Our guest writer for today is a fellow Tennessean and she's
here today to talk about her latest novel
Passionate Play. A dance with a happy-ever-after.
In writing about romance, especially erotic romance, there is an expectation that the characters are going to travel down the road toward bliss. In erotic romance ecstasy is found between the sheets or in a number of other locals. Things can get a little bit crazy, or the book would get booted out of the erotic genre.
What’s the difference between the act of sex and jaw-dropping, page-turning sizzle?
It’s all about super-charged passion. The heightened emotional undercurrent binding characters, and is hugely present in erotic romance. Building tension requires more than the sex if it’s nearly dripping off the page. That means instilling conflict from the get-go, almost before the characters even get together. Problems are the foundation of passion.
With Secret Desire, there was a history of love and hurt. Errr…a backstabbing twin to be precise. What a stewing combo. Add to that, Claire’s fantasyland filled with erotic imagery of what she envisioned doing with Dustin, and we’re lighting rocket boosters for sexy romance.
But what if they never met before? If the characters don’t know each other and suddenly meet, it’s all about starting off on the wrong foot while simultaneously the characters are thinking naughty thoughts. I’m sorry, in romance we can’t give our characters a break. If we want the sex to nearly scorch them, we’ve got to push, prod, and poke them.
What else can we add to the mix for increasing the passion?
Before we enjoy the bedroom scene, we need to enjoy the mental scene. What goes on inside the head of each character is setting us up, priming the pump for both reader and characters to take this connection to the next level. Snappy and sassy dialogue work wonders. So do getting a bird’s eye view of body language. More than ninety percent of what is communicated doesn’t involve the mouth. So there’d better be some type of action and reaction (thank you Newton) off each character from the first time they meet, or reconnect. The wire of tension continues to be pulled taut, so taut it might break. But it doesn’t in Secret Desire.
Passion play begins in the head connecting our characters physically and emotionally.
What do we get in the end?
The characters “connect” in oh-so-satisfying ways and we as readers want them to DO IT again.
Thanks Susan! I so totally love everything you said and it sure did make reading Secret Desire even more exciting knowing this is was what's behind your plotting.
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"I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it's borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor
After growing up in Miami, she moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like warm caramel.
Susan lives with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) practicing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.Fan Girls & Boys Welcome
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