Please welcome our guest blogger today. And Sheri has a giveaway!
Maybe you’ve wondered this very question while reading books. While I can’t answer for others, I can give you an idea of how mine are created.
First, we have to remember that a sex scene is the same as any other event in the life of the characters. With that in mind, I give it the same considerations as I would in an action scene: tension buildup, dynamic tease, a balanced length, good resolution, followed by consequences.
I only wish it were that simple, but it’s not. I’ve got choices. They’ve got choices, and those need to match the way my characters think and behave. It’s kind of like telling someone how to have sex. And depending on the scene, it can sometimes get downright graphic—at least in my mind, if not in print.
Voyeuristic, in a literary way.
Just as in their individual actions, the character’s motivations for sex have to remain consistent to their personalities and fit the character—or the person the book character wants to be.
One way I get ideas for character actions is through research. I’ve been known to skim through fantasy date sites online, read articles on what men and women want in their partners. Maybe watched a skin flick or two. *giggles* A culmination of research can go a long way when creating the perfect scene.
Of course, a glass of wine will help as I type the rough draft.
If you were to write a sexy scene, how would you like a scene to be written? Answer in comments below and I’ll chose one random commenter to win an ebook copy off my backlist.
Good luck and thank you for stopping by!
Monica Beggs is more than the hottest porn star out on DVD—she's Finn Daniel's next assignment.
Lights. Camera. Lube?
Famous porn star Monica Beggs wrapped up another grueling on-location movie shoot when the Colombian cartel attempted to kidnap her. Their guns are as real as the price on her pretty head.
Former Special Ops and present day surfer, Finn Daniels recognizes a lady in distress when he sees one—especially if it’s his adult film crush being hustled out the door. He’s no longer in the business of busting up the underworld, but that doesn’t deflect his moral compass.
In a fast-paced adventure—over land, sea, and air—playing it hot and heavy will lead them straight into action!
Excerpt – PG13
Scene setup: **A few members of Finn’s civilian team discuss their options**
“If I can’t ditch these guys, then what do you recommend?”
Monica’s large eyes implored him with her gaze. Finn discerned his response would be critical. Not only to her career—should she carry on, that is. And by the way she’d been talking, an early retirement seemed sooner, rather than later. Potentially her actions, and certainly her life, could be influenced by his answer.
From the corner of his eye, he saw Scooter shift his at-ease stance to straighten his back. This was one responsibility Finn didn’t take lightly. But before he strategized their next move, Monica needed to understand that she wasn’t to blame. When unchecked, self-loathing often turned even the most positive people into empty shells of their former self.
“Moni,” he carefully formed his words to coincide with his thoughts. “Your career shouldn’t be a relevant factor for me, them, or anyone else. You don’t force people to watch your movies, and it sure as hell doesn’t hurt physically if they do.”
Finn sensed her doubt and adjusted his position so their knees rubbed as he faced her. Time for some pep-talk psycho-babble, but for all the right reasons. “In our business we deal with a wide variety of people, and I’m not talking about just the surfing accessories company, either. I’m talking about our side business.”
“That’s an understatement.” Riley chimed in.
Finn pretended not to hear his partner’s comment. “What a client does for a living isn’t relevant to us. Hasn’t been for a long time now. In your case, your income is legal. The porn industry is highly regulated and, fortunately for your bank account, extremely popular. People who buy your movies do so willingly.”
Matt sat up in his chair and made a choking sound. “You’re a porn star?”
Everyone ignored him. Again.
Her eyes grew round, evidently surprised Finn knew as much as he did about her industry.
“Look how many adult film actresses have crossed over to mainstream these days,” he said. She lifted one eyebrow, nonplussed. “Pornos are what you do to earn a buck. It helped you survive a rocky time in your life. Because of it, you had food to eat, clothes to wear, and a solid roof over your head. Unlike some of your coworkers, you didn’t get sucked into the ugly side of show biz. You’re clean, conscientious, and you don’t do drugs.
