Annie was one of the most vocal women; she said she’d been reading in Starbucks and ran into a love scene so hot that she dropped her coffee. I thought she was kidding until she brought me her book to sign. There were big coffee stains on the cover and pages!
Barbara had been worried about sex scenes because of the opening line of the book.
The torn condom wrapper slipped from a hand so limp someone might have Tasered it.
She thought Mirror was going to be too sexy for her to read, but there are no “sex scenes” in my writing. I go for steamy, not slutty, with romance, sensual tension and lots of emotion. In my writing, you won’t see specific descriptions of body parts, or words readers typically see in erotica.
I’m a Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracey fan. I think that kind of witty, romantic banter with covert sensuality is much hotter than overtly salacious writing that leaves readers nothing to imagine. When a writer gives the readers the skeleton, the readers’ minds can run wild and fill in to the level of their own comfort and experience.
That’s how it was when I saw the movie, the Exorcist and thinking it was silly, not horrific. I’d read the book and no cinematographer could compete with the horror my mind created reading in the dark in the middle of the night.
I also agree with Dr. Kevin Lehman that Sex Begins in the Kitchen (subtitle, Creating Intimacy to Make Your Marriage Sizzle, 2006) My male characters cook, clear dishes, and not only don’t they think of this is “helping,” they never expect women to wait on them hand and foot (that’s very sexy to me )
The next book in my Diva series is the Sounds of Cajun Spice, the story of Elaine Campbell, an attorney who has to decide whether she’ll keep playing it safe or risk social and professional backlash for the love of Julian Delacroix, a younger man from a different race, class, and culture. A university-level creative writing program has just accepted the manuscript for class of only six students. I’ll work on polishing the scenes, giving you spicy suggestions that can let your imagination run wild without offending your sensibilities, so hand on to your coffee, Annie! I plan to bring Cajun Spice out in 2017, but you can read an excerpt on my website, www.teriarobens.com