Let’s do a little count, shall we?
I’ve written 10 published romances and have been part of 2 sexy anthologies with the ladies of Love, Lust and Laptops. I just submitted a new manuscript to a publisher and am about to finish another Gemini Island book. That’s 14 books, all told. But wait…there are still several unpublished works under my belt, too. Maybe 20 stories all together.
They all include sex scenes. That’s a given. For the most part, my full-length works tend to include about 3 good boot-knocking moments plus a whole of tension leading to the inevitable acts. If I were to count these scenes, I’d have to estimate my total sex scene count at around 50.
That’s a lot of nookie.
Now I find myself with the unenviable task (okay, it’s actually pretty enviable) of making sex original. After so many encounters between my heroes and heroines, I want each passionate clutch to feel new and fresh. When you get down to basics, yes, the mechanisms are pretty much the same. Insert. Withdraw. Throw in a bit of spanking. Some growling. A few bites. “Ah, ah, ah….yes. That’s it!” And we’re done. Roll over and go to sleep. So how do I spruce things up?
I’m a fan of food play. You can probably tell if you’ve read Predator’s Kiss or Predator’s Serenade. However, I can’t turn every love scene into a banquet. It works here and there, but after a while, the grocery bill will be insane.
I’ve used a bit of spanking here and there, but I’m not a BDSM author. A few taps and I’m good. Besides, it seems everyone’s getting spanked nowadays. Your granny’s probably getting spanked as we speak.
I need something new! However, reverting to some quirky, kinky novelty isn’t always the right option either. I could put the characters in a tree. I could put them out to sea. I could even have them drinking tea. After a while it starts to sound like a bad Dr. Seuss rhyme.
And so the author wheels start to turn. How does one keep sex fresh and original when the actions are basically repetitive? I think the key is still emotion. Show the characters’ feelings. Show how their emotions are different than anything they’ve ever experienced.
I also strive to make my heroes and heroines distinct personalities. I don’t want all my heroines to react the same way when the heroes smack their asses. Some of my girls might be a bit leery, others even prudish. Some will be adventurous. Some might smack him right back. I try not to give you cookie cutter characters, and hopefully their love scenes reflect their individuality.
Mostly, I try to make it fun and not too heavy. Soren and Gioia from Predator’s Serenade had a cute convo about her nipples in one scene. To me, this sort of dialogue makes their love play sparkle. I try to bring in a sense of lightness, of frivolity, while still showing how intense the physical attraction is.
I hope I’ve been able to amuse you with my stories. Tell me, what makes a sex scene stand out for you?