One of the books in the stack on my reading table is Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. It is probably one of her better known books and is a collection of short, erotic fiction. I like it for a number of reasons. The first is that she avoids cliche. There are no cocks or pussies and that sort of thing. Generally she refers to anatomy as his sex or her sex. The steaminess of the writing comes from the situation and passion of the characters, which means these are not just stories of people having sex, but stories of people.
One BIG caveat: some of the stories delve into areas of human sexuality that can be offensive.
The other reason I like these stories is that they are well written with a strong use of language. Some of it can feel a bit dated, but perhaps taking a step back when writing a sex scene and employing a modest perspective is actually a bit more titillating than a more in-your-face approach.
At any rate, she was a very talented writer with a range of writing skills. Therefore, when I heard the audio below, I though it worth sharing. In it, Nin briefly states why she writes, which I think are reasons we can all relate to.