Put it here.
Tuck it there.
Assorted parts are thrust, screwed and banged into place.
Screaming, hair pulling, tweaking and if everything works out, you’ve got a big ol’ smile on your face.
No, I’m not talking car mechanics, or your latest do-it-yourself project. I’m talking about sex. More specifically, the way it’s written.
Have you ever come across an intimate scene that left you scratching your head, wondering how the main characters seem to have all of a sudden become athletes in the Sex Olympics?
I bet even the best of contortionists or world class gymnasts wouldn’t be able to replicate some of those moves!
In my case, becoming an erotic romance writer happened purely by accident.
Here I was, writing some new romantic thriller when the idea struck. Why not break a few personal writing boundaries? I knew I had a knack for writing romance, so I thought, “How hard can it be?” RIGGGHHHHT!
Today, when I look back at the journey that’s brought me to publishing The Broken Men Chronicles series, this is what comes to mind:
- The way I blushed fifty shades of red as I wrote those first sex scenes. Hell, let me be honest here, I still blush, particularly when I come up with something outrageous!
- Second, how many times I would rewrite said scenes to get them ‘just’ right. I never guessed that the most basic sexual encounter could turn out so hot! That’s also when I realized where a lot of authors, who toy with erotic writing, go wrong…
Sex doesn’t need to be all acrobatics and mechanics to be good. It’s nice to write a shower scene that’s a little over the top, sure—I myself am guilty of doing it a time or ten—but if the words flow, the emotions show, you don’t need all those fancy death-defying positions and a minute account to make your readers feel like the proverbial fly on the wall.
The third is that there is such a thing as too much sex. Build the story and add some spice. A novel can contain a lot more than the average two to three scenes in it without coming off as crass. It really can be a beautiful piece of art if orchestrated in the right way.
All in all, my foray into erotic-styled writing has definitely led me down a path I never expected. Suffice to say, it’s not for everyone. Am I happy with my achievements, of course! Do I plan to write more erotic romances? You bet! Will I still be blushing by the time I reach a dozen erotic-themed novels? You’re damn right I will be, but I’ll still be putting them out! (pun intended) 😀
In closing, for those of you reading this post, I hope that you’ve laughed, been educated and gotten curious as to the inner workings of this particular erotic romance author’s mind.