The Challenge of Writing a Good Scene (Sex and Violence). How much is too much--or not enough?
I love reading. I’ve been reading as long as I could hold a book and writing as long as I could hold a pen. And I read almost everything, as long as it is not too graphic in any manner. When I started reading novels in the early eighties, I found a means of escape and loved it. I would literally devour a book in one to two days. In the nineties, I got a little busy with babies and work, but I still read. Then as the kids grew up, I started reading again with a passion, only I found something had changed.
It seemed that someone told the authors that I’d loved that if they didn’t throw in an erotic scene or murder someone violently, I wouldn’t be interested. Maybe it was just me, but publishers that easily turned books into PG13 movies so the general-public could watch didn’t think that readers wanted the same thing. Two examples: Kiss the Girls and The Time Traveler’s Wife. I liked both of these books, but…I would have loved them--and…I would have probably suggested them to others--if they hadn’t been so graphic.
On the opposite scope, I also read Christian books. But as good as some of the mysteries are, why is it okay to break every bone in a child’s body, but not allowable to show a sensual scene, even between a married couple? Somehow, the fact that violence is okay, but sex isn’t doesn’t make sense to me.
So, what’s a girl to do? You guessed it. After twenty years of virtually no writing, I sat down and penned a novel, then another, and another, and another. I let my avid-reader friends and cousins read them, and they loved them.
My thoughts are that readers have great imaginations, and the lead up is the best part anyway. So I take the reader to the precipice, but I leave the best parts to their imagination. And that isn’t just with sex. My novels contain tragedies; they are real life. I take on some tough issues in all my stories, but I will never glorify an act. Rather, I will show you the pain, the aftermath, and the victory.
So if you love a romantic-suspense PG13 movie, and don’t want to worry if your teen (sixteen and up, I'd suggest) picks up your Kindle, or reads over your shoulder, my books should be right up your alley.
You can find all of my novels in print and ebook formats:
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A little about what I write:
A writer of modern-day fairytales, my stories overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
My first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. My new releases, Entangled Dreams and When Noonday Ends are now available.
My novels are all standalones; however, I do link each of my stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you'll never notice. But if you read in order, it's fun.
First release - December 2011:
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife’s life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows—the past.
Second Release - May 2012
When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.
Third Release - September 2012
When Alexandra’s choices dissolve into Entangled Dreams, pushing her down a dark and dismal path, she must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.
Fourth Release – December 2012
When a new attorney accepts a case of a woman accused of attempted murder, he finds himself entwined in age-old secrets and a family that will stop at nothing to conceal them—even murder.
Series of Mini-Mysteries with a Paranormal Edge
First Short Story — October 2012
When what seems like a normal pit stop turns to more than just gas and food, a lost couple finds themselves searching for the truth of a twenty-year-old mystery that may cost them their life.
Second Short Story — January 2013
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Until next time, happy reading, friends!
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