That silly music runs through my head when I doubt myself and pause before or during writing an intimate scene between my characters. I tell myself, “make it hot” and “make it believable” and “make sure everyone is satisfied.” Sounds easy, right? And it can sometimes be easy, if the story is flowing and I just move from the beginning of the intimate scene and through it, to the other side, where they are basking in the glow of what they’ve just done.
How do we learn to write these scenes? Well, being a married woman, I have a few ideas about how intimacy happens. I’ve also read a lot of romances over the years. And I use the idea of romantic sex along with the very real experience of actual sex, and try to come up with something that seems believable, yet hot, and of course, “everyone is satisfied.”
When Fairest of the Faire was going through its editing process at The Wild Rose Press, there was that bit of discomfort when one of my sex scenes was marked with a lot of red. I knew it was no 50 Shades of Grey, thankfully, but it was also not quite up to par. And it was the most difficult part of the editing process for me. Not because it was a particularly difficult thing to fix (it wasn’t), but because of the embarrassment I had over realizing someone (my editor) had read it, but that she had comments.
I think some of that is the era I grew up in, but it’s also just a “thing” with our culture. You can have sex, but you can’t talk about it. And you certainly can’t correct it if your partner is doing it badly.
But here I was, red-faced, reading the scene and figuring out how to fix it. *shaking head*
It almost makes me want to write clean romance instead. Just kidding!
Coming June 5th! Fairest of the Faire by Susabelle Kelmer
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.