Marilyn Jaye Lewis is a writer and editor, and, in her private life, an ordained minister in non-denominational liberal Christianity.
For the first 25 years of her professional literary career, Marilyn was known primarily in the international erotic arts community as not only a writer and editor, but also a publisher, an art curator, and a multi-media producer. Her award-winning erotic short stories and novella collections were translated into many different languages, including French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian. While she no longer writes or produces in the erotic genre, her short story collections and her novels still sell world-wide.
Marilyn is the head writer for the theatrical production company of the NYC-based actor, Sandra Renee Caldwell. Currently, they are working on several musical and non-musical projects, including The Guide to being Fabulous after You’ve Skinned your Knees; Tell My Bones: The Helen LaFrance Story; Essence of Pearl; and Jungle Red.
Marilyn is proud to report that she recently signed a development deal for her original TV pilot, Cleveland’s Burning, with Bohemia Group Originals in Los Angeles, and now the final working draft of that project is ready for the next pilot-pitching season.
For the last few years, Marilyn has been hard at work on additional projects for television, including The Tea Cozy Murder Club: A Murder at Parsons Ridge. And she is currently developing her award-winning novel, Freak Parade, as an online streaming limited series, also for Bohemia Group Originals in Los Angeles.
Marilyn was honored to have her feature-length screenplay, TELL MY BONES: THE HELEN LaFRANCE STORY, selected as WINNER, Voices of Color, in the Ohio Indie Film Festival, in Cleveland, Ohio (November, 2013). The script was also a Second-Rounder at the Austin Film Festival (Fall, 2012).
In 2011, her first foray into self-publishing — her erotic novel, FREAK PARADE — took home the Silver Medal at the Independent Publishers Awards in New York City. 2011 also saw the publication of her historical novel about early Hollywood, TWILIGHT OF THE IMMORTAL — a novel Ms. Lewis researched for 9 years in her efforts to catch the era as believably as possible. The novel is currently available in eBook editions, only (smashwords; kindle).
As a groundbreaking multi-media producer, author, and editor, Marilyn Jaye Lewis has been interviewed over the years in numerous magazines, on syndicated radio, Internet radio, cable television, and Canadian syndicated television.
She was the founder of the Erotic Authors Association, the first American organization to honor literary excellence in the erotic genre, and was its Executive Director from 2001 – 2006.
Ms. Lewis’ collection of memoirs, Entangled Lives: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers (Alyson Books), upon publication was a front page feature on SMITHmagazine.net and was nominated for a 2007 Lambda Literary Award.
As editor, Lewis’s anthologies include the controversial Zowie! It’s Yaoi! Western Girls Write Hot Stories of Boys’ Love (Running Press), and Stirring Up A Storm: Tales of the Sensual, the Sexual, and the Erotic, (Running Press) — nominated for 3 Pushcart Prizes for Short Fiction and featuring short fiction by Selma Blair, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood, among many others.
Her popular erotic romance novels include When Hearts Collide (2003) and When the Night Stood Still (2004) and were distributed exclusively by Barnes & Noble nationwide.
She is the author of the critically acclaimed modern erotic fiction classic, Neptune & Surf. Called “a sensational debut” by The Guardian newspaper in London, Neptune & Surf was also selected as one of The Guardian ‘s Top Ten Summer Reads for 1999. Hailed by the American Book Review as “reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America”, Neptune & Surf won Ms. Lewis London’s Erotic Writer of the Year award for 2001.
She was co-editor of the international best-selling art book, The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography (Constable UK). Her erotic short stories and novellas have appeared in numerous anthologies in the United States and Europe and have won many citations and awards, including the New Century Writers Award and finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition.
In the late 1990’s, as president of Marilyn’s Room, Inc., Marilyn was executive producer on numerous spoken word recordings for fiction authors and poets, and she sponsored and/or produced live video and audio web casts of spoken word performances in conjunction with Broadcast.com and Pseudo.com. As web mistress, her erotic multi-media sites won numerous awards, in particular inclusion in Playboy’s Online Hall of Fame for her groundbreaking erotic fiction web site Other-Rooms.com.
As head writer for RomAntics Inc., her work was highlighted on HBO, won an AVN award for Best Adult CD ROM game of 1998, and received critical recognition in Entertainment Weekly, the popular American entertainment magazine.
In the 1980s, Marilyn Jaye Lewis was a popular New York City-based singer-songwriter. Primarily known in Greenwich Village, two of her early compositions, produced on vinyl by the Speakeasy Co-Op, are now in the Smithsonian, on Folkways Records.