I mentioned in a previous post that I seem to be selling books in my mystery series as romance books lately. The first two are certainly not about romance more than mystery but there is a developing relationship between my two leads in the books. Given the reasons that readers seem to be buying and borrowing these books, I’ve decided to shift focus just slightly and come a bit closer to evening out the romantic elements of book three with the mystery elements and to stop writing fade to black sex scenes.
I made the decision but I had absolutely nothing to back it up with. I read romance from time to time but it isn’t my first love in books. I read erotica too (slightly more often than I read romance). I know what I like when it comes to selecting those types of books to read. I don’t have a clue what it takes to write that stuff, what works with readers and what doesn’t. I needed a little help.
I bought and devoured two books in the past week in my quest for writing knowledge, ‘On Writing Romance‘ by the incomparable romance author, Leigh Michaels and, ‘How to Write Hot Sex‘ by compiled by Shoshanna Evers and including essays by her and other top romantica and erotica writers across a wide spectrum of genres. Both books were Fascinating.
Leigh Michaels goes all out with what works, what doesn’t and why and she gives plenty of examples. I read her book in the ebook version and it clocked in at a whopping 275 pages for my iPad. Every page was important. If you want to learn to write romance fiction yourself, I highly recommend ‘On Writing Romance‘.
Meanwhile, the book compiled by Shoshanna Evers featured multi-page essays from herself and nine other well known erotic romance authors that include Giselle Renarde, Charlotte Stein, Christine D’Abo, Kate Douglas, Cari Quinn, Jean Johnson, Isabo Kelly, Cara McKenna, and Desiree Holt. Some echoed similar themes especially when it came to showing emotion in your writing but each was packed with takeaways. Frankly, I write in lesbian specific genres but I found the male/female biology breakdown by Jean Johnson to be especially interesting. You can’t go wrong with this book either.
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