a plate, spoon some of the blueberry compote on top, place another drop scone on top to finish then drop a spoonful of Greek yoghurt on top and drizzle with some golden syrup.

Whip Up A Fruity Little Number

Serves 4

Picture of a yoghurt with berriesWhipped goat’s curd with berries and honey roasted oats
280g whipped goat’s curd
120g honey roasted oats
320g fresh berries such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or a good mix of each
A drizzle of honey

Put a good dollop of the whipped goat’s curd on a plate and using the back of the spoon work the mix out to evenly cover the plate. Place the berries on top of the whipped cheese scatter the honey roasted over the top. To finish drizzle with honey.

Whipped goat’s curd

240g goat’s curd or soft goat’s cheese
40g icing sugar
1 vanilla pod
A splash of milk
Put the goat’s cheese, icing sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod in a large bowl. Using a whisk ‘whip’ all of the ingredients together, if it’s a bit thick add the splash of milk. This could also be done in a food mixer. This can be kept in the fridge for a few days until needed.

Honey roasted oats

250g oats
150g butter
125g honey
75g golden castor sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C

In a pan melt the butter gently with the honey and brown sugar.
Add the oats and mix. Spread the mix onto a baking tray lined with silicone paper and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, occasionally turning them to ensure an even colour. This will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks.

Ronnie shared his story as part of Scope’s Romance Classics. You can read more sexy stories from our authors:

Read ‘The Sensual Scribe’ by Penelope Friday

Read ‘On the Prowl’ by Romina Puma.

Read ‘One Track Mind’ by Mik Scarlet.


I want to take the musical about my life to the Edinburgh festival

Amy Golden, who has cerebral palsy, tells us how she’s been sharing her story with the world, and hopes to take a musical written about her to the Edinburgh festival.

When I was 3 weeks old I had meningitis, I nearly died. The doctors thought I would have a learning disability. But mum knew I didn’t. She said she saw it in my eyes.

Young baby giggling at camera
Amy Golden baby photo

I have cerebral palsy now which means I can’t walk or talk. I can move my right arm but nothing else. I have a chart in front of me with the alphabet and words on it I use a lot. I talk to people by pointing to that, often spelling things out letter by letter. Some people wonder why I don’t use a voice machine but I would feel like it wasn’t my voice. This way does feel like it is my voice coming out.

I use an electric wheel chair and have to be hoisted in and out of it.

Going to School

I went to a special school from the age of three until I was nine. The school recognised I was bright so when I was nine I went to the village primary school opposite my house in Chipperfield which my brother went to.

Young girl at desk in school
Amy Golden at school

The school made a classroom just for me, which was amazing. I made lots of friends and was very happy. I stayed on an extra year and after that I went to Bushey Meads secondary school where I add a gang of friends. We went to the shops together and had a great time! But when I was 14 the penny dropped that this was for life. I was so sad. My friends were getting boyfriends and doing the usual teenage stuff. I became depressed.

Sometimes I cry, it helps. Depression is like a fog in my mind and after crying it lifts. Most of the time I am happy.

Following my passion

At 16 I joined Chickenshed theatre company because I love acting and being on stage. It’s in my blood. My mum is a dancer and dad’s a musician so I have spent all my life at stage doors.

I must have been in hundreds of shows there; they are like a second family to me! Sarah Daniels, a famous writer, wrote one show with me in mind! In that show I did use a voice machine, I was acting and got paid. Ha ha!

Making a break

A few years later Sarah Daniels got back in touch and asked if I would write a play for Radio 4, so I said yes please. It was called ‘Through My Eyes’.

After about 2 years of being off and on last year she phoned and said the BBC had offered me a slot on a show called 4thought. About a week later I went to Somerset house to record it in front of a studio audience. A lovely actress became my voice while we sat together on the stage. It was an amazing experience and response from the audience was fantastic. It was broadcast 2 weeks later. In fact it was chosen as feature of the month and re-broadcast!!

Not long later a friend of a friend of mums in Australia who is a famous writer and director of musical theatre listened to my piece and immediately got in touch.

His name is Craig Christie. Basically, he came over to England and wanted to co- write a musical about my life starring me! We met up and instantly we clicked. So much so that the musical was written within 10 weeks!

Young disabled woman out at a resturaunt
Amy Golden meeting people

With an amazing cast we did a read through in October of last year which was amazing! It’s part very funny and part very emotional. We hope to take it to Edinburgh festival this August. I am determined to get there and realise my dream. I hope the show will be inspirational for other people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The musical is called ‘Get On With It’ – which I do! Here’s a video of the cast rehearsing:

We still have a way to go raising the money. Please visit my Kickstarter page. We need investors to help me realise my dream and get the show to Edinburgh Festival.