Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Switching Gears

This post originally appeared on Raine Delight's blog on April 6th, but I felt the need to share it here with my Scribes and reaers of this blog. :o)

When I started writing romance I wrote mostly behind closed doors sex scenes. Then I discovered erotica and learned to be more detailed with the bedroom scenes. Overall, my stories always had romance at the core of them.

I didn’t like for my characters to hop into bed within the first thirty seconds of meeting. This mainly comes from the fact that I could never do that, so how could I justify my heroine? I wrote six or seven books where the couple grew into the sex. I published a few and sales were pretty good. Then I was offered a contract with a bigger publisher. They wanted my book! Yay! I was so excited. This was the goal I strived for during my two years writing erotica.

Then came the revision letter. Could you add a sex scene a little earlier? A few of my writer friends and I joke about this being the “please have sex by page 3” syndrome. Hmmm, I wasn’t sure about this, even though my heroine and hero had known each other for a long time. In the end I did it and I liked the way the story turned out.

Now I’m writing a contemporary romance and having trouble switching gears again. It took a long time to learn how to spice things up…now I have to re-train my brain to tame things down. It makes me wonder how authors can write in so many different genres. I’m almost 50k into this book and I’ve kept the sex scenes to kissing…eventually I’ll have to go back and fill in the blanks. :o)

When having lunch with a few writers last week I discussed my issue with taming it down and as I spoke about it the answer came to me. Write the way I normally do and during editing tone down the hotness. For me it’s easier to take out than add to. Now I can write the scenes without the pressures.

In the meantime I have a new/old book I’ve self-published. One Tasty Night was with a former publisher of mine, but now available on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.


  1. I agree and I think you're solution of taking out is much better than trying to add to the story. I'm so going to steal your very smart idea!

  2. I write erotic romance as well, but I'm still working on the more mainstream contemporary novel I started last year. I can completely sympathize with having to switch gears when going from one heat level to the other. Taking out is great advice. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Jayne...good luck with your contemporary. Though Nina Pierce told me she's read a few mainstream contemp that were pretty steamy.

      Oh my frustrations, Kat! LOL I'm surprised I haven't ripped out all my hair.

  3. It's so hard switching heat-level gears! I totally sympathize.
    XXOO Kat

  4. I know. I've been toning things down too, but I'm kind of going back to my roots so it's not quite as hard as I thought it would be. Good luck.

  5. Thanks Julia. Same here. I started writing books like Danielle Steele oh so many years ago. LOL Wow thinking back it was 20 yrs ago.
    Glad things are a bit easier for you.

  6. I'm currently reading One Tasty Night and thoroughly enjoying it!


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