Monday, December 28, 2009

Between the Pages

 “I enjoyed the story dear but….”

“I know Mom, the sex.  Please eliminate it from the next story.”  My mother asks me this every time she reads one of my books but I sense she is beginning to lose hope.

“Great story but could you open the bedroom door a little wider?”  This from another writer after critiquing one of my middle books – obviously a more liberal reader than my mother.

“Yikes!”  What is a writer to do?

Well, for this writer the only thing to do is to listen to the characters.  It’s their life after all.  It’s they who will determine if the passion is going to sizzle off the page and they’ll share that with the reader or not.  Their personalities and life histories will dictate what happens - whether the bedroom door will be sealed tighter than Fort Knox or whether their love will be there for the world to see.  And hey, depending on what’s going on – dodging bullets might take precedence over sex.  Yes, Mom I can see your smile from here at reading that glimmer of hope.

That being said, there is a romance in every story  – and how that passion manifests itself differs from story to story.  I’ve had characters that would go at it lost in the middle of the rain forest and those that the hint of what is to come is enough to make them blush.  It’s all in the personality.

So that’s it, sex as I see it – at least between the pages of a book.

Sex, it’s all about the character or is it?


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Marcia Colette said...

Defintely about the character. I struggle with the same thing every time I write. Some what the bedroom opened up to the world while others want it closed just enough to leave room for the imagination. Lately, the imagination has been winning. Well...that was until last night when I got this fantastic idea for a romance trilogy. ;-)

Ryshia Kennie said...

A romance trilogy - now you've got my attention. When do you start? I'm on Chapter Five of "Stripped"and the only thing that made me put it down was my Kindle ran out of juice.

cherio1 said...

I really like to see the bedroom door opened a bit and just a hint of evesdropping going on.

LuAnn said...

Funny! My mom loves to read historical romance, but she tells me she "skims across the sex parts." Cracks me up!

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