At the Shadow Lane vendor fair I bought one of the very last copies of spanking model and blogger Erica Scott’s book Late Bloomer from the author herself. I then found myself staying up late Friday and Saturday night, not to play at suite parties but to finish Ericia’s excellent book.
I’ve read a few spanking memoir books and honestly, this one is my favorite. Not just because Erica is a very fine writer with a good memory for detail, but because she wrote in depth about her childhood, family (especially her fraught relationship with her idolized yet distant and emotionally abusive father) and life before spanking. The book is an honest retelling of a woman’s life and I enjoyed it for that, even apart from the spanking action.
In fact, my only criticism of the book is from my own desire to have more detail of how early Erica began having spanking fantasies and how she feels they shaped her early sexuality. She doesn’t get into an analysis of where her desire to be spanked came from and I did wonder about her thoughts on this topic. But it’s a smal thing and, in part an effect of how much of herself she does give the reader.
So what does a reader get from this book? A story of a woman’s life lived by halves, in the darkness of depression and anxiety and her overcoming them. It’s about her efforts to understand and undo damage done in childhood, her claiming of self (sexual and otherwise) and her successful battle to do things that matter to her, even in the face of fears. There’s also frank accounts of her experiences as a spanking model, working on a variety of projects. Thoughout the story, what shines through is Erica’s wit, humor and unflinching honesty. I love reading Late Bloomer, and found I was staying up long into the night to finish it.