And of being a private voyeur into your characters. Isn’t that a steamy concept? I love reading a book where you realized the moment the two or more are going to do something very sinful and delicious. If the writer is doing his or her job, they will take you on a journey or the seduction between them until when you get to that very moment they decide to take their relationship further, you’re panting and barely able to read the passages. You know what’s going to happen but then again you don’t and simply can’t put the book down. You are with them to the point that you’re hard or wet or hot all over with beads of sweat easing down the side or your face. You’ve read those kinds of books, haven’t you – the really steamy ones or the very sweet and romantic? I have. They are the ones you will read again, just to get in the mood. They’re also the ones that will help you share a different and perhaps uninhibited moment with your significant other.
Well I’ve been in a very wicked mood lately – I must admit. Can you tell? Purr-haps its all the heated writing I’m been doing. Don’t you enjoy seducing your man or your lady? Between the ability to purchase sexy clothes and lingerie to simply lighting candles, it’s all about setting the mood and the tone of the evening or the weekend or perhaps a getaway just for the two of you. From snow capped mountains where you’re locked in a cabin in the freezing cold and have a fire going in the stone fireplace to the sun-kissed beaches where you play in the water all day and come back to a tropical dinner on your balcony – it’s all about creating a moment of passion.
Is there any difference in writing a romantic or kinky story? Certainly not if you want to keep your reader engaged. For me, when I decide to pen a story I have to look at all the elements. I have a piece of paper in which I put down the main characters from what they look like to what they drive and the kind of liquor they drink. Of course I make certain you feel the way he speaks, from his husky and very sensuous voice to the little nuances in his word patterns. I also enjoy making certain you know whether he’s a rough and tumble guy who enjoys wearing faded blue jeans or in a man who indulges in the finer things in life from a Rolex watch to Armani suits.
For the women, there is little difference. I want you to take a whiff of their exotic cologne, one that’s provocative and sultry and one he can’t seem to get enough of as he inhales deeply when she walks into a room. Then there’s the way the form fitting scarlet dress hugs every curve God gave her, enticing every man in the room. She belongs to him and there isn’t a person who doesn’t know it as she gives him a heated look and moves toward him, her eyes never leaving his. Now you know she’s barely breathing as she closes the distance and he takes her in his arms for a close dance.
Mmmm… Feeling the moment of seduction yet? As the jazz pianist tickles the ivories with a Andrea Bochelli piece, aren’t you moved by the way she molds to his body as he wraps his arms around her, pulling her into his chest? Can’t you feel the way his hot breath skips over her neck when she nuzzles close and for a moment there’s no one else in the room but the two of them? Don’t you know in your heart what he’s whispering to her right now? Can’t you imagine what he’s telling her he’s going to do with her and to her later after they get home?
There’s something very powerful about allowing the reader to imagine and connect the dots so to speak without having the main characters even engage in something more sexual. Yes, I’m an erotic writer and sometimes I simply write about hot sex and that’s okay for the reader to simply go with you as your characters indulge in nothing more than raw, sexual needs and urges that consume them. Hey, I love a sexy scene in the middle of a restaurant where he has his hand sliding up under her dress as she spreads her legs just enough he’s allowed to swirl his finger around her clit. Of course she hasn’t worn any panties at his direction. But as a reader, don’t you almost enjoy more the way he gazes into her eyes and lifts his wine glass as his hand is sliding up the inside of her thigh? No one else in the restaurant knows what he’s doing and for a few minutes you’re a private voyeur into their world.
I think our readers appreciate the art of seduction and it’s truly an art. You’re setting the scene in their worlds. You’re allowing your reader a ring side seat into something they want and crave and need in their lives and… Well, I think you get the point. Taking my readers on an intimate journey is what I love to do this most. Whether I’m writing about allowing a BDSM situation to finally occur that he or she has longed for the majority of their life, or simply having the couple enjoying a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire as the snow falls in silent wisps outside, each passage holds a heightened level of sensuality and intimacy. There’s no difference in same sex or heterosexual pieces. Passion is just that – heat and lust and love and romance.
Next time you read a passage in your favorite book, take a look at the way the writer presented the build up and you might be surprised at all the elements and how they go together. That’s allowing you to become your hero or heroine and I for one adore the writers who do this so well.
I hope you’ve enjoyed and kick up the heat this weekend with something full of passion and spice. Be very very bad…