Just a word? Ha! I have no idea what the meaning of a short post is. But I'll post anyway.
Today I'm writing a quick post about love scenes for a few reasons. One, to prepare my readers for the difference between The 1929 Series and Sayan Knights. Two, to explain a bit about the writing process for the aspiring writers out there and three, to set the record straight. (Not necessarily in that order.)
To put it bluntly, the heat level in Sayan Knights is not only 'fan-your-face' warmer than The 1929 Series, (according to Lisa) but the style of romance is vastly different, too. This all boils down to the setting and the characters. They decide how, when and where they want to turn up the heat.
In The 1929 Series our characters were old fashioned, (To us. I'm sure they think they are all-the-rage modern.)
Both Nicholi and Quinn are very intense stubborn people. There's a strong magnetic attraction and they don't care about moonlight and candles, at least at first.
The Valentine's dinner, the quiet flirting and suggestive glances of 1929 simply wouldn't fit Sayan Knights and what they are struggling with.
Readers who are used to a more suggestive style of love story might be a bit taken aback at the difference. Know that I would never write a love scene just for the sake of writing it. While sex sells, it has to stay true to the storyline and more important, the characters. (Here's the part for aspiring writers.) Unless your genre is erotica, (which still has important plot points...usually) don’t ever be tempted to turn the heat up simply to sell copies. That doesn't work. Be honest about your characters and what they are feeling within themselves, about each other and let that be your guide. And when it does come time for them to get together (Insert Barry White music here) block everyone and everything out. Don't worry about what people will think or how it might offend. Go as far as your characters want to. While you write to pull your readers into a world only you can see, you work for your characters.
Think about it. If you worked as a court transcriber you wouldn't throw in all kinds of testimony that was never said just because it made the case more inflammatory and controversial. You also wouldn’t leave out key details that could make or break the case. Same with your characters. Give them everything they want, and none of what they don't. Don't write explicit details just because you think it will make Martha-Jane drop her kindle and call everyone she knows to tell them they HAVE to check this out. (Okay, I know that worked for Fifty Shades, but I want people to talk about Sayan Knights because of the overall impact it had on them and how much they enjoyed it.) The love scenes are a dimension to the story and a necessity for characters. Not a marketing tactic.
Speaking to writers, I could easily have just said "stay true to the book." But that's often easier said than done when writing scenes involving sex and emotion that get tangled with the emotion and fears of the writer. In fact, after creating the scene breakdown for Sayan, one of the first things Lisa said was, "This is SO different than 1929. Readers are in for a shock." That made me stop, think and worry. In the end I came to all the conclusions listed above. It's how I stay true to the story.
In conclusion, dear readers, go into Sayan Knights knowing it's different, it's tasteful and it was written because Nicholi and Quinn demanded it that way. And it was oh so much fun.
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