“Babe, what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are. And I happen to know your profession isn’t who you are as a person.” Finn sat back but kept hold of her hand. “Don’t let your choice of career horde your thoughts. We’re here to protect you, Moni Beggs. Not Monica the actress.”
She bit her bottom lip, the slim fingers trembling in his hand. “Thank you.” Her eyes traveled to each member in the room. “I truly appreciate your help.”
Maybe it was her beautiful persona. It might have been the sincerity of her words. Whatever the reason, she’d captivated them.
Finn most of all.
Tension dissipated with masculine throats clearing. Everyone responded at the same time.
“Consider it done.”
“Why the hell didn’t anyone tell me she made adult movies?”
“You’re welcome, ma’am.”
As soon as Winnie barked, they all started to laugh. Once the noise died down, Finn took charge again.
“Alrighty then. Here’s what I’m thinking.” He paused a moment. “You may be here longer than we initially thought. I doubt you brought enough clothes with you.”
“She could keep wearing your shirts,” Riley teased. “God knows she looks a helluva lot better in them than you do.”
Finn couldn’t argue with Riley’s logic, but Moni looked a hundred times more beautiful without a shirt at all.
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Sheri loves to spend time at home and connecting with readers. A computer hutch keeps her focused on creating stories, but the panoramic view of life on a ranch will call her outside to play in the sun.
Winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award, and a Finalist multiple times for InD’Tale eMagazine’s Reward Of Novel Excellence award (RONE), she has numerous five-star reviews everywhere eBooks are sold.
Welcome to the Roses of Prose, Sheri. Thank you for sharing some insight on your process. You're exactly right that, no matter the situation, characters need to stay true to how they've been created. For me, in those kinds of scenes I write, my character's emotions is the most important factor. Your characters emotions were certainly revealed in that excerpt. Best of luck with your latest release.
Good morning, Sheri, and welcome! I loved your explanation of how you develop your "scenes of intimacy" as I phrase them to my sister (who usually skips those pages in my stories). I've never really thought about the process, but you're so right! I enjoyed the excerpt. Very clever to cast your heroine as a porn star! :-) Best of luck with the book!
Welcome, Sheri. Clever concept in your books. And you're right, we should do as much research on sex scenes as we do on other aspects of our novels. Geesh, I already look like a criminal-in-training if anyone analyzed my internet searches...now I'll look like I have sexual fetishes. But you're right about this methodology...I hadn't done due diligence in that area. Congrats on your books and awards! (Glad to hear you use InD'tale...love that group!)
Welcome to our blog, Sheri, and good luck with your book. I try to keep sex scenes more about emotion. We all know part A goes in part B, so I don't go into a lot of descriptive detail. My focus is on how my characters are feeling about the whole situation.
So tickled to have you as a guest today. I struggle with writing sex scenes. I love reading them, but writing them. Geesh, after a while I'm afraid they start to sound alike. So, I do put a lot of emotions in them. And I can tell if my hero is nervous because he starts talking and talking and I just want to move on to the next scene. I'd prefer to have my sex scenes later in the book, but my editor wants them early. I tease her that she'd like them between the words "Chapter" and "One."
I like to write in bed in the evenings so that I'm in the mood. :) It doesn't hurt if hubby is snoring away beside me... then I can imagine hot sexy moves!
Thank you for the warm welcome! It's not easy writing the steamy scenes but what a compliment when a reader thinks it is. My hat is off to all the ladies at The Roses of Prose. There's never a shortage of "what to read" here!
Thanks for the interesting post, Sheri. Welcome!
Excellent post, Sheri.
I always say, if while writing your sex scenes you don't get a little...into it yourself, then chances are your readers won't, lol.
Fabulous post. Yes, writing sex scenes are difficult. You explained the process and the research ;-) well.
I enjoyed reading about your process. Best wishes for many book sales and happy readers!
This was a great post. I never realized how hard it was to write a sex scene until I had to write one myself. I think emotion places a huge roll in this type of scene, so I try to make mine more about the emotion then the actual act. But, the act also needs to be believable. It gets confusing trying to imagine one arm here, one hand there, hands running down back...it can get confusing. Lol!
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