Joan Ellis – Elegant Dirty Books
Joan Ellis was the pen name for Julie Ellis, who later became a bestselling historical novelist…but in the 50s-60s, she wrote a lot of softcore for Midwood, also as Linda Michaels; other pen names for Bedstand and Newsstand Library.
In Lynn Munroe’s interview with Gil Fox (aka Paul Russo, Dallas Mayo, Kimberly Kemp), Fox says Ellis was too elegant for dirty books…there is a calm elegance to her writing, and her female characters are much more three-dimensional sexually than men writiting as women, but what bugs me about her style is she does use “said” or “ask” in dialogue, but a lot of adjectives, too many, such as:
“Turn around,” he coaxed. “Turna around,” he repeated.
“Okay,” she bushed this aside.
“I’ll pick you up afterwords,” he decreed.
“Smart,” Denise purred.
“She’s very attractive,” Denise forced herself to concede.
“Don;t worried, honey,” he whispered huskily.
All takes from Country Girl.
Perhaps it’s just my preference of style, simple he said she said…but Ellis’ style grows on you. Country Girl about a precocious sexy teen girl, Denise, playing love games with two young men she’s dating, one a college guy from the city. It’s a lot similar to Don Elliott’s Sexteen (no cover scan, Nightsand Books), which has more twists and turns than Country Girl, such as a Elliott/Silverberg-esque gang rape by a group of young thugs, a la Connie (Loren Beauchamp).
Ellis tackles sex on college campuses with Girl’s Dormitory and Faculty Wife.
Many of her books were illustrated by Paul Rader.