Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Writing Sweet and Saucy Romance

When you write both sweet and sensual romance I guess a reader wonders why a writer would write such contrasts, but my answer to this is that the characters and the situation announce to me whether it will be a sweet romance or a saucy one.

A writer usually knows their characters pretty well. And sometimes they do plan it, like my Brides of the West Series is sweet. My Red River Valley Brides are not. But the circumstances are so different. You see the Red River Valley brides are all ex-saloon girls who had been around, and although they did try to stay on the sweet side, it was their nature to give into more romance. On the other hand, the Brides of the West are all women who become brides and usually with men that they don't know well and so sex is something that comes a little later for them. However, even in a couple of them their marriage was finally after time consummated because it isn't realistic to think you would be married for any length of time before the marriage itself is consummated. And sometimes it is hard not to have sex when they are married.

My sweets have been steamy a few times.

Sex is part of life and to leave it totally out would make a boring book. Now some of my books border on erotic and sensual, but again it is the characters and the situations that cause the tone of the book to be sweet or steamy. In Heart of a Lady, Jo Ella was a saloon girl who wanted to reform. So she tried to be sweet, but the undertones of that is obvious. Once she falls in love, sex is quite natural. However, there is another character besides the hero that insinuates sexual overtones partly because she had sex before as a saloon girl. She had to make a choice on what kind of man she wanted to settle down with, an exciting just above the law kind of guy or a straight guy who could warm her heart.

In romance writing sex is always part of the make-up of the book because in life it plays a big part. But a writer should be true to his characters, love is the other part of the story and we have to weave the words around them to make them fit and make them believable. The situation in a book can have a lot to do with it, in the movie Blue Lagoon, two young people are stranded on an island and it's just the two of them. Naturally, the age of both characters matter a lot, their experiences matter, and their curiosity matters.

So to me writing in many genres about love is natural. Some characters know each other better and their situation demands they act certain ways.

In a sweet romance the kiss is more important sometimes. Many sweets are strangers who have had little or no experience with the opposite sex. Usually the girl has little knowledge the guy has been around but never had a serious relationship. In erotic or sensual their personalities play a huge role in how they conduct themselves.

Also the time in history matters too, if it is contemporary then the couple might have already had sex before and are trying it again. For one thing the morality of society changes with time. There is the scandals of the Regencies, the prim and proper of the western, the hard times of the colonials make this a case either way, as war tends to make love more dramatic.

However, to write only one, sweet, or sensual genre could quickly bore me. Just my way of thinking. I guess I'm too realistic to write just one!

Always Remember was a hot almost erotic kind of book, In the Arms of an Angel coming out the end of this month is a sweet romance was entirely different, and they were married, but their circumstances were very different as you will see if you read them.

In the Arms of an Angel Pre-Order link

Always Remember Link


Tina Donahue said...

I'm mystified by Americans (and yes, I'm American) problem with sex. Europeans are so much more relaxed and adult about it.

I don't like books that are only about sex - they get boring quickly. However, I do like a good sex scene that's part of the characters' desire for each other. What in the world is wrong with that?

I've heard so much flack over the years about sex scenes. Get real, people. None of us would be here if it weren't for sex. It's natural. Normal. Human. And it ain't going away.

jean hart stewart said...

I don't get what the fuss is about either. If you don't want to read about sex put that book down and pick another. Or vice-versa. Me, I like to read and write about sex. I also like historical books. Oh well......

Redameter said...

One thing when you write both sweet and sexy sometimes people expect different things, even though the cover and the blurb help direct them to what kind of book they are reading. I've had many expect sex from a sweet book. And I never could write inspirational because you can't show what their hands are doing, only that their lips are touching and I just can't write that. It's not normal. When someone kisses you they want to wrap their arms around you and hold on. That really disappointed me that they are so stilted about it.

I have a few historicals that are for me wildly sensual, almost erotic, but now I will admit that the erotic put words in the book that I hate to use. Call me a prude but to me it takes away from sex to use some words. So I don't qualify for erotic either. Isn't that strange. I have them doing almost everything that is natural, but I don't use the words that erotic writers use in a lot of their books. I don't use them in my own language so I don't write with them the only exception is a really bad villain type I might throw a word in to make them sound natural to the reader. However, I'm very choicy with my words. It takes all kinds of writers.

However, even though I don't really cuss, I use some for villains as it would be natural, but there are some I just won't use. When a writer writes she has to be true to herself. Granted, I think I'm a prude that writes some semi erotic works. But not all characters have sex.

But if we all wrote the same wouldn't it be boring? Just my thoughts.