Over the weekend, my mom mentioned one of her friends is publishing a children’s book. The conversation went something like:
Me: That’s cool, does she have an agent?
Mom: Um, I didn’t ask. I didn’t want to you know, talk about it.
Me: Hm, because you didn’t want to explain how you know about the industry and then have to explain your daughter writes porn?
So I should’ve been a little upset. Who doesn’t want their mom to be proud of them trying to achieve their dreams? But I wasn’t. I understand she doesn’t like the idea of me writing sex scenes. That’s okay. Jermaine Stewart agrees:
I love that song! However, I like writing sex scenes. Oh sure, when I first started out, I blushed as I wrote the words down, but after a while it became easier. Then the most amazing thing happened when I was writing my last manuscript: I wrote more erotically. I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I never expected to put so much heat in my manuscript.
My problem, if you can call it a problem, is that I can’t do “sweet”. I’m not a sweet person. Okay, you don’t have to roll your eyes! I prefer to consider myself saucy, or sassy even. Sweet is wonderful, but I can’t do it even in my writings. I’ve tried. Oh yes, I’ve tried to write a heroine who’s a wonderful person with few faults. I’ve tried to make her virginal even…yeah, that didn’t happen. So, I suppose I have to disagree with Mom and Jermaine Stewart: in my stories you do have to take your clothes off to have a good time!
When I discussed this with my CP Daisy Harris , she said I write “paranormal romance with a strong erotic element.” Hm, I like that. Erotic sounds so much better than porn, or smut (although smut is such a great word!). Oh! Before I continue, this Friday I’ll be conducting an interview with Daisy and she’s giving away two – count them, two – ARCs of her debut novel, Mere Temptation. It’s hot, funny, and a great read. Be sure to stop by for a chance to win a copy!
So, what about you? When you’re writing, do your characters go um, jogging vigorously? Or do you prefer them to keep their exercise habits hidden from the reader? As a reader, do you want to feel the sweat dripping off their bodies as they…jog? Or do you want to leave it to your imagination?