On Writing: Romance and Sex

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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About Anne Hagan

I'm an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and a fiction author by night. I specialize in mystery fiction featuring lesbian sleuths and cozy fiction featuring women sleuths. I also dabble in romance especially romantic lesfic. I live with my wife and our dogs in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of my first fiction series and we wouldn't have it any other way. My wife grew up here and she has always called this little village home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, we're surrounded here by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds. My wife and I are the co-owners of a commercial haunted house: Hagan's House of Horrors. Much as my dream has always been to write fiction, hers has been to create it through the medium of horror. We went full commercial in 2015. Watch us as we grow!
